Tag Archives: temperature

Coffee Roasting

Green coffee beans ready for roasting (and some roasted ones there too)

Green coffee beans ready for roasting (and some roasted ones there too)

Before I roasted coffee for the first time, I had never seen green beans before. They were smaller than I expected, heavier too, and they didn’t smell like coffee.

Rebar Fence Trellis 02

Rebar Fence Trellis

“Make a self-supporting post-less fence trellis out of rebar!”

In Spring 2011 I wanted to make a fence across the backyard for three reasons; to enclose a chicken run, to grow fruit vines, and to support a future pvc arbour I had planned. Traditional fencing options were expensive, but I found a way to do it using only rebar steel mesh. The result exceeded my hopes.

Benefits:

  • Creates Vertical Space
  • Encloses Chickens
  • Supports Vines
  • Lasts 10 Years

Sugar cane mulch is great for vegetable beds

Mulching

“Make your soil as healthy as a forest floor, by mulching!”

Mulching is the covering of soil with organic material. It is much the same as what naturally occurs in a forest when leaves fall to the floor. Mulch suppresses weeds and prevents evaporation, which allows the topsoil to remain moist so that earthworms and other creatures can live there.

Benefits:

  • Saves water
  • Builds soil life
  • Suppresses weeds
  • Becomes fertiliser

4 types of compost bins. Which type suits your need?

How to Compost

“Turn waste into fertiliser and save the planet, by composting!”

Composting is the breaking down of organic matter, in a controlled environment, into humus, which is rich organic fertiliser (the same kind that takes years to build up in forest systems!). Composting at home is easy, and it can turn waste from your kitchen and your yard, into enough fertiliser to grow all the food you need.

Benefits:

  • Saves the planet!
  • Saves water
  • Recycles waste
  • Creates organic fertiliser
compost tumbler

Tumbler Composting

Make composting waterwise, quick, and easy, with a compost tumbler!

Composting using tumblers is far easier than traditional pile-building techniques, and can be done entirely separately, or in conjunction with pile-building to make large amounts of compost.

Benefits:

  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Tidy
  • Waterwise
Humanure - Pallet-Style Bin Half-Full_50

Human Waste Composting

Turn your turds into tomatoes, with a human waste composting operation!

Each time you flush your toilet, a huge amount of nutrients is lost, along with fresh drinking water, only to become pollution for precious natural waterways. You can avoid all of this by managing an effective human waste composting operation, and the end product is a rich and safe fertilizer for the plants in your garden.

Benefits:

  • Creates fertilizer
  • Saves nutrients
  • Saves water
  • Saves the world!
Bokashi

Bokashi

Eliminate bad smells from your kitchen scraps, and turn them into fertilizer, using Bokashi!

What is Bokashi?

Bokashi (also ‘EM Bokashi’) is a culture of micro-organisms (yeasts and bacteria) which ferment kitchen scraps, out-competing bacteria that would otherwise produce bad smells, and preserving the scraps until you’re ready to bury or compost them. Bokashi can handle animal products, and as a byproduct, Bokashi produces a liquid fertilizer called ‘Bokashi juice’ which can be used to inoculate your soil with helpful microbes.

Benefits:

  • Preserves scraps
  • Handles animal products
  • Eliminates bad smells
  • Improves soil