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Being Green – Many Uses for Your Empty Coffee Can

ID-100114179Before you toss your empty coffee can in the garbage, think reusable and help the environment

Here are some great uses for that empty coffee can.

Easier way to Crochet or Knit
If you like to crochet or knit, your coffee container can provide a tangle free ad clean yarn to work with. Simply place the yarn ball in a clean can and poke a hole in the plastic lid to pull the yarn through.

Don’t Clog The Drain
Keep leftover grease out of the drain by pouring it into an empty coffee can. Put it in the freezer and once full take to the garbage.

Storage for Dry goods and household items
Beads, buttons to nuts and bolts you collect, can go into the coffee can as well as containers for rice, pasta, and other dry goods. Put a label on the can and store.

Do you compost?
Keep an empty can in your kitchen on the counter of under the sink. Add your scraps and the lid will hold in any odor. Once filled take to your compost pile.

Grow Plants and Flowers
Put a few holes in the bottom of the can and add soil and seeds. Use the plastic lid for drainage on the bottom.

Coin Collector or Piggy Bank

Decorate the can and use it as a coin jar for the family or just for you. Toss in spare change for a family project or a new treat for yourself.

Decorate your cans with drawer liner paper, or a project for you and the kids.

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Green Thumb Gardening – Discover Permaculture

ID-100196322Spring is on its way here in Florida and I am waiting impatiently to plant my seeds and get my garden started.

My son loves gardening as well and has been teaching me how to prepare my garden using the Permaculture method. (He actually had a small food forest he built up in a couple of years in his backyard while going to college).

So you ask, what is Permaculture? It originally was referred to as permanent agriculture or permanent culture and was developed in 1978 by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren of Australia. It is a method of planting, using natural resources and plants that are native to your area, and growing a garden that works with nature rather then against it.  See More from Organic

With so much controversy over GMO’s (Genetically Modified Foods), Pesticides and other forms of growing food these days, I want to grow my garden as healthy as possible, so I am going to take the journey this year with Permaculture.

Last spring, I planted a banana tree and also added sweet potatoes. This was fine, but I did not really understand companion planting  and added kale and tomatoes. Kale and tomatoes do not like each other and the banana tree was not having it with the kale in the garden either. So success was just ok. I still have a Rosemary bush that did not care who was around and has done very well. I got a bunch of sweet potatoes, some orange peppers I planted, but the results could have been better.  That is when I called my son and said teach me what you did for your food forest. I am not building a food forest, but still want the benefits of a great garden. See for what plants are best for your area.

Over the winter I have been getting my soil ready for planting, adding natural mulch, compost and will be planting seeds in the next couple of weeks. I will be planting to start with, sweet potatoes ( they regenerate on their own from the ones left in the ground) Peas, Green Beans, Tomatoes, and Rainbow Carrots. For herbs I will be planting Cilantro, Sage, Basil and Parsley. I also have flowers to aid in the process, Marigolds, Four O’Clocks and a Bee Rescue Wildflower Mix. My goal will be two gardens, a tropical guild and one for the carrots.

If you would like to take the journey with me, like this post or follow my blog.

I will be referencing different websites along the way with the first being DeepGreenPermaculture and of course get help and advice from my favorite source, my son.

See the next article – Preparing The Garden Bed

Happy Gardening :}

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