Simple and Easy Vermicomposting Part I

Easy vermicomposting

I know you want to start a worm bin and compost much of what you are currently landfilling. Earth Day is coming up and everyone wants to save the planet, so why haven’t you done it already? The barriers to getting started come down…

You Can Be Open and Giving and Sharing or You Can Be a Complete Tool™ and Hire a Lawyer

I could barely sleep last night because of this. Manifesto alert, proceed at your own risk. Everything we post about here on Backyard Ecosystem. Everything underlying the movement toward greening our cites over the last several decades. The very title of the excellent book written by…

Don’t Worry Be Happy: Changing your light could change your life

Several years ago we acquired a shop-light with OTT fluorescent tubes to use for seed sprouting and growing seedlings.  OTT lights were specifically developed to provide a more natural light spectrum and seemed like a good idea for seedlings. The fixture was incidentally installed next to the computer and was oftentimes my light source…

Interview with the Kombucha Mamma

secret booch

We first met Hannah Crum of Kombucha Kamp through Twitter, and quickly entered the eternal bonds of Kombucha-hood. Soon, we were checking out her website KombucahKamp, trading tweets, and blog comments. So, when she announced the relaunch of her website and New Years ReVolution Event…

Cast Iron, the Trendy New Nonstick

Cast Iron Skillets

I have a confession to make. I have five cast iron skillets in my kitchen. At least one of them belonged to my grandmother and one or two more to my mother. I use at least one of them almost every time I cook….

Drink Kombucha and your head will explode and you will die a horrific death! Or maybe not.

The Blob, run for your life, kombucha is on the loose!

What I know about Kombucha: 1) It is the product of tea, sugar, and a Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY for short). 2) Moderate consumption of Kombucha has helped me personally reduce cravings for Coffee, Alcohol, and Carbohydrates. I feel better when I consume less…

Put a Little Sugar in My Bowl: A fun honeybee project for anyone

Bees love a sweet snack!

Fun for everyone. Great family/school project. Use a shallow dish, the saucer from a house plant is perfect. Add rocks or sticks to keep the bees from drowning. Make a small jar of sugar water by filling the jar half full of White Cane…

Change the world, start right now.

A single cell, at least two miles long, of a landfill near Denver, CO.

Why do you write about green topics? A Manifesto (consider yourself warned) I write about the things that bother me. Specifically about unnecessary waste and how simple changes in the way you go about living can reduce or eliminate waste or better yet transform…

Fruit flies got you down? Compost 911

Fruit fly

The Problem: Fruit flies in your vermicompost bin or in your pre-composting container. The solution for both of these problems is super simple. If you are finding fruit flies in your worm bin simply stop feeding. Cover the exposed surface of the bin with…

From Here to Eternity, and Beyond: The Garage Sale

Just in case you didn’t know, we have recently made some huge changes. In the planning since the beginning of this year, we decided to relocate to a warmer climate. The cold weather in Denver last year was just too much for me and…