If you make a daily pot of coffee, you have a fabulous source of organic matter right at your fingertips. In compost jargon, coffee grounds are a “green,” meaning an item that is rich in nitrogen (yes, I know coffee grounds are brown. In your compost, they’re green. Trust me.) Coffee grounds are approximately 1.45% nitrogen. They also contain magnesium, calcium, potassium, and other trace minerals.
There are several ways you can put used coffee grounds to work in your garden:
- Put coffee grounds in your compost bin. As noted above, they are a valuable source of nitrogen.
- Add grounds directly to the soil in your garden. You can scratch it into the top couple inches of soil, or just sprinkle the grounds on top and leave it alone.
- Create a slug and snail barrier. Coffee grounds are both abrasive and acidic, so a barrier of grounds placed near slug-prone plants may just save them from these garden pests.
- Make coffee ground “tea.” Add two cups of used coffee grounds to a five-gallon bucket of water. Let the “tea” steep for a few hours or overnight. You can use this concoction as a liquid fertilizer for garden and container plants. It also makes a great foliar feed.
- Add coffee grounds to your worm bin. Worms love coffee grounds! Add some to your worm bin every week or so. Just don’t add too many at once, because the acidity could bother your worms. A cup or so of grounds per week for a small worm bin is perfect.
Today I finally planted my Ginger” grown from scraps” into the ground.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is easy to grow and makes for a great project with kids. And with its attractive foliage, this plant will add beauty to your home and garden, as well. Just pick up a root from your grocery store’s produce section and get growing!
Because ginger root tubers grow right near the soil surface, don’t bury them when you transplant them to your garden.
Simply lay the ginger root on the top of the potting soil to “plant” it.
Pull the roots from the ground and allow them to dry in the open air before removing the stalks and harvesting.
Ginger root is sold in a clump that’s often called a “hand.” You’ll want to choose a hand that’s fresh and firm with as many “fingers” as possible. To get as many plants as you can, cut or break the fingers off the main root. Each section with a growing tip will become a plant. Be sure to allow any cut surfaces to dry before planting them in moist soil.
Planting is easy as pie: Simply pick a pot that’s at least twice the diameter as the length of your root section. Fill it ¾ full with standard potting soil, and place the small root sections on the soil surface. Water it well. Your plant will survive dry spells, but to get the most consistent growth, keep it damp at all times. Place your ginger pot in a spot where it’ll stay warm. There’s no need to find a sunny spot on your windowsill. At this stage, your ginger actually grows better without direct sunshine. Before you know it, you’ll see sprouts.
Amazing Frozen **Lemon**
Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted.
How can you use the whole lemon without waste?
Simple.. place the lemon in the freezer section of your
refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and
shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it)and sprinkle it on
top of your foods.
Sprinkle it to your whisky, wine, vegetable salad, ice
cream, soup, noodles,spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish
All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste,
something that you may have never tasted before. Most likely
, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore.
Now that you’ve learned this lemon secret, you can use
lemon even in instant cup noodles.
What’s the major advantage of using the whole lemon other
than preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes?
Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times
more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that’s
what you’ve been wasting.
But from now on, by following this simple procedure of
freezing the whole lemon, then grating it on top of your
dishes, you can consume all of those nutrients and get even
It’s also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in
eradicating toxic elements in the body.
So place your lemon in your freezer, and then grate it on
your meal every day. It is a key to make your foods tastier
and you get to live healthier and longer! That’s the lemon
secret! Better late than NEVER! The surprising benefits of
Why do we not know about that? Because there are
laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that
will bring them huge profits.
You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know
that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease.
Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific
effects of chemotherapy.
How many people will die while this closely guarded secret
is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial
multimillionaires large corporations?
As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of
lemons and limes.
You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the
pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc…
It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting
is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors.
This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types.
Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer. It is
considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against
bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal
parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is
too high and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous
The source of this information is fascinating: it comes
from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world,
says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970,
the extracts revealed that It destroys the malignant cells
in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and
The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than
the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used
chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer
And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy
with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and
it does not affect healthy cells.
Growing your own Sweet Potatoes is really easy.
Cut a cube of your sweet potato about 5 cm x 5 cm.
Fill a large container with potting soil and mix in worm compost. (Placing stone ship in the bottom to ensure drainage.)
Plant your sweet potato piece in the center about 5 cm in-depth.
Water well until water runs out of the pot, making sure all the soil is thoroughly wet. Do this every day. In a short period of time you will see vine growth.
After about 3 months, start feeling around in the soil for new potatoes and harvest as required.
This Sweet Potato has been in the same pot now for 3 years and has provided a great deal of Sweet potatoes.
It also becomes quite a talking point, when I show my guests a new potato pulled from the ground.
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The next time you use an egg, don’t toss your shells. Eggshells have nearly as many uses as the eggs themselves. Here’s how to get the most from them.
Put them on your face
To restore a youthful glow to your skin, pulverize clean, dried eggshells with a mortar and pestle. Mix the powder with some egg white and spread on your skin. Allow the mixture to dry before washing it off.
Clean your house with them
Ground eggshells make a wonderful (and nontoxic!) abrasive for those tough-to-clean pots, pans, and thermoses. Mix them with a little soapy water for a powerful clean.
Unclog your drains
Keep a few ground eggshells in your kitchen sink strainer. They trap additional solids and when they slowly break down, they will help to naturally clean your pipes on their way out.
Fertilize your garden
Eggshells are rich in calcium and other minerals that help your garden thrive. Crush eggshells into tiny pieces and use them as compost.
Clear up your skin
Drop an eggshell into a small container of apple cider vinegar and let it soak for a couple of days. Dab the mixture on minor skin irritations or on itchy skin.
Start some seedlings
Fill an egg carton with empty, rinsed eggshell halves and poke a hole in each one for drainage. Then add potting soil and one or two seeds to each shell. When the seedlings are big enough for transplanting outside, just crack the shell at the bottom and plant them, shell and all. It’s biodegradable!
Fortify your pet
Dry eggshells in a 250-degree over for 30 minutes. Then put them in a plastic zipper bag, seal it, and crush the shells with a rolling pin until they are a fine powder. Put this into your dog’s food as a great calcium supplement to help its bones and teeth.
Scare away slugs
Crush eggshells and scatter them around your vegetables and flowers to fend off hungry herbivores, such as slugs, snails, and cutworms without using toxic pesticides. The smell of eggs will also deter deer.
Sweeten your coffee
Add some crushed eggshells to ground coffee before brewing it to make it taste less bitter. When you’re done, toss the grounds and shells on your compost heap!
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Giant sculpture made of waste
The WEEE Man is a 3.3-tonne structure which represents the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) the average British household throws away in a lifetime.
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The Productive Gardens at Heligan have been restored to reflect the workings of a Victorian garden before the First World War. Heligan remains true to this period in the cropping plan, growing only heritage varieties and cultivating the soil by hand. The garden is fully productive throughout the year and there is a constant supply of produce ready for harvest.
The pears are grown espaliered along the boundary walls
These beans are being saved for seed.
The Artichokes in their final Summer flush.
Pumpkins ready for harvest.
Many different types of Kale
The garden planting plan.
Zinnias grown for companion planting. These old-time plants attract a wide range of beneficial pollinator insects, including endangered bumblebees; attract a number of song birds and hummingbirds, and zinnias are relatively easy to grow and maintain. Their usefulness goes beyond wildlife and the garden, they are also excellent cut flowers for the home or for sale.
Two years ago my neighbour gave me her Jacuzzi. Which was placed in a nice shaded area to one side of my garden and turned into a worm farm.
The worm farm is covered over with black builder’s plastic. The plank is placed across it to deter the Cape Porcupine from raiding the farm.
A very tasty meal for the worms. People in the neighborhood bring their kitchen waste to re-cycle in the worm farm.
The worms are thriving and multiplying rapidly.
Bucket full of Vermi-T waiting to be harvested.
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