My grandmother is the consummate composter. In her home, nothing goes to waste and everything has a latent purpose. Kitchen scraps are certainly no exception. Vegetable trimmings, fruit peels, eggshells and coffee grinds are not waste, but potential fertilizer for her garden. Throwing these kitchen rejects into a bag to put on the street would be the true waste. In this rubbish, she sees opportunity and in her need to reuse, she gets a little creative. Why not give your kitchen scraps a new purpose by finding alternatives to the waste bin? But how do us “city folk” embrace this organic spirit and turn our cuisine by-products into fruitful soil? It is actually quite easy. First, learn this song. Next, let nature lead the way and the microorganisms literally do the dirty work.
Sunbeams is holding a free 'sprouting' workshop for anyone interested in learning how to sprout their own seeds
and beans for tasty, fresh and nutritious food that is easy to make at home.
Wednesday, 09 February 2011, 09:15 - 10:30
The workshop wil be held at:
International Montessori School,
- Use a variety of plant species, especially hazelnut, hawthorn, and lime tree (tilia/linde/tilleul) are popular.
- Do not clean up leaves and stems from your garden until after the winter.
- Practice eco gardening: no pesticide or insecticides.
- Do not cut the grass too often and leave it high in some spots.
- Leave some of the nettles, they love it!
- Flowers provide them with nectar and pollen.
- Make a shelter for the winter for them and watch them cuddle up.
- They are the perfect solution for aphids or plant lice on your roses!
This article will give you valuable tips to turn your garden into a paradise for wild plants and animals.
One of the best quick garden projects we can all undertake near our homes is building an herb spiral. The idea is pretty straight forward: a spiral, one to two meters in diameter, curving and rising to a center point about a meter high allows us to put as many herbs as possible in as small a space as possible. The walls are made of stone, the inside is a series of different planting materials.
Spring is in the air and slowly our outdoor work in the garden or on the balcony starts again. How to do it respecting nature, environment and not to forget, ourselves? Here are some ideas to choose from:
Do you have to compost in Belgium? By law the answer is no. However, if you want to reduce your waste removal costs and carbon footprint on the planet, or if you want to create free organic matter or free fertilizer for your terraced or in-ground plants, then your answer is definitely YES!
22 May 2009 was the International Day for Biodiversity. Biodiversity refers to the diversity of all living creatures: the diversity between species, the diversity within the genes of one species, and the diversity of the habitat they live in or their eco-systems.
You have heard about the endangered and extinct species of animals and plants for which mankind often has been responsible. One species disappearing can have a lot of consequences for other species within the same eco-system and once extinct, one cannot restore that imbalance.