Water you waiting for?

Icebergs bondi

Southern summer is over.

If you believe the calendar, it was over more than a month ago. But, as summer heat reaches ever further into fall, the season’s change is marked more so by daylight savings than a particular date. By two measures then, summer is over.

Although I’ll miss the longer days and the after work ocean dips that come with them, I won’t miss the record-breaking stretches of stiflingly hot weather we’ve had this year, and neither will my balcony garden.

Too much time without precipitation can be hard on a Pacific Northwest girl, used to blink and you’ll miss ’em summers.

Like me, my plants tend to wilt when temperatures soar and no rain comes along to wash the spider out. When this happens, there are more effective ways to water than doing a rain dance.

After I wash my salad leaves for dinner, I’ll pull out the inner basket and use the water left below for my plants.

When my crops grows lush and green, I’ll harvest the leaves, put them into my spinner. Like a gift, or a thank you for quenching their thirst.

There are always plenty of places to find water, if you know where to look.

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Camposting – compost on the go.

Camposting is the art of composting while away from home (or while camping).

The thing about composting is that once you start, it feels so good and right that it becomes impossible not to do it all the time. But alas, compost bins aren’t (yet) on every street corner, or even hazily considered by the vast majority.

So then, what to do when you’re out and about and need to dispose of your food scraps in a way that will benefit future generations rather than contribute to methane production in landfill?

Pack it in, pack it out.

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Sort of beautiful, no?

In my dreams, city councils and businesses would provide compost bins for organics disposal.The contents would supply urban farms with nutrients to enrich growing soil, and we’d all eat hyper-local food without the need for synthetic fertilisers, which are an extremely potent driver of climate change.

Since this utopian dream is clearly not (yet) realised, composting on-the-go involves bringing your bits back home to be composted.

If you take a lunch to work (in a reusable container, obvy), just reuse it to bring scraps back home. If you camp, bring an extra container with a good seal to avoid leaks.

File this one under #tooeasy.