We are hosting a recycled fashion show the beginning of August. The purpose of our event is to bring awareness about the importance of design when dealing with waste. We hope to demonstrate that with a high level of creativity, garments can be made to the highest level of design using waste materials. All proceeds from this event (fashion show- after party), will go to the library project which builds libraries for poor communities in China.
Last year, we had a white fly problem that infected and killed a lot of our plants. I was doing a little research about how to deal with this problem without the use of chemical pesticides. I then discovered worm poop A.K.A vermicompost! Worm castings increases the amount of a particular enzyme in the plant. This enzyme acts as a natural deterrent for certain pests such as whiteflies.
We consume a lot of vegetables/fruit and we always end up with a lot of waste after cooking/eating. I always feel bad for throwing everything in the garbage, when these materials can be composted. Living in an apartment, it is impossible to start a composting pile.
We experimented with the worm castings, which we bought on-line and found it actually helped deter the white flies. Not only is it a an excelling natural pesticide, worm castings also make an excellent natural fertilizer. After feeding our plants worm castings, everyone seemed so much healthier, greener, and stronger.
We decided to develop an infrastructure in our house, to accommodate our need for worms castings and to also solve our waste problem.
We found the perfect storage container set at Ikea for this project. You can easily stack three containers high because it has frame to support the containers.
I had to insert holes at the bottom of the top two containers. The holes allow excess water to drip down into the bottom holding container. The excess liquid collected can be used as a concentrated liquid fertilizer, that can be fed to your plants after it has been diluted.
The plastic was quite thick, so I had to heat a screw driver to poke it through the plastic.
To make the bedding for the worms, we used shredded up paper which we soaked in water for about an hour. After putting the soaked paper in the container, we also added about 5 cups of soil. After everything was ready to go, we put all of food waste in the container.
Food Preparation for the Worms
Worms don’t like eating everything! They don’t like eating:
Citrus & Onions
When feeding your worms, be sure to cut the food waste into small pieces. The smaller the better!
Worms like moisture, so make sure your worm bin is always nice and moist. We keep a soaked towel on the top of our bin the keep moisture in without over soaking the bin.
We have been vermicomposting for a couple of months and we now successfully dispose our vegetable/fruit waste in a sustainable matter.
I recently learned how to make Jam, so we have been going to the Sihuan Market more regularly. Fruit is very cheap here and most variety of fruit is usually readily available. When our friend, Sarah, first moved to Beijing she lived in a Hutong in the area.
Last week, we found this Chinese man selling Ginseng at the Sihuan Market (四环综合市场). He had different types, some were super expensive while others were affordable. We bought two Ginseng roots for about 40 RMB ($6). I like taking Ginseng for the energy effect. If you grade some of the root into a cup and seep it in hot water, you can make a potent energy tonic. Our friend Sun said that if you take too much wild Ginseng, you can get sick or die. I was reading earlier and found that Ginseng contains saponins, which can be toxic in high quantities. I guess she was right after all. I am pretty sure that the Ginseng we bought was farmed and not wild, so I am not too worried.
April 10, 2012 in Food
I really enjoy eating hummus, so when I discovered Cedar’s hummus I was enthralled. The hummus has such a creamy and fluffy feel to it. The flavor itself is wonderfully balanced. In my addiction phase, I eat hummus a few times a week. I request a plate of veggies and I eat that wrapped in pita after I dip it in the hummus. Perfect for lunch! They have other great Lebanese dishes as well.Cedar’s 150 meters toward the north from the western block of YaShow Market, Sanlitun