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Beginners Guide to Composting

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In honor of Earth Day I was interested in finding an inexpensive way to do my part in conserving our Earth! I am coming to the finish line on purchasing my first home and I would like to start a small garden. I thought starting a compost pile would be beneficial for the Earth and myself. Turns out this will be easier than I thought and in the long run can save some money as well!

What you will need to get started:

-Sealed bucket or container (for in the house)

-Spade or pitch fork (depends on the size you want your pile to be)

-Plastic garbage can

-bungee cords

-3 bricks/stones

-Power drill

-shovel (depends on what compost you use)

What you will need to do:

I found 2 great ways to do this 1 was a hole dug in the ground and 1 was with the plastic garbage can. For me personally I feel the garbage can would work best for me.

-You will want to drill holes into the garbage can. Drill holes on the bottom, sides, and lid to allow water and drainage.

-You will use the bungee cords to hold the lid onto the garbage can to keep animals out and provide a good seal. These will go in a crisscross pattern on the top of the lid.

-Now it can be placed on top of the bricks/stones you have set aside. This will allow air to come through and moisture to drain.

-You will use you spade/pitch fork for mixing everything together.

-To start the pile you will want to layer the bottom with plant material and then scoop a hefty amount of garden soil on top. From here on out you can continue to add to you pile with the small container you have in your house. You can add to the container inside your home until it is full then bring it out to the pile at that time. Doing this will keep you from running out to the pile every time you have a little something from cooking. 

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What can be composted:

-Leaves

-Newspaper, paper towels, and non-glossy cardboard

-Grass

-Flowers/plants

-Fruits and veggies

-Coffee grounds and filter

 

Do NOT compost:

-Meats

-Dairy Products

-Processed foods

-Plastic

-Man made substances

-Metals

I hope this will encourage you to do a little something to preserve our Earth for the future generation!

I found this information on 2 sites and they were both really helpful and interesting!!

http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/?s=compost

http://www.fullmeasureofhappiness.com/2011/07/10/diy-make-your-own-compost-bin/

DIY Natural Herbicidal Soap

I am always looking for a cheaper more natural way to keep up my home. I was surprised by this concoction and knew I had to try it! The weeds around my home had no chance against this natural weed killer.

What you will need:

-Dish Soap

-Vinegar

-Salt

-Spray Bottle or Hand Sprayer

What to do:

-Gather all or your ingredients needed.

-You will mix all ingredients together in your spray bottle or hand sprayer. It will be all equal parts so you can mix up however much you will need as long as it is equal parts.

-Now go spray away those pesky weeds!!!

**Be cautious as this will actually kill any weed/plant is comes in contact with so be sure to watch out for the plants you would like to keep. **

I hope you will find this as easy and helpful as I did. Check out your local Rural King or if you do not have one close check us out online at www.ruralking.com!

For further information/instructions the direct link to this herbicidal soap is: http://www.bobvila.com/weeding/45747-9-natural-ways-to-kill-weeds/slideshows#!8

Country Wedding?

Warm weather is just around the corner!

Are you looking for wedding decorations for your country wedding?

 

Here is a cute horseshoe aisle decoration:

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You will need a full horse shoe and a half horse shoe.  You will need to weld the half horseshoe to the full horseshoe.  You will then need to weld the horse shoes to a post.  What I have used is Electric Fence Post- Steel Round 5/16″ which is sold at Rural King.  You can then paint it whatever color you would like.

You can use this for you aisle decoration.  You can put bow’s, flowers, or just run any colored material like shown below only along your horseshoes.

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Just leave space in between the seating and your decoration for your guests to walk.

This decoration is also useful after the wedding.

The pictures above are along a driveway and they have placed lights on them.  You can also cut the post off of the horseshoes and use them in the house for hooks or wall decorations.

Hope you enjoy your horseshoe decorations!

Congratulations on your special day!

 

 

Time to change Those Wiper Blades!

If your windshield wiper blades are skipping, streaking, splitting, or squeaking, it might be time for a replacement. But before installing new blades, you have to choose which ones to get.

1. Understand why you need to change your wiper blades. The blade of a wiper is made of rubber, it would naturally wear out after several months of wiping, snow, rain, and dust, for your windshield.

2. Consider your options for changing the blades. Some consumer will take the car to an auto maintenance garage and ask the mechanic to have them changing the pair of the rubber blade, or the whole wiper blade. The new blade will likely cost from fifteen to twenty dollars, plus a fair labor cost of ten or twenty dollars. The alternative is to buy the wiper blades from chain store, or from internet and install them yourself (an easy process).

3. Know what part of the wiper blade to change. In general, windshield wiper blades are made with three basic parts:

  • The lower metal arm is that extends from the base of the windshield,
  • The wiper blade attached to the metal arm, and
  • The rubber blade that actually, evenly and effectively wipes snow, rain or dust on the windshield glass for you.

4. Look at the shape of the blade. Many modern cars have curved windshields, so the blade needs to curve too, to make good contact as it wipes. There are many brands of wiper blades with various kinds of packaging, some of which you can see through and some of which you can’t. Straight wiper blades are suitable for car with a flat windshield, while slightly curved wiper blades may be more suitable for car with streamline windshield.

5. Measure or look up the length of the blades that are used on your car’s driver seat and passenger seat. You can measure the length of each blade yourself, but in general, most places that sell wiper blades provide a manual where you can look up the lengths for your car make and model. .

6. Check for adapter options. Many wiper blade brands include more than one adapter type in their packaging. These are designed to make the blades compatible with various types of metal arm.

7. Purchase and install new blades. When you’re ready with your new blades, you can install them yourself to save labor costs of a mechanic. The process is simple.

  • Raise the metal arm up and away from the windshield, until it holds steady in a position perpendicular to the windshield glass. Be careful, since the metal arm is spring loaded and could snap back and crack the glass.
  • Gently rest the bare hook against a cloth on the windshield. The cloth also protects the glass from being scratched, if for some reason the wipers unexpectedly swipe.
  • Clean windshield and blade with mild soapy water and clean dry with clean towel or cloth.
  • Install wiper blades on the vehicle and remove the protective squeegee cover. See insert in package for detailed installation instructions.
  • Place the wiper blades back onto the windshield glass lightly.

Rain-X Weatherbeater 18″ Wiper Blade RX30218

SKU: 080350217

Uses for 55 gallon Barrels

What do you use your barrel for?

There are many different uses for the 55 gallon barrels.  You can use them for rain barrels, water, oil, sand, or for feeders.  I am sure that there are several other uses, but the one that I am going to focus on is the different ways to make feeders.

Here are a few ideas for different types hay feeders:

  

 

The type of feeder that I haven’t been able to find is a self feeder Self feeders are so expensive, but are very useful.

The materials you will need are:

  • 55 gallon barrel
  • A Piece of ply wood
  • A 2×4
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Saw

Step 1: You will need to cut your barrel.

Make sure that when you cut your barrel you cut it at an angle so the feed will fall easier. Remember you will need it far enough back for your animal to be able to get their head in the feeder.

Step 2: Cut your ply wood so it fits tightly inside where you have cut.

Step 3: Cut your 2×4 into 2 pieces, don’t put the 2×4 on the bottom of the barrel keep it up off the bottom flush with ply wood.

Step 4: You will need to screw your 2×4’s to the inside of your barrel

Step 5: Screw your ply wood to the 2×4’s make sure that it is high enough off the bottom for you animal to be able to get their head in there also for the feed to fall.

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There you have it! Your new inexpensive self feeder, hope your animals enjoy!