Food Leftover Composting

Posted on January 9, 2017 By

51foodwasteThough it’s getting easier to recycle food and drink packaging, most of our household waste still goes into the garbage. Lessen the amount of rubbish you throw away by composting your kitchen food leftovers. Food waste enclosed in a plastic case on a landfill site will not decompose thoroughly. It actually causes methane, a greenhouse gas, which attributes to global warming, as well as a liquid, leachate, that can ruin water supplies.

Composting your kitchen food waste matter is easy and needs little time, work or space, based on which system you use. The compost is very helpful for the soil in your garden or potted plants: It’s a total and natural food for the soil, supporting to strengthen its structure, water-retaining capabilities and overall health.

Composting materials from the kitchen

You can reuse both kitchen and garden waste if you have a compost pile or tumbler in your garden. A protective box or can is quite necessary: create your own from pieces of wood or buy a special composting device, metal or recycled plastic type. A lid or cover, such as an old carpet, helps to keep the materials inside the composter warm and the rain out. Place the bin on an area of dirt so that composting life such as worms and soil micro-organisms can aid to break down the all-natural waste in the pile. If you want to pre-compost your food waste and speed up the composting practice, add Bokashi active bran to the food components and let it stay to bind for a couple of weeks in a container before adding it to the compost pile.

Kitchen leftovers are high in moisture and have very little composition as soon as it’s decomposed. Include a supply of dry material, like cardboard, scrunched-up paper, rough branches and stems to stop the compost pile falling apart in on itself and becoming slimy. Wine corks, party hats and decorations can also be included to the compost bin, as can tissue paper, that biodegrades easily. Cardboard wrapping from food and gifts can also be used in a pile.

Check the bottom part of the pile after a couple of months and seek out and eliminate any dark, badly rotten compost. Mix up the excess matter with a fork, and water it if it appears too dry; if the pile is too wet, add some dry, larger content. Acidic situations hinder decomposition, so from time to time add a little ground limestone or gardener’s lime to the mix.

Composting involves warm temperatures no less than 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 Celsius), medium moisture, and a place to turn the bin. You can certainly make kitchen leftover composting as easy or as complicated as you want. The end benefits are greater with a few bins or a rotating tumbler, whereas heaps on the ground or mixing into garden beds makes more sturdy and chunkier compost. Kitchen composting can also be achieved in a worm bin where the little fellows eat their way through your clutter and place moist worm castings for fertilizer and soil reformation.

Making your first compost? Read more at Earth Composter


Types of Aquarium Heaters

Posted on January 17, 2016 By

heater1Heaters are necessary for tropical aquariums where the water temperature usually needs to be higher than the background temperature of the room the aquarium is placed. Many owners of temperate/cold-water fish also keep heating units in their fish tanks to make sure steady temperatures are kept through winter when temperatures in homes can decrease in the night when central heating is off. There are numerous different sorts of heaters around and different sizes offered for all kinds of aquariums. The standard principle is one watt per liter of water. For bigger tanks it can be better to have two smaller heaters at both sides of the tank to warrant even allocation of heat. Even if you heat your house, an aquarium heater is still expected. That’s because the aquarium water doesn’t just need to be warm, the temperature should also be as steady as possible.

Fish, particularly more fragile ones like marines and discus, are as stressed by varying temperatures as they are by water that’s too warm or cold. You don’t want the temperature to drop at night and then rise by day, for example. Tank heaters must for that reason use thermostats to keep the temperature steady. The thermostat may be a stand-alone unit that you connect to the heater or, usually it is built into the heater itself.

Filter aquarium heaters are placed inside the filter system and the water is heated up when it passed through the filter and the heater. They are the most aesthetic option since they’re fully external. And your filter defends it against any damage that might happen in the aquarium.

Submersible aquarium heaters are probably the most favored kinds of heaters because they are fairly cheap and straightforward to set up. These heaters are immersed in the water, so they can offer the right level of heating for the fish. The disadvantage is that it is not very easy to fix the heater when there is a problem. Also, because most of the heaters are made of glass, they can break when larger fish attack the heater.

BoxSubmersible tank heaters can be fully submerged in the water. Since these heaters are entirely submersible, they are usually more efficient than hanging type heaters. They can be positioned quite low in the water, they can be settled vertically, horizontally, or at a desired angle, still, they are likely to operate better when placed vertically or horizontally. Sometimes these heaters come with a built-in thermostat. This will make the thermostat easier to get a precise reading on the tank temperature and activate and deactivate the heater appropriately.


Starting a Small Greenhouse in Your Backyard

Posted on August 2, 2015 By

greenhousesmallTo start growing plants in a covered environment, a greenhouse is the clear choice. The all-round warm temperatures and humidity that take place in a proper greenhouse, put together with reaching all the ambient light available, make a greenhouse the most effective place for starting seeds and small plants. You can first start off your seeds or cuttings in pots with some decent potting soil and grow them on counters or level areas for later transplanting. Keep a spot on the floor open to bare earth, and use it as a bed in the construction. This makes the house work as protection for the native soil and also the plants can raise and mature in it. This bed’s ground will be warmer and drier this way and can be used for planting earlier than the outside bed.

Greenhouses are often used for the full life-time of a plant, from seed to seedling to maturation. This defends the plant from unwanted insects as a young and soft seedling, assists to ward off critters that eat it as a growing plant, weakening its development.

Greenhouse structures help extend the season from the beginning and in the end, to get things started early on, or prolong the harvesting season.

A greenhouse can offer an exception when the weather doesn’t allow outdoor activity.

For gardeners with limited funds, I suggest using the poly film plastics or greenhouse plastics. The greenhouse plastics have a lifetime of two to four years before the need to replace it out. Greenhouse plastics also have proper insulation properties.

If you reside in a cold climate and want to stretch your crop season year-round, you will most likely need to acquire a greenhouse and be set to make daily visits to it. However, if you only want a few extra weeks of fresh tomatoes in the fall, and salads a couple of weeks before in the spring, the alternative is simple and affordable.

The initial principle of getting a greenhouse that will meet your needs – always get more than you feel you’ll need.

Done with the greenhouse? How about moving inside, and start thinking about setting up a beautiful aquarium? Visit this site for help.


Quick Drought Survival Tips for Your Lawn

Posted on July 22, 2015 By

droughtWhen water shortages hit your region, see these useful tips for retaining your lawn as balanced as possible. Drought is a certainty the majority of us have to overcome at some point. Whether the period of unusually low moisture is long or short, you can get ready for your lawn’s endurance.

In a lack of rain, spray your lawn only once or twice a week so that a whole of one inch is used in watering during this period. How do you know exactly when you’ve used an inch? Set out small food containers in several places around on the lawn where the spray water lands, you can use waterproof pen to mark the inch spot. Once the container reaches the marking, that area has obtained an inch of water.

Increase the mowing height 30 percent or more. Allowing the grass grow slightly taller will improve the shading of surface roots and help preserve surface moisture.

Grass recycling – an easy process of leaving clippings on the lawn after mowing. The clippings, when left into position after cutting the grass, will supply a ready source of fertilizer while supporting the soil keep water which encourages root growth and a healthy lawn.

A decent nutrient rich base, sporadical deep watering, a bit more higher grass and recycling of the clippings will deliver the best chance for survival and fast recovery if drought and heat have an impact on your lawn this summer.