A bath and a washing machine both use 80 litres of water, a power shower uses 70, a dish washer 35, flushing a toilet 9. A garden hose will use 450 litres an hour. All this is almost free if … Continue reading a garden hose will use 450 litres of water an hour!
For the Planet meet Neem the village Pharmacy! Here is one more very useful tip from Michael Norton in his book 365 ways to save the world. He tells us that the neem tree is known as the ‘Village … Continue reading Don’t shop for lipsticks and creams that harm animals for testing them.. instead buy Neem shampoo and neem insect repellent!
Starbucks Free Coffee If you start to feel a little guilty about not helping the poor planet to survive plastics, vanishing rainforests, dead or dying plants and animals, maybe you could just do a small thing, try out Starbucks Free … Continue reading Treat your garden to Starbucks coffee for the planet!
Our liking for cut flowers and the Planet! The horrifying truth about our planet is that we are globally cutting down or burning about 13 million hectares of rainforest per year. A hectare of deforestation causes 500 tonnes CO2e: … Continue reading We can all do without cut flowers for the planet!
If you are going out to shop for Tall Claims made by anti wrinkle creams leave your bag behind with me! All wrinkle creams and moisturisers make tall claims to tempt us when our skin dries up or gets spots … Continue reading Going shopping for a wrinkle cream? Instead make yourself a green roof!
The Cat-Gardening Chronicles (1) I am a cat-gardener which means that I will not water your plants for you but I will sit nearby as you water the ivies etc. and will oversee the whole work to make sure you don’t miss any spots! If you want your cat to help you in the garden, you know that you will need to someday bring home catnip or catmint to grow in it. This plant also called Nepeta cataria was once used in cooking and for medicinal purposes for humans! Most of us love this plant and will go crazy … Continue reading The Cat-Gardening Chronicles (1)
Cat-Gardening Tall and True Tales from the Garden You can shrug off mild infestations of aphids from tender leaves and shoots with an old toothbrush! Victorians invented the ‘aphis brush’ or ‘greenfly destroyer’ which was similar! Earwigs often … Continue reading Cat-Gardening: True Tales from Old Gardeners
Horticultural vinegar is a good green choice to kill weeds without dangerous chemicals. It kills young weeds and is stronger than the kitchen vinegar so use it carefully. The weeds will be dead within two to three hours. Though your … Continue reading Shopping: buy Horticultural Vinegar for your garden pest treatment
Cat-Gardening: buy citrus oils and plant extracts to fight garden pests! Citrus fruits make oils that kill garden pests on contact by poisoning them! These oils do a very useful work: they repel fleas, ants, and silverfish, for weeks and … Continue reading Cat-Gardening: Shop for safe garden pest medicines!
If we are truly green, the amount of water and energy that we waste, can burn our souls! But there is a simple way to save these precious gifts. The one thing we can do to conserve the most water and energy is to get rid of the lawn, says the book Green Your Home All-in-One for Dummies! Get yourself some lovely drought-resistant plants and water them sparingly. You can also replace your lawn with native plants that grow and bloom in your climate without too much watering! The shift to organic lawn care has risen thankfully. Households practising … Continue reading If you love the Planet: dump your lawn!