The Elephant in the Room

Everyday there is a new chance to create something fun that makes you smile.

Arts and Crafts have taken over this house.

Here is my roomies idea of using his old laundry detergent bottles.

This is mine.

He’s a nerd .

We planted some african daisies, a yellow flower I cannot pronounce and poppies.

He is my roomies.

Simply adorable.

My friend Toasty passed on this Eggcellent use of eggshells.

The seedlings are loving it!!

Teacup Poppy .

I didn’t realize how many attempts it would take to grow cilantro from seeds.

They love the sun but my garage operation for seedling growth is their most successful spot.

Some serious cilantro now!

Four different kinds of lettuce loving the sunlight.

A little update on the seed operation.

It makes the garage one of my favorite sitting spots.

A place of Peace, Joy and Life.

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Experiment # 1 Compost Tea

PROJECT : Compost Tea

For all you beginner gardeners out there, hope for a green thumb is right in you backyard, windowsill or front porch. Our fresh fruits, veggies, herbs, spices, trees and flowers shall be luscious and bountiful. Just do your research and do not be fearful to try new things. Even the smelly ones…

INGREDIENTS :

  1. A SHOVEL FULL OF COMPOST
  2. KOI POND WATER/FISH TANK WATER
  3. FRESHLY CLIPPED WEEDS
  4. A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR ( AS MARY POPPINS SAYS)
  5. THIS MORNINGS LEFTOVER COFFEE/GRINDS
  6. DASH OF SOIL (IF YOU LIKE)

TOOLS :

  1. BUCKET
  2. STIR STICK/ FISH TANK BUBBLER

TIMEFRAME :

I have read online a number of different estimations. I begin the filtering process a week after mixing all the ingredients into a 13 gallon old trash can. A 5 gallon bucket will work just fine though.  In this timeframe I daily stir the tea since I have not picked up a bubbler.

FILTRATION :

After the week is up strain the tea through a natural cloth material. I did not have cheese cloth at home so I cut an old cotton shirt into a large square. Then to seal the cloth around a large canister with something elastic or stretchy like a fat rubberband or  even an old bungee cord.  Mine is made with a tall coffee canister, old t-shirt and a large rubberband thing…

Easy and all from things I would have ended up throwing away or letting sit in a draw somewhere without a purpose. My homemade filtration process is always evolving though since your tea will obviously be stinky. If you think brewing compost tea is a bit extreme with all the fertilizers sold in store, go ahead and compare them. That’s what I did. I set up a seed growing experiment that I will share In another post for another day.

HOW-TO-USE :

Daily I pour a cup full into the watering can and then proceed to use Koi pond water instead of hose water. The hose water has chlorine in it which reduces the effect of the tea.