Over the weekend, I was in New York City with my boyfriend to attend a very special occasion of his family’s – his older brother’s wedding! Amidst all of the family time, him and I were able to sneak away to fulfill a tasty craving – a good old NYC deli sandwich! Off to Carnegie Deli we went, where we indulged in deli, french fries and of course, some juicy pickles!
Composting involves ‘recycling’ items that cannot be recycled at a recycling plant by making them rot.
In order to make your own compost, you are going to need a bin. There are a variety of compost bins that you can choose from, but they all serve the same purpose. You can even make your own compost bin. You just need to make sure that your compost bin can be accessed with great ease. This means having a lid or a door that can be opened easily without having to lift the bin etc. You also need to ensure that it is airtight and does not have any holes.
Next you need to find the perfect location for your compost bin. Now the perfect location is in a sunny area, or an area which gets a reasonable amount of sun. This is to provide the bin with heat which is going to speed up the composting process.
A lot of people are often left confused about the items that can be composted. But what you need to realise is that you can compost virtually. However, having a good mix between green and brown items is best to promote thorough rotting.
Items that belong to the ‘greens’ category are tea bags, vegetable peelings, grass cutting etc. Greens are great for composting since they are rich in nitrogen. This is another way of realising which item belongs to greens.
Brown ingredients and slow to rot because they contain carbon in them. These items include cardboard boxes, wastepaper, wood (make sure to shred it first) etc. There are other items with can be composted but do not fall into either none of the above categories. This includes egg shells or hair and nails. There will be some items that end up rotting quicker than others. These items involve weeds and leaves. Adding these to your compost mix can further speed up the whole composting process for the whole mixture. Remember that larger items will take longer to rot, so try to shred or chop everything into smaller pieces in order to increase their surface area. You will notice that your items will rot a lot quicker that way.
There are some items that absolutely should not be composted and this includes cooked food, nappies, pet faeces etc. Although technically cooked food and raw meat could be composted, the fact that they are food will attract vermin, which is something that you do not want wandering around in your garden or greenhouse.
You simply add all your compostable items to the compost bin and let the rest happen over time. It is recommended that he first time you compost, that you have enough materials to make a layer which is approximately 30cm high when it is in the bin.
The good thing about composting is that you can add more materials whenever you like. There is no need to wait for a cycle to end. Just add more items as you get a hold of them.
It usually takes approximately eight weeks for the composting process to finish. A good way to know when it is done is to smell the mixture. If it smells earthy and looks dark brown, you know that it’s done. Even if it does not look like the compost you would normally purchase in a bag, you are still able to use it in the same way.
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Yes, it may be hard to accept that the summer is coming to a close, but one of the many things of the fall season that can turn our frowns upside down are the colours! Fall is one of my favourite times of year for colour – not only the leaves, but the colours of fashion and home decor!
Year after year, the wheel is reinvented when it comes to the colours of Autumn. However, one thing that is beautiful about this time of year is that the dark and rich hues are combined with light and airy neutrals – a great way to transition from the summer and prepare ourselves for the dark and deep shades of winter.
The fall colour picks of 2014 are beautiful! As a HUGE fan of colour and someone who uses hues as a way to bring happiness to my closet and my home, here are some ways to interpret each amazing shade and give you some advanced inspiration for the upcoming fall season:
Aluminum – a lighter and softer neutral, which is a perfect complement to the darker shades of autumn.
Sea Fog – another soft shade that combines grey and light purple in a beautiful partnership.
Royal Blue – elegant, luxurious and “royal”, this blue is a hue and brings more excitement than your average navy.
Bright Cobalt – continues the trend of cobalt blue from last year but packs a brighter punch.
Aurora Red – some will say that white, black and RED are the best traditions in fashion. This red is sophisticated and lovely.
Cypress – a majestic and powerful green that pairs beautifully with other seasonal fall shades.
Sangria – the exotic way to combine red and plum into one vibrant colour, bringing on the spice in the chilly weather.
Cognac – deep, warm and classy. This brown shade really brings out the Autumn in you.
Mauve Mist – romantic, feminine, and pretty. A gorgeous pastel to lighten up the browns and greys.
Misted Yellow – brightens up the season and reminds us of the spring and summer of next.
AND finally, we have the Pantone of the year for 2014, Radiant Orchid!