Easy Garden Composting | 3 Step Method

Compost, Garden Composting, Sustainability, Gardening, Recycling, Compost Bin, DIY Compost Bin, DIY Projects

 

Easy garden composting is by far is the easiest method of composting that I’ve tried. You already know that I’ve composted using my DIY compost bin but during seasons when I’m feeling lazy, I do something a little bit different.

Instead of layering my kitchen scraps in my compost bin, I take them right out to the garden and layer them. This is what I call garden composting.

Garden Composting

1. Dig a hole in your flower bed around 7 – 12 inches deep.

2. Pour in your compost material. (See list of acceptable compost material)

3. Add a layer of cardboard or newspaper.

4. Fill the hole back in with dirt.

Like I said, garden composting is the simplest form of composting I’ve ever done but here is a warning regarding this method.

  • You probably don’t want to do this on a daily basis unless you have a humungous garden or more than one garden bed. I’ve never had a problem but I’m sure that over dumping scrap can attract bugs and  unwanted critters.
  •  It takes several months for scraps to decompose so if you don’t overfill your garden with scraps, they will feed your plants and not attract bugs.

Reasons why do I compost?

  1. It saves me money on fertilizer
  2. It helps the environment by reducing the amount of waste in landfills.
  3. It allows me to do my part to create a sustainable planet (Genesis 1)
  4. I’m passing on good habits to my children on how to manage their homes, keep a garden and reduce expenses.

Composting is very easy to do, doesn’t require a lot of time and provides a wealth of benefits. When I open up my compost bins each year, I am excited about how the scraps turn into fertilizer for my gardens.

Not only does my family get to use the material in my compost bins for its main purpose, we also get a second and sometimes third reward from a single item.

 

Working Willingly 7/2: My Goals for July!!

It’s Monday and a new month which means I have several things going on today. Today I get to create some new goals for the month of July. I also get to plan a weeks worth of healthy and delicious meals for my family and choose a new book or two to read for July.

In January I challenged myself to read at least one book per month in 2012. So far, I’ve been reading between one and three books each month. In June I read these two and I will share a review of them along with my July choices in a few days. You can always see which books I’ve read this year by checking out the Amazon book widget on the bottom right side of my blog.

In addition to reading goals, I have set some July goals in several other areas as well.

HOMEMAKING

  • Be consistent in menu planning and grocery shopping.
  • Let the children help with house upkeep while they are out of school for the summer.

PARENTING

  • Read with the children.
  • Plan weekly outdoor activities for the kids that allow me to work while they play.
  • Be available.

FAITH

  • Read my bible daily.
  • Pray for and with family and friends.
  • Pray daily with my husband.
  • Pray regarding prayer request from my readers.
  • Schedule quiet times to meditate on Gods word.
  • Continue taking notes on what God is saying to me through scripture, prayer and other believers.

FINANCES/RESOURCES

  • Look for opportunities to be a blessing to others.
  • Be a prudent manager over our resources.

MARRIAGE

  • Plan a few dates with Mr. P.
  • Be available.

Goals for this week.

FAITH:

  • Bible Reading: Read Bible everyday.

“Dogs bark, roosters crow, Christians read their Bibles everyday.” — Pastor Ken Jumper

  • Prayer: Monday – Sunday
  1. – Prayer with and for my husband
  2. – Prayer with and for my children
  3. – Intercessory prayer for my family and others
  4. -Prayer request from friends, family, church and A Proverbs Wife readers.
  • Personal Discipleship: I will share my July reading list soon.

This Weeks Memory Verse

 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3 KJV

Training My Children:

I’m Reading: I will share my July reading list soon.

Kids/Family Daily Bible reading – Alone and with parents using the At Home Bible reading plan from church for the month of July.

  • 1 John 4:19-21
  • 1 John 4:7
  • 1 John 14:1-5
  • James 1:27

Character Training: Choosing to do the right thing even when it’s tough.

Memory Verse:

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39 NIV

 

Working Willingly 4/30: My Plans, Goals and Fun Finds for this week

It’s Monday which means that I’m sitting somewhere cozy with a hot cup of coffee and planning out my week. Before I share my weeks goals I want to share a recap of this weekend.

I spent the weekend working on several projects that I’ll share soon. The den and master bedroom remodel is coming together so nicely and I can’t wait until everything is complete.

To complete the projects I started this weekend, I had to pick up a few things from the Home Depot and the Dollar Tree. While at the Dollar Tree I spotted the new line of organization tools and some other goodies worth sharing.

First let’s talk about the new fun colored baskets. In the picture below, the third row from the bottom was filled with all new baskets that range from square to rectangle and from shallow to deep.

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These fun colored baskets can be used for organizing anything around your home.

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They’d be great in a girls room too. I didn’t pick up any baskets this weekend, but plan to grab a few when I start updating my daughters room in a few weeks.

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The other thing I wanted to mention were the wall decals below. There are lot’s of styles to choose from. There are girl or boy themed decals and also quotes for neutral areas like living rooms.

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I saw several princess-y styled decals that could work in my daughters bedroom but I didn’t buy them since I wasn’t sure how these would look on an actual wall.

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I did pick up a neutral decal to test it out.

The one I bought allowed me to see the scale and the durability of the decal adhesion. These decals are removable, so they can be repositioned several times with no problem. They are also more vivid then what it looks like in the picture taken below with my iPhone camera.

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I really like the decals but because of the size, I would not use them in a large space such as my den. I do think that a grouping of the princes themed ones will be perfect for my daughters bedroom.

I have lot’s of homemaking projects planned, some in progress and some that I need to begin.

Here are some of my major home making projects for April through May.

1. Sand walls in the den.

2. Finish painting the den.

3. Touch up paint kids bathroom.

4. Update my ‘Home Inspiration’ notebook.

5. File paperwork.

6. Re-paint master bedroom dresser and nightstand.

7. Re-Organize Office Desk.

8. Work on mirrors and artwork for bedroom and den walls.

9. Touch up paint on den moulding.

10. Touch up paint on windowsills (entire house).

11. Clean tops of kitchen cabinets.

12. Clean inside both refrigerators.

13. Clean deep freezer.

Homemaking Projects for 2012

1. Paint the bathroom accent wall and newly installed floating shelf.

2. Find a dresser for the bathroom that will allow for more storage.

3. Paint (white) and reinstall current bathroom shelf.

4. Update den wall molding.

5. Paint youngest son and youngest daughters bedrooms.

6. Make headboards from youngest son and daughter.

7. Make guitar holder for youngest son.

8. Finish daughters dresser (sand and paint)

9. Sod backyard.

10. Add dirt to front yard to level lawn.

Goals for this week.

FAITH:

  • Bible Reading: Read Bible everyday.

“Dogs bark, roosters crow, Christians read their Bibles everyday.” — Pastor Ken Jumper

  • Prayer: Monday – Sunday
  1. – Prayer with and for my husband
  2. – Prayer with and for my children
  3. – Intercessory prayer for my family and others
  4. -Prayer request from friends, family, church and A Proverbs Wife readers.

This Weeks Memory Verse

 “Thou therefore, my (daughter), be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” II Timothy 2:1

Training My Children:

I’m Reading: Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel

Kids/Family Daily Bible reading – Alone and with parents using the At Home Bible reading plan from church for the month of May.

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Character Training: Working through the fears and relying on Gods faith.

Memory Verse:

“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  II Timothy 3: 14-15

 

Working Willingly 4/23: My Plans for this week plus my homemaking goals

It’s Monday which means that I’m sitting somewhere cozy with a hot cup of coffee and planning out my week. I’ve already begun working on one homemaking project which was to clean my deep freezer from top to bottom. It turned out to be more work than expected because I went in without a plan. I made some serious preparation mistakes that cost me unnecessary cleaning time so I’ll be sharing to process with you and what I learned so that you don’t make the same mistakes that I did.

I have lot’s of homemaking projects planned and some changes to how I keep my home management system organized.

Here are some of my major home making projects for April.

1. Sand walls in the den.

2. Finish painting the den.

3. Touch up paint kids bathroom.

4. Update my ‘Home Inspiration’ notebook.

5. File paperwork.

Homemaking Projects for 2012

1. Paint the bathroom accent wall and newly installed floating shelf.

2. Find a dresser for the bathroom that will allow for more storage.

3. Paint (white) and reinstall current bathroom shelf.

4. Update den wall molding.

5. Paint youngest son and youngest daughters bedrooms.

6. Make headboards from youngest son and daughter.

7. Make guitar holder for youngest son.

8. Finish daughters dresser (sand and paint)

9. Sod backyard.

10. Add dirt to front yard to level lawn.

Goals for this week.

FAITH:

  • Bible Reading: Read Bible everyday.

“Dogs bark, roosters crow, Christians read their Bibles everyday.” — Pastor Ken Jumper

  • Prayer: Monday – Sunday
  1. – Prayer with and for my husband
  2. – Prayer with and for my children
  3. – Intercessory prayer for my family and others
  4. -Prayer request from friends, family, church and A Proverbs Wife readers.

This Weeks Memory Verse

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

Training My Children:

I’m Reading: Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel

Kids/Family Daily Bible reading – Alone and with parents using the At Home Bible reading plan from church for the month of April.

  • Matthew 28:20
  • Psalm 25:5
  • Isaiah 40:31
  • Isaiah 58:11

Character Training: Choosing to do the right thing even when it’s tough.

Memory Verse:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

 

Things To Do Before Getting Online

I have this sticky note below pinned to my laptop dashboard as a little reminder of the things I should get done before getting on the computer.

While blogging is important to me there are some responsibilites that I must attend to that are important to the people who depend on me.

While this sticky note by it’s self does not always succeed in compelling me to address the areas listed on it before I start blogging, it does initiate a thought process that helps me move closer to becoming more disciplined in how I manage my time.

With time it’s become more of a habit to just go ahead and tackle the things on the list before logging on. With time I have become more disciplined.

I talk to my children often about working before playing. And while I don’t 100% look at blogging as playing as it does bring in an income, I do want to remember that it is not my first priority.

I’m a wife, mom and a business women in that order. As a good steward over what God has given me I strive to keep my priorties in order. Having this little reminder on my desktop has definitely gone a long way to helping me get better.

HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT YOUR COMPUTER TIME DOES NOT OVERTAKE YOUR OTHER RESPONSIBLITIES?

Working Willingly: My plans for the week of 2/13 and meal Ideas

Working from home on Monday’s is tough for me because after everyone has left for school and work I still have to look at the fallout from the weekend.

Right now, there is clean laundry on the couch, dishes in the dishwasher, tons of laundry to be done, weekly menus to be planned all on top of working on my blog.

I like to sit on the couch and work instead of in my office, but not on Monday’s. If I work from the couch the clothes will keep taunting me to fold and put them away.

The pile of magazines and papers on the living room table will snicker at me as I type up posts and reply to emails.

Monday’s are tough for me.

The perfectionist in me wants to make the house spotless before I began working on my blog but I won’t do it. If I do, I’ll be worn out and stressed trying to get blogging done before everyone gets home.

What I’ll do is follow my husband’s advice and ignore the clothes until everyone gets home this evening and when I close my laptop this afternoon we will work together to get the house cleaned up.

It’s weird for me to follow that plan because I equate a clean house to self-worth. For years I felt that if my home was clean I was doing this wife and mom thing correctly. Even though I know that’s not true I still struggle with myself on the issue.

So today I’m ignoring the clothes and the piles of paper.

Here are some of my for this week.

1.) FAITH:

  • Bible Reading: I read a chapter from Proverbs each day and whatever else God lays on my heart.
  • Prayer: Monday – Sunday
  1. – Prayer with and for my husband
  2. – Prayer with and for my children
  3. – Intercessory prayer for my family and others
  4. -Prayer request from church and blog readers

Don’t forget to head over to the prayer forum and leave your prayer needs.

3.) DINNER MENU

MONDAY
D~ Flounder and California Mix steamed veggies

TUESDAY
D~ Spaghetti and Cheesy Garlic Bread

WEDNESDAY
D~ Arroz Con Pollo with Red or Black beans

THURSDAY
D~ Po’ Mans Soup over steamed rice

FRIDAY
D~ Hot wings and baked potato

4.) Homemaking

Den: begin preparing the floors for our DIY hardwood installation. Pick out and purchase paint colors.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

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Working Willingly: My plans for the week of 1/23 and meal Ideas

I hope everyone is having a great start to the week. I am super excited about what I have planned. Some of my plans include a freezer cooking session to prepare three meals that will be great time savers in February.

Later today I’ll be sharing pictures of how I organize my stockpile. I’ll take you on a picture tour from start to finish of how I sort and keep everything tidy.

Tomorrow I’ll share the first in a 12 month Fashion Flashback series. Each month I’ll share a few shots of what I wore throughout the month. It’s part of my challenge to continue making the art of dressing my best a priority.

Here are some of my for this week.

1.) FAITH:

  • Bible Reading: Genesis 14:1-16, Matthew 26:36-46, 1 Samuel 14:1-15, Luke 4:1-13, Hebrews 10:19-39
  • Prayer: Monday – Sunday
  1. – Prayer with and for my husband
  2. – Prayer with and for my children
  3. – Intercessory prayer for my family and others
  4. -Prayer request from church and blog readers

Don’t forget to head over to the prayer forum and leave your prayer needs.

2.) READING

The Resolution for Women – This is what I’m reading for the month of January. Look for a review mid January and at the end of the month.

The Story of David Livingstone – The children take turns reading aloud to us 15 minutes per day. This is our reading selection for January.

3.) DINNER MENU

MONDAY
D~ Chicken Enchiladas

TUESDAY
D~ Baked Lemon Pepper Talapia and Cabbage

WEDNESDAY
D~ Sloppy Joe, Baked Potato and Green Beans

THURSDAY
D~ Arroz Con Pollo

FRIDAY
D~ Beef and Mushroom Stew

4.) Homemaking

Freezer cooking: Roast Sticky Chicken, Simmering Chinese Chicken and Chipolte Meatball Mix.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

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