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Make a Green Man… Naturally

Why make a Green Man for your garden from a base of polymer clay or papier mache mix or plastic resin or concrete? Such a creation may be many things, but it isn’t made out of what it’s meant to represent. I’ll be darned, but I can’t seem to find anyone describing a way to [...]

Compost Challenge Pumpkin Patch Postmortem

The compost test I’ve arranged in my garden this year has come to an end with the long-drawn out death by nibbles of the pumpkin sprouts I planted as seeds in plain dirt in June:

Just a few feet away, the pumpkin seeds I planted on the same June day in compost-amended soil (but [...]

Pumpkin Patch Compost Test: An Update

Back in the middle of June, I decided to put compost to the test by planting some pumpkin seeds in some soil freshly mixed with compost, and planting some other pumpkin seeds in nearby soil that I turned over with my shovel but didn’t mix with compost. Both patches are growing seeds from the same [...]

Compost Matters: The Pumpkin Patch Proof

You want proof that compost matters in your garden? Check this out. A year ago next week, I moved from Ohio to Maine and promptly started filling up a compost bin. Two weeks ago, I turned out my first big batch of compost from the bin, dug it into a spot of soil, and planted [...]

The Compost Lid Mystery

For about two weeks now, I’ve been finding the lid taken off one or the other of my compost bins. They aren’t just off as in laying-off-to-the-side. They’re often six feet or more into the woods at the edge of which my compost bins sit. Every few days or so I’ve tromped into those woods [...]

F-ked by Greenware Plastic Cups?

It’s possible that the cups will biodegrade, though at a slower pace, at a lower temperature and humidity. Perhaps the warning to not consider the cups compostable in home garden conditions merely exists to protect the Fabri-Kal company from impatient customers who expect to be able to compost 100 of these cups in a few weeks in their back yards. [...]

How to Wrap Up a Compost Pile When Moving: Bury It

I’ll be moving away from my rented duplex in inner-city Columbus, Ohio this upcoming summer, and since my moving plans have become final I’ve been thinking in the back of my mind about my compost pile. In this case “pile” is a bit of a misnomer: I share a bit of grass with neighbors and [...]

As Recycling Crashes, Consider Composting Paper and Cardboard

The New York Times reports today that the recycling market for materials like paper and cardboard has started to collapse. Recycling used to be profitable, but as municipalities and local recycling companies get reimbursed less for such materials, they have started to edge away from accepting them. And this dirty secret emerges: even the companies [...]