Composta – a plant pot and worm bin in one!

I love my worm farms and have two, happily churning away my food scraps. I have two bottomless pots in my wicking garden and feed compost worms in one then the other to encourage them to move throughout the garden doing their busy best for the soil. However, I have just found a great new worm farm that is an attractive large plant pot with a worm tower in the centre. Composta will be a welcome addition to my edible garden.

Unique worm farm. Great Australian design. Composta Australia.

The plant pot is large and attractive and the worm tower is placed in the centre before filling the pot section with potting mix. The worms are added to the tower along with vegetable scraps. You are then ready to plant your choice of plants so that they can take advantage of the benefits of the hard working worms who will venture throughout the pot and break down your vegetable scraps and replace them with high value worm castings. The unique drainage system ensures that the worms will not be drowned in the event of rain or if you add water to the pot. You can put a container under the drain hole to collect the liquid for your garden or other pots, too.

I was quite impressed with my Composta when it arrived and the grandchildren are excite to get it started and planted out on their next visit. When I looked through the gallery on the Composta site, I had to buy another one for my beans and peas. With the addition of poles or a cone plant trainer

These would make great presents for fledgling and experience gardeners alike and the large pot will hold a good supply of herbs, flowers, strawberries, greens or whatever you decide to plant.

Ok, this is not the most frugal of ideas and many would say that they can create something similar with a little DIY inspiration, but this kit is ideal for many people who want to grow a few plants and reduce their waste a little, in an attractive and easy to manage system.

The unit comes with removable legs. I believe I will use these on my herb garden which will be outside my back door ready for the last minute dashes I inevitably do for herbs for meals. I never seem to remember until I am cooking that I needed a bit of this or a stalk of that and then it is off to the cupboard to find the torch and wander around in the back yard, visiting the garden.

I usually let most of my herbs go to seed so that I can have a supply of seeds for planting (such as lettuce, rocket and baby spinach) or for cooking (such as coriander and fennel seeds), so I will probably still plant herbs and greens elsewhere. Having a supply near the house for easy picking will be a pleasure and, when we get chickens in the very near future, will allow me to leave some garden herbs to them as payment for their digging over and de-bugging.

As for my beans, the Composta will work wonderfully sitting on my garden near fruit trees and with no need for the legs provided. The wormy goodness will be washed into the main garden to fertilise and add healthy micro-organisms around my edibles. I can’t wait!

I’ll post more personal pics as my Compostas progress and update with tips or info that I might learn along the way.

DISCLAIMER: This is merely the opinion of my humble self and BetR2 does not sell any products or have any relationship to products mentioned here.

I just like them!

 

 

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Go, Seattle! That’s how to do a Community Garden!

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RIP Bill Mollison The Father of Permaculture

I think of Bill Mollison every day. He is my garden, my food, my inspiration, my past and my future. RIP The Father of Permaculture. You will be missed!

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Create your own “Bathurst” like moments!

Shelveit

Fuel your kids’ need for speed with a super-fast pro racetrack.

Playing with toy cars is every littlie’s idea of good fun. So, rev things up and ignite their inner speed racer by building a mini racetrack where cars can tumble through a tunnel, crash into the sides and roll along the finish line. The cars may be tiny, but the competition is fierce!

Gather your suppliesSand & Cement mix (2 bags)
70mm Bricktor or chicken wire
Black oxide powder
Old motorcycle tyre
Selection of small plants (such as mini mondo grass, variegated oregano or Scleranthus biflorus)
Here’s How
Step 1: Using rope, mark out track on turf, then outline with set-out paint. Excavate inside lines to a depth of 100mm and roughly level ground.
Step 2: Place tyre in desired position, then excavate so half of tyre sits below ground.
Step 3: Put 2 bags of Sand & Cement…

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Edible City Vision

Another city feeding their community locally and adding good policy to keep food front and centre.

The Root Of It All

Here is an inspiring video about the food strategy in Vancouver.

Imagine a city where food is abundantly growing in yards, public spaces, urban farms, and schools.  Growing fresh, local produce meets a basic human need that ensures security and equity for all.  Designing our spaces to efficiently produce food creates a thriving and sustainable community through strengthening local economy and resources. It raises awareness and respect for the environment.

Here in Portland The Mayor’s Food Initiative works to improve health and sustainability of food systems in our community. It supports many of the initiatives of other organizations. The Edible East Bayside project is transforming the Bayside Trail into an edible food forest. Among many events, the Resilience Hub + Portland Maine Permaculture teach permaculture design courses and organize permablitz’ to turn people’s yards into self-producing food forests.  Cultivating Community provides food systems education in schools and to members of the New American farmer’s program. They…

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Butterflies Everywhere!

I have always been attracted to butterflies, not in a deep spiritual or studious way, but probably in the same way as many people are; a momentary pause to life whenever one flutters into frame, a desire to have them drawn to my presence and even to sit peacefully on me before resuming their busy short lives. A part of my general awe of nature, but never part of my endeavours.

Although I had, for years, wished that I could keep an avairy of these beauties, I had long ago realised that the practicalities of such a venture would make it not a viable activity in my climate and in my life. As with most life, I would prefer to observe than to detain, so the thought of keeping such beauty captive would always deter my scheming toward that end.

I was inspired to search for places that butterflies can be found, in numbers and in the wild, while watching episode 6 of a new Australian TV Show called Reef Doctors.

I’ve included the link to Reef Doctors website on Channel 11, but doubt that you will see much there. I was unable to play the few episodes that had already aired and the buzz is that the series will be shelved. We have loved Lisa McClune in every show she has been in, so are sorry to hear this.

Anyway, we were watching this show which depicted some tourists heading off to Butterfly Grotto on the ficticious island on which the show is set. I said to my husband, Jeff, “you make the cup of tea and I’ll find some real ‘butterfly grottos’ we could visit. If they are in other countries, we’ll just have to go there”. If only it was that easy, but by the power of Google, lets head off to explore some spectacular butterflies on the wing.

just a few butterflies everywhere Manu National Park

Toro River, Manu National Park, Peru: http://www.treknature.com/gallery/South_America/Peru/photo228345.htm You must follow the link to see the photo. It is spectacular! Almost makes me want to do the washing next camping trip!

The Valley of the Butterflies in Rhodes Island, Greece:

If you live or are travelling in the UK, the Wildlife Trust page, Woodland Butterflies will have you some ideas of where to begin your search for butterflies. You can even download a pdf file of 40 place to look.


The film clip In The Company of Wild Butterflies is just a free taste. There is a 43 minute documentary available for sale. I have no affiliation with Bullfrog Films, just love butterflies.

If you are a budding photographer, you may like some pointers from this article about Photographing Butterflies in the Wild. There are some ideas of how to find out where the butterflies might be found and nice butterfly pictures on the page to illustrate the article, also.

The Butterfly Website has comprehensive lists of butterfly gardens and exhibits across the world. Even though I was trying to find wild butterfly places for you, many of these establishments are deeply involved in the conservation of their local butterfly breeds and therefore I would be remiss if I didn’t share this information. After all, when we are travelling, not all of us are going to be dashing off into the bush with our SLR, some are looking for family activities on the beaten track.

Born to be King

And, just for fun, the one that is born to be king surrounded by beautiful butterflies.