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Living an Environmentally Conscious Life

By Fredrica Syren: A very important step in living a green and eco-friendly life is to start learning basic information: what is in the things you buy, and where it comes from. That has been eye-opening for me. Once I started reading ingredients lists to learn what is in every …

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Celebrating Waste Reduction Week

By Larraine Roulston: This month celebrates Waste Reduction Week (WRW). In Canada, the event falls during October 16-22. The UK gears up for its European Week for Waste Reduction during November 18-26. These annual events promote building environmental awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption. It is a week of education and events demonstrating methods of how to …

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Making Compost Tea

By Larraine Roulston: Layering fruit/vegetable peelings with dry yard trimmings makes a great soil conditioner to enhance your garden. When soil is healthy, the helpful microbes greatly outnumber the harmful ones and keep them under control. Finished compost not only feeds the good microbes by increasing their numbers and diversity but also eliminates the …

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Announcing International Compost Awareness Week

By Larraine Roulston: To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 7-13, composting councils are once again spreading the composting message. Established in Canada in1995, ICAW falls annually during the first full week of May. By 2001, the UK Composting Association, the U.S. Composting Council and Canada joined forces. Each year a theme is …

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Curbside Composting — A Must for Every City

By Larraine Roulston: For the past three decades, creating compost has spread in popularity beyond dedicated gardeners. During the 1990s, enthusiasm grew when municipalities began offering subsidized backyard composters; however, not all residents were keen to experiment, and others had little or no yard space. When sales of composting units began to plateau, city councilors looked …

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My “Punny’’ Valentine

By Larraine Roulston : February hosts the seasonal event when children’s Valentine books and boxes of cut-out cards line the store shelves. Most of these cards will include puns or clichés like these: tigers roaring, “You’re Grrrreat”; cuddly kittens meowing, “You’re Just Purrfect for Me”; and squirrelschattering, “I’m Nuts Over You.”  For children and adults who love to utilize paper, scissors, glue, crayons, lace or red wool, it’s …

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Is It Possible to Compost Everything?

By Larraine Roulston: Compost everything? It is indeed possible when referring to anything that was once alive! Organic materials should be composted, rather than landfilled where they are contributors to elevated levels of CO2. Homeowners can divert over 1/3 of what otherwise would be trashed by composting vegetable/fruit peelings, eggshells, nutshells, …

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Bokashi Composting—From Scraps to Fertilizer

By Fredrica Syren: For years we have composted with a worm bin in our backyard, and the little wigglers would feast on our scraps and turn them into powerful nutrients for our garden. A few months ago, while interviewing Farbror Grön for an article about his roof top farm, he …

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Compost Critter Songs & Games

By Larraine Roulston: Compost Song  (To the tune of the “Hokey Pokey”) You put your wet greens in, You spread your dry browns out, You add a little water and you stir it all about. You invite all your bug friends To have a two-month feast, Then shovel your compost out!  …

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Composting Is Important to the Soil

By Larraine Roulston: International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), celebrated annually the first week of May, is a perfect time to reflect on our respect for the soil. As we work in our gardens this spring, we are nurturing life itself. Healthy soil is chock-full of worms as well as other …

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