Home Composting 101

by jenna on February 12, 2015

in Conscious Living,Permaculture

You can easily begin your starter compost today!

Earth – Organic matter

Organic parts:
3 parts brown matter, high in carbon (leaves / dead plants / grass clippings / pine needles / straw/ mulch)
1 part green matter, compostables are high in nitrogen ( raw food scraps / peels / tea bags / – no dairy or meat)

All you need is a box frame, at least 2ft  high x  2ft deep x 3 ft wide. If you need a quick and simple start without the use of tools use a cardboard box until you make a proper container. Find an area of the yard to place your compost. A good area for compost is away from the house, fairly flat, exposed to the sun, and does not experience standing water.  Fasten chicken wire around the frame to create at least 4 side walls, bottom optional.

Another quick and easy option is to reuse a couple of shipping pallets. Cut each pallet in half and fasten the corners to create the box frame. Then fasten some chicken wire to the inner walls to contain the compost.

Your compost box can be created in numerous way, as long as it is breathable (has large openings for air to move through) and a sufficient size to process the household compostables.  3 parts brown matter, 1 part compostables.

Compost Go:
Now that you have your container, you can get the compost started. Keep a bag of leaves and yard clippings beside your container. Store your food scraps in a closed container on your counter top throughout the day (no meat or dairy).  Empty the container into the compost pile once a day or once every two days depending on size of household. More food scraps = more frequent trips to the compost. Start the compost pile with a thick layer of brown matter, then begin to lasagne layer the green matter and brown matter maintaining proper ratio.

Minimal maintenance is needed to keep a healthy home compost pile.
1. Let it breathe. Turn your compost at least once every three days.
2. Keep it alive. Make sure the compost has water. A healthy pile will naturally retain moisture, but in hot and arid climates water will need to be sprinkled once every three days. You can turn and water the pile at the same time.


Do I need a starter for compost organisms?

Some suggest starting the compost with living soil or manure. However, I have never used a starter and had no trouble bringing to life an ecosystem simply from leaves and raw food scraps.

Why should I start my own home compost?

Life gives unto life. You are allowing the natural cycle of life to continue by putting organic matter back into the earth. Your compost becomes an ecosystem* of itself that transforms what we generally consider “waste” into rich soil and natural fertilizer.  A home compost also helps keep the indoor trash fresh. A healthy diet incorporating fresh fruits and veggies results in a stinky trash when you add organics. Instead of throwing scraps in the trash, feed next seasons home garden with this seasons “waste”.

*an ecosystem like the Earth, must include all elements to sustain. Earth is the organic material, the substance. Water gives moisture. Air lets it breathe. Heat from the sun (fire) supports the decomposition of organic materials.  These 4 elements support the life of a host of micro organisms sustained by the composting ecosystem.



Symbiosis of Mitosis Magic

by jenna on November 6, 2014

in Inspiration,Poetry & Song

Mitosis Magic #eyesis


Sweetest Thangs at 30

by jenna on August 5, 2014

in Journal

1) Living with my sister.

Me and my sis (Jessica) were always together in our younger years. I lived age 2-7yrs twice to be beside my sister (5 yrs younger) watching Barney and Bananas in Pajamas.  We did eeeverything together and had lots of fun.  My buddy and me.  And then I reached puberty…  terrible teens… ‘I’m too busy to listen to you’, ‘I’m too busy to care about you’, ‘I have my own life.’  Apparently I didn’t get past that attitude until near 30. Thank God I finally did!! Forrrreeal. Me and sis are back together.  ‘We’s just like peas and carrots again.’  Yay! We are winning.  I completely forgot how awesome it is to share life with my sister love. Banana 1 and Banana 2 are back! lolz

Jessica has been coming to my yoga classes almost every day since the spring.  She has referred great clients to me.  She works hard every day and is the yin to my yang, and sometimes the yang to my yin… depends on our mood. :)   We are very different, yet complimentary in terms of our strengths and the gifts we offer the world. So, together we make a really great team.

When she was in high school she asked me how I was able to be so silly with her when she was young. She asked me how I was so playful and able to act her age, because she couldn’t see herself doing the same.  She was the baby in the house, so she didn’t live with a younger sibling. For me it was a natural role to take, to be my little sisters best friend. Now, as adults, we have matured (somewhat) and so has our relationship. Especially, the depth of appreciation and gratitude I have for her.

A few years ago, she was so frustrated with me that she sent me an email explaining how she didn’t want to be involved with my project and she didn’t understand my choices and lifestyle. She was pulling away, and my heart was broken.  I felt my whole family plus my ex-boyfriend losing faith in me.  Long story short, life got a little crazy after that. I began to slowly put myself back together, after I was completely torn down with no trace of me anywhere.

Fast forward to a moment of reflection where I objectively relived recent (past 10yrs) experiences with my sister, observing my attitude, my way of being toward her.  I demanded respect (control) because of the years I had taken care of her.  I always dwelled on the relationship we once had and wondered why she didn’t appreciate those time, or why she didn’t respect me now for those times past.   I was not being present to the current condition of our relationship and the role I was now playing as mean sister.  The past relationship doesn’t shine through the present. I am entitled to nothing.

I was shattered by the realization that I had been such a b!tch to my sister.  She is a very sensitive and delicate person and I wish to respect who she is always. I care more about having a good, positive, loving relationship with her than any silly disagreement or differences. Love Rules!

So, I acted accordingly and made a point to be extra loving, considerate, patient, compassionate with her… from now until forever.  I knew I’d have to replace the bad memories with new good ones.  Over time she would feel my love, I could regain her trust and respect, and here we are.  It worked!

Try it with a relationship you really want to heal. :)


Pam Bok Waterfall

by jenna on July 22, 2014

in Journal,Poetry & Song

Thailand June 2014

Coffee in Love, Pai

.    I went to Pam Bok Waterfall in my final hour with the scooter I rented for 2 days from Chiang Mai.  It was my only full day in Pai. I had been to Mo Paeng Waterfall and enjoyed climbing the slippery rock. Then I stopped through the Strawberry Pai Love cafe and Coffee in Love cafe, which overlook the valley and mountains.  Finally, I made my way down a beautiful path to Pam Bok.  Near the main fall there was a modest cave. I explored, then just as I had decided my time was up (to return the scooter), it started pouring!  I was the only human there in all of that beautiful space.  I sat in the cave and watched in awe as the water fell at the water fall. I imagined how many magical moments have happened in this cave, that now gave me shelter. And I wrote….

Rain falls at the waterfall
No matter where I am, I am with
No matter where I am, I am home
Rain pours down
I sit in this cave
Watching the droplets fall
Drip Drop
Surrounded by stone, this is my home
Surrounded by trees, I bow on my knees
To please Be

Cave at Pam Bok

In this moment, I am free
I am a savage, a cave woman
An OG human
My earthen home
Perfect timing of course
Everything is perfect
I can see divine timing
Always aligning
what needs to be.
Listening.. tap.. drop..
Waterfalls, my heart calls
And feels One, as the Sun
Peeks through
Blue sky I see now
It’s time for me to be on my way
But if I could I would stay
Always in this communion
I give thanks for this moment TO BE HUMAN.




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