Monthly Archives— October, 2013

As the Worm Turns

Clean and Easy Food Waste Composting Commercial organic compost is expensive. Kitchen scraps are free! And combined with red wiggler worms they create a rich additive for most backyard vegetable gardens. Seattle’s native soil is primarily clay, so adding organic matter is essential. We started composting with a plastic cone offered by the city. It… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • October 20, 2013
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Eliminate the Lawn – Part I

You’ll Be Glad You Did! When we bought our Seattle home in 1993, the entire yard—front and back—was nothing but grass, save for a lone lilac tree and two peony bushes. My goal was to transform the 8,000-sq. ft. lot into a series of garden “rooms” to make the best use of the variety of… Continue reading →

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  • October 17, 2013
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From Top Sheet to Nightgown

Rather Than Toss, Repurpose! Now that sheet-sets are so popular, it’s hard to find individual sheets for sale. If you want 100% cotton and a decent thread count, it’s almost impossible. Unfortunately, the bottom sheet tends to wear out well before the top, leaving you with a big piece of useless fabric. It ends up… Continue reading →

  • Image posted by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • October 11, 2013
  • 9 Comments
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