Worm Compost Tower Creates And Delivers Compost Naturally

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From a post on Treehugger.com

After spending $200+ on my tumbler compost bin, seeing this Macgyver in-garden worm composter brings on a little Jubbling envy. It’s a basic idea and seems like it should work. The video explains it – put your compost solution directly in your garden, in this case a bottom perforated PVC pipe, and create and distribute your compost at the same time. Cut out the middleman, which is you, and put the worms in charge of spreading the compost


GreenFest Is Coming To A City Relatively Close To You

GreenFest Green FestivalThe Green Festival, or GreenFest, is a two day event that showcases products, ideas and solutions for consuming less and reusing more. And this year, they’re celebrating their 10th anniversary having welcomed 1 million attendees. Yes, green is prominent in their name but you don’t feel Jubwinked by attending because it’s all about the vendors. If you do decide to go, definitely bring your kids too. GreenFest is very kid friendly and includes a KidZone with crafts, games and featured speakers who’ll explain ways that kids can get involved. Here is their upcoming schedule:

2011 Green Festival Schedule
San Francisco/SF Concourse April 9-10
Chicago/McCormick Place May 14-15
Seattle/Qwest Exhibition Center May 20-21
New York/Javits Building Oct 1-2
Los Angeles/LA Convention Center Oct 29-30
San Francisco/SF Concourse Nov 12-13

Now Jubbling Festival, or JubFest, is still about 3 – 20 years off but I’m working on it. For now, it occurs in my house daily and consists of me walking around in a parka telling my kids to turn stuff off.


Is A Compost Heated Shower For You?

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Inspired by the work of Jean Pain, Darren Doherty and his group built a compost heated shower that can dispense 40 gallons of warm water every 10 minutes. The water travels through 400′ of 1″ hose that is snaked through a 6′ x 6′ compost pile. The compost piles’ day and night internal temperature reached and has remained at 90 degrees since day one. At some point, they do think the pile will run out of heat and when it does, they’ll be left with some good compost.

By far the best part of the video occurs in the first 25 seconds where Darren walks in and out of the shower and then calls out to his lady friend, “come on out doll.” Jubbling aspires to reach this level of eco-suavé but judging by the spam we get, we have to accept that our groupies peddle upskirt porn and sell cheap Zoloft. [Treehugger.com]


Killing Weeds: Skip The Agent Orange And Bring On The Boiled Water And Vinegar.

Weed eradication programs for most starts in the herbicide aisle of the local home and garden type store but the visit may not be necessary. You might have everything you already need in your kitchen – water and vinegar.

Boiled Water: I read about this on Ecomii.com and had to try it. Boil a kettle of water and pour it on your weeds. It’s that simple. Literally, within 30 minutes, the base of the weeds will turn a brown color and soon flattened on your patio like limp lettuce.

white-vinegar-spray-bottleVinegar: The active, natural weed killer in vinegar is acetic acid. Careful application via spray bottle or focused pour is important because vinegar is indiscriminate and can kill your grass. Normal grocery store vinegar is 5% acetic acid and may have to be applied several times in order to kill your weeds. You can get vinegar with acetic acid concentrations of 10%+ from a restaurant or farmer’s supply store but you magnify the risk to the nearby plants.

Boiled Vinegar: Why not connect with both weed cheeks with one kick by boiling your vinegar? The scalding water will start the process and the concentrated acetic acid in the boiled vinegar will take care of the rest.

If your neighbor comes out every couple days looking like a retired Ghostbuster spraying the Agent Orange on everything green and unwelcome, mention the scalding water and/or vinegar trick. You probably won’t convince him to change over to boiled anything so do your best to avoid operation weeding thunder.

Give any combo of boiled water, vinegar or boiled vinegar a shot and see if you get the results you want. You will have to invest a little extra time to kill your weeds but atleast you won’t have to face the possible collateral damage and long-term risks associated with herbicides.