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You can put just about anything that is biodegradable on a compost pile. The main thing to think about is the ratio of greens (nitrogen-rich things) to browns (things high in carbon). If you add all kitchen waste and greens, you will have a stinky anaeorobic pile. If you add all browns, things will take years to decompose. The ideal ratio is about 30% greens to 60% browns. It's not necessary to worry about the exactness of this. Just add both. Depending on how much...
It's kind of one of those things you figure out as you do it. I put a bunch of food scraps in and when they are gone or close to gone I put more in. Usually once a week or so, but that also depends on how many worms you have. If your bin stinks, you have too many scraps in it. If you do put in too much and it starts to mold and stink, just add a bit more dry bedding on top and stir the moldy stuff up a bit and wait til they've eaten it. It won't take long to figure it...
My minions unload the dishwasher, fold and put away their laundry, set the table, clear the table, feed the dog, and sometimes feed the bunnies and cat. Neither of them will have anything to do with cleaning up the poop of any of the above animals or deal with dirty dishes, or take out the compost. I did make them put their dinner waste in the worm bin tonight and they did that pretty well. Basically anything "gross" they won't do. It sounds like a lot but they...
Unfortunately, we live in a small town. No Gap, Gymboree, Old Navy, and no good thrift stores, which is where I prefer to shop because I hate spending much money on clothes. Things are going better actually. Today I put all her too small shirts in the get-rid-of bag and went to the mall and got a bunch of cute shirts and some shorts. It takes a bit of looking, but I found some stuff that is cute, she likes and fits right. I think a big problem is that she is very...
The source is the marketing in our society. It's everywhere. We no longer have tv and she watches a few videos that don't portray this, but before we got rid of the tv she was watching some things that I didn't like -Kim Possible- ugh, which definitely didn't help. Mostly, she sees other kids dressing that way. And many of them at school dress like that. If we go to the store for clothes, that is what's availlable. You have to search high and low for something...
Quote: Originally posted by carmen veranda I sleep with my 9 year old and my almost 4 year old. My 9 yr old is spirited too. We butt heads too. Too much some times. At night she tells me her heart. In the dark, in our bed, we snuggle, she lets me physically love her up at bit. We hold hands. The little one goes right to sleep and we visit awhile. We giggle, we make up. We think up solutions. We need this time so much. This is how it...
My dd wanted to know when she was 4. I told her everything. Her only comment was "is that what you and daddy did to make me?" "Yep." She's never mentioned it again. I was a little worried when she wanted to take the "Where did I come from?" book to preschool the next day so her teacher could read it to the class during storytime. I wasn't sure all the other parents were comfortable with their kids knowing the details. I told her she needed to ask her teacher...
My 6 yr old dd is a 13 yr old wannabe. She wants to wear skimpy little shirts that show her belly, high heels (horrible, scary, ankle breaking shoes -I can't believe they even make this &^%$# for little kids), etc. It's really scary. I don't do anything to encourage it, nor does her 8 yr old sister who is totally not into clothing fashion, high heels, etc. The marketing for this stuff is really disturbing and with her personality already in that direction I find it...
busymommy, glad I could be of help. proudmom, It's probably a moisture issue. Red wigglers don't like it too wet, otherwise they escape upward. I had a mass exodus once. I watered the bin a bit too much just before I went out of town. But just through observation and such I've figured out how moist to keep it. My dh prepared my bin and put way too many airholes in so I've covered most of them, but I keep the ones on the lid covered with a small rug which I usually...
You can lay newspaper or cardboard right over the grass, then put some compost or soil on top of that. Another way is to cut the sod and turn it over then add the soil. Either way will keep the grass from growing up into your raised bed. Another good book that talks about building raised beds is: Lasagne Gardening. Have fun!
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