Things that you did not knew you can put in your composting

June 21st, 2011 - 

Green garden waste and also food scarps can be put into your compost bin: potato peelings, dried flowers, shredded paper or cardboard, egg shells or coffe grounds, these are just some examples. Soil is all the time renewed due to this organic matter that includes leaf filters, dead bugs, fallen branches or fruits that are rotten.
Bacterias in the soil transforms all these into rich brown humus which is so fertile. Gather everything you have for the compost mixture and store all you have in a compost bin made from recycled plastic. Sometimes, these bins have a special frames that allow the bin to be rotated. It is always better to have a shady place to leave the bin because the
light can slow down the reaction but in the same time, be sure the area is ventilated. You can add a compost worms available at gardening centers and even some layers of soil. This will accelerate the process. In about 4 months you will have the organic matter. Via Greeniology, How to live well, be green and make a difference, a book by Tanya Ha. Picture from here. Learn more about composting from one of my favourites 
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Don’t waste your waste

June 21st, 2011 - 

You can reuse almost everything you have at home: newspapers and magazines, cans, bottles and jars, milk and juice cartons. Newspapers can be used as wrapping paper for gifts. It will be funny to make boxes or small packagings out of old comic books. Newspapers can be used, as my grandma is all the time using, as a cheap window and mirror cleaner or as a protecting surface when renovating your house. There is no need to buy special plastic bags or special coverings for your floor when doing this.
Milk and juice cartons: due to the fact that paper and carton are biodegradable, you can make holes in the tetrapaks and use them as pots for flowers and seeds and plant them directly in your garden. In time, they will dissapear.They are
very good for portecting plants against pests. What else can you do with these packs? You can either collect them and give them to a kindergarden- because they need these for craft projects or you can keep some of them to create nice toys and decorative objects at home, for your beloved ones. 

Cans: they can be used as pencil holders or paint tins. If you like to play a little bit, you can create nice decorative lighting designs for your home.
Via Greeniology, How to live well, be green and make a difference, a book by Tanya Ha. Picture from here.