Make A Worm Bin The Economical Worm Bin Solution

It is a well known fact in the organic gardening community that red worms create some of the best compost that you can use in your garden. It is actually a very simple process which I am going to oversimplify to get to the main point. The process is that you procure a container, fill it with dirt, some kind of bedding, add water, add worms, and add organic waste and this will set you on the path to having worm created organic compost. The problem with this process is that most people that do this often have the space and the time to make this process work on a continual basis. Some very large organic farms have entire hangers dedicated to the composting process. But what if you live in an urban area? Here are a few tips on how you can make a worm bin that will work in any urban or rural indoor situation.

The first thing you will need to do is go to the store and purchase some plastic storage boxes. They do not need to be very large but they should be sturdy. If you do not have a drill, you will need to borrow one or buy one in order to make ventilation holes. Do you read the newspaper? If so then you have what you need in order to begin the composting process. And finally, aside from dirt, you are going to need some red worms. About a pound of them will do.

Two very important things are air and water. All creatures need air and water to exist and composting worms are no different. The first thing you must do is cut large holes on the bottom of each bin with a keyhole saw. If you are following this particular format, you are going to need two bins because you are going to stack them on top of each other. This gets into separating the two worm end products, which will be talked about later.

Next you need to drill ventilation holes so that the worms can get air. Remember that these holes are not going to be as large as the drainage holes that you just drilled on the bottom of each container. The holes for water drainage should be at least an inch in diameter. Ventilation holes on the other hand can be one quarter of an inch so make sure that you have enough drill bits to choose from. The number of holes should be adequate to properly ventilate and drain the entire bin.

You will need to get your daily newspaper out now. If you just raked the lawn, all the better. Used shredded newspaper and leaves, get them wet, and place them so that you have about four inches of this material on the bottom. Also, if you have ever raised any kind of bird, you will know that they need grit in order to eat their seeds. Likewise, worms also need a small amount of grit to help digest their food. You can purchase corn meal or sand or if you have some dirt available from outside, throw a handful in the mix and they will be just fine.

If you are using two containers, you will do the following: take the lid from your top container and place it on the ground. Place the second container that does not have worms, but has dirt, on four blocks on top of the lid. Pending of course that you did not drill holes in the bottom lid, this will act as a catchall for excess water that will drain out of the containers over time. This liquid is what you may have heard being called worm tea.

The container with the worms will be placed on top of this with a sheet of cardboard that is soaked on top of the organic material and worms. Finally, to conclude this journey to make a worm bin, place your remaining lid over the top of the cardboard and seal it and check on it every couple days.

Worms actually do each quite a bit of food depending upon how many you have. With about a thousand worms per pound, and with each thousand worms eating half their body weight a day, you will need to add at least half a pound of organic material to your worm composting bin every few days in order to keep them happy, full, and processing compost.

Other things to check that you will learn over time is how moist soil is, and you might also check how many worms have replicated since you began the whole process. Too many worms in one small area can cause them to die if bin conditions and food amounts are not properly maintained.

You are done. You have just created your very own worm bin and now that you know how to make a worm bin, you might think of showing a friend or even making another one and expanding on your composting endeavor. Hopefully, you may use some of the organic compost or even the worm tea that will be produced over time to fertilize any plants or garden vegetables that you decide to grow during the year.

Chris Dailey is the owner of Super Organic Gardening Secrets, a free online service that provides valuable information on organic gardening and how to make a worm bin. To download his 7 free organic gardening reports, go
to http://www.superorganicgardeningsecrets.com

How To Make A Mulch Pile

Creating a mulch pile for your garden is one of the more important things you can do when preparing for your organic planting. Mulch, which will inevitably become humus or compost will act as a natural barrier against the elements for your garden, provide water retention in the soil, will protect you against invasions of weeds, and at the very least provide an outward beauty that only this dark brown material can provide. However, all of this is great unless you have no idea how to start your very own mulch pile. This takes a little bit of planning but in the end you will have a fine source of composting material that you can use on your garden when the time comes to plant. Here are a few tips on how you can create a very large and easy to maintain mulch pile for your organic garden.

The amount of waste that everyone accrues on a daily basis is getting worse each and every year. People that eat out a lot probably do not have the same problems that most families face. Feeding four or more people can create quite a bit of waste and much of this might be organically based. Organic waste is the first step in determining whether or not you can have a successful mulch pile. Of course, you need to consider how much area you have to store the mulch, the size of the garden area that you will have to grow your plants in, and of course how much time you will have to use the mulch and tend to your garden. All of these factors weigh in as you determine whether a large or a small old pile is best for you.

The first thing you should do is order off an area of your property where you can begin to place your organic waste. Mulching is actually a very easy thing to do and it can even be helpful especially if you have a large area of upkeep on your property. You can begin by collecting the every day yard waste that most people have. Do you have a lawn that you know on a regular basis? Are you adjacent to a forest or do you have trees on your property that have leaves? If so, you have an ample and free natural supply of organic waste that you can begin to add to your compost pile right away.

Other things that you can use which are related to and or originate from plants are things like sawdust, vegetable and fruit waste from your daily eating, as well as the newspaper that you read every week. By taking this material and shredding it into smaller pieces, you can begin to create a mulch pile in no time at all.

Most people that create a compost pile will pile everything in a large mound and make sure that it has access to sunlight. They will cover this pile with a tarp that is dark in order to absorb as much heat as possible. Heat is a very necessary component in order to get the microorganisms and process is going for the mulching process to begin. Although it is possible to not use a pile and to simply throw this material on top of your existing garden, it would be unsightly and would not be as beneficial to the garden because the composting process will create nutrients that the soil needs to properly feed the plants. If the composting process will take a few weeks or months to occur while sitting on top of the garden, this is time wasted and the nutrients cannot go into the soil because the composting process has not occurred.

One other possibility is to partially compost your material opposed to waiting for the entire process to occur. This will work for people that have not had the time to set up their mulch pile but the process of setting this up is very easy as well. Simply take all of the materials aforementioned, mix the pile regularly in order to aerate the pile so that the microorganisms have ample supply of air. Then, this will inspire the process to occur much more quickly. Also, the larger the pile, the faster the composting process will occur because heat and pressure will be an increased factor.

Before adding the compost to your garden area, you probably do not want to wait for the sticks to decompose. Hard substances such as branches and twigs that are still in the composting material will be your sign as to when to remove the compost and place it on your garden. If you wait too long, waiting for the larger sticks to decompose as well, you may miss all of the benefits of the composting process and also wait too long in order to enrich the soil and protect your crops during the growing season.

If you are seeing this as a lot of work that you do not want to do, but you have access to all of the material mentioned, you can actually apply all of the uncomposted mulch material to the top of the garden and allow it to decompose there. However, this is not as effective as using a mulch pile that is properly prepared months in advance and therefore it is recommended for the benefit of your crops that you apply only composted mulch material.

Also remember to add very thick layers of the material from the mulch pile onto your soil. A little bit will have major effects on preventing weeds from appearing or maintaining even temperatures throughout the soil itself. Think of it as an installation of sorts that can only protect your planting efforts if you use enough to do so. You should also turn your mulch from time to time in order to aerate it even after it has been applied to the surface of the garden. This is to make sure that the composting process continues and will ensure an even distribution of nutrients into the soil as water is applied from about and percolates down under.

One caveat is to not use too many wood products in your mulch as the decomposition time is much longer than on things such as tomatoes or pairs that will decompose in a matter of days. Also consider adding more mulch about halfway through the season in order to make sure that nutrients and protection is consistent throughout the growing time. This is a little bit of extra effort and will require probably another mulch pile, but it ensures that your crops will be as healthy as possible and will not be subject to elemental disasters that may occur. These include the wind blowing away too much mulch, heavy rain storms that wash some of it away. These are all factors that need to be considered and maintained while growing your organic garden plants.

So it is time to get mulching! Gather all of your organic waste and create a schedule for yourself in order to begin your mulch pile. Continually add lawn clippings and old newspapers along with your organic waste from your kitchen and over a period of a couple of months you will have a fine mulch pile that you can begin to use on your organic garden in no time at all.

Chris Dailey is the owner of Composting For Profit and Super Organic Gardening Secrets. You can download more valuable info on how to make a mulch pile as well as the first 5 chapters of his ebook on composting for free. Visit Composting For Profit today!

Make your Own Organic Garden Fertilizer Easily and Cheaply

One of the keys to successful organic gardening is healthy soil. By feeding your soil with rich, homemade fertilizers before planting then you will be giving your plants the best chance of success, and encourage robust, vigorous growth. You will also be avoiding adding potentially dangerous chemicals to your soil, and saving money in the process! Organic garden fertilizer is easy to make and cheaper than commercial, chemical fertilizers as you can make it from waste you generate every day around your home.

Ideally you should feed your soil twice a year, particularly in areas where you grow vegetables or annual plants, which deplete the soil of nutrients more rapidly.

Animal based fertilizer

Animal based fertilizer can be made from animal manure that has been well rotted or decomposed. You can use horse, chicken, cow or sheep manure, and fertilizer made in this way will add structure and warmth to your soil.

Once the manure has rotted down and decomposed you can either dig directly into the soil, or use in a liquid form by pouring water through your fertilizer and collecting the runoff. However it’s important to ensure your fertilizer is well combined with the soil for a least 3 weeks prior to planting, to ensure it is well integrated.

Plant based fertilizer

Plant based fertilizers are probably easier to make than animal based fertilizers as they use produce and scraps from around the home. Plant based fertilizers include home made compost, worm fertilizers and green manure.

Worm fertilizers are easily made using commercial worm farms which you can buy from your local garden centre, or online. This can be a great project if you have children and the resulting fertilizer and worm ‘tea’ is very beneficial for your garden. Weight for weight, worm fertilizer is five times more nutrient rich than the surrounding soil, and it requires very little effort on your part. Feed your worm farm with green waste from your home, and you can also include damp newspaper and other organic matter.

Growing “green manure” is very beneficial for your soil if you have the patience to wait for it to grow. Green manure is a nitrogen fixing crop such as clover or lupin that you grow in your soil, then cut and dig in. The decomposing matter feeds the soil as it breaks down, and the roots help to improve the soil structure.

Making your own compost

Organic compost is easy to make, satisfying and cost effective, and is one of the best ways to feed your soil organically. Compost is the result of green waste which has decomposed. It improves the soil by returning nutrients, helping to retain water, and improving the structure of the soil. It also helps soil aeration and drainage, allowing the soil to ‘breathe’.

You can make compost in a commercially bought compost bin, or make your own bin from chicken wire or wood. (If using wood try to ensure it is untreated). Place your compost bin in a sheltered area, but not one that is shady or cool.

You can use a range of household green waste in your compost – vegetable scraps, egg shells, grass clippings and leaves are all ideal. It’s also hand to add straw or hay every so often to help improve the structure. Do not, however, include grease, bones or meat scraps in your soil as they can attract vermin.

Try to keep your compost pile no more than 3 feet high, and turn it every couple of weeks to ensure good ventilation. Depending on your climate, you should have compost ready to use between 1 to 6 months after you begin.

When is it ready?

A question I’m often asked is, how do you know when your compost is ready? Compost that is ready for use is crumbly, and a dark, rich brown or black in color. It has a distinct, sweet smell when you crumble it in your hands.

Which brings us to one final point about compost piles – they should not smell. If you compost pile smells then something is not in balance; you may have too much water or not enough air in your pile. This can generally be fixed by forking over and mixing your compost.

By making your own range of organic fertilizers at home you not only save money, you know exactly what is going into your soil, and therefore into your plants. And what can be more satilfying than that?

Fi McMurray is a garden enthusiast and author who has been gardening organically for 10 years. She has been involved with 2 award-winning gardens at the prestigious Ellerslie International Flower Show in Auckland, New Zealand.

Her latest book is “An Introduction to Successful Organic Gardening”, which joins her previous books “Successful Rose Gardening” and “Secrets to a Thriving Herb Garden”. You can find out more about Fi’s books at her website, www.fimcmurray.com

Fi lives north of Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband and two small children.

Make your Home EcoFriendly My Top 3 Tips

We need to do our line to protect the environment, to be more eco-friendly, but without a big paycheck, it may be difficult or impossible. But do your part should not be difficult. Small steps add up to a big difference, you just need to know what to take.

 

Reduce Energy Consumption

If you do not have money to buy a hybrid car or convert your home to solar power, you can make a big difference with slight modifications.

*Purchase energy efficient appliances. Can be more expensive, but offset the rising cost in lower energy bills
*Unplug chargers when not in use. cell phone chargers and other power used up even if there is nothing connected to them
*Place the remote control devices such as televisions, VCRs, stereos, and a power strip and turn it off when not in use. These devices consume a lot of energy to operate the remote receiver even when the power is off
*Buy local produce. It takes energy to transport food and other products throughout the country. Buying local not only supports your local economy, which allows them to consume less energy

 

Reduce Water Consumption

Saving water is all about small steps, here are some that will help save the great.

*Take shower, a minute or two shorter
*Operating at full load of laundry and dishes
*Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
*Flush the toilet only when you have to
*There are farmers and other producers that use technologies that pollute less and consume less water. You can do some research online or ask your local organic market to find these products and buy from these sustainable producers

 

Reuse, The three R’s

Most of us know the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, but when we work in conservation, often leave the reuse of the image. Although you can often find advice on how to reuse common products of others, what they need is creativity. With a little imagination there are many elements in your home that can be reused – toilet paper holders can be used to sow the seeds for the garden. And old yogurt containers can be cut into strips to make plant labels. Old food containers may be filled with homemade food, or make great makeshift vessels.

*Use environmentally friendly products. When you go to the supermarket, you probably see more and more “natural” or “eco friendly” products.Usually there are two big problems with these products: 1, Just because they are more natural than conventional products, does not mean they are completely natural. 2, they are often expensive.

So remember, simple steps to make your home eco-friendly:
*Reduce Energy Consumption
*Reduce Water Consumption
*Reuse, The three R’s

 

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Make your Home EcoFriendly My Top 3 Tips

We need to do our line to protect the environment, to be more eco-friendly, but without a big paycheck, it may be difficult or impossible. But do your part should not be difficult. Small steps add up to a big difference, you just need to know what to take.

 

Reduce Energy Consumption

If you do not have money to buy a hybrid car or convert your home to solar power, you can make a big difference with slight modifications.

*Purchase energy efficient appliances. Can be more expensive, but offset the rising cost in lower energy bills
*Unplug chargers when not in use. cell phone chargers and other power used up even if there is nothing connected to them
*Place the remote control devices such as televisions, VCRs, stereos, and a power strip and turn it off when not in use. These devices consume a lot of energy to operate the remote receiver even when the power is off
*Buy local produce. It takes energy to transport food and other products throughout the country. Buying local not only supports your local economy, which allows them to consume less energy

 

Reduce Water Consumption

Saving water is all about small steps, here are some that will help save the great.

*Take shower, a minute or two shorter
*Operating at full load of laundry and dishes
*Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
*Flush the toilet only when you have to
*There are farmers and other producers that use technologies that pollute less and consume less water. You can do some research online or ask your local organic market to find these products and buy from these sustainable producers

 

Reuse, The three R’s

Most of us know the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, but when we work in conservation, often leave the reuse of the image. Although you can often find advice on how to reuse common products of others, what they need is creativity. With a little imagination there are many elements in your home that can be reused – toilet paper holders can be used to sow the seeds for the garden. And old yogurt containers can be cut into strips to make plant labels. Old food containers may be filled with homemade food, or make great makeshift vessels.

*Use environmentally friendly products. When you go to the supermarket, you probably see more and more ânaturalâ or âeco friendlyâ products.Usually there are two big problems with these products: 1, Just because they are more natural than conventional products, does not mean they are completely natural. 2, they are often expensive.

So remember, simple steps to make your home eco-friendly:
*Reduce Energy Consumption
*Reduce Water Consumption
*Reuse, The three R’s

 

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How to Make Your Kitchen Garden Free From Pests

Kitchen garden holds important position in one home. It is the key of good health of members of family. It really hurts when your kitchen garden get overpopulated with different types of pests. Don’t worry. There are various methods to make your garden free from pests and insects. You can follow organic and inorganic methods to control their population. But organic method will be good for your health and environment. However, if they are in excessively high population, you can use inorganic treatment to control them.

>> If there are many caterpillars in your garden, you can leave some frogs I the garden. They will eat all caterpillars in small time. After that you can catch these frogs manually. Try to leave big sized frogs in your garden. If there are snails in the garden, leave ducks. In this way, you can find ecological solution to remove many pests from your kitchen garden.

>> If there are insects and their larvae in the garden, leave some ladybugs and spiders. They are the natural enemy to many insects. But do not leave them at a time. Spiders can eat ladybugs. Ladybugs are useful pests and can kill many harmful insects and larvae. When ladybugs finish their tasks, employ spiders to kill them. You can easily trap spiders afterward.

>> Use organic spray to kill pests. Prepare spray by mixing juices of ginger, lemon and chili. It is a useful organic spray and can kill many harmful insects and pests easily.

>> You can spread some grains in your field to attract birds in the garden. These birds can eat up many insects. But keep a watch on them. They may also eat the fruits and vegetables of your garden.

>> You can also sprinkle mild insecticide powder in the garden. They can slowly kill the pests and at the same time will not disturb the nutrients of the vegetables and fruits.

>> If you are annoyed of birds, you can make scarecrow in the garden. Scarecrow is human like structure that is used to prevent crow entering the garden. The crow and other birds get afraid of entering field assuming that there is man standing in the field.

These are some methods used to make kitchen garden free from insects, pests and birds. However, if they are not getting controlled, you can take help of pest control methods. You can easily look for Pest Control in Gurgaon. There are many Gurgaon Pest Control organizations to check their population easily. They use effective strategy to control their population. Pest control Gurgaon based organization also use inorganic chemical to kill the pests when needed.

Amit is an author of Pest control related topics. He has been writing articles since long time. If you want to know more about Pest Control Gurgaon visit to http://www.pestcontrolingurgaon.com/

Organic Veggies To Make HighQuality Business For Himachal Hotels

Guests at two top hotels run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism can soon savour fresh, organically-cultivated vegetables on the menu. What’s more, these will be grown in kitchen gardens on the premises, making for good business.

“We are developing kitchen gardens at Chail Palace hotel at Chail and Hotel Pinewood at Barog to grow vegetables and other off-seasonal crops. For this, special polyhouses would be constructed there,” Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) managing director Subhashish Panda told IANS.

“Our aim in setting up the kitchen gardens is to serve fresh vegetables on the platter. These would be raised through organic methods. This is the new mantra among the health conscious.

“Of course, there is also economics behind this. The in-house cultivation would enable more profits,” he said.

The HPTDC has 57 economy and high-end hotels in Shimla and across the state with 1,070 rooms having a 2,320 bed capacity. It is also running 60 restaurants and cafes.

Panda said if the experiment is successful in these hotels, it would be replicated in other complexes too.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who also holds the tourism portfolio, said the setting up of polyhouses in the hotels would also help popularise the concept of modern greenhouses among the tourists.

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned a loan of Rs.353 crore to the state under which polyhouses would be set up at subsidised rates to promote off-season farming.

“Since the launch of the polyhouse scheme, a large number of farmers have adopted it. When a tourist sees its functioning during the visit to the hotel, he or she would try to replicate this practice in his or her area too and even motivates others to follow it,” Dhumal said.

“The concept of developing polyhouses would be implemented in other state-run hotels and restaurants too where there is provision for surplus land. This would not only help judicious use of natural resources like land and water but also generate employment opportunities,” he added.

He said even the cultivation of flowers could be promoted in the polyhouses being developed in the hotels.

“The cultivation of flowers in the polyhouses would also meet the requirement of the hotels, especially during wedding and other festive seasons,” he said, adding that “even the surplus flowers could be marketed. It can be a good source of income generation”.

The HPTDC has earned a net profit of Rs.4 crore up to February this year and it aims to target its net profit at Rs.8.5 crore in the next fiscal.

The state, whose economy is highly dependent on tourism, attracted 11,437,155 tourists, including 400,583 foreigners, last year. This year, 917,807 people have visited Himachal Pradesh till Feb 28.

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Tips to Make the Most of Your Backyard Greenhouse

If you’re lucky enough to own a hobby greenhouse, you may think that you’re already making the most of your structure.  Maybe you’re in your greenhouse virtually every day, puttering around with your beautiful flowers and plants and can’t imagine anything better than the time you spend there.  And maybe you’ve even tried your hand at cross-pollinating some plants and have had some success with your “designer” flowers.  But at any rate, there is probably even more you can be doing to make the most of your backyard greenhouse.  You can consider it part of your landscape and as another room in your house.  How so?

 

For one thing you want to think about how your backyard greenhouse really looks from the outside.  Is it enhancing the appearance of your yard and home or detracting from it?  Unfortunately sometimes a backyard greenhouse can look very functional and utilitarian and not much more.  Some models and designs may look like nothing more than a glass tool shed!  But with a few simple touches you can really spruce up your structure so that it’s beautiful as well as functional.  Consider how landscaping around it can help.  Dig up some soil around it and fill it in with rich topsoil and plant some of those beautiful flowers around it.  Use some border stones to give it added appeal.  Think of your backyard greenhouse as another room in the house and consider how its appearance looks overall.  Make a plan and do what you can to make your structure look welcoming and inviting.

 

Another thing to think about is how your backyard greenhouse really functions on the inside.  You may think of it as just being a building to grow plants but many consider their greenhouse as a type of sunroom or sun porch.  If you have enough room, put a nice lawn chair inside so that you can relax and enjoy the warmth.  Some even find that a nice chair and table to put a cool drink is worth sacrificing some shelf space.  Your backyard greenhouse can become your favorite retreat during the warm summer months as you enjoy the sights and smells of your beautiful blooms. 

 

If you’re going to make the most of your greenhouse you’re going to need to keep it neat and clean and in good repair.  It’s very easy to leave your accessories and tools just strewn about, but putting those things away when you’re not using them will help to improve the feeling of your structure.  Consider investing in a nice storage unit that you can keep outside your backyard greenhouse and that will keep your tools organized for you.  It’s very difficult to enjoy your space if it’s messy and disorganized!  Your backyard greenhouse can really function as a second porch or sunroom and can enhance the appearance of your landscaping if you decide to make it so.  A little bit of time and effort will get you there!

 

 

Tip To Make Your Live Eco Friendly

Being a friend to the environment is everybody’s business. Here are some simple ways to give back to Mother Nature and lessen our impact to our surroundings.

We should never tire of giving each other eco tips and teaching everyone around us how simple going green can be. If everyone had the same mindset, that is to lessen our impact to the environment, we can all look forward to living in a healthier planet.

Here are the top 10 eco tips to living an eco-friendly life (and we promise that all of these are simple to do):

1. Use less plastic. Stay away from those ultra-convenient sandwich and shopping bags, and bring your own cloth bag or reusable grocery bags when doing your groceries. Resist the urge to buy new plastic cups for your upcoming party. Bring out the old glasses or go for paper cups.

2. Use less paper. When printing documents, do a print preview to be sure that you’re only printing what you need. Use both sides of each page, or write on clean sides. Go for recycled tissue paper, these require less virgin pulp thus saving more trees. Think about using recycled paper when wrapping gifts, or do away with paper wrappers altogether.

3. Start taking public transport to work. Give up two days in the week to do so. Do a car pool with co-employees who live near you. This will save fuel costs and help reduce CO2 emissions. Remember, fewer cars on the road means less harmful emissions.

4. Stop using chemical pesticides. Look for organic alternatives, or use compost. These toxic chemicals are harmful not just to the environment, but to you and the people around you.

5. Help your water heater. Have insulation installed around your hot water heater, and insulate the pipes connected to it. These ‘jackets’ only cost between $10 and $20, but will help keep water warm longer.

6. Plant a tree. This not only beautifies the environment, but will help shield your home from strong winds and extreme heat.

7. Have your HVAC checked regularly. Heating and cooling your home takes a lot of energy, and if your systems aren’t working right, you can waste a lot of energy. Have a professional check out your HVAC every two years; this will also serve as preventive maintenance.

8. Fix leaky faucets or pipes. Avoid unnecessary water wastage around the house.

9. Use a broom instead of a garden hose when cleaning the yard. Hosing down the pavement means wasting gallons of water when the same effect can be achieved by sweeping up the leaves.

10. Purchase Energy Star appliance. These use up to 50% less energy than old or conventional appliances.

There are more eco tips available if we do more research and consult the experts.

Jeffrey Macdonald loves writing on different ways of keeping your environment clean. Now a day’s using Reusable Shopping Bags or Eco Friendly Bags is the sensible thing to do.

Green Weddings Tips on How to Make the Wedding Menu EarthFriendly

Looking beyond the basic menu set for weddings? Tired of the same old fancy appetizers and elaborately named dishes? Want to have a trendy wedding and go green for the reception? If you want to serve meaningful food which won’t leave your guests too bloated to attend the after party, here are some points which could help plan it all out.

Go Organic. Organic food catering is gaining popularity nowadays; you can simply ask your caterer about options on using organic crops. You still get to keep your favorite dish by replacing the ingredients with ones which weren’t exposed to pesticides or chemicals. For dessert, solve your sweet tooth cravings by biting into some organic ice cream. Or better yet get freshly made yogurt and top it off with an all-natural fruit jam. Too sinful to be healthy, right?

Hunt Local Markets. Go down the local farmers’ market and be updated with what is in season. Put together a fresh garden salad or whip up a scrumptious batch of coleslaw at the side of your main dish. You can save tons of money from buying fruits and vegetables which are in season or abundant at that time.

Know Green Suppliers. Get the know-how on green food through knowing where they are actually from. Most caterers recommend organically-raised poultry which would taste better compared to commercial ones. Leaning towards seafood? Choose white fish instead of commercially-farmed species and savor mouth-watering dishes which are affordable and environmentally sound.

Tipsy but Healthy. As with your food, go local with the drinks you plan to hand out on the day. Organic locally-made wines can be a great way of personalizing your event. Homebrewed beer would taste fantastic and wouldn’t cost as much as fancy ones. Check out nearby vineyard and homegrown stores to see what’s available.

Green Cake, Anyone? Why not substitute organic milk, flour, eggs and sugar to get that delicious and rich cake all your guests will die for? It will be a bit more expensive, but then how many times do you get to have an organic wedding cake? See your baker and inquire about upgrading an ordinary cake order into an organic masterpiece. Spread the love for Mother Earth by giving out organic cupcakes as your wedding favors. Make sure the packaging is Earth-friendly, too.

Every Detail Counts. It’s not only with the food and drinks but also with the ensemble that goes along with it. Use recycled paper in making menu cards and make them as fashionable as possible without harming the environment. Get rid of anything canned or prepared with preservatives. It can help save time but then it also would be unhealthy for all your family and friends.

On the day, your guests will feel full of love and they will sincerely thank you for the wonderful meal. Don’t forget to put a sign nearby the buffet table to let your friends know about your Green Wedding Menu. Include the name of the local suppliers and organic caterers and help promote organic food. Think about it, you got married and you got to save the environment. Now that’s one day that everyone should definitely toast to.

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