Garden

Becoming more sustainable in our new home

Since moving to our forever home, we are going to try that bit harder to help the environment and become more eco-friendly. I have read so much about what we can do in our everyday to change things that over all will have a big impact on the environment. Even small things will help.

Sustainable living is finding ways to reduce our ‘carbon footprint’ on our planet. By making changes to our lifestyle will help with our carbon footprints.

basket of home grown vegetables

Becoming more sustainable

I have put together a list of 11 changes we can make in everyday life’s to live more sustainably.

  1. Grown your own. Now I understand that no-everything will be able to do this or even have the space to do so. But why not start with a tomato plant or a potato pot, which makes it nice and easy to grow your own.
  2. Walk more, I know if sound silly but by walking to the local shop or your children to school where possible really will help reduced the amount of fuel you are using, saving the planet but also your pennies.
  3. Take reusable bags with you when you do your shopping. I also take one with me, there is always one or two fold up ones in my handbag and then I keep the big blue ikea bags for the weekly food shop. I know I used to get given so many plastic bags, now I hardly have any in the house.
  4. Use refilled able water bottles. I was terrible for buying bottles of water when out and about, not just for me but also for the children. I now make sure we take our water bottles everywhere, even if it is just to do the food shopping. It saves buying the plastic bottles.
  5. Re-usable hot drinks cups. It’s not often we buy a ‘take away’ hot drink. But when we plan to do so we always take with us our thermal drinks cups. They are better for the environment but also keep out drinks nice and warm.
  6. If your able to have a low flow shower head fitted, we had one at our old house and it uses a lot less water. It pulls in more air so you feel like you are in a powerful (ish) shower yet using less water.
  7. When you need to replace items, choose things that are more energy efficient. O don’t go out and buy something that doesn’t need to be replaced. But a something is not fixable then go for the most energy efficient items possible.
  8. Make do and mend, well as much as possible. Try to see if there is a way to fix an item or up-cycle something before you consider replacing. Always try to sell an item before you just take it to the local tip.
  9. We often will leave our electrical items on ‘standby’ but by switching them off will really reduce the amount of energy you are using and also help reduce your bills.
  10. Switching to renewable energy, with some suppliers it costs slightly more but the reduced impact on the environment makes it worthwhile.
  11. Use LED bulbs, not only do they last longer they are also much more efficient.

If you are not only looking at becoming more eco friendly sustainable but also finally stable then My Money Cottage has some wonderful tips to help you out.

Six Tips For Moving To Your New Farm

When you are moving to a new piece of land, there’s every chance that you are moving onto old farmland. Not only are you going to have a tremendous amount of renovation ahead of you, but you’re looking to move into your dream home on a vast expanse of land. When you plan to move onto an old farm, you have to think about what it means to maintain the land, whether you want to look after animals and whether you want to keep hold of the outbuildings. 

Choosing to keep hold of field shelters doesn’t mean that you’ll be taking up space, but it does mean that you could have a range of outbuildings at your disposal to renovate as you please. There’s nothing that you need to stand in the way of your dream home. Instead, you need tips to make your move as smooth as possible. Let’s go!

farm house and fields

Know the Rules

You need to know what you can and cannot keep on your new piece of land. Some farmlands have restrictions that others don’t, so think about this and make sure that you know the ins and outs with your seller before you get started.

Pick Your Movers

When you are moving to farmland, you need to choose your movers carefully. If you’re only moving the things in your house, you need a regular man and van guys who can lift boxes for you. If you have animals and farm equipment to move, then you need some livestock movers like these ones.

Know Your Costs

You have to hook up utilities when you move to your new land, and the best thing to do is to research the costs and make sure that you have everything ready for moving day. Contact all the utility companies before you get there, so you have your creature comforts ready!

Fragile Things First

Ideally, you will have packers and movers who understand the issues with transporting fragile things first. Once you are ready to move, get the fragile things moved first so that you can settle in quickly.

Pack Early

The moment that you know that you’re moving to a new area start packing. Clear the home bit by bit, packing the things you want to take into the boxes as you go. Doing this will make moving day far more structured and easy to manage, as you won’t have much left to do on the day.

Prepare To Be Safe

Farmland can be treacherous after rains and if there is a lot of equipment and old shelters laying around. On the day of the move, you should make sure that your movers can handle getting all your things in, and make sure that they’re wearing the right equipment for any large machinery – should you be moving any. 

Moving to new farmland can be exciting – and now you can be prepared for it!

3 Ways To Speed Up The Growth Of Your Plants

It can be more than a little frustrating when you are trying to grow a garden and your plants just aren’t growing that fast at all. However, it is something that happens to even the most experienced and seasoned of gardeners, and if it happens to you, you should not worry too much about it. There are always steps you can take to try and speed up the growth of any plants you might have, and that is something that you might want to bear in mind if you find yourself getting frustrated. In this post, we will take a look at just three of the best ways that you might be able to speed up the growth of the plants in your garden. Any of these could be all you need to do, so they are each definitely worth considering.

three little plants in pots

Open Up For More Light

Not all plants actually need that much light – and there are plenty that will even do better with less light. But for the majority of plants that you are likely to have in your garden, you will need to provide them with as much light as you possibly can. There are a lot of things you can do to make that happen, but one of the main ones to look into first is to make sure that your garden is as open as possible for light to come in from the sun. That means that you might need to call in the tree surgeons to get rid of any trees that are completely crowding your plants, or you might want to just be a little clever about the placement of your plants. However you do it, opening up for more light is always going to be a helpful thing to do.

Use A Feeder

If you want your plants to do well, you will need to think about feeding them at least every now and then. Generally, most normal garden plants will do well with some liquid fertiliser once every two weeks or so, so that is something that you should think about doing. Depending on what kind of plants you have, there are many different kinds of fertiliser to use, but for a generic all-purpose one you can think about finding a decent nitrogen-based food. That will absolutely make for much bigger and healthier plants in no time, and will speed up any that are still getting established.

Space Them Out

The last thing you want is for your plants to be fighting over nutrients. But if you have a lot of plants all crowded in together, then that is exactly what is happening. For your plants to grow fast, you need to make sure that you are giving them enough space each for their roots to grow out and so they can suck up all the nutrients they each need. This is absolutely vital if you want them to be healthy and live longer, too. Be sure not to overcrowd, and each one will be much happier indeed.