At its most fundamental level, briquetting is a method to compress metal cuttings and excess into small, easy-to-manage round chunks (briquettes) with heaviness and resale amounts that rival those of solid alloys. While the concept of briquetting isn’t new, the technology and advantages of practicing it have developed considerably over time.
While the technology and production of scrap metal recycling has improved, so have the inherent gains that exist for recyclers and scrap processors. Briquetting increases the bottom line for recyclers by adding profit to the waste stream. For a comparably modest expense, briquetting allows processors to get larger, higher-quality stock to factories more efficiently, decreasing energy, work and shipping expenses while raising profits.
Briquettes implement a measure of quality control to recyclers that are not feasible with random parts and other swarf (slivers, turnings, filings, fragments and shavings derived from production processes). By reducing loose ores into briquettes, numerous excess solutions and additional contaminants are taken out, producing a more homogenous product that is denser, less likely to corrode and also useful to forges and other re-users. That makes recyclers scrap further marketable, popular and valuable.
In addition to the scrap ore itself, if sufficient metalworking fluid (MWF) is removed and accumulated from quantities of random swarf from a singular source, it may be re-salable to the supplier or to additional interested processors or companies.
Briquetting practices can additionally provide a broad variety of diverse ferrous and non-ferrous ores involving steel, cast-iron, aluminum, brass, copper, bronze, zinc, magnesium, and titanium. Additionally, they can receive them in almost every pre-processed form of swarf.
Briquetters make operations simpler for factories and plants since they are inexpensive and easier to move, store and melt than loose cuttings. This conserves capital and raises earnings potential in the long run. Factories profit by being capable of placing scrap that similarly resembles the characteristics of solid ore directly into furnaces, without the unique arrangements usually needed for loose materials before charging. Briquettes also significantly decrease losses to oxidation, in addition to filtering dust in furnaces.
Condensing tons of random scrap ore into easy-to-manage, stackable briquettes also makes a world of difference on a recycler’s warehouse and logistics processes. A few of the most noticeable benefits that briquettes grant are realized through the time, capital and space gains linked with these operations. Briquettes permit recyclers to palletize their goods before warehousing or sending to mills and foundries-decreasing bulk by up to 20:1.
This decrease in bulk indicates that the goods being transported to market are significantly denser and more valuable, and that more can be moved or stored at the same or decreased cost, when compared to loose cuttings. It is also much cleaner overall since nearly all MWF and additional contaminants have been removed during the briquetting process. Limited planning and expenses are accumulated in safeguarding against possible adverse environmental influences during transportation, processing and warehouse.
With very moderate loss and maintenance expenses over the life of a machine, and since they can prepare as many loose pieces as larger, more energy-intensive devices with reduced power and smaller footprints, the conservation on utilities can be sizable.
Briquetting is a cost-effective means for recyclers to manage and prepare loose cuttings of almost any kind for resale to plants and factories. It adds profit to the waste stream by producing a higher-quality manufactured product that is comparable to that of solid waste material, effectively transforming carts overflowing with messy parts and other miscellaneous swarf into pallets of neatly piled, more marketable briquettes. Considering that a briquetter can be custom built to the specific needs of recyclers and processors, you can begin to see the impact a briquetting system can have on your company’s bottom line.
Garden sheds are great for storing all of the things that don’t have a place in your home. Your garden chairs, your garden tools, even paddling pools and pogo sticks. It is easy to shove everything into your shed without a second thought, but with a few customisations, you could turn your garden shed into a fabulously creative storage space at speed. Here are five tips to turn your bog standard shed into a stunning storage solution.
Before you begin to tackle the interior, you may want to spruce up the exterior. If you buy your garden shed online from somewhere like Sheds and Things, you will most likely opt for a plain wooden shed. Once you get your shed home, there are plenty of ways you can pretty it up. One of the easiest ways to do this is to paint it. Dove grey, lilacs and green shades will give it a gorgeous rustic look. This is a relatively cheap way of customising your shed but if you want to save the planet as well as saving a few pennies, make sure you use non-toxic paint. This is one step towards achieving a greener garden, and you can find non-toxic paints in a variety of shades online.
Spruce it up With Signage
You can make your shed unique by adding a sign. You can find relevant signs online that describe what you store in your shed. Alternatively you can create your own signage with individual wooden letters. If you don’t want to paint your shed, you could paint the letters in a neon shade to create a stark contrast against the wood. Once again, this is a small DIY job that will make a big difference to your garden and you can find plenty of inspiration on Pinterest.
Create a Focal Point
If you want your shed to be the focal point of your garden, why not customise it to make it look like a miniature version of your home? You can add country cottage charm by painting the door to look like a front door and replace the latch with a glamorous door knob. Add windows to the front of your shed and place flower boxes underneath them. Add slates to the roof of your shed and voilà, you have a shed that boasts buckets of country charm.
Once you have beautified the outside of your shed, it’s time to tackle the interior. Without shelves, your garden shed will never be organised and your belongings will end up in a pile at the bottom. Organising your shed is easy. Simply put up some open shelving and hooks to hang your tools on. This will not only ensure that you have a place for everything but it will transform an ugly shed into something pretty.
If you are trying to lower your carbon footprint, you will no doubt be thinking of ways to customise your garden shed in an eco-friendly manner. Why not turn the roof of your garden shed into a hub for vegetation? All you will need is a layer of soil and some seeds and you are good to go. You can find out how to build a green roof for your garden shed here.
More and more people are trying to live a greener lifestyle but this doesn’t need to begin and end in the home. If you want to create a greener stable, there are a number of easy ways you can create a more eco-friendly environment for your horse. With this in mind, here are four eco-friendly tips for horse owners.
Manage Manure Efficiently
If you are a horse owner, you will know that your job includes dealing with a lot of waste. If this waste is left to build up on your land, it can cause environmental issues. If you want an environmentally-friendly living space for your horse to live in it is essential that you manage manure efficiently. Simply removing it from the stable is only the first step. A complete manure management plan can help you to create a pleasant environment for your horse that will help you to lower your carbon footprint. Improper management of manure can lead to a number of problems such as water pollution, but composting or manure spreading can provide a simple solution.
Create Healthy Pastures
If your pasture is overgrown with weeds, it won’t just look unappealing but it will also have a negative impact on the environment. Longer grass can soak up excess rain and prevent overgrazed pastures collecting puddles of rain water. If this water makes contact with the manure it can contaminate your ground water. Regular maintenance of your pastures can help to prevent these problems and encourage environmentally-friendly horse-keeping.
Identify Water Run Off Points
Identifying the water runoff points around your stable is one way to minimize damage to your pastures. If you don’t do this, water will build up in certain areas around your stable and can become contaminated.
A simple way to create a green environment for your horse is to choose a stable that is made from sustainable materials. Steel stables like those found at Vale Stables offer a number of benefits to horse owners because they are durable and built to last while being kind to the environment. It is not just the stable itself that needs to be eco-friendly, you should be wary of the products that you use inside your stable too. A small step such as using natural herb-based fly repellents can make a big difference.
Make your new Build Home as green as the grass it grows on.
I don’t know about you, but all I ever thought about growing up was building my own home. I used to look at all the estate agents on the high street on practically a daily basis, hoping and praying that there would be something I liked in the window.
Since then I’ve gotten older (but not necessarily wiser) and I do exactly the same thing. In my town there are 5 estate agents and not once in the three years that I have lived here have I seen something that I liked- I can pick a fault with ANY house on the market… trust me.
For that reason, I spent my first two and a half years here renting; throwing my money away! Last year, I finally decided that enough was enough and that I would build my own home from scratch, something that I wouldn’t be able to find fault with!
Let me warn you now, building your own home is a tiresome process and it starts from the very first design that you make. For my two bedroom detached home, all I knew is that I wanted a suburban or rural property. The rest I left in the imagination of my designer and project manager.
As soon as I told people of my rural dream home I was immediately informed of the “planning regulation issues” and the “greenbelt restrictions” that I would face. Now, I will be honest, at first I felt as though these were petty regulations that stood no purpose.
I will admit now that I could not have been more wrong. The countryside is a majestic place and is in desperate need of preservation. For this reason, you need to build a ‘green home’. If you attempt to build a property that isn’t in keeping with your natural surroundings then not only will you not likely get turned down for planning permission, but you will be spoiling the very nature that we HAVE to preserve.
For this reason, you should make your new home as green as possible in order to lower your carbon footprint. Making my home ‘green’ and energy efficient has saved me hundreds on my heating bills and has make my home look more beautiful as it blends in with the natural surroundings. I love my new home! If you want to love yours too, then I suggest seeing what www.sustainablebuildingsolutions.co.uk can do for you.
How can Electric Floor Heating Mats Save you Money on Heating Costs
Electric floor heating is also better than conventional heating because release any dust mites or dust and help in reducing allergies. Also, they are not an eyesore like radiators. With this type of heating, there are no chances of getting hurt by hot and sharp edges of conventional radiators. Best thing about electric floor mats is that they work at low temperature, so you will see considerable reduction in your energy bills.
The electric underfloor heating mats and cables can be easily installed no matter what the shape and size of your room. Mostly, you can get DIY kits that come with detailed instruction manual so you end up saving hundreds of dollars in installation costs as well.
One important thing that you should keep in mind is getting a superior thermal insulation barrier for your concrete sub-floors. Heat energy travels in both upward and downward directions and concrete or cement flooring easily absorbs this energy. This can create a drag on the performance of your sub flooring. One a thermal insulation barrier is placed between the flooring and the heat source, it will automatically enhance the efficiency of the floor heating. In fact, the initial warm up time will decrease and you will end up saving good money. Proper insulation will also prevent your floor from undue heating.
Electric floor heating mats have a upper hand even when compared with different water heating systems because it doesn’t need hours of heating like latter does. You just need 30 minutes of controlled heating to reach a comfortable temperature. In fact, you can use digital programmable thermostat to set your schedule as well as temperature you want.
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Rock Powerhouse the Kidneythives, are back on the scene releasing their new EP THE INVISIBLE PLAN on October 18th. The interesting angle is that the album was recorded completely green, even the packaging can be planted in the ground and will grow into wildflowers, how great is that…
“The Invisible Plan was once again written by the prolific duo and produced by Bruce Somers and Kidneythieves in their Undercurrent Studios in Los Angeles, which they converted to solar-power in summer 2010. “Free and I are very sensitive to the environment and we talk about it a lot,” says Bruce. “We both drive fuel efficient cars and do our part. But we felt that our carbon footprint was too big in this huge studio with all this gear. We felt like hypocrites. So we installed solar panels, point them to the sun, and get 60-70% of the electricity for the studio from solar power now. We also have a 23 SEER air conditioner in the studio, which is the most energy efficient you can have in the desert, and we put in a reverse osmosis filter system to do away with bottled water.”
Having a green studio is just one way other artists have been attracted to working at Undercurrent Studios. Having a state-of-the art ProTools rig, an extensive sound library, and 1,000-square feet of their 2,000-square foot studio as a dedicated amp room - with an eclectic mix of vintage and new - is another big draw. Among the artists who have recorded at Undercurrent are Good Charlotte, Dave Grohl, the Pussycat Dolls, Good Charlotte, Jay Gordon (Orgy), Toby Wright (Korn), Dylan McLaren (Juliette Lewis and the Licks, The Misfits), RA (Sahaj), and Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson).
Kidneythieves have also found success in landing their unique style of music in movie soundtracks, on TV shows, and in video games from the day the duo started making music together. On the soundtrack front, their cover of the Willie Nelson-penned Patsy Cline hit “Crazy” was in 1998’s Bride of Chucky and “Before I’m Dead” from 2002’s Zerøspace was in Queen of the Damned starring the late Aaliyah the same year. Among their small screen credits are “Arsenal” from Zerøspace in CSI: Miami in 2003 and “Taxicab Messiah” from 1998’s Trickster in the cult favorite Warehouse 13 in 2010.
Meanwhile, five songs from Trickster were also on the 2003 video game Deus Ex: Invisible War. The songs were performed in-game by the character of NG Resonance, which is a fictional pop star voiced by Free. Most recently, the band’s “God in Fire,” a collaboration with Japanese video game composer Takeharu Ishimoto, was featured in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy in Spring 2011.
“Musicians can’t rely on record labels to do everything now so we look for other sources,” says Bruce. “For us, one of those is the video game industry, which is always looking for new things and that lines up nicely with us always staying cutting edge.” Adds Free, “We’ve been noticing that there are more 15-18-year-olds coming to shows and emailing us and I think it’s a byproduct of the exposure we’ve had in video games. We have this amazing legion of loyal fans now that is a lot more eclectic than we when we started out.”
The trajectory the band has been on with a growing sales base and rapidly expanding fan base from record-to-record continues with the release of The Invisible Plan because, as Free sings in the EP’s title track, “The art of the hustle to use the mind as a muscle is… the invisible plan.”
Welcome to their Invisible Plan.” (from their bio)
For more info on the Kidneythieves and a free download of one of their singles…
Ever wonder where all the stuff we own and use comes from and then where it ends up? This great video goes through all the stages of our stuff. It is called the materials economy and it is made up of the cycle our stuff goes through: Extraction- Production- Distribution- Consumption- Disposal.Watch this…
March Madness Odds are that there will be many gatherings to watch the many games that comprise March Madness. Here are some tips on taking steps to lessen the environmental impact on both our spaces, bodies and the environment overall while enjoying the great game of basketball.
- Here are some tips on making things more green during March Madness.
- Share a ride to that favorite sports bar to watch the games.
- Lessen the impact on the trees: Imagine how much paper is wasted on copying and printing brackets every March? Use a paperless option readily available on Yahoo and other search engines. HERE
- Prepare healthy snacks that will not add to “polluting” our bodies with unhealthy food that we will later regret.
- Examples are: Carrot and Celery Sticks, Hummus Dip with Pita Chips, Apples, Oranges or any other kind of fresh fruit. Make a fruit salad. Make popcorn without all the trimmings such as butter and salt.
- Prepare healthy snacks that will not add to “polluting” our bodies with unhealthy food that we will later regret.
- Choose your drink: Water is the best choice for hydrating our bodies during those long exciting games. But don’t bring home water bottles, there are far too many of those in the environment already. Drink tap water or if you don’t like the taste, buy a filter for your faucet or a filtering jug. Fill a nice jug with water and flavor it with orange slices, lemon slices and strawberries, skip the sugar. It’s refreshing.
- If you must drink beer, don’t forget to recycle those cans and bottles.
- Winning the office pool is fun, but how much more gratifying would it be if the winner chose a Charity that can benefit from the office pool prize money. Help make someone else’s environment a little better.
Access to clean, safe drinking water is one of the worldwide dilemmas that still need solving. One in eight of us worldwide don’t have access to clean drinking water still today. That’s almost a billion people on the planet. Hard to believe.
80% of diseases can be attributed to unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially susceptible to catching all kinds of diseases as their immune systems are still developing and they aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. The UN predicts that one tenth of global diseases can be prevented by improving access to clean drinking water and better sanitation.
But the issue of water goes beyond just a human issue. It’s an environmental issue, an animal welfare issue, a sustainability issue. Water is a global issue, deserving a global conversation. By being a master of public health, more of these environmental issues can be resolved. Join in.
I came upon a small company in Washington, Missouri owned and operated by a retired couple that have developed a filter made for use only on electric clothes dryers which allows the user to return the hot, humid air back into the home during the winter months.
The name of the product is Dryernet and basically recycles the hot air coming out of your dryer ( I wonder if it could be used in Congress) and puts it to use to reheat your home. It also filters out 99.5% of all contaminants including smell. With the extra heat added to the home, the furnace doesn’t have to work as much, the moisture added to the environment gets rid of static electricity and in many cases, this filter shortens the time required to dry the clothes. So, this little filter saves energy for the furnace, saves electricity from the dryer and makes the home environment much better to live in.
Pretty innovative for a little filter that takes no time to install and takes up no more space than what you have right now and will save you money on your electric bill. The product website shows that people are saving 20-30 dollars a month using Dryernet, that being true than the product can pretty much pay for itself in a month or two. Definitely worth talking a look.
Check it out>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> at Dryernet.com and pass it on, it’s always nice to see small companies sprout up from Green Innovations.
June 30th BloggersUnite for The Gulf & Save Our Planet
What can we do to help, to lend a hand in the clean up effort?
There are many things that people can do to help, even if we are not there:
Planning a Vacation?
- Go to the states affected and spend your money there. The local economies will be needing help for months and maybe years to come. Make these beautiful areas part of your plans for future vacations.
Have the Time and the Money? Volunteer!
- Many of us have the money and the time to go and volunteer, make it your mission: Don’t know where to start? Start Here:
- Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota
- Gulf of Mexico’s Foundation
- National Wildlife Federation
- Volunteer Louisiana - http://www.volunteerlouisiana.gov/ 800.755.5175
- Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service - http://www.mcvs.org
- Volunteer Florida - http://www.volunteerflorida.org/
- 211 Connects Alabama - http://211connectsalabama.org 866.869.4921
Have the money but not the time?
“Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help” is aimed at raising funds for the United Way, National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy. The telethon will air Monday June 21, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern.
Guests include Justin Bieber, Deepak Chopra, Cameron Diaz, Philippe Cousteau, Ted Danson, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Randy Jackson, Kerry Kennedy, Lenny Kravitz, Jenny McCarthy, Tim McGraw, Alyssa Milano, Aaron Neville, Edward James Olmos, Victoria Principal, Robert Redford, Gloria Reuben, Tyson Ritter, Richard Simmons, Ian Somerhalder, Sam Trammell,Melania and Ivanka Trump, Pete Wentz, with a special performance by Sting.
Let your representatives how you feel:
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Gulf Spill: How You Can Help
Media Blackout and Possible Martial Law
Mobile, AL: Looking for Volunteers to Clean Up Oil
Tell the EPA : Take Away BP’s Billion in Federal Contracts
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Understanding Oil Spills and Oil Spill Response
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Earth Day is here again, and it’s a great reminder to remember that animals are not throwaways. For what ever reason that dogs, cats and many other kinds of animals end up in shelters, they deserve a second chance at a being loved at a forever home.
Overpopulation is the number 1 cause of death in domesticated animals. Number 1 reason for overpopulation, Puppy Mills and Kitty Mills and Backyard Breeders who think they are going to get rich off over breeding their pets.
Do the right thing for Mother Earth let’s get a handle on the overpopulation of cats and dogs.
Nationwide Ban on Puppy and Kitty Mills
Urge our representatives to start a National Campaign to “BAN” PUPPY MILLS ,KITTY MILLS and the Licensing of Backyard Breeders. A national ban is the only thing that makes sense and would really make a dent in the overpopulation. It is not enough to regulate at the state level, as that has shown not to work. Most states have no regulations against animal cruelty and don’t have the resources to enforce the regulations that are there.
Contact your State Reps and Senators and tell them you want Puppy Mills and Kitty Mills Banned Nationwide:
Spay or Neuter your Pet
If you already have a pet, make sure that they are spayed or neutered, so that they don’t contribute to the overpopulation of pets.
These services are available at your vet office or at the local animal shelter.
Here is a good source for affordable spay/neuter services.
Adopt Don’t Buy
#3 If you are in the market for a pet make sure to visit your local animal shelter to find your loving petmate and give them their forever home.
Here are a few resources to find your Soul Pet:
ClimateCounts.org provides tools and information that help us make more informed decisions about the companies we wish to do business with. They put out a free Climate Count iPhone App that scores some of the worlds largest companies in 17 business sectors so that we can see how well or not so well they are doing in their responsibility to take corporate climate action. Check it out!
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It’s earth Hour today. Everyone around the world will be turning off their lights at 8:30 local time, making a stand against climate change. Join us!
The Miles Per Gallon race is on and where it stops nobody knows. It’s hard to believe it but not too long ago the argument against Green Cars was that the technology wasn’t there. Well, all of a sudden there it is. A hybrid car that can do 230 m.p.g. and other companies already saying that they have a their own model that can beat the Chevy Volt.
I guess necessity is the mother of invention. Faced with a bankrupt industry and an unwavering consumer the car companies seem to be letting go of the umbilical cord that has held them tied to the oil companies for what seems like forever.
In no time at all, the auto industry has gone from the most fuel efficient car on the market, the Toyota Prius that does 50 mpg and 493 miles per tank, to a Hybrid, the Chevy Volt, that can do 230 mpg (city), would cost 2c per mile compared to 12c per mile on gas only, and would not use a drop of fuel in the first 40 miles.”It will use a lithium-ion battery with a gasoline-powered, range-extending engine that drives a generator to provide electric power when you drive beyond the 40-mile battery range.” (chevrolet.com)
Not to be outdone, Nissan has come out with their gloves on claiming the top dog position with their own Mega Fuel Efficient model. The Nissan Leaf 100% electric/ Zero Emissions claims that it would be rated at 367 mpg.
Whatever prompted the auto industry to take that leap in technology is most welcome. The important thing is that the leap has taken place and healthy competition has started that can only end in something good for the environment and the consumer.
There are many things we can do to make Pet ownership more environmentally friendly, including Recycling Pets.
Start by Adopting your Pet from a Local Shelter:
It’s sort of like “recycling a pet” instead of buying a one from a Pet Store. The doggy in the window trick is no longer so cute, when you know where these dogs are coming from. Puppy mills are the biggest suppliers of Dogs in Pet Shops, they are a big part of the overpopulation problem in the U.S., they are notorious for maintaining these dogs in inhumane and squalid conditions. But as long as we the consumer keep purchasing these dogs from the Pet stores then the puppy mills will continue to exist. Pets are such a source of joy and happiness for us, let’s recycle the love and help shut down the Puppy Mills and adopt a pet at the local shelter. Here are some resources that can help you find your local shelters.
Spay and Neuter your Pet: Help the fight against the Overpopulation of Pets
You may not have thought about it before but overpopulation of pets also has an impact on the environment. Overpopulation can harm the local wildlife, deposit waste and garbage into the local eco-system. Once you have adopted a pet, make sure you have them spayed or neutered. This will help keep the overpopulation of pets in check. According to the Humane Society 6-8 million pets enter the shelters every year out those half or 3-4 million get euthanized.
Do the Numbers:
- Average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year: 3
- Average number of kittens in a feline litter: 4-6
- Average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year: 2
- Average number of puppies in a canine litter: 6-1
Resources for Having Your Pet Spayed or Neutered:
- Your Local Animal Shelter
- www.spayusa.org. A national spay/neuter referral network that may be able to direct you to subsidized spay/neuter clinics in your area
- Pets 911: Is an online database that can provide you with information on veterinarians, special clinics, and other spay/neuter resources in your area.
- Your Veterinarian.
Organics for your Pet:
Since the Pet food Scare of last year many people have gone to Certified Organic Pet Food, which contains no hormones, pesticides, artificial ingredients, or antibiotics. It can run a little more expensive but, aren’t they worth it?
A Tail of Two Poopers:
The problem of pet waste is ignored as being a non-issue by most people. Out of 75 million dogs, about 40% of their owners don’t clean up after their pets. People don’t realize that more than just being a nuisance if you step in it, it is also an environmental hazard. Pet waste left untouched can pollute ground water, rivers and streams, and it can also spread diseases to the other species.
What can you do? Scoop the Poop of course.
- If outside the home pick up your pet’s waste, preferably with a biodegradeable bag that you can flush?
- And if it is within the confines of your yard you can start a composting bin, yep you heard right Doggy Waste Composting. Here is a guide from the Dept of Agriculture on How to Start a Doggy Waste Composting Bin.
Hope these tips help all of us all become more conscientious pet owners.
Starting a Green Revolution in our own back yard is probably the simplest and best thing we can do to make an impact on our immediate environment. We all talk about going back to nature and what we can do to reduce our carbon foot print and the impact we have on mother nature. What we don’t realize is that we don’t have to go all out and do grandiose things in order to make a difference. Every little bit counts and if each of us does a little bit, together it is a grandiose thing.
Many of us probably never heard of “Victory Gardens, which were also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences in United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Germany during World War I and World War II to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort. In addition to indirectly aiding the war effort these gardens were also considered a civil “morale booster” — in that gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution of labor and rewarded by the produce grown. Making victory gardens became a part of daily life on the home front.” (Wikipedia)
We don’t have to wait to be at war to start a garden, although we are. We can make a positive impact by growing our own food. All we need is a little patch of dirt, some water, some sun and some seeds. Homegrown food tastes better, has more nutrition, puts less pesticides into the land and water system, and is less expensive than buying “Organic Food”. I can;t think of a better way to make and impact on your environment and save money at the same time.
Now you may say, well I don’t have a patch of dirt, I live in an apartment. And I say find a community garden you can be part of, start one if there isn’t one. Share a patch of dirt with a neighbor, make it a social event. Start a container garden. Where there is a will, there is a way.
With all the innovations these days like the “Topsy Turby Hanging Tomato Planter” you don’t even need a patch of dirt. It grows tomatoes from a hanging planter, now it can’t get easier than that.
But if you do have a patch of dirt all you need to get started with your Victory Garden is a shovel, some water 4-6 hours of Sun and a $3 packet of seeds. Start small and if you find your green thumb then stretch out as far as is manageable for you.
- Start a compost bin, keep it going through the year for natural fertilizer.
- Dig out a 4×4 patch of land
- Amend the soil as needed for your area, ask your local home store for recommendations.
- Plant your seeds, you might want to start the seeds indoors then transfer the seedlings.
- Get a lawn chair and wait…
- Invite your friends over and enjoy the harvest
Here are some great Organic growing resources: