one small change


{vegie scraps about to get a new lease} 

Inspired by Hip Mountain Mama's One Small Change Campaign I have decided to make some small green changes this year. 

If you've ever had a dog and now don't, you'll know that feeling of horrible waste every time you throw a beef or lamb bone in the bin. I've been getting that lately with vegetable peelings.

I grew up on a farm where the dogs got the bones, the chooks got the scraps, the tea leaves were always used as fertilizer and there was an organic compost over the back fence (i.e. the paddock in which fruit and vegetable scraps were tossed.)

We recycle here at home, of course, Sydney recycling is split into general rubbish, paper and plastic and green garden waste. Not bad. 

But the vegie scraps.

We had a wonderful compost going in Brisbane but we left it behind and never replaced it.

Just before Christmas we went and got a worm farm.

So my January project ('One small change' involves a project each month from January to April leading up to Earth Day on April 22) is more diligent recycling and building up our worm farm.


DSC_0026Tilly loves talking to the worms. She calls this their 'bed'. That mat on top is instead of dampened newspaper, to keep them moist and cool.


DSC_0017We go through quite a lot of fruit and veg peelings in this house and they are threatening to overtake the poor worms, even just a few days worth of scraps! So the kids and I went adventuring to Bunnings today to get some back up wrigglies…

  Bring on the organic fertiliser!


5 Comments on “one small change

January 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm

How cool. I’ve just published a post about compost too. Worms are very cool. Well done!

Sue Reid
January 10, 2010 at 12:41 am

Oh, my worms are so precious! I like compost more than flowers, but growing food is the best.

A couple months ago I started being vegetarian 3 days a week- Mon, Wed, Fri. Mostly for planet reasons, though the health and financial benefits are good, too, I’m sure. Any veggie recipes always appreciated.

One of my Christmas presents for Dave was a Post-it note pad, with a page dated each Monday of 2010, and a space for him to fill in a recipe for me to cook us that week. (Just where to find it- book and page, not the whole recipe!) Fun so far- mex fish, and pork sausage casserole. He’s not as hooked on the part-time veggie idea as I am.

Hip Mountain Mama
January 10, 2010 at 8:06 am

Thanks for joining! We love composting around here and find that our summer gardens really benefit from it! Good for you…and how fun to play with worms!

January 11, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Suey, that is such a great idea for a gift, your post-it thing, I have been thinking about it since you mentioned it! We are vego for a few days a week too and I’m thinking about a whole month of vego for this One Small Change campaign… Henry has low iron though, he’s on supplements, and I need to check with his paed first. Lots of love xxx

January 16, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Nice to see another Aussie doing the One Small Change project! I began a compost a few months ago and failed miserably, not sure where I went wrong but I think somes grass seeds got in because after a few weeks I had plants popping up in the compost bin. Oh well, I’ll try again soon!


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