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Monday
Jun112012

how does your {herb} garden grow? ::: pt 3

Happy Monday!

Another herb garden post for you! I needed a way to store leftover seeds and after seeing these Williams-Sonoma envelopes, I decided to make my own. And of course I HAD to share the FREE DOWNLOAD with you too. Be sure to pass along if you know a gardener!

If you missed the first two posts, be sure to check out the links below.

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Thursday
May312012

lovely bundle {beekeeping}

May is over. Hard to believe. The above inspiration is for my weekend, which includes learning about beekeeping! While I have become extremely interested in sustainable homes as of late, this isn't in my future plans. I just think it's fascinating! Bees are cute/scary/elegant/discusting all at the same time.

Any unique plans for your June weekend?

Image Sources: 1. Mimi Giboin, featured on Remodelista (via Pinterest) // 2. Graphics Fairy (via Pinterest) // 3. Lauren Lemons // 4. Roost < I am OBSESSED (via Pinterest) // 5. Leo Patrone for Kinfolk Mag //

Wednesday
May232012

how does your {herb} garden grow? ::: pt 2

My how starting from seeds takes time. Remember when I posted my herb garden part 1? Just recentely I felt they were worthy of the title garden. And yes, I cheated by adding a purchased lavender, chive, and dill plant. In case you were wondering why everything looks so large and plush.

For garden markers I didn't get too crazy. Popsicle sticks with stamped lettering is all I need for this simple bucket o'herbs.

Anyone else have herb gardens to share?

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Monday
May212012

summer fun // bucket list //

Happy Monday!

In order to slow down and not let the summer pass me by, I've decided to create a summer "bucket list". Aaannndd of course I feel that you need one too! Below are downloads that you can edit to create your customized list. There is also a circle option to throw into your bucket as you tackle each activity.

It's official. Enjoy your summer.

Friday
May112012

lovely bundle {sunshine}

Today I will be OUT enjoying the sunshine! Another volunteer photographer gig, these seem to be a regular for me :p

I hope you are able to relish in some sunshine this weekend!

Image Sources: 1. Urban Outfitters (via Design is Mine) // 2. Craig Schlewitz (via Pinterest) // 3. Made by Amelia (via Pinterest) // 4. Jose Villa (via Pinterest) // 5. Meisi (via Pinterest) // 6. Pennywishes //

Thursday
May102012

a few spring flowers

I hope your week is going well! Mine is absolutely flying. I wanted to snap a few quick photos of my current blooms before they disappear. Unfortunately my prize specimen—peonies—were destroyed by hail 3 days after their first bloom. Grrr. The hollyhocks and hydrangeas will have to do this year.

It's almost Friday, people!

Thursday
Apr192012

lovely bundle {planet earth}

Wrapping up the week with some earth day inspiration. Tentatively I'm planning to ride my new bicycle to the park for St. Louis Earth Day to get out and enjoy some great weather. Anyone else have fun plans for the weekend?

Photo Sources: 1. Katie Daisy (via Going Home to Roost) // 2. Jessica Durrant // 3. Paper & Paper Co. // 4. Brainstorm (via Pinterest) // 5. RokinRonda for Society6 //

Monday
Apr162012

diy bokashi bucket composting

Happy Monday! This coming Sunday is Earth Day so this week will feature earth friendly posts. Today I'm sharing my latest eco venture—Bokashi composting.

why bokashi composting?

No smell. Does not attract insects. Low maintenance. Quick and convenient. Small scale. Bokashi creates a liquid that is steroids for house & yard plants (called bokashi tea). You can ferment ANYTHING, including meat and dairy, dead leaves, paper, etc. Did I mention no smell???

Bokashi mix is also great for eliminating the stink in kitty litter boxes AND you could make an outdoor bin for dog doo doo if you'd like a better way to discard dog waste (do not use this as compost for edible plants).

what is bokashi?

Originating in Japan, bokashi is perfect for urban dwellers with little space because it can be kept indoors. The bokashi mix contains effective microorganisms (EM) that ferment the food, as opposed to letting food decompose. If you are interested in learning more about the biology in layman terms, this is a good read. I purchased my bokashi mixture from this local store for $12. It is also available online or you can make your own bokashi if you are really hard core.

step by step of using bokashi

Here is what composting looks like for me. Once the bucket is made (directions below), you throw in a few handfuls of bokashi and then start a layer of food.

Every time food is added another handful of bokashi is thrown on top, then I use plastic bag to keep it airtight before adding the bucket lid.

I only add scraps every 2-3 days, so in the mean time I collect food in a plastic container that is stored in the freezer.

Once the entire bucket is full (which has only taken me about one month!) it is sealed for two weeks. Note: Because there is this two week gap, we are probably going to make a second bucket. After this point the pickled food will need work (or maybe you can hand off to a gardner you know). Bokashi bucket contents need to be buried underground for 2-4 weeks in order to become actual compost. Once I complete this step I'll update the post about my experience.

diy bokashi bucket

TOOLS // Electric drill.
SUPPLIES // Two 5-gallon buckets (or large tupperware or kitty litter buckets), screen cut to fit bucket, bucket lid, and bokashi mix.

Optional: Spigot, O-rings, and a connecting side.

Take one bucket and drill holes in the bottom for drainage.

The spigot goes on the bucket without holes and was slightly complicated. And I'm not sure it's necessary. Once we drilled a hole for the spigot and screwed it into the connecting side, we still had to use calking to seal it for leaks. Do over, I'd skip this. We have yet to accumulate enough "bokashi tea" to use the spigot. Instead, you could lift up the inside bucket every 3-4 days and dump out the tea that has accumulated.

Once finished you have: outside bucket with or w/o spigot, inside holy bucket containing the screen, and then a lid. Rough cost estimate: Buckets $3 ea, used screen free, lid $3, spigot + rings + connector $7, bokashi mix $12, totaling $28. You can also purchase pre-made bucket sets for around $60.

bokashi wrap up

All this may sound really complicated but I promise it is not bad at all. This post is long because I wanted to give a general overview of this composting method. So far I really like using bokashi and it's been really convenient. Feel free to ask any questions about getting started, I am no professional but feel somewhat knowledgeable!

Happy heart the earth week!

Resources used for DIY: Bokashi Blog, Just Like My Nan Made, Lulu-Lenore

Thursday
Apr122012

lovely bundle {ride my bicycle}

Pretty images that just so happen to be my current to do: find a bicycle (which has been no small challenge, friends). Hopefully soon I'll have one to use as my own photo prop!

What are your plans this fine spring weekend?

Image Sources: 1. Carl Christensen (via Pinterest) // 2. Zoë Power (via Pinterest) // 3. Alice B. Gardens (via Pinterest) // 4. Monorail Studio (via Pinterest) // 5. Pony Tail (via SF Girl By Bay) 6. Becca Cramer (via Pinterest) // 7. Beaux Mondes (via stephmodo) //

Wednesday
Apr112012

how does your {herb} garden grow? ::: pt 1

One of my projects in the making—an herb garden! It has taken some serious patience to wait for these little guys to grow enough for pics, and hopefully soon I will be able to transplant them into pots (and then someday eat). It takes so long...ugh.

To make these starters, I used an egg cutter to cut off the tops of the eggs. Using eggs is just more fun than egg cartons or seed containers. I also used the wrong soil (contains plant food) but most of them have sprouted so I think they'll turn out ok.

How about you? Any edibles in the works?

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