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Weekend Round Up - May 2, 2022

Backyard Garden, Books As Usual, Waste Chats.

Another weekend spent (mostly) offline. I put my phone away, got outside, and moved.

Backyard Garden

Whose idea was it to put in a garden over 72' long?


I say that, but it's actually really nice to be out there working in the dirt.

The border of the garden is logs and wood that we found laying around the property, and there's more to placed yet. This was a choice made with intention, because I can't take on any project without ridiculously researching it beforehand.

  • the logs will help protect the garden soil from water coming downhill towards the garden in heavy rains

  • the logs at the back will help to prevent soil loss

  • as the logs decompose they will house beneficial microorganisms and eventually become humus

  • the logs will provide nutrients to the soil at they break down

  • the logs also provide habitats / attract pest eating animals like birds, and insects.

My thought process for the garden is to learn about the microbiome of the soil and to steward it as it needs. Not based on what I think it needs. Dirt to Soil was such a profound book in influencing this management perspective. I won't be tilling or artificially fertilizing the garden. Planting complementary plants, keeping roots in the soil, and mimicking nature is the plan.


Check back next year to see how my plan went.

Books As Usual

I finished off A Kind of Freedom. It was a good book, but it felt like half a book? The best part was the bookclub discussion about the book.

Last week I mentioned that the next book up to bat was The Hidden Life of Trees. I've been nibbling away at it. Man trees are cool. Like so much cooler than we know. I was surprised by the sense of community rather than competition among trees, and by how many living things are in a handful of soil. Spoiler: more living things than people on this earth. Goodreads summarizes the book with "Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old."

Next up is The Eight Master Lessons of Nature and Three Day Road.


Waste Chats.

Over on Hive to Home's Instagram we've been chatting about waste and it's been really interesting.

Throughout the week, I've been showing some of my daily waste, and talking about how to properly sort it. The stories have been a great starting point for private message conversations.

One take away is that waste disposal and sorting varies so much in different areas, even different municipalities. If you're unsure how to dispose of an item I encourage you to look it up. Halifax has a use-friendly website What Goes Where and an app. Hot tip: even if an item or piece of packaging says it's recyclable, it's still worth looking it up to ensure your area accepts it. Aka: even if an item says it's compostable or recyclable it doesn't necessarily mean the local facilities can accept it. It's doesn't make navigating waste easy. A recent article Trash or Recycling? Why Plastic Keeps Us Guessing articulates it very well.

Some of the items/topics we've talked about on Instagram are: paper bread bag clips, putting plastic bread bags into other plastic bread bags so it's easier to grab/sort at the recycling facility, paper bags soiled with food, Cliff bar wrappers, tissues with bodily fluids, and single use water bottles.

Here's how to sort these items:

  • paper bread bag clips - paper recycling or compost

  • paper bags soiled with food - compost

  • Cliff bar wrappers - garbage

  • tissues with bodily fluids - garbage (not compost)

  • single use water bottles - recyclable (recycling bag or find an Enviro Depot)

Within the next week I'll break out a separate post talking more about the local waste facilities. A visual may be helpful in sorting your waste!

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