So how sustainable is my lifestyle really?
I do turn my compost a couple of times a week so it gets quite hot and composts quickly. As the bin gets full I will drag some out from the very bottom where I cant quite reach down to mix it. At this stage it mostly looks like compost with a few "undigested leaves or eggshells remaining, so this gets placed into the garden somewhere. I don't dig it in - the earthworms do that. I don't put it directly where something is growing - preferably where I am getting ready to plant something in the next couple of weeks, and by that time it has normally been incorporated into the surrounding soil, and I just brush away any large pieces before planting.
I also bury all the prawns shells (we eat a lot of prawns !) and after just a few weeks if I dig down in that same area there is nothing left, so it decomposes rather quickly. If nothing else I am keeping them out of the landfill! I also grow comfrey and collect seaweed and you know what that means? - I don't have to buy any fertilizers as I am providing them all myself. Yippee! Here I am making some comfrey fertilizer by compressing the leaves and catching the juice in a bucket.
If anything can grow up I let it, rather than scramble around taking up precious ground space.
A lot of these phrases I would have not known before I started blogging, I have learned so much about how I can improve my little corner of the world. I have become more sensitive to what gets thrown into the bin - my hubby often says that our rubbish bin is hardly worth wheeling to the kerb these days. That makes me happy. I want to know that if I can possible make a difference by doing these little things day by day that I am doing my bit. Recycle, re-use, reduce. Earth day is good advertising to make us aware of the things we need to do for the environment, but in reality it is what we do in our day to day lives that really makes a difference.
I want my grandchildren to be able to go and explore the rain forest and breathe in that fresh pure air just as we do.
I am entering this post at " thanks for today"'s competition,
thank you Jan for the opportunity. Hopefully we can all pick up some extra tips from the entries submitted.
Since I live in Australia I wont win the big prize, (boo hoo - I would love that rain barrel), but who knows, I might just win a book or something they will be willing to ship all this way. Why don't you check out all the other wonderful ideas, or enter yourself, and remember to turn off the lights at 8.30 on Saturday March 26th.
Happy Earth Day!