Change the World Wednesday – 11th Sep

The last of the crop

Well, my tomatoes did great.

A photo of the last day’s crop. There’s still a few stragglers that will come o next week; but the hiss & roar is over. Five weeks tomatoes grown from a squished tomato on the compost heap.

I have two more plants, yet to do their thing, one is flowering now.

The secret, just squish a rotten tomato over a quiet corner of the compost heap; you can wash your hands after, it won’t hurt you to get your hands mucky for a few minutes.

Update: I was outside a few minutes ago and found that the original plant is not finished yet, it’s covered in new flowers this morning.

My compost heap is benefiting from Cloro’s presence. I don’t buy ‘kitty litter’, waste of money. I use dirt or sand and empty the contents on the compost heap. Once the worms have done their bit, I just spade it over to mix the contents.

My health and beer consumption have returned. Still taking things slowly but no more Dizzy Lizzy. Still, it has given me a ‘wake up’ call. My sugar level was up a bit, so I am working on that.

Veges and vegansDon’t look, just read!

Picanha, a Brazilian cut from the sirloin

Picanha, a Brazilian cut from the sirloin

And, here’s a message for all. My cholesterol level is just great, why?

Because I don’t use margarine, I don’t use cooking oil, I don’t, I don’t, I don’t. I try to avoid ready-made products that have these.

I use butter (salted) and lard for frying and making pastry and I eat the fat on pork, bacon and beef that so many are frightened of.

My main complaint at a BBQ restaurant. “Com gordura!” (with the fat) as the waiter slices the meat and tries dutifully to avoid the fat that most people unnecessarily avoid.

Half a cabbage in jars

Half a red cabbage in jars

My latest effort, pickled red cabbage.

The last lot of pickled cabbage went at the BBQ, so I made some more, this time with red cabbage.

I love pickled cabbage (and beetroot) on the side with most meals.

It’s so easy to make: shred the cabbage, leave overnight mixed with rock salt, wash, bottle with a few black peppercorns and a few whole cloves, screw on lid and refrigerate. Ready to use in three days.

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This week’s CTWW is one that I won’t be participating in, other than by saying I don’t.

This week, green your hair removal routine. If you can, simply don’t shave … that’s the most Eco-friendly option. If furry body parts aren’t your thing, consider body sugaring or use environmentally safe shaving equipment and non-toxic shaving lotion. Avoid disposable razors and lotions in canisters. Joanne’s recommended reading, which includes several tips, can be found HERE. For a discussion on razors, check out my post entitled The “Best” Shave.

No hair, no shave

No hair, no shave

This photo will explain:

As you can see, I have no need for razors, disposable or otherwise, the last thing I am interested in a ‘hair removal’, Mother Nature has already taken care of that.

I don’t use shampoos, body lotions, shaving cream or any other product apart from plain soap and water.

When it comes to products of this nature my bathroom has got to be amongst the most spartan on the planet.

Great challenge, and one that is not often thought about.

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15 responses to this post.

  1. Oh, how I miss having a compost heap/bin. We are in a terraced rental property with a concrete courtyard and we are only here for 6 months so we don’t have all that many options available. I have thought about buying one of those trundle compost bins but they’re quite expensive and this seems a bit extravagant for just 6 months. I know that food waste that goes to the rubbish dump ends up producing methane whereas composted food waste produces nice dirt for the garden.

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  2. Posted by smallftprints on September 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I think I’m psychic … as I wrote the challenge, I “heard” your response. 🙂

    Nice tomatoes … and all from “waste”. That really is a trash to treasure scenario! I’ve read that one can actually grow tomatoes year around if they have enough sun and heat. Haven’t tried it … my apartment is already stuffed to the rafters with plants … there isn’t room for tomato plants unless we move the furniture out. LOL!

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  3. […] must blog along. Done my CTWW on Eco-Crap, but more to go […]

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  4. Glad you are feeling better. I do have a question, with all the concerns over health risks from cat litter boxes do you have to do any thing different to make sure your cat waste won’t affect your garden in the end?

    Yes, I have to say you do have less products in your bathroom than I do. I have baking soda and vinegar for my hair and a bar of soap for the rest of me.

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