Cultivate Your Bliss

Green Glossary

Always In Progress
Decomposed or decomposing organic matter used to amend or create soil, feed plants, build the humus layer & encourage bio-diversity. The City of Calgary website is a good source of information regarding composting and how they are working to build the facilities that our ever-growing city is desperately in need of.

There are a number of composting bins available at retail outlets and there are sales held all summer in different locations for bins & rain barrels from Green Calgary, in partnership with the City.

We’re building a compost bin this year out of a recycled stage from the theater group working out of our community hall. I’ll put a link to them as soon as I figure out who they actually are! I’ll post the designs and or pictures of it once it gets started!


Compost Tea:
A delicious blend of rotting veg and water, mmm; a great liquid lunch for your soil and an easy way to utilize that organic waste if you don’t have a green bin service and you aren’t sure what to do with it. I’m on the hunt for old camping jugs with the spigot on the bottom. I think that would work perfect under the counter for making tea. I’ll keep you posted…
Something to keep in mind that I read the other day – don’t over do it with citrus! If you put too much in you can knock your ph balance right off.



LEED: (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
“An internationally recognized green building program.
 It provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.”
 US Green Building Council

In case you’re wondering why I’ve added this when it looks like I’m all about the plants – it’s because I feel strongly that what we do as designers and or architects when we work with builders on any level has an enormous, lasting effect on the environment around us. I believe incorporating living spaces into buildings is not only a trend, it’s going to become necessary as we move into a future that focuses on fixing problems we’ve created and one where people insist on filling empty spaces with brick and mortar. (Or LEED certified materials for that matter…)




Organic Matter: Anything that has either been alive or a product of that living thing.





 According to Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual, the core tenets of permaculture are:
Take care of the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish. Take care of the people:Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence. Share the surplus: Healthy natural systems use outputs from each element to nourish others. We humans can do the same. By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles.



I have mixed feelings about this word and what it means. I used to get really irate with it just because it has become such a buzz word, I think people arbitrarily throw it around to get people’s attention without explaining what it really means. Political filler.  Stepping down from my soap box, as I learn more about Environmental Science, Permaculture, etc. the more I understand the different meanings of sustainability. The most recent thing I heard about it was basically this: Sustainability can be a bad thing. It implies that we want to stay where we are, to keep things going as they are. Bullocks.








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