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Spring Greetings and Gentle Waterings

March 19, 2020

March 19 is the first day of spring. Seedlings are sprouting, giving hope. Local, organic, hoophouse-grown spinach is so sweet and delicious now. Here’s a tip for watering small-seeded crops: Recycle a dish detergent bottle into a water dispenser. Rinse it thoroughly to get rid of residual detergent. Fill with water and tip the bottle upside-down to gently drip water onto delicate seeds or seedlings. Leave the bottle of water out for a while to ensure that the water will be room temperature, which is better for plants than cold water straight from the tap.


Harness Compost to Heat Water

August 17, 2017

Dennis Carter and Anneli Carter-Sundqvist needed an ample supply of hot water for summer guests at their Deer Isle Hostel. Inspired by Paul Wheaton's video, "500 Showers Heated from One Small Compost Pile," Dennis built an 8-foot-wide by 5-foot-tall compost pile with 200 feet of half-inch diameter poly pipe coiled inside. The pile heated the water in the pipe, and the water was transported through a hose to an outdoor watering-can shower. Read the details in Carter's article, "Compost-Heated Outdoor Shower," in the summer issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.