Candle holder

January 8th, 2012 - 

 

I found on Etsy a beautiful candle holder that was fabricated by Merritt Hyde. You can place these gorgeous candle holders anywhere: even in your garden. Merritt Hyde currently lives in Alabama with his musician (more…)

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 
here. 

Save Water_part 3

May 27th, 2011 - 

Saving devices 

For part one see here.
For part two see here.

 – A rainwater tank prevents precious rainwater coming off your roof and ending up as storm water run-off. Tanks supply water for outdoor use, flushing toilets and washing clothes and reduce flash flooding in our creeks.  
– A grey water system using water from your bathroom and/or laundry (not toilet or kitchen) is a good alternative source of water for your garden. Water can be piped through a flexible hose or bucketed to any part of your garden and does not require Council approval. If you plan to install a grey water diversion system, that requires connection to household plumbing you will need to apply for Council approval.
– A pool blanket reduces pool and spa water loss to evaporation, minimises chemical use, prevents debris entering your pool and increases the water temperature by up to 8°C. It can save up to 100 liters of water per day. As it simply floats on your pool surface, it’s easy to install. 
A water sense lifestyle can achieve water savings in your home. Look for products with a high Water Efficiency Labeling Standard (WELS) star rating. Install water-saving devices such as flow restrictors, dual flush toilets, water-efficient washing machines, dishwashers, shower heads and taps. 
Reuse water from your house on your garden by placing a basin in your kitchen sink to catch water when rinsing fruits and vegetables and by using a bucket in the shower to catch the water while you’re waiting for it to warm up.

Save Water_part 2

May 27th, 2011 - 

In the garden 

For part one see here.
For part three see here.

– Maintain healthy soil. Soils in good condition absorb water best.  
– Natural shade trees in the right position can reduce plant water use and offer opportunities for planting shade-loving native shrubs and ground covers.  
– Mulch beds and pots. This reduces water lost to evaporation by up to 70%.  
– Group plants with similar watering needs together.

 – Water deeply but less often to encourage strong root systems and hardier plants.

– Add organic wetting agents (available from garden centers) to help keep water and nutrients in the soil.

– Water early or late in the day (in accordance with current water restrictions) to reduce evaporation and don’t water when it’s windy or rainy.  
– If using grey water, choose biodegradable products with low levels of phosphorus, sodium, nitrogen and chlorine.

Paper rolls tips

December 11th, 2010 - 
Toilet paper rolls can be used for gardening, kid play and household. Instead of buying biodegradable pots from the store, just use cardboard tubes for your gardening. Cut each paper tube in two so that at the end you will have two pots. Gently press the end of the roll to create a bottom for each of the toilet paper roll. Arrange all your cups together and put y them into a tray. Fill the cylinders with seed-starting mix and sow your seeds. You will have to water them each day so that they will grow in a few days. You can put them directly in the ground because the cardboard is biodegradable so that it won’t affect the soil.

For sure, reusing means that you save a lot of money, so that means you shouldn’t purchase pots again.