Monday, 30 June 2014

Week 27: household tasks and cleaning checklist

 
Household tasks and cleaning
Dust surfaces and sills, vacuum and steam clean floors.
Spray and wipe benches, windex glass surfaces and mirrors. Wipe hand and pet prints from windows, walls and sliding doors.
Scrub grout and clean tile grout.
Wipe kitchen ceiling.
Book cars in for service if needed. 

Garden and outdoor care
Harvest winter crops of cabbage, cauliflower, leeks and winter radishes. Harvest citrus as they ripen.
Spread well-rotted manure or compost over empty vegie beds. Dig over entire plot where gaps are available.
Water plants in garden beds if 3 or more dry days. 

Lifestyle
Check out the local markets. Make list of fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit to get from next farmers market.
Make sure that there is something special or unique about each day.
Actively seek out new acquaintances and friendships. Reconnect with lost friends I’ve been wondering about. Do a better job of keeping in touch with people.
 
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Friday, 27 June 2014

Double digging when planting new plants

Do you double dig your garden beds when planting a new plant? It’s beneficial for new garden beds with long-term plantings, such as vegetables, perennials, cane fruits, and shrubs. Double-digging also improves soil drainage by breaking up compaction and removing hard soil.

Double-digging involves removing the topsoil the depth of a spade and placing the removed soil to aside. Then the subsoil is then broken up to a spade’s depth, a layer of well-rotted manure or compost is laid on top loosen the subsoil another spade’s depth. Finally, the topsoil is returned with added compost, manure or fertilizers.
 

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Week 26: household tasks and cleaning checklist


Household tasks and cleaning
Bleach toilets, bathtubs, showers, spa and sinks.
Change and launder sheets and pillowcases. Check throw rugs for marks and shake of dust.
Wash glassware and crystal that has been stored on open shelves.
Clean prams, bouncers, playpen and baby car seats. Put liners through the wash if needed
Clean out suitcases, keep only the necessities.
Book haircuts if needed for family and pets. 

Garden and outdoor care
Top up worm farm with scraps. Use worm tea on unhealthy plants. Turn the compost heap.
Clean gutters and spouting pipes.
Give roses a strong prune to encourage good, solid, new growth. Look for spindly stems and remove them. Look out for branches that are totally dead or any that have dieback that need to be totally removed, right down to the stump level. Try and open up the centre of the bush, so there’s more air circulating.

Lifestyle
Have people over for visits on at least once a month. Friends take away night
Take dog to leash free park
Volunteer to help out at a charity or collect items to help them.
Make or create a new fun activity for grandparents to do when minding children.
Make meal planner for week. Try new recipes
 
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Friday, 20 June 2014

How to grow mint

  • Grow mint (Mentha spicata) in pots or contained in the garden and keep it clipped so its rich, green foliage forms a neat, dense mound.
  • Grow in fertile moist soil in the garden or in premium potting mix.
  • Position in sun to part shade.
  • Keep damp and liquid feed regularly.
  • To keep mint under control in the garden, plant it in a large plastic container, then plant the entire pot in the garden.
  • When choosing a location for your mint, find one where the plant will receive morning sun and partial afternoon shade.
 
  • When planting the herb in a flower bed, first submerge a mesh bag or edging to at least 20cms deep leaving the rim above ground level when potted, so the mint's fast-growing root system will be contained. Otherwise, the herb will take over your garden and lawn in an annoying weed-like fashion.
  • Harvest mint sprigs before the plant flowers.
  • To extend the harvesting season, pinch off the flowering buds as they appear.
  • If planting your mint in a garden bed, apply mulch to help keep it from spreading.
  • Locate mint plants fifteen inches apart, and thin them regularly.
  • If planting your mint indoors, locate your container where it will receive good morning light but where it will also be away from drying heating elements.
What not to do:
  • Plant mint in an open bed without first submerging a vessel that will contain the herb's wild-growing roots.
  • If planting mint in a bed using a submerged pot, be sure it's not cracked. The "runners" will find their way out and continue to spread.
 
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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

DIY Centrepiece: Sticks in silver vase

Here is a quick and easy way to decorate a corner. I was in Kmart and saw this vase for $12.00. I couldn't believe how cheap it was and loved the texture. But what could I put inside it?
Then I remembered that there are heaps of sticks where we walk our golden retriever Bella. So the next day we took the baby in the pram and I filled the bottom area of the pram with sticks. I made sure that I collected sticks that were a similar size and colour to each other.
 Here is the finished product in our rumpus room. They really add height to the empty corner of the room. I have it in the corner of the cabinet so Joshua doesn't pull them down.
 
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Monday, 16 June 2014

Week 25: household tasks and cleaning checklist


Household tasks and cleaning
Change and wash towels, bath mats, hand towels and bedding. 
Hang up and iron all clothes in wardrobes. 
Check baby’s clothes for any that don’t fit. Organise clothes in drawers and wardrobe if needed.
Dust surfaces and sills, vacuum and steam clean floors.
Spray and wipe benches, windex glass surfaces and mirrors. Wipe hand and pet prints from windows, walls and sliding doors.
Empty trash bins. Spray and wipe the insides and outsides.
Spray and wipe hand and pet prints from windows, glass doors, TVs and surfaces.
Give dog worming tablets and flea treatment.

Garden and outdoor care
Patch any holes or replace hoses if necessary.
Remove any yellow or brown leaves from cabbages or salad greens.
Clean your garden tools, pots and unused seed trays with bleach, then hot soapy water. Rub down clippers and other blades with olive oil. 

Lifestyle
Get library books for me, meal ideas and baby’s reading time
Go to butchers for bulk buy and freeze excess meat for next few weeks.
Set achievable goals for 2 months and revise uncompleted previous goals
Go and collect natural craft items such as seaglass, pinecones, drift wood, shells, flat pebbles and branches. Check for local low tides.
Be thankful, kind and gracious to others
 
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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Magazine storage solution

I love to collect magazines, especially the areas of cooking, gardening and renovation. However the problem with this is that I haven’t really got an area to store them. I have been keeping a pile in a spare cupboard. That cupboard is now overflowing! 
So I decided it was time to do something about it and find a neat and easy way to store them. Ikea always has great storage ideas, so I checked their catalogue (another magazine in my pile) and found my solution. 
 

These are metal filing boxes in white. They fit into the Ikea square shelving units and make it easy to see the names of the books or magazine, so you don’t have to pull them all out.
As you can see I bought 8 of them. I also did a magazine cull and ripped out the good pages if there were only a few pages in the magazine that I wanted to keep.
The rest went into the recycle bin, as they are not allowed in the worm farm.   
 
Now I’m out to do some gardening in the sun :)
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