The art of capture of spent grain. Am I a little late? Is it spent yet?
Not yet! I am going to add some, thanks to Midnight Sun Brewery, who actually helped me land a husband, I will be using their excess as a layer in the lasagne garden.
Growing food is always a challenge in Alaska where 3 inches of snow is predicted in lower elevations with 6 inches in upper MID MAY!
Spent 6 hours after a meaningless 2 meetings at work, planning/planting in the garden. These first days of growing season I am hit with a wide range of emotions. Mostly happy, but confused and feel as if I have undertaken some major ADD with a whopper of H on the side. What should I do first, I ask my other self, the thoughtful one, probably water and get the next proposed garden bed ready. Wait! Those seeds should really be put in the ground now. Nice neighbor said I could steal his leaves for my compost. That really should be watered so that it I don’t just have a pile of leaves sitting there doing nothing, right? “Mama, will you swing me? Mama! Mama, pleaaaaaaaase will you swing me!!!?!!!” Yes, I say, of course, this is most important. “Get me down!” Oy, all of that other stuff must wait. What was I doing again?
Market garden centers, high schoolers designing and do agriculture in Northern England? Corn at a police station? Watch this incredible edible pusher.
I have a large worm bin at my house, but I wanted to make a bin that I can keep safely at school, under my desk. This would also work underneath a kitchen sink or another small space.
My worms are mostly eating coffee grounds and shredded paper, but they also get some leftover vegetables from lunch and from home.
I used two smaller bins that fit under my desk.
After drilling holes for aeration, I covered the boxes with paper (to keep the worms in the dark), added food, soil and dampened paper for the worms to dig in, and put the boxes together.
AWESOMENESS! Thank you so much!
Want to start your growing season early? Maybe extend in into the winter months? Then build a cold frame or sometimes called a mini greenhouse. A cold frame is 4 walls that secure heat and protect plants from the elements and a top that allows light through.
Step 1) Find a good location that gets lots of sunlight and faces south.
Step 2) Build the walls. I used straw bales. They’re great at holding in heat and no tools are needed.
Step 3) Use some old windows to put on top. I used some storm windows I found in the trash at a local church.
Step 4) Fill with plant trays full of seeds.
Step 5) Keep an eye on temperature, moisture and airflow. Open up the lid a few inches to circulate fresh air in.
Step 6) Acclimate your seedlings by taking the lid off when they get bigger.
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As my final, I’ve created a permaculture utopia for South Anchorage High School.
The plan includes: communication changes, outdoor classrooms, and a continual feedback loop from students, staff, and the community.
What would your ideal high school look like? Thanks for taking a moment to check out mine. Feedback is always welcome!