Month: May 2016

Herbs in Upcycles Containers

Getting Started with Herbs

Imagine the flavour that your own home grown herbs will bring to your cooking and Mojitos! These super cute, unique herb planters make the best Hostess Gifts ever! Just the convenience of picking the right amount and not having to run to the grocery store for your herbs is worth a little effort. You’ll be amazed at how easy herbs are to grow. Herbs in containers Live on the edge and do something different, don’t be restricted by the same old plastic pots; herbs are fun and they deserve some fun containers. Do make sure that whatever you use has proper drainage holes to avoid over watering. A beautiful old tea pot is super cute, old ceramic mixing bowls even your old shoes or hats will work for a season or two. Use a good quality potting soil mixed with a little bit of compost or Sea Soil to add some organic matter. Never use soil from your garden or your poor herbs will likely meet a horrible death which we don’t want. Watering and …

5 Tips for Sustainable Entertaining

It is officially BBQ season here on the West Coast! Time for friends, family, food, drinks, and relaxation.  This is one of my favourite times of the year. If you think outside the box and use some of these handy tips there’s no reason why your next gathering can’t be an earth friendly one too. 1. Say NO to Single Use Plastic – Even Red Solo Cups I’ll admit it that plastic cutlery and plates make cleanup a breeze. In another life I used these items too when we had a larger group of people over. That is until I became aware of how horrible they are for the environment and thought about how much money was wasted yearly on an item you use once, then toss. Seemed pretty silly once I gave it some thought. Using your own dishes does require more clean up, but it is way way better in the long run if your goal is to be more sustainable. Another option is to have people bring their own dishes and tupperwear for leftovers.  My …

The Container Vegetable Garden

You don’t need a yard to grow your own food, you can grow fresh vegetables right on your apartment patio! With a little knowledge, great soil, sunshine and the right container you are well on your way to being a container gardening guru. Finding the right container The bigger the better for vegetables. If you don’t want to be a slave to watering, make sure you are buying larger containers. Vegetables will not work well in anything under 8in across and 8in deep. The larger the vegetable plant the larger the container you will need. Many people can’t believe that the little tiny tomato plant you purchased is going to need a pot no less than 14in across. You can use most types of containers just make sure you are not using treated wood or items like old tires. Glazed ceramic, clay and untreated wood all work very well; you can use plastic too but if all possible try to use a “repurposed” plastic container or pot. The containers must have good drainage holes. If your container …

Glass House Mountain

Feeling at Home in the Wilderness

Imposing peaks, unknown wildlife, poison ivy… there’s a variety of factors that can contribute to feeling uncomfortable in the wilderness. Even if you are used to spending time outdoors, a new environment or changing conditions can throw you off. I’m speaking from experience on this one, I’ve found myself feeling uncomfortably low on the food chain anytime I’ve been in shark populated waters. I have a tremendous respect and admiration for sharks but I’ve also got an active imagination, and shark attack stories – those stick with you. Logically, I know sharks are not hanging out down there just waiting to take a sample out of me but some small part of my mind screams at me that it does happen and that I can in fact be next. We don’t often feel like prey in the modern age and I think we’ve forgotten how to deal with it. Our primal fears once served a very important purpose but now that most of us live in protective shelters with basic needs met, we’re no longer …

Chickens in coop

Saying Good-bye to My Urban Farm

We purchased our modest post and beam home almost nine years ago from a sweet elderly couple whose home meant everything to them. They had helped design the house and lived in it from day one. They were only selling because they could no longer look after it and were moving to a care home. We believe our offer was picked because we weren’t builders who would bulldoze the house and build a new one which was the fate of many of the homes in the area. It was so cool to come across the little things they had done like putting a coin from the year they poured cement for the patio. Old banking slips from the 60’s tucked into the rafters of the storage and an old banner from the Pacific National Exhibition that was stapled in the crawl space. I left these jewels hidden in the spots I found them to bring others a smile while they think of the history of the home. I will never forget the day we moved …