A green Tuesday here at Green World

I worked like a bee in the garden today, busy, busy, busy. But I did no planting or harvesting. I just watered everything by hand, front yard and back. Then I cleaned the chicken coop. Or the chicken poop. Same difference. The straw bedding and droppings went into the compost bin. I’m not posting photos. You can thank me later.

The other thing I did was clean out my refrigerator. Did you see the post a few weeks back about showing off your refrigerator? It wasn’t my post, I assure you. I can’t remember whose bad idea that was. Oh sure, you can take a photo of your fridge if it is neat, tidy and organized with food in attractive storage containers, all labeled and stacked evenly and uniformly.

But not if your refrigerator is like mine. No uniform stacks of storage containers there. Nope. Just flimsy bags of moldering green slime. No clue what had been in them. Out they went. Some were too far gone to risk opening up. Those went directly to trash. The eggplants and peppers with more mold than I care to admit went into the compost bin. The bread that had gone fuzzy and green got sliced, diced, and fed to the chickens. After I cut off the moldy outer parts. That went into compost. And the leftover salad that was no longer in its salad days went to the hens as well. They loved it.

Again, I’m not showing photos. No need to thank me.

I added leaves saved from last year to the compost bins on top of the produce-past-prime. (Our leaves from the liquid amber trees, aka sweet gum, haven’t really turned color yet much less fallen from the tree, so I’m still using last year’s leaves.)

I had better speed up my composting somehow because I still have several bags of leaves and more are going to get collected soon. Since getting the chickens, I don’t go through as many leaves. I use the straw bedding from the chicken coop instead of leaves.

After adding the layer of leaves, I watered both compost bins, using water from our rain barrels instead of the garden hose.

So there you have it. A very green Tuesday here at Green World. And when I say green, I’m talking about environmental, sustainable living, not the green mold or green slime. Backyard urban chickens, saving leaves, saving rain water, and composting. It’s all green.

Hey, you guys on the East Coast. Stay safe. Another storm is headed your way. Shouldn’t be as bad as the last one, but more tree limbs are going to fall on more power lines and the power is going out again for some of you. Then you will get to clean your refrigerators.

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I am retired from writing a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent, but I am still teaching at the Orange County Conservation Corps. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks.
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6 Responses to A green Tuesday here at Green World

  1. Daphne says:

    I’m usually pretty good about keeping the green slime out of the fridge, but that is because I just can’t take green slime. The fear of having it will make me clean the fridge more than I otherwise would.

  2. You’re so considerate of your readers. I’m fairly certain I’ve posted chicken poop before, at least once 😛

  3. Lynne says:

    This is off topic, but in looking at the HB Independent today, I don’t see anything is better because they dropped your column. Notice I said “looking at” because your column was what was actually worth “reading” all these years. Thanks for all the educational articles. Will miss the column.

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