Types of Composting
Before you start piling on, recognize that there are two types of composting: cold and hot. Cold composting is as simple as collecting yard waste or taking out the organic materials in your trash (such as fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds and filters, and eggshells) and then corralling them in a pile or bin. Over the course of a year or so, the material will decompose.
Hot composting is for the more serious gardener but a faster process—you'll get compost in one to three months during warm weather. Four ingredients are required for fast-cooking hot compost: nitrogen, carbon, air, and water. Together, these items feed microorganisms, which speed up the process of decay. In spring or fall when garden waste is plentiful, you can mix one big batch of compost and then start a second one while the first "cooks."
What to Compost?
Composting is a great way to use the things in your refrigerator that you didn't get to, therefore eliminating waste. Keeping a container in your kitchen, like this chic white ceramic compost bucket from World Market, is an easy way to accumulate your composting materials. If you don't want to buy one, you can make your own indoor or outdoor homemade compost bin. Collect these materials to start off your compost pile right:
What NOT to Compost?
Not only will these items not work as well in your garden, but they can make your compost smell and attract animals and pests. Avoid these items for a successful compost pile:
In astrology, a Full Moon prompts you to let go of what is no longer serving you, and a Supermoon intensifies that energy. Take advantage of this Moon’s power to leave any toxic patterns, situations, or even people in the past. Have you been stuck in a dead-end job with no promotion in sight? Are you in a situationship that’s continued far past its expiration date? Is there anything holding you back from being who you want to be? Leave all that ugh behind you. A little magic and a lot of intention setting can go a long way.
Humanity has been working with the energy of the Moon pretty much forever. It just helps things click into place a little more easily. Use this Supermoon to schedule a peaceful moment to yourself. That’s right, no Moon parties unless it’s a party for one. Spend the night in, light some candles, and turn your home into a place to just chill. Try a meditation in the bath or shower and picture what you want to let go of being washed away down the drain with all the dirty water.
Tonight, focus on the changes you want to put into action and amplify your intentions with the power of the Supermoon. As soon as you recognize what you need to let go of, you gain clarity in that aspect of your life. When you choose to release what’s no longer serving you, you create space for something new.
Credit- Cosmo Magazine
What a powerful lesson is the beginning of spring. All around us, everything small and buried surrenders to a process that none of the buried parts can see. And this innate surrender allows everything edible and fragrant to break ground into a life that we call spring.
In nature, we are quietly given countless models of how to give ourselves over to what appears dark and hopeless, but which ultimately is an awakening that is beyond all imagining. This moving through the dark into blossom is the threshold to God.
As a seed buried in the earth cannot imagine itself as an orchid or hyacinth, neither can a heart packed with hurt imagine itself loved or at peace. The courage of the seed is that once cracking, it cracks all the way.
Hi Fellow Quarantiner,
I'm just checking in to see how you are holding up? These are strange times indeed.
At WalkAboutYoga, we are all about connecting with nature and ourselves. Since we are practicing social distancing for a while and studios and gyms are closed, I created the Rewild and Reconnect 30 Day Challenge. When you sign up, you will get 30 days of Rewilding and Reconnecting activities delivered to your inbox daily. Plus a bonus Photo Scavenger Hunt! There are many benefits to getting outside including stress reduction, and connecting with nature and yourself. Send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to the challenge:)
A couple of guidelines to follow:
Go in and in…
Be the space
between the cells,
silence in which
Be sugar dissolving
on the tongue of life.
Dive in and in…
as deep as you can dive.
Be infinite, ecstatic truth.
Be love conceived and born in union…
Be exactly what you seek,
until there is only essence,
the All of Everything
expressing through you
Go in and in…
and turn away from
that you find…
Live slow enough and there is only the beginning of time.
Follow anything in its act of being~ a snowflake falling, ice melting, a loved on walking~ and we are ushered into the ongoing moment of the beginning, the quiet instant from which each breath starts. What makes this moment so crucial is that it continually releases the freshness of living. The key to finding this moment and all its freshness, again and again , is in slowing down.
Often, when we are inconvenienced, we are being asked to slow down. Wen we are delayed in our travel or waiting for a check in a restaurant, we are being asked to open up and look around. When we find ourselves stalled in our very serious and ambitious plans, we are often being asked to re-find the beginning of time. Unfortunately, we are all so high-paced, running so fast to where we want to be, that many of us are forced to slow down through illness or breakage. In this, we are such funny creatures. If we could see ourselves from far enough away, we would seem like a colony of insects running into things repeatedly: thousands of little determined beings butting into obstacles, shaking our little heads and bodies, and running into things again.
Like the Earth that carries us, the ground of our being moves so slowly we take it for granted. But if you should feel stalled, numb, or exhausted from the trials of your life, simply slow your thoughts to the pace of cracks widening, slow your heart to the pace of the earth soaking up rain, and wait for the freshness of the beginning to greet you.
There is a wind that keeps blowing since the beginning of time, and in every language ever spoken, it continues to whisper, You must meet the outer world with your inner world or existence will crush you.
If inner does not meet outer, our lives will collapse and vanish. Though we often think that hiding our inwardness will somehow protect or save us, it is quite the opposite. The heart is very much like a miraculous balloon. Its lightness comes from staying full. Meeting the days with our heart prevents collapse.
This is why ninety-year-old widows remain committed to tending small flowers in spring; why ten-year-olds with very little to eat care for stray kittens, holding them to their skinny chests; why painters going blind paint more; why composers going deaf write great symphonies. This is why when we think we can't possibly try again, we let out a sigh that goes back through centuries, and then, despite all our experience, we inhale and try again.
Try this short meditation to let your inner world meet the outer world.