To Compost or Not To Compost

That is the question.  Although I admit an easy one to answer; creating your own compost is cheaper and more beneficial for your family.

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Why Buy Fertilizer?

Homemade compost is best for your garden.  This compost is made from your own recyclable garbage and naturally transitions into fertilizer.  Once your compost has made the transition your plants will love this fertilizer.  All natural components with a bevy of nutrients to increase the soil as well as increase plant health.  Considering all of these benefits the monetary savings is just the icing on the cake.  No longer will you have to travel and purchase expensive fertilizer as you can create your own.

How Does it Help Soil?

As you are creating homemade compost you are using your own recyclable garbage.  This means that your compost creation occurs over a natural amount of time in a traditional manner.  Once the compost is ready to fertilize your garden it is adding a wide variety of nutrients.  These all-natural nutrients are beneficial to aid soil structure and even fight off plant disease.   The compost makes your soil stronger, which in turn creates growth of more beneficial plants.

For More Information on Composting:

Home Guides – How Composting Helps the Environment

Magic Soil – Economic Benefits of Composting

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The Many Meanings of “May Day”

Wow, it is the first day of May already.  Does anyone else feel as if these 5 months have flown by? Are you also in awe by the fact we are almost halfway through 2014? It seems as if we were just welcoming in the New Year and here we stand on the threshold of summer.

Once over the initial shock of April ending, I began to consider May 1 aka “May Day.”  It seems that over the years we have all heard about the May pole, May baskets, and other such events occurring on this day; however, what is the real meaning behind “May Day?”

It did not take long to find some information about this day and why some still consider it a holiday.  This date and the term “May Day” has many more meanings than many of us may be aware.

May Pole, Dancing, May Day, spring, summer

Dancing around the May Pole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“May Day” is:

1)      A pagan holiday celebrating the coming of summer as well as the goddess, Bel.  This celebration revolves around rebirth and fertility.

2)      International Workers’ Day from the late 19th century in America.  Workers were fighting for the right to receive better wage as well as an 8 hour work day.  The employees of big business were working long hours for minimal pay and as a result many people died trying to feed their families.

3)      A celebration of the first day of spring in medieval England.  Here is where we can see the beginning of May baskets and May poles.  Everyone would pick flowers to welcome in spring and they would even crown a May Queen.  There were dances around the May poles, which were decorated with flowers and greenery.

4)      A celebration of the goddess Flora in cultures found within India and Egypt areas.  This is another fertility focused event although it celebrates spring instead of summer and lasts a week rather than one day.

With all of these festivities occurring in and around this one day, how will you celebrate?  Do you have a specific tradition for “May Day” or is it simply another day in your household?

Here is where I found my information and if you would like more information on “May Day” please see:

May Day: A Cornucopia of Holidays

Origins of May Day

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