How to compost

homemade compost and composter

I return to the topic of composting from some videos that I have seen of Charles Dowding which is based on the philosophy of No Dig, No Dig (which we will talk about in another article). Dowding only uses compost in its garden. Compost for everything. And it teaches you both to create it and to use it and as a plant and take care of your garden.

Compost recipes There are dozens, although all are based on the same principle but each one does it in their own way.

I have seen and read a lot of related content and there are people who try to speed it up as much as possible to make the process faster, others who add meat, even cooked food leftovers, but I just can't see that. Adding meat seems like a mistake for this type of aerobic decomposition, another thing is that you compost from urban solid waste, such as those collected in bins, but they are usually done with anaerobic processes and we are talking about something totally different.


Heating blanket to germinate seeds

Heating blanket and seeds to germinate

I am using a heating blanket to germinate seeds. It is an electric (thermal) blanket that raises the soil temperature by about 10ºC and accelerates the birth of seeds and the rooting of cuttings. I have gotten really good results with the seeds of Habañero pepper. Making them germinate in just 8 days

There are different models, in addition to the size they differ by power. There are those of 17,5W that usually raise the ambient temperature by 10% and those of 40,5W that rise between 10 and 20 degrees. When you put it into operation you have to wait about 20 minutes until it heats up to the final temperature. They work very well for the cravings or to advance the seedlings. This year as always I have been late planting things, but hey. I already have the blanket for next year. I have bought this.

Even if you want to have everything perfectly controlled you can put a thermostat like this, or make one based on Arduino and a relay (it is a project that I have pending).


How to make a canteen out of a pumpkin

Since last summer I have drying one pumpkin (dipper gourd)  similar to pilgrim pumpkins, but with this much more elongated shape.

How to craft a pumpkin dipper gourd

And the time has come to do something with it ;-)

Since I have only saved 1 I want to use it as one canteen to carry water. Its construction is very simple. We just have to empty it and scrape it off.


Solar drip irrigation - the Kondenskompressor

Looking for information on automated home irrigation for summer I have come across this wonder.

irrigation by solar condensation saving water when watering

Yes; Seen like this, it is not a marvel of the technique, it is true, they are only plastic bottles but the contraption with all its simplicity will allow us an automatic irrigation and with a considerable water savings.

This is the Kondeskompressor, :) a solar drip irrigation system. The system is based on the evaporation and condensation of water to automatically offer the plant the humidity it needs.


How to make a vertical garden with a pallet

Do you have a balcony and do you like plants and gardening? Well look how turn a pallet into a real vertical garden.

They are not Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but you start with high ;-)

I'm sure you liked it, eh. So here we go.


How to make a torch out of a bottle of wine

This is one of those tutorials that I have found jumping from one blog to another.

The idea is reuse bottles to turn them into torches. Ideal to have them in your garden in summer.


recycle a bottle into a torch

These are the materials we will need. All quite clear, perhaps better to clarify ...

2. is Teflon, the kind used in plumbing.

5. and 6. Coupling and copper cap

torch materials


How to make a homemade composter with pallets

How to make a composter or homemade composter with pallets

I have started to make compost and I have done a very simple homemade composter with pallets. I leave some photos and some small annotations so that you can see how I have done it and at the end of the article you will see another model made with pallets, imitating compost bins.

I use old pallets that I have been reusing from people or companies that were going to throw them away.

The size I have used are Euro pallets, so you already know the 1,20 × 0,8 m measurement so that the compost bin will have a base of 1m x 0,8m high.


How to make a homemade garden bird feeder

Spring is here and fields, orchards and cities are full of birds starting the breeding season.

If you have a garden, or some space where the birds come, we can make this ultra-cheap feeder with some Ikea plates.

how to make a bird feeder

The difference between this feeder and others that we can make with other materials is that it has a little more glamor than those made with plastic bottles.

The materials we need are represented in the following image, they are very few and very cheap.


How to make a homemade composter with a drum

home composter with a drum

I have had in mind the idea of make a homemade composter to take advantage of vegetable waste from the kitchen.

I want to investigate more about aerobic, anaerobic and vermicomposters. So I will leave you information, different types of players that I find and some tests that I do.

The holes in the drum are so that it is well aerated and the organic material composts well. Even so, I see several disadvantages to this type of composter.