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Yay, I got most of my garden in today! The best part too was that I didn’t have to dig in peat moss to my raised beds, I used Coconut Coir that is free around here. I live close to a ton of greenhouses that grow their vegetables in the coconut coir, and when they are done with it, and strip the greenhouse to ready it for the next planting, they just give away the old coconut coir. If people don’t take it, they end up taking it to the dump. It is a shame really, how much ends up in the dump.
Here is a great site that talks about the coconut coir. Here is just one quote that explains a bit about it. It is great stuff, and I can get all I need for free. Even better!!
“Aside from not damaging your plants and soil, the use of coconut coir also yields a lot of positive results. Coconut coir is used most commonly as a soil additive. It provides both potted and garden plants with sufficient space for air circulation while maintaining excellent water retention capacity, which extends the lifespan of soil and slows down the decomposition process. Coir, like peat moss, tends to decompose slowly, creating air pockets that allow water to effectively drain. The fibrous nature of the coir also absorbs water and helps the soil remain moist and fertile. The aerating and hydrating properties of coconut coir make it perfect for every type of soil. If you are working with sandy soil, the coconut coir will help retain nutrients and keep moisture close to the roots. For soil that tends to be more clay-like, the coconut coir works to provide aeration in the hard-packed soil so that nutrients and moisture can be well dispersed. Coconut Coir eliminates the need for additional fertilizer and provides gardeners with a consistent supply of moisture and air for their soil, creating the perfect environment for planting and growing in any climate.”
This is what they look like when I pick them up from the greenhouses.
I love the way that it breaks down into my soil and works into it well, just like a good peat moss will do. It has some of the roots still from the cucumbers or tomatoes that were growing in it, but they break up really well, and as you can see in the corner of the picture below, it breaks up and works into the soil so nicely.
I am going to get some more over the next couple of days, and work it into my flower beds. I did some of the flower beds last year, but need to do the rest of them this year. I love it when free stuff works for me!
So if you have any greenhouses close by, see if they use the coconut coir, and if they toss it when they are done. It is just as good as peat moss, and wwway cheaper!!
White sugar in your home pantry can be used in many different ways. Here are a few of the different things that you can do, to turn it into different forms of sugar. Easy Peasy right?
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 tsp cream tartar – can’t leave this one out
Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and simmer and cover pan with lid for 3 minutes to get the crystals to wash down the sides of the pan. Uncover and simmer stirring often until it has reached the soft ball stage (about 235 degrees). Let it cool and store in a covered container at room temperature for up to two months. This recipe makes a little over 1 cup of white corn syrup.
Brown Sugar from White
Light Golden – 6 cups of white sugar mixed with 1/2 cup of molasses. Stir and mix really well to make your light golden sugar. If you want a darker brown sugar, add more molasses, or less molasses will make a lighter sugar.
Powdered Icing Sugar from White Sugar
Add 1 cup of white sugar to your blender and blend until sugar is fine and powdery. Make as much as you need for your recipe.
I love Pinterest! I get a ton of my inspiration off of it. Pinterest is a place where you can make online bulletin boards (so to speak), and as you come across things on the internet, you can pin things to boards, so that you can refer back to it when ever you want. It is like having a large room full of bulletin boards, with pins holding pictures to all of the sites and things you want to keep track of. The cool thing about Pinterest, is that you can follow people who have similar interests as you, and if you like what they are pinning, you can pin it too! I don’t want to spend too much time talking about what Pinterest is, because I am sure that the majority of you are all too familiar with it. If you are not, then please message me, or comment below and I will gladly help you get hooked up. It is free, and it is a apretty sweet tool!
I want to tell you about part of it that I love. I love the DIY categories. When on Pinterest if you do a search for DIY, you can find individual pins that are marked DIY, or you can find many boards that are dedicated just to this subject. You can also narrow down your search a bit by adding another category to DIY. For example you could add DIY natural remedies, or DIY home decor. Narrowing it down like this will reveal even better results for exactly what you are looking for. Seriously, anything that you could ever want to find, can be found on Pinterest.
I must admit that sometimes I spend a little it “too much” time just looking at things on Pinterest. You can get lost in time really quickly. I do love the DIY categories, because a get much of my inspiration from there. I want to share this particular board with you. This lady has over
600,000 people who “follow” her on Pinterest. That means whenever she pins something on her DIY board, it notifies each of her followers about that pin. Here are a couple of pictures of some of her pins on her DIY board.
This is just one example of some of the DIY ideas and boards on Pinterest. I follow many that have to do with preparedness, camping, natural health, cooking from scratch, baking, writing, blogging, and so much more.
Pinterest really is a great resource to find any inspiration, on any topic, that you might be looking for. Seriously, if you don’t have a Pinterest account, just message me and I will gladly help you set one up.
If you want to follow me on Pinterest, you can find me here. Good luck and find lots of great DIY projects! Feel free to share them with me too! I am always looking for new ideas for pretty much everything!