Start Your Own Crunchy Garden

~ a guest post from Dave

 

One of the reasons that many people want to buy land is because they want to live a more sustainable lifestyle and grow their own food.  It is quite easy to get started – it’s not even necessary to have a lot of room, as a great deal of crops can be produced in a relatively small space.

Green living is not just beneficial for the person growing and using the plants.  It is also beneficial to the environment and over time can save the gardener a great deal of money.  There is an immense feeling of satisfaction when eating something that has been homegrown rather than bought in a store.

Getting started

 For a truly green garden, it is important to use natural products such as composts and fertilizers.  Don’t waste time looking at artificial products – compost works brilliantly and can easily be made at home with scraps from the kitchen and some garden waste.  As an added bonus, it will cost no additional money to create.

When first starting out, it is best to begin in a small way with just a small patch of land, but those who feel ready for the commitment may decide to turn over almost all of their land to growing vegetables.  Different types of vegetables can be grown at different times of the year, which will ensure a constant supply of fresh produce.

Plants to grow

 Careful planning means that the grower can produce an array of vegetables to feed the whole family.  This can include potatoes, onions, carrots, peas and many more.  It is a good idea to assess the soil type and work out which plants will grow best in which areas of the garden.

 A crunchy garden can contain all kinds of edible plants.  Herbs are a fairly straightforward choice for most people, as they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  There are plenty of types to choose from to satisfy many different purposes.  Some people grow herbs for medicinal uses, while others want to be able to add some different tastes to their culinary creations.

One of the best ways to get started with herbs is to use plants that have already sprouted, as some herbs are difficult to grow from seed.  These can often be planted as soon as the warmer weather arrives in the spring.  If there is still a chance of frost, then it is a good idea to wait.  Gardeners should also be prepared for the plants to take a year or two to grow to their full size.

Mint is a must for any herb or crunchy garden.  It can be used to make tea or added to a variety of recipes for a fresh and sweet taste.  Mint is also very resilient and has a tendency to spread if left unchecked, so planting it in a pot rather than in the ground is recommended.

Going green is easier than many people believe, and no matter how much or how little space is available, it can be put to good use.  With only a small amount of effort, delicious food can be added to the family table without great expense.

 

 Thank you Dave!

Fun and Free Things To Do

Thanks for this Guest Post, Daniel!

 

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Most people are always ready to do something fun. Whether you’re just bored or you need to fill some time on the weekend, chances are that you have been at a loss for something fun to do at one time or another. There are many fun activities available today in most towns. The trouble is that most of these activities cost money. If you’re on a tight budget, many enjoyable things are off limits to you. But don’t despair. There are plenty of fun activities that you can do for free. Below are some free, fun activities that you probably haven’t thought of, but that you will probably enjoy.

Fly a Kite

This is a really fun activity not only for kids, but adults as well, and it’s free if you make your own kite. All you need to make a kite is some old newspaper, a couple of sticks and a rag to make a tail. Invite some friends to go with you and see who can get their kite the highest.

Sew Something

Sewing is a lot of fun, particularly if you have a sewing machine. Sure, getting a group of people together and sewing a quilt by hand can be fun, but you can do so much more with a machine. You can gather some rags and quickly sew them together. Sewing can satisfy your artistic ambitions. Be creative. Try piecing together some old denim scraps and make a bag. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you may be able to get one in a thrift store or online. You may even be able to get one for free.

Put on a Talent Show

Get your friends and relatives together and put on an impromptu talent show. Pick some judges and let people compete. Find out who the best dancer is, who the best singer is, who the best comedian is.

Organize a Card Game

Get some people together for cards. Yes, you can play card games online, but it’s much more fun to get a bunch of people around a table to play, particularly if you play partnered bidding games. Best of all, it doesn’t cost a dime. If you play poker, use pennies or pieces of candy for chips.

Make a Movie

Write a script, draft your friends and family as actors and make your own movie. Edit it and select some suitable music. Everyone will have lots of fun, and you may find that you have talents you didn’t know about. You can even combine a couple of fun activities by filming your talent show.

Write a Short Story

Many people fancy themselves as writers. Try writing a short story. Or write your family history. Or write your biography. Whatever you decide to write about, it will probably be fun and it’s free.

Bowl at Home

Get a few people together and do some bowling. You can use old milk jugs for bowling pins, and just about any ball will serve as a bowling ball, even a softball or baseball. Both the driveway and the yard make good bowling surfaces. This activity is as much fun as real bowling and it’s free.

Play Kickball

Put together a kickball game. Except for the ball, you don’t need any special equipment. You don’t have to worry about breaking windows and the risk of injury is low. Also, little skill is required to play the game. Both kids and adults enjoy the kickball, so everyone can play.

Make Homemade Wine

Wine is easy to make, and recipes are available online. With simple recipes and techniques you can make wine with almost any fruit at no cost. You can even make wine out of dandelion blossoms.

Other Free Fun Activities

Other fun things that you can do at no cost include playing board games, gardening, learning to play an instrument, volunteering at a charity, tracing your ancestry, learning a magic trick, and working a puzzle.