Freebies from the Compost
I have two compost bins: one for filling and one for decomposing. I am a lazy composter - though I compost everything feasible - meaning that I do not “play” with my compost as much as I should, turning and aerating. So, one bin gets a long break while I fill up the other. Lucky for me, the time it takes to fill up one is just about the time it takes for the other to break down for distribution over my beds. In the summer, however, there is another advantage: the freebies that happen from the seeds in the compost. My dad always seems to have hubbard squash growing out of his compost. Another person I know always gets tomatoes . This year, I have a beautiful vine of, what I believe are, gourds. Those little pumpkin shaped squashes with which I don’t really know what to do. They are lovely to look at, in any case. It’s one of the miracles of nature that allow a little mystery, some surprise and sometimes, free food.
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THE MOST EGREGIOUS WASTE AWARD
Restoration Hardware wins, for the third consecutive time, this not- prestigious, not coveted, anti-environment non-award. About two reams thick and a full 15 LBS, delivered by UPS. Yes, if you notice on the bottom of the shipping label it says “UPS Carbon Neutral Shipment”. Not this package, however that is calculated. I have unsubscribed twice to Restoration Hardware but that button must be a farce. I cannot get off their list. So, all that energy and Carbon Neutral effort - for naught. Shame on you Restoration Hardware.
Nature is a miraculous force.
Each year, after her months nesting on an island in the middle of our old reservoir here in Tarrytown, Mother Swan (called the pen) introduces her newly hatched cygnets to the water. The day is long and the swimming can be exhausting, it seems, and sometimes the whole family takes a break on the shore. Guarded by the very formidable papa (called the cob), they allow visitations - at the proper distance - and a photo op. We are blessed to be witness to their family making and keep our fingers crossed that the turtles stay away.
FYI - a group of swans is called a flock, less often a wedge, rarely, a bevy.
No joke: Find your source for wind/solar/hydro electricity. I’ve signed on with Green Mountain Energy, a company that promises that all the electricity sold within NY is 100% wind and solar. There are others. Because of this change from ConEd (which uses all sort of energy sources in their standard supply and offers alternative fuel sources with a comparatively high cost), I feel a bit more comfortable using rechargeable tools, cars and other electric appliances. We have to be careful to look beyond what is used by our own hands to understand the sources, travel, polluting factors that go into getting it there.
The Buy/Use Pyramid. Leave buying a new “thing” (whatever you need) for the last resort. Choose less resource intensive items first: 0. as a maxim for everyday: Use what you have or do without. If impossible, then 1. borrow if you can, 2. trade to benefit both parties, 3. buy second hand, 4. make it with materials you already have, 5. buy materials (the most locally made the better) and make it, and at the last resort ••• 6. buy new.
Equals less in the landfill, less taken out of our environment, less cost, less clutter, less burden, more fun, more creative thinking, more interaction with your friends and neighbors, more local support, more fun.
and my apologies to Maslow, as well, whatever a Maslow may be.
Credit for the pyramid: 1 Million Women Campaign
"The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Serious LOCAL, ETHICAL and thoughtful food sourcing. This place is in New London, NH. I like that they put it right out there, proclaim their stance and do it so adamantly.