Money Saving Tips for Organic Gardener

Organic gardening has several benefits such as improving soil health and more importantly producing free of toxics food and veggies. There are several tips to start an organic gardening on budget.

  • Choose plants that can well adapt to the climate of growing zone. Therefore, there will not any special care needed.
  • Make sure that the planting area is not contaminated with lawn fertilizers and chemicals.
  • Choose plants that have high yields and thus higher cost benefits. For instance tomato is a plant with high yield.
  • Grow plants from seeds instead buying them from store.
  • Regrow vegetables such as lettuce, celery, green onion, and mushroom from scraps.
  • Use mulch to reduce the watering expenses as it helps the soil retain water for a longer time. It has also some other benefits including improving soil fertility and preventing unwanted plants to grow which means less weeding. Spread over a thin layer of mulch such as leaves, hay, and wood chips on the soil.
  • Use dried fallen leaves as additional mulch during winter which also insulates plants.
  • Use your recycle bin and yard waste a free alternative for mulch. You can use sheets of used newspapers, grass clippings, or used straws to spread over on the soil surface.
  • Use newspapers to make seed starting pots instead of spending money to buy them.
  • Use old paper sheets or cardboard to cover plants and protect them from overnight freezing and frosts.
  • Collect rain water into barrels and use it for watering plants.
  • Use the water used for boiling or steaming vegetables to irrigate plants.
  • Make a watering can from an used plastic jug.
  • Use eggshells as fertilizer and a suitable source of calcium for plants. Crumble eggshells and spread them around the plants. They will decompose quickly as they have a high surface area to volume ratio.
  • Bone meals are excellent fertilizers for tomato plants. Clean them first and bake them in the oven for three hours. Then grind them into powder and use as fertilizer.
  • Use leftover vegetable scraps, grass clippings, dry leaves, and used paper to make compost.
  • Use leftover tealeaves and ground coffees as nutritious source for acid-loving plants.
  • Make pest spray by mixing hot soapy water with chopped garlic and hot pepper.
  • Put some barrels of water in the garden to attract frogs and insect-eating birds.
  • Flatware such as serving spoons and forks which are not used anymore can be used as suitable tools for working in a small garden.
  • Use flat stones with different sizes to write the name of plants on them and making natural plant markers.

How to Enjoy Your Hot Tub

If you’re lucky enough to have a hot tub, congratulations! Hot tubbing is a great way to enjoy some therapeutic and luxurious fun.

The most important thing you need to know, in order to enjoy that hot tub, is how to take care of it.

It might seem tedious, but the first thing you should do when you get your hot tub is read the instruction & care manual. Understand its voltage requirements, safety and set-up procedures. You don’t want to learn those things by trial and error. Damaging your hot tub due to a lack of knowledge can be a costly mistake.

After you do your initial tub set-up and equipment check, be sure to clean, treat and check your hot tub parts to make sure everything is how it should be. Then, go ahead and fill your tub up!

Once your tub is filled, check to make sure there are no leaks. Once you’ve reviewed your user manual to ensure you know how the controls work, your hot tub is ready to be turned on! Check to make sure all of the controls & jets work. Keep in mind though, a hot tub can take anywhere from 7-27 hours to rise to the right temperature, based on the volume and voltage of your tub, and variables like the weather.

Before adding any sanitizers to your water, make sure the water in your tub is balanced. This will avoid the water becoming cloudy, discolored or foul. It will also help to maintain your equipment and clear, clean, healthy water. Once your water is balanced, it is ready for sanitizer. If your tub is indoors, ensure you have ventilation for the water and chemicals rising in the steam.

Once you’ve completed these steps, your hot tub is ready to be enjoyed!

But wait, there’s more!

If you’re dreaming of sitting in your hot tub for hours, sipping your favorite drink and soaking away, you might want to think again. Although a good soak is great, it isn’t healthy to stay in the tub for longer than 20 minutes at a time. It can present some health risks to your body and brain.

To get the most enjoyment out of your tub, get out of the tub every 20 minutes and let your body cool down for about 10 before you get back in. Don’t overheat your organs or get dehydrated.

As for those glasses of red wine, stick to one if you can’t avoid it. Alcohol combined with that hot steam can make you unusually light-headed and more prone to drowning, even in a hot tub. Drink water instead, to stay hydrated.

The best way to enjoy your tub-time is to have a rinse before you soak, so that you don’t bring dirt into the tub. Be careful not to slip on the wet surface as you enter or exit the tub.

Other than that, lean back and enjoy the soak for what it is.

Stringing a Weed Eater the Right Way

If you are looking for a tool that can trim areas of your yard that a lawn mower cannot, then a weed eater is the ultimate solution. Not only it’s a handy trimmer but also chops off weeds in a couple of minutes. Like any other equipment, Weed eaters also require periodic maintenance though not costing too much on the owner because over a period of time its string eventually gets worn out due to knocking off with stones, rocks or bricks during its course of work. Stringing a weed eater can be quite intimidating but once you get the knack of it, it becomes the handiest garden tool ever!

Step 1 – Purchase the correct string

The first question arises, when does a weed eater need restringing? Well just when it is not trimming anymore it’s time to restring. The most important part is the purchase of a correct string size, which usually ranges between 0.065 inches to 0.095 inches, here you need to consult the manual because the size should be according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Inappropriate size can deteriorate the engine quickly.

For installation of a string of 300-900 feet length, loop it according to the arrows on the spool. Pre-loaded spools are also available in the market which cost a lot more but then it’s worth the time and effort you lend in.

Step 2 – Accessing the Spool

To access the spool its cover should be removed by pushing the lock inwards and turning the spool in a counter-clockwise motion. If a security ring is present it should also be removed. Now the last step in accessing the spool is to locate the automatic feed button and then remove it as well.

Step 3 – Releasing the Spool

Clean up your weed eater thoroughly as a lot of stuff might be stuck in it. Once you are done with the cleaning it’s time for releasing the spool. It is done simply by pushing it down to discharge the locking stubs, then take the spool out.

Step 4 – Setting up the string

Set up the string in the lower deck in an inverted “J” movement this will help to protect the end. Keep on wrapping it according to the arrows right till the top of the chamber. Lastly fix the string in the upper and lower grooves of the deck.

Step 5 – Fix the string

Place the spool back in its chamber. Poke the string into the left and right slits on the sides and fix the spool quickly and safely in its place. Lastly pull the ends of the string simultaneously to check if there’s a locking sound. If it is then place it back in. It is extremely important to secure the guard before putting your weed eater to use as it acts as a defense for you against flying debris or an accident in case of loose spool. A loose spool can shoot off and result in hazards so make sure that all parts are secured and in place before putting your weed eater to use.

These five simplified steps to string your weed eater will come in quite handy. Like every machine a weed eater also needs proper maintenance to work through years. However, if properly maintained, the equipment can go a long way in serving and easing our work load to a great extent.

Tips on Picking the Right Office Chair

A recent study carried out in South Africa found that a well made office chair can help reduce a worker’s back pain and increase his focus. The objective of this study was to highlight the importance of providing your office employees with high-quality chairs that can support their posture and also enhance their concentration. If you do not know which office chair is best for your employees below are tips to follow that will help you pick the right one for your staff.

Check on the lumbar support

Many office workers complain of back pains after sitting all day at work. An office chair that has lumbar support can help reduce this problem. Thus you should look for an office chair with this feature. Some lumbar designs have adjustable support allowing your employees fit their bodies on the seat comfortably.  Furthermore, you can find an office chair model with a firm control enabling the sturdiness or softness of the lumber support.

Choose a more adjustable seat

In addition to adjustable lumbar support, the seats you plan to purchase for your office workers should have various components they can easily alter to their body requirements. Everyone has a unique shape thus a standard arm length position, or chair height may help one but fail to support another. From the height, arm positioning and incline the best office chair has different adjustable features that enable a staff member to customize it to meet his physical requirement.

Breathability and comfort balancing

Fabric presents a discomfort problem to many office employees because some can make them feel too hot.  It is for this reason you should consider selecting a chair with a breathable fabric such as a mesh. However, while the chair’s back may provide this breathability, you should ensure that the seat will enable a steady flow of air and be comfortable. After all, to prevent aches and pains, a seat needs padding. However, some office chair designs do not have padded seat but still are comfortable to sit on for an extended period.

Option narrowing

Now that you’ve known what features to look for in an office chair, you can now narrow your search by looking for those with lumbar support, adjustability, breathability and comfort and choose from them.

Enquire for employee’s feedback

Supply your office staff with a list of office chairs you consider to purchase. Ask their thoughts of each chair they choose and why. The reason being they’ll be using them regularly.  They should be able to choose those that meet their needs.  Additionally, having a forum where they can provide their thoughts will help in ensuring their concerns have been heard.  Feedback from an employee does not have to direct your choice, but as you get a little insight as to what each employee needs it will help you make an informed decision.

Conclusion

With so many options available for office chairs.  Finding one that is right for your office employees may prove to be a difficult task. However, as you follow these tips mentioned above, you’ll be able to narrow down your search and be able to choose office chairs that will be beneficial for healthiness and happiness of your staff.