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Grow your own!

windowsill-herb-gardenMy mantra is that you don’t have to have a garden to grow your own – anybody can have a go!

All you need is a hanging basket filled with tumbling tomatoes, a windowbox of salad leaves or some pots of mini vegetables outside the back door to enjoy a little self sufficiency.

You can sprout seeds in your kitchen, grow peppers in pots on a large sunny windowsill or grow small pots of herbs on your dining room table.

Get creative with your space, grow some healthy, organic food, reduce your food miles and save yourself some money!

 

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5 ways to reuse Tetra Pak cartons in your garden
Mon, 29/06/15 – 7:53 | One Comment

tetrapaks-crushed-242x300The theme for this year’s Zero Waste Week is ‘reuse’.

After all, the 3 Rs are in that order for a reason.

And while recycling is commendable, by reUSING items, we can give them a longer life, preserve precious resources and keep things from landfill. Read the full story »

How to enjoy the great outdoors, whatever the weather
Fri, 19/06/15 – 8:52 | Comments Off on How to enjoy the great outdoors, whatever the weather
How to enjoy the great outdoors, whatever the weather

The solstice is nearly here which means the longest day of the year.
I love these endless blue skies and sunny weather, but I have to admit, once June 21st arrives I start planning for the …

Are LED light bulbs really better for the environment than incandescent
Tue, 2/06/15 – 8:07 | Comments Off on Are LED light bulbs really better for the environment than incandescent
Are LED light bulbs really better for the environment than incandescent

As you know, we’re huge fans of LED light bulbs here at Chez Green.
Mr Green has BUILT them for the downstairs which run off small solar panels. I know, what a guy!

Alleviate back pain with the Osteomat acupressure mat
Mon, 20/04/15 – 11:45 | One Comment
Alleviate back pain with the Osteomat acupressure mat

We’re great fans of alternative and natural remedies for treating minor ailments, here at Chez Green.
We use herbs from the garden for their medicinal value – thyme to boost the immune system, lemon balm to …

Lots of ideas for meals in minutes!
Tue, 14/04/15 – 16:31 | Comments Off on Lots of ideas for meals in minutes!
Lots of ideas for meals in minutes!

Ever had a day when you can’t be bothered to cook?
Perhaps you’ve had a busy day juggling 100 chores. Maybe the kids are ill and you’re a full time nurse.

A simple way to slash your energy bills
Mon, 13/04/15 – 9:32 | Comments Off on A simple way to slash your energy bills
A simple way to slash your energy bills

As you might remember, Mr Green and I came up with a cunning and frugal plan to reduce our carbon footprint.
Being the ever-resourceful guy, Mr Green lined our dining room curtains and ceiling with space …

Are you ready for a smart meter?
Tue, 31/03/15 – 14:19 | Comments Off on Are you ready for a smart meter?
Are you ready for a smart meter?

I’m all for reducing our carbon footprint and our bills by being aware of the amount of energy we use.
In the past I’ve tried all sorts of energy recording devices from the Owl to the …

14 ways to reduce indoor air pollution
Mon, 30/03/15 – 11:39 | Comments Off on 14 ways to reduce indoor air pollution
14 ways to reduce indoor air pollution

As you know, we run a couple of woodburners here at Chez Green, and although I wouldn’t swap them for the world, they DO produce a lot of dust and dirt.
Which is why I’m getting …

The ultimate car sharing system has arrived!
Fri, 27/03/15 – 10:30 | Comments Off on The ultimate car sharing system has arrived!
The ultimate car sharing system has arrived!

While I might occasionally get wistful for the slower and simpler (not necessarily easier) pace of life my Grandparents lived through, I am a girl that loves modern technology and ‘progress’.
You won’t be dragging me …

Do “juice cleanses” really work, and are they worth the money?
Thu, 12/03/15 – 9:44 | 2 Comments
Do “juice cleanses” really work, and are they worth the money?

One of our readers asked about juice cleanses.
She wanted to know whether they worked and if they were worth the money.

All aboard the electric bus!
Tue, 10/03/15 – 14:06 | Comments Off on All aboard the electric bus!
All aboard the electric bus!

What vehicle costs 70% less to run than diesel?
And which same vehicle produces 60% less CO2 emissions than a diesel one?
This week I came across something rather exciting!