Saving bones in the freezer
Kitchen Carbon

Picking Bones

Bones from your table are a waste stream that can be respected. Save your bones, and your pets and your soil will benefit! I read an amazing article recently about the element phosphorous, which is one of the big three nutrients plants need from the soil. Phosphorous has historically been a limiting factor for all terrestrial plants, and was a…

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Carbon Capture

Carbon Imports

If you could listen to your soil and it could talk, you would hear it asking for carbon. The very element that is accumulating in our atmosphere and threatening to disrupt the fabric of life on Earth is in great demand below our feet. Soil organic matter is to the microbial life of your soil as grass is to cows.…

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Science hacks

Soil Testing for Science Hacks – Part 1

Have I mentioned that I post on Instagram (and Facebook) as Sandra Mack the Science Hack? It’s a funny name my nephew Julian gave me one summer at the lake cabin, as we tried to solve the science mystery of the disappearance of frogs on the property since my childhood. Well, this post feels like a Sandra Mack the Science…

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Carbon Capture

Tree Time

Many of us have an evergreen tree in our living rooms right now, and it’s an excellent time to reflect on the wonder of trees. I have come to do so every winter, which is why I call the few weeks when we have our tree for the holidays Tree Time. It is also a good time to plan what…

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