home composting


Philadelphia MOVE Organization were a group of mostly black, freedom and nature loving activists who lived in Philadelphia in the early 1970s to early 80s until the Philadelphia police department dropped a bomb on their house from a helicopter on May 13, 1985, silencing their central figure, John Africa. Eleven MOVE family members, five of them children, clawed their way out of the inferno, only to be beaten back by police gunfire. The Philadelphia Police and Fire departments let the blaze continue for hours as the 11 people and their numerous rescued animals all perished. Their crimes? They were raw vegans protesting zoos and pet shops, taking in stray animals, composting, home schooling and preaching about the sacredness of life in the middle of a city that had no time to listen. 

I’m planning an herb garden right now and I’m so excited! I plan on making an herb spiral which looks like this:

I don’t have too much money to make it. I’ve been using my retired math skills to calculate circumference etc to estimate how many rocks I’ll need and it’s basically A LOT OF ROCKS. I have awesome home-grown compost, straw and more organic matter for mulch but I need to start looking for rocks on craigslist/outdoors. I already have seeds I want to use and then after that I’ll pretty much just have additional plant expenses. I think I’ll be able to do this for under $25?

Herb spirals create microclimates where you can have hardy plants at the top of the spiral and gravity will help guide water towards more thirsty plants at the bottom. The slope also creates a shady and sunny side to accommodate the sunlight needs of different plants.

When summer starts to cool down, I want to put an inoculated mushroom log on the cool/moist side! I’m excited for a future of tasty garden treats.



The rain has been good for our vegetable garden, especially so since the beds were recently enriched with raked in blood and bone, Dynamic Lifter, home made compost and lime. Onions and alliums seem to do well in winter so we grow golden shallots, spring onions and garlic as well spinach, silver beet and celery. The celery is grown in plumbing tubes and the greens are protected by hand made wire cages. This is a no dig garden and it is never stepped on. Access is via a plank of wood placed across the eight bays. The basil is still growing strongly and the sorrel plant has produced lots of lovely new leaves. There is a pumpkin ready for inside and another growing. The fertile soil has also produced lots and lots of nasturtium and French marigold seedlings which will be plucked out and planted in the right positions, ready for spring and summer crops as companion plants.