the Trash vitae

Trash is the editor-in-chief of an independent Colorado micro-publisher/ design studio. I dabble in digital photography, the lost art of film image making, and guerilla digital video. DrMAC Studios specializes in books and videos on self-reliance, gardening, dumpster diving, urban foraging and living off the excesses of others.
This blog documents my daily experiences with the rest of the world

Saturday, March 24, 2012


After spending an hour or two this morning on FB catching up on my friends I decided to endure the knee pain and work a tad in the yard. Raked up some leaves and crap and began the tedious jobs of gettin the beds ready. After about a half hour the knee hurt too bad so I am taking a break. Dam old age. The Hollyhocks are also now showing thru the ground as are some of the other seed plants from last year . Spring is coming early at the stead. Kind of scary thinkin its not even the end of March yet.
I will have to take some pics later today or tomorrow as a starting point so y'all can see the progress.
I need to begin the process of nutrifying the soil with some organic manure and compost to prepp the beds and get some organic potting soils for the pots. Maybe a bag or tow this weekend and then more each weekend from now on. The only way to grow prosperous its to fill the beds with nourishment. Soil is your friend.
Happy Saturday.
BTW here is the progress on the green onion experiment.. Guess it works

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Big Brother is watching

It came to my attention the other day when it was publicly announced that the DHS and Big Brother was trolling and keeping an eye on prepper blogs. I have known this tidbit for years. BUt alas. Anytime you put anything on the www the chances of some guvt entity gettin his rocks off reading about DD or prepping is superflous. If they get a stiffie reading about my onions so be it. Welcome Big Brother. from Little Brother

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday in the garden

Cleaned up some of the beds and turned some soil yesterday. Planted a cuppla pots of snap peas and lettuce. Picked up some radish seed and spinach and some beet seeds for planting later this week. This time of year is a risk. Being that it is March ans we could have more snow and cold weather. But the upside is if we dont than i get an early start on fresh garden eats to which i love.
BTW the above was made with green onion and mustard green picked fresh this morning. On wheat bread with a store bought roma mater.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St PAddys day

smoking a celtic blend in my pipe in honour of the occasion.
I spent the morning doing some cleaning out in the beds and in the pots seeing more and more of whats coming back.
The green onion experiment i started a cuppla weeks ago are following the video as new shoots are popping out on several of the bulbs we stuck in the dirt. The mustard greens, planted last year is reestablishing itself and growing. The chives have lived thru another winter and are shooting up. The cuppla onions we use for tuna greens are doing real well already. The bulbs are showing signs of growth as is the blue phlox experiment from several years ago.
I am even seeing the lilac buds starting to show some green.. Lets hope we dont get a disaster snow in early spring .
Trash always loves this time of year when the hibernating plants come out to play.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

tiny homes simple shelter

I finally got the ad book for Lloyd Kahn's new book today in the mail. Great stuff. Thanx Lew.
I suggest that anyone interested in small houses and sustainable living should visit the shelter publications site where you can learn more and buy some wonderful books for your book shelves. Lloyd has been an inspiration to me since the 70s when I first discovered his book "shelter". Last year Lloyd and Lew sent me an autographed copy of the reprint for OUR library.

Mrs T called me and asked about the my in library.. GUess its OURS.. Love ya Mrs T

Sunday, March 4, 2012

times gettin close

this old aloe i got last year for a buck at the wallie world. It was real small and sickly. re-potted it and left it outside all summer. Brogught it in the house for the winter and plopped it near that window and I just water it and give it some leftover coffee now and then. It appears to like it.
the green onions i planted this morning are from some old organic green onions that were gonna get tossed in the compost bin. This is an experiment from something I saw in a you tube video. waist not want not. If I can supplement by recycling/ replanting i will. we shall see.