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Oct 222012
 

Hoduj-Gotuj

I am offering an after school class at Primary School Nr. 10 in Warsaw that will install a garden on the school grounds and teach kids how to cook. We will build raised bed boxes and plant vegetables and herbs in March. Until then, we will be cooking up all sorts of delicious food. In English!

Oferuję dodatkowe zajęcia dla dzieci u podstawowej szkoły nr. 10 w Warszawie. Instalujemy ogród na terenie szkoły i nauczymy się dzieci, jak to gotować. W marcu zbudujemy szkrzynki (“raised beds”) i w nich sadzimy warzywa i zioła. Do tego czasu, będziemy gotowały dużo smaczne jedzenie! Po angielsku!

Oct 092012
 
Beautiful Sunflowers Giants

Beautiful Sunflower Giants

Anne Savite from Hirvitalo sent this photo of what happened to the sunflower sprouts we planted as part of the “Craft of the Cannibal” exhibit back in April. They took the left-over sprouts from the Sprout Room in the exhibition and planted them in the garden. What beautiful giants!

The Sprout Room

The Sprout Room

 

Anne also did this awesome performance incorporating crocheted pieces. I love the delighed older women watching it on the street. The Birth of the Worm? Yes!

Oct 072012
 
WORM DAY

WORM DAY (Photo by MH)

Yesterday we took a step towards fulfilling our Worm Dream to one day have an abundant healthy population of composting worms at Pixxe, and to help people compost their own organic waste in their own homes using worms.

WORM BIN DESIGNS

WORM BIN DESIGNS (Photo by JODIE BALTAZAR)

The design we are working on is the stackable worm bin. We discovered that from a single pallet we can make three boxes and a base. The boxes will be approximately 40 cm x 30 cm, with a depth of either 12,5-13 cm or 21 cm. We’ll start with 12,5 cm.

THE FIRST BOX

THE FIRST BOX (Photo by MH)

MESMERIZED BY A WORM BOX

WOMAN MESMERIZED BY A WORM BOX (Photo by MH)

PLASTIC BIN WORM HOME

PLASTIC BIN WORM HOME (Photo by JODIE BALTAZAR)

Our first batch of worms are living in this 20 liter black bucket. Dimensions: 35 cm diameter, 25 cm deep. First, the bedding: brown leaves, damp cardboard, newspaper, paper, straw–all of these ripped, shredded, or chopped, plus some wood chips. To this approximately 3 cups of water were added as well as 1 handful of sand, 1 handful of good soil from the garden, and 1 handful of crushed egg shells. Mix well. The bucket, about 80% full, was then left for about two days to let the water soak in. The consistency of the bedding was like a damp sponge, as is often recommended.

Into the bucket went the 500 red composting worms (dżdżownice kaliforniskie, Eisenia fetida) along with the bedding in which they were sent, which was quite decomposed. The worms quickly scurried down and out of sight. Next the bucket was topped off with a 10cm layer of leaves and straw. I decided not to drill holes in the bucket because it has quite a bit of surface area for “breathing” and the bedding itself has quite a bit of air space. So, I will need to check frequently to make sure it’s getting enough air. The bucket is in the bathroom, where it’s nice and toasty.

WORM FOOD

WORM FOOD (photo by JODIE BALTAZAR)

The worms were left alone for about 3 days to get used to their new home, and today we fed them 250g of finely chopped and rotting pears, apples, blueberries, raspberries, cabbage, kale, lettuce, zuchinni, coffee grounds, banana peels, egg shells. YUM! Go worm, go! We put the food in one half of the bucket, buried about half way. They looked really great in there wiggling around. When the stackable bin is finished, I’ll post some more photos! Thanks MH for taking photos!

Oct 032012
 

We have more than 500 composting worms who need a home. This, in fact, is a very small amount of worms! Did you know that 1 kg of worms (that’s 1000!) can eat up to 0.5 kg a day in waste. That’s almost 4 kg per week. Come and and prototype worm bins with us on Saturday, October 6 from 13.00-17.00. We’ll be using wood pallets and plastic bins. If you can, bring a plastic bin at least 25 cm deep or a pallet!

Mamy ponad 500 dżdżownic kompostowych, które potrzebują domu. Przyjdź, zaprojektuj i zbuduj z nami protoyp pojemnika na dżdżownice z drewnianych palet i plastikowych pojemników.

HOME FOR A WORM