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A Little About Where it all Started

Welcome to Nifty Nature Fix! My story starts with being raised to a Costa Rican mother and a Canadian father. I moved to Costa Rica when I was young and we lived a simple non-materialistic life. Something resonated with me that living life on a budget while being sustainable was the way I wanted to continue living. I later became a geotechnical engineer, and was driven to that career by the pure power of the earth and the soil we stand on. I then wanted to incorporate nature and soil not only into my day job but also into my daily life.

I now live in Edmonton with my boyfriend and cat where we grow most of our produce organically in the summer and farmers market hunt in the winters!  I love having the chance to share my passions and wonderings with my lovely readers. Explore my site, and enjoy.

 

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How to Create Amazing Compost & Build Soil Life

If you want to build soil that is full of life and will nurture your seeds into healthy plants keep on reading! To do this we need organic matter which we divide into three different categories: compost, mulches and cover crops. This post will touch on Compost. COMPOST Compost which is known as "black gold" to many gardeners is the rich end product of decomposition. This is done by piling up organic matter in a bin or mound and letting it rot. We all generate organic matter such as kitchen scraps, raked up leaves and grass clippings. If you pile this stuff together for a few months and let them rot this will become compost; however, there is a more efficient way to make compost. This is done

Garden Preparation & Nature's Key Tricks

Every year I start my seedlings early, around the second week in March. This is to get a head start and the seedlings will then be ready to go outside once it warms up in May. Come May Long weekend we plant our outside garden. From my recent learnings in permaculture it is important to keep in mind a few of natures tricks for gardeners that will inherently make the garden more fertile, healthy, well watered and will have resilience similar to natural ecosystems. 1) Soil Building As with any garden it begins with the soil. Nature builds soils from the top down by means of leaf litter decomposing into fluffy earth and from the bottom up which is done with plants. To create a mature soil quickl

 
 
 

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