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Fleamarkets, antique stores and shops that offer vintage items for sale are the ultimate in eco-friendly shopping. Repurposing and reusing reduces the amount of waste that ends up in our overfilled landfills. When we throw things out, our cities and counties have to use our tax money to haul all our “used” stuff away to a landfill to be incinerated.
The following are some shots I took at the Flea Market in Long Beach, California
Lotusland is a dreamy 37-acre estate and botanical garden created by Madame Ganna Walska near Santa Barbara, California and is open to the public.
Lotusland also hosts wonderful nature related exhibits. Currently on display is FLOCK: Birds on the Brink, a contemporary art exhibit by an environmental imperative –the global loss of wild bird populations and their role as indicators of the health of our planet.
Flock’s intention as well is to foster understanding of the critical impact of wild bird populations on human well-being and the conservation efforts to save birds, as we celebrate their daily presence in our gardens and communities.
A few of the pieces featured:
and pieces created by birds:
FLOCK is on till May 23rd, 2015
For information on visiting
These are the vegetable warriors in my garden. They are the ones that have survived year after year, are available most of the year, and require very little attention except for the basics: water and sun. Some get only occasional water and others are only halfway in the sun, but once they are established, they are there for the long term.
I pick them as often as I can and give lots away to friends
Sorrel leaves get pulsed in a mini blender with olive oil and added to omelettes
Kale goes in green smoothies, turned into kale chips or added to sauteed vegetables or chopped in salads
Mint is picked often for delicious mint tea
Rosemary is added to cooking, or left in a bundle in the kitchen, on the dining table or in office because I love how it smells. Bundles are added to the fireplace for the wonderfully smelling fires
Oregano gets chopped and added to tomato sauces
Honorable mention: Swiss Chard is seasonal but keeps on reappearing without my help either
Which ones are the Vegetable Warriors in your garden?
I would love to know!
Always trying to reduce the amount of waste my household produces, I’ve been reusing and repurposing leftover orange peels rather than throwing them into the trash. From the trees in my garden,
to the cutting board, and juiced,
the discarded halves
are dried on parchment paper in the oven (@250) for a few hours.
The house smells amazing, while the oranges are drying.
Once they are done, I add some rosemary or lavender trimmings from the garden,
and roll them up into small parcels using newspaper, and securing the ends with twine.
They all end up in basket by the fireplace, and on the occasional chilly and rainy evening, I use them as a fantastic fire-starter for my fireplace. They smell so good!
Nesting season has already begun for a few species and is rapidly approaching for others, so now is a good time to put out nesting boxes (bird houses) for the species that use them. Placing nesting boxes in your yard is a great way to help bird species that normally nest in old woodpecker holes or cavities. Since most cavities are excavated in dead, dying or diseased trees, there is a shortage of habitat supporting cavity nesters in urban neighborhoods. This is because, for the most part, foliage is kept well groomed and dead trees are considered unsightly or a liability, and thus removed.
Cavity nesting birds include woodpeckers, wrens, nuthatches, titmice, bluebirds, some flycatchers, swallows and owls.
You really have the ability to broaden bird diversity in your yards and neighborhoods by offering these cavity nesters an appropriate shelter.
It is very important that these size of the nesting box and its entrance hole conform to species-specific dimensions and that the birdhouses are properly mounted at appropriate heights in suitable habitats.
Offer soft nesting materials
Many species of birds will utilize soft nesting material in their nest designs. Goldfinches, bushtits, hummingbirds and orioles are a few of those species, but it is the hummingbirds that are making use of it now. Watch where they go with it! After a few trips, you should have an idea where the nest is. If you are lucky enough to find one,
do give mom her space-this way she never feels her nest is threatened.
If you want to put your own material out for them, never use dryer lint, because lint fibers are very short and will not structurally hold up in some situations.
In case you are looking for birdhouses, they are available here: http://www.priscillawoolworth.com/store/garden
Source of the bird information, is a most wonderful resource: wildwingsla.com
Portrait of an incredible eye
I just had the most wonderful visit to DOSA’s studios. DOSA is a clothing, housewares and accessories line designed by Christina Kim.
Nature is featured as a constant source of inspiration.
It was such a privilege to spend time in Christina Kim’s work and living space.
Thank you for following my blog whether you are a new subscriber and especially if you have been loyally following me for the past 5 years.
This is my story, in addition to the monthly almanac newsletter I’ve been writing for the past 5 1/2 years. This blog is still about all the ways I’m learning to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
I have lots more to share with you! I’m going to start featuring the work of artists and designers. Also, look out for features about feathers, orange peels, DOSA, art projects using recycled paper, leaves, glass jars, and all sorts of things I love to photograph. There will be as little text as possible and be all about the images.
I don’t have a set schedule for when my blog goes out.
I’ll strive to keep you interested.
Peace Love Happiness
I only started composting my plant based kitchen scraps 7 years ago. It’s become second nature for me to save all the organic & pesticide-free scraps from banana skins, old lettuce leaves, coffee grinds, egg shells, spoiled vegetables and fruit, chop them all up and add them to the compost pail I keep by my kitchen sink.
The benefits of composting are:
-Reduces the amount of waste that goes out to our overfilled landfills
-Recycling that waste
-Turning that waste into free nutrient rich material
-Your garden will thrive with all the compost added to it and attract beneficial insects as well.
-Composting is rewarding!
-Makes a great hostess gift! I’ve not only given a bucket of compost to a garden loving friend but also a jar of precious worm juice.
Issues that may occur when composting:
-The composter smells: add leaves, shredded newspaper or a bucket of potting soil.
-If the compost attracts flies, add shredded newspaper or cover the material with potting soil. If you don’t mind the flies, they will probably lays eggs, and larva will soon appear. They can be quite helpful at speeding the decomposing process up.
-If the material looks too wet, add shredded newspaper and mix it up.
-If the material looks too dry, add a little water and mix it in.
-If the material is not breaking down as fast as you feel it should be, add red wriggler worms, as they do help at speeding up the decomposing process. Worms also create a fantastic liquid referred to as “worm juice.” If you are able to collect it, add a pan underneath the composter to capture this natural fertilizer. Worm juice is very concentrated so when using in the garden, add a 1/4 cup to each large watering can and water the soil around the plant, rather than right on the plant, as worm juice can sometimes be too intense for some sensitive plants.
-Rodents love composting materials, so make sure that your composter has a lid and strong one.
What not to compost: Meat, fish, chicken, bones, cheese, milk, butter, salad dressing, cooked food, weed seeds, diseased plant material, disposable diapers, dog or cat feces, glossy newsprint, and coal ash.
Most tools I use for composting are available here (except the Valentina Composter which is temporarily sold out): http://www.priscillawoolworth.com/store/garden
For scientist Tierra Curry, the monarch butterfly is part of the American experience.
Native to North America, once present in every U.S. state except for Alaska, the insect with the distinctive and colorful wings is known for its spectacular migration each year from Mexico to Canada and back.
But scientists like Curry have seen the monarch’s numbers plummet. The population has dropped by 90% in the last two decades alone.
Now Curry, sees some hope.
On Monday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it would conduct a one-year status review of the butterfly species to determine whether it warranted Endangered Species Act protection.
“The Endangered Species Act is the most powerful tool available to save monarchs, so I’m really happy these amazing butterflies are a step closer to the protection they so desperately need,” Curry said.