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A Waste of Packaged Gold

A Waste of Packaged GoldA Waste of Packaged Gold : we all do it to some extent or another. Seasonally, we do a yard cleanup, discarding a goldmine of precious material we call waste. With a little time and some ingenuity, we can harvest a bounty of food.

As we drove by the plush residential homes, some recently covered with a fresh coating of paint and with the variously landscaped yards displaying their beautiful spired shrubs, flowering gardens and well watered green lawns, it could not be helped but to notice the evenly placed lawn bags filled to the brim with yard waste, just waiting to be carried away by the scheduled garbage pickup. So much labor must have gone into neatly and  carefully packing each one of them so they wouldn’t be torn open by a stiff twig or two. Each fall and spring a similar scene is reenacted by most of us who seasonally do our traditional yard cleanup.

Having been a fairly devout organic gardener in the 1980’s

and traditionally would save every bit of waste clippings from our yard that would then go into a 4×4 foot by 4 feet high loosely constructed wooden bin for later processing and churning into a fine mulch, it was difficult to see virtually truckloads of “Organic Gold Plant Food” just waiting to be carted away to some landfill, or just possibly be used for fuel in some local utility supplier’s furnace. It is beyond my understanding how this “fuel” for plants can be placed on the discard list.

With this fresh on my mind, I recollect a book written by Ruth Stout, an avid gardener, who appropriately called her book…”The No Work Garden” which showed how she only used bales of hay in the 1950’s and earlier to build her garden, spread the hay in the fall and after being well compressed through the winter, she would then simply place the vegetable seed into a small clump of soil at the proper planting time, pressed it firmly and watered to get the seed to germinate. Thereafter, her garden was never watered again. She did this year after year …for thirty years. The soil was perfectly PH level balanced and so were all the required nutrients to sustain all the plants. Sounds like the perfect scenario, but this example is only to show what can be done with most of anyone’s yard refuse…if properly processed.

Now, to step back to my 4-foot cube of diverse organic refuse

and having filled the bin to about the 3/4 mark by eye, placing a shovelful of topsoil in between 3-4 inch layers of the material, we simply add worms, which can be purchased at a local farm store, or mail ordered through a garden supplier. Usually, they come in a few hundred in quantity and are newborns, but you can also use local worms, picked from decayed leaf. Once placed in your compost bin and watered occasionally, they will quickly multiply and digest the organic material aerating your compost in the process. This process is carried out…automatically without energy expended on anyone’s part, except for the original placement of the material and bin construction.

After 3 or 4 weeks, given proper rainfall and a little watering, your “pot of gold” should be ready to use. Then, simply place a handful of this composted material in a small hole 6 inches deep, for pre-started tomato plants several inches tall, where you plan to plant your vegetable garden. Pack some of this compost mixed with some topsoil around the sides and also dress around the top of each plant. Given the proper rain, sunshine and warmth, your tomatoes will give you a very early harvest, mainly because you did not discard the “hidden gold”.

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A Guide To Japanese Gardens

A Guide To Japanese GardensA Guide To Japanese Gardens : ready for something different in your garden? Take a look at Japanese bridges. These beautiful ornamental bridges bring the Far East right into your back yard or garden.

Japanese bridges add elegance to gardens

and look beautiful when placed over a koi pond or Japanese style dry river bed. There are many flowers, shrubs and trees that compliment Japanese bridges also.

If you are interested in Japanese bridges for your garden you may want to look online for ideas and suggestions. There are excellent sites that not only feature the bridges but have information about planning an entire garden space in the Japanese style.

Many of the designs for these Japanese bridges are taken from ancient drawings.

The Japanese bridges are graceful and unique. Place a Japanese bridge in your garden and create a space to meditate, a quiet area for contemplation and dreaming. These are just a few of the benefits of having a Japanese bridge.

You might want to begin planning a Japanese bridge by surveying the space you have to work with. Make sure the Japanese bridge is the correct size. The Japanese bridge will not look as lovely as it should if it is too big or too small for the area. Think carefully about the other things you will have in the space. You will want to coordinate the flowers, trees and any other ornamental elements you plan to use. If you have a pond you will need to determine the best Japanese bridge for the pond.

Plan carefully and you will be able to add a little Oriental flair to your yard even if you live in Dallas !

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Flashy Vacuum Cleaners

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Flashy Vacuum Cleaners : with most people, a vacuum cleaner isn’t really an inspiring machine. If you don’t care about how it works, then you probably don’t want to vacuum to start with. At the same time, no one wants to live in a pig sty or dirty home even.

These days however, things have began to change for the better, and people’s attitudes are changing as well. Vacuum cleaners are becoming interesting and it’s all thanks to James Dyson, the inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner.

All thanks to Dyson,

vacuum cleaners have taken on a personality and life of their own. These very same tactics are even employed by the likes of  Apple to successfully ploy their iMacs and iPods to
the masses have now been used with tremendous  results with vacuum cleaners.

Now, let’s take a look at the decision that faces you when buying a flashy vacuum cleaner. First of all, you have the choice between the upright or canister versions.

The upright style of vacuum cleaners

will require you to use them in the traditional push and pull fashion, although the latest vacuum from Tyson, the DC15, has even turned
this technology on its head with “Ball Technology” that will let you glide around your home with the greatest of ease – in any direction you please.

Canister vacuum cleaners

on the other hand come with a hose attachment for great control and flexibility, as you can quickly and easily get to all of the hard to reach places. There isn’t really a lot of difference between the two, and it’s mainly down to your personal preference,  even though the upright vacuum is best suited to
larger carpets.

You should also consider the power of the motor and efficiency of the filtration system as well. Those that suffer from allergies will want to pay close attention to the filtration. Dyson for one has been very successful by marketing the benefits of its patented “Cyclone” technology, which doesn’t use a bag nor does it ever get  clogged up.

If you feeling really daring and adventurous and want to stay ahead of the curve, you could go for one of the very popular robotic vacuum cleaners such as the ZA01 from Electrolux or the cheaper
iRobot from Roomba. While you amuse yourself or do other things, the robot will move around your  home on it’s own will, vacuuming your entire  home until it is spotless. The robot even has the technology and intelligence to return to the base when it is running low on battery power and recharge itself.

If you want to be different and unique, a flashy vacuum cleaner is the way to go. There are many different models and types to choose from, from cheap vacuums to those that cost hundreds of  dollars. All you have to do is meet your creative side halfway and let the fun begin!

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