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“It’s Too Hard” – Easing into Sustainable Living

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If you are not already living a more sustainable lifestyle, it can be daunting to even think about it.  Overwhelming, you might say.

“It’s too hard!”

“It takes too much time!”

“It’s a pain in the a**!”

“Why should I have to when none of my neighbors are?”

“My neighborhood doesn’t recycle – or doesn’t do single stream so it’s too much work…”

Well, about eight years ago, my neighborhood didn’t do single stream recycling and it WAS burdensome having so separate – and the city didn’t recycle nearly as much as they do now.  I helped form a group of people in conjunction with Denver Recycles and the now Governor of Colorado.  Before I knew it, we had large wheelie bins that could hold two weeks’ worth of recycling.

I didn’t grow up composting or gardening, but now our waste to the landfill is minimal and we use our food scraps to nourish our small garden which then becomes food for our family.

It doesn’t take that much extra time and the feeling of knowing where my waste is going and reducing our family’s impact on the city landfill and the planet-at-large makes me feel better as a person.

When I go out to harvest in the garden in the summer months, it’s like my birthday every time – gifts just present themselves asking little in return…like fresh, organic raspberries, tomatoes, squashes, beans (SO many beans).  And then, they give the gift of seeds so, over time, I have had to buy fewer and fewer seeds in the spring…completing the cycle.  It’s satisfying and exciting and cheap.

Setting up a compost bin probably takes half an hour…maintaining it takes little time as all you have to do is “feed” it regularly, but not even daily…ours is out by our garage, so whenever I’m going out, I can just dump the compost into the bin/box and leave the bucket from the kitchen in the garage.  Then, I bring the bucket back in on my way back home, rinse it out (to prevent smelliness) and start the refilling process as I cook.  The bucket is a small step-can that lives on my counter/kitchen bench by the sink.  About once a week, I stir the compost and about once a month I add leaves in (from autumn).  The leaves are stored in containers in our garage.

Let me say it simply…it saves money and doesn’t take that much time…and it helps reduce the amount of stuff going to the landfill.

Here are some helpful links to get you started:

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=where+to+buy+a+compost+bin

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=where+to+buy+a+small+step+can

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=how+to+start+a+compost+bin

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=how+to+start+recycling

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Spring Forward!

Spring Bird

March 10, 2015

As I was riding my bicycle to yoga today, I heard many different birds singing to each other…so happy that the sun is shining and things are starting to turn green after a long, cold winter. These little signs of seasonal change can be tuned into. Buds have appeared on our Japanese Magnolia – the first tell-tale sign that the bushes and trees are ready to burst out of their dry, brown, tired winter husks. Crocus blooms sprout from between snow piles and the grass is becoming green again.

All this tells me that it is time to start planting seeds indoors. This is a new habit for me as of last year. All of the seeds I planted last year sprouted, but about 1/3 of my seedlings molded and died. It is all a big experiment for me as I learn more and more about how to grow our food. I am a novice learning from failure each year. One success was planting seeds from a butternut squash from the previous year and getting the seeds to sprout indoors, transplanting them to our small urban garden outside and watching those seeds become squash again by July. It seemed such a miracle to witness the full cycle first-hand.

This year, I plan to try seedlings in another location with south-facing sun (THE key ingredient to success here in the Northern Hemisphere) where they will get the most sun. I will also try to not drown them this time.