Tag: earthworms

Scientists discover death can be seen spreading like a blue glowing wave through the body of a worm . . . and it could lead to longer lifespans for mankind. Although apparently not for the microscopic worm. “In worms, the spread of death can be seen easily under a microscope as a wave of blue […]

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” ~a pithicism~ “One man’s hoarding is another man’s sustainability. This goes for women, too.” ~Two-bit Guru~ I was thinking about some of the habits of my sustainable lifestyle. Trash picking, recycling, upcycling, saving jars (with and without lids), saving nails, bolts, and screws, composting, saving cardboard boxes,  making […]

If you’re squeamish when it comes to mucous maybe you’d be best off not reading this.” ~Two-bit Guru~ Today, I set out to write a piece about using handkerchiefs in preference to tissues. As sometimes happens, my irresponsible mind wandered off track and I found myself writing a fond childhood reminiscence about snot blowing. Read […]

When I wrote about the cold frame heater I’d just made, I didn’t mention that the other side of this story involves the several hundred thousand red wiggler worms I’ve got living in plastic buckets in the garage. They aren’t squatters. They are there because I built an insulated room for them and now I’d […]

Two-bit Guru | Folded Paper | Photo of a folded piece of paper.

When I was a kid, it was common practice to tear an 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper from a notebook and with a #2 pencil make lists, sketches, notes, play hangman, slip messages to our friends. We traveled light in those days, no backpacks, only shirt pockets, jeans pockets, coat pockets, and […]

Two-bit Guru | How to Root Geraniums

When my landscaping neighbor offered a hefty pile of geraniums for worm food I took him up on it, not for worm food, but for dry-rooting over winter. Hefty pile, did I say? There were about a hundred, maybe two hundred, plants delivered to my garage door in three big barrels. They were a sorry […]

Two-bit Guru | Salvaged Goods | Photo of silt fencing and a wooden box received from a neighbor

How would you like to have a neighbor who actually delivers salvaged goods to your door from numerous sources? If you’re a trash picker like me I’m sure you’d answer with an enthusiastic Yes! Please contain your envy because I enjoy such a situation. My trash-purveying neighbor is a landscaper and he comes across all […]

Two-bit Guru | Give 'n Take | Photo of a weed in the foreground with pole beans in the background getting ready to harvest

“Giving, in all its forms, might be the key to creating heaven on this earth” ~Two-bit Guru~ Throughout the growing season the earth gives us gifts: peas and lettuce early, potatoes and dry beans near the end, but if we didn’t give to the earth along the way, the harvest wouldn’t be nearly as abundant, […]

Two-bit Guru | Speaking to Plants | Photo of pak choy gone to seed

When I wrote about picking raspberries I realized that when I’m in the garden, or encouraging seedlings in the house in the spring for that matter, I spend much time speaking to the plants. I compliment the tomatoes on their abundance, and the pole beans on their lovely appearance. The raspberries themselves get a lot […]

0173 Raspberry Harvesting - raspberries

I love to be in the garden, whether I’m working, or picking raspberries, or just hanging out. This morning I opted to pick raspberries to put on my cereal. The patch is located literally 4 paces outside the front door, as the crow flies, meaning I have to step over the hostas. It’s 8 paces […]