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04-14-2017 12:30 PM
I was just on another discussion topic responding to a thread when I read about feeding cardboard to worms as compost or using the cardboard to walk on in a wet or muddy garden.
Well, that sounded like a great idea to me! Some people raise worms for fishing or to sell and of course, lots of people make their own compost to enrich their flower and vegetable gardens. (me...I want the worms and the compost in my garden!)
I usually recycle all of my cardboard...and there seems to be so much of it lately as I order things online rather than physically going out and shopping for particular items!
Then I looked about for a "Life Hacks" thread. Seeing none jumping out at me, I decided to create this one so that anyone can come along and share their own favorite or newly discovered "life hacks!"
Many thanks to @LA Dolce Vita for bringing up the idea in the first place and here's her link to the article in support of cardboard compost for worms.
It would be great to have a big old list of life hacks here for quick referral!
04-14-2017 02:13 PM - edited 04-14-2017 02:18 PM
In the spirit of gardening -- this is nothing new, but not everyone may know it.....
I have a large area for a vege garden. I used to have to weed all summer or the weeds would overtake the plants. I started using newspaper as mulch. You prep the garden in whatever way you like, then put newspaper down (2 sheets thickness works for me) in between the rows. If you have plants to transplant to the garden, such as tomato plants, you can put the newspaper down first and cut holes large enough to do the transplanting. You'll need scrap wood to hold the edges of the paper down or the first windy storm will take everything away. Once in place, water everything. The newspaper will hold all season, and can then be tilled/spaded right back into the soil. Its free mulch, and works.
You could use cardboard too. Additionally, if having newspaper covering your garden beds is disturbing to your sense of aesthetics, you simply put mulch over the newspaper.
Just think. The world was built by the lowest bidder.
04-15-2017 06:55 PM - edited 04-15-2017 06:58 PM
I am 62+ and just found I can freeze the eggs that are on sale right now (18 each @ 99 cents); as I am trying high protein (no meat of any kind) diet right now due to health episode, this made my week:
This site has loads of money saving tips; so glad I found it!
04-17-2017 04:36 PM
@Prosecco6247 - Great idea! I only wish that I had something clever to share.
There is one thing that I started this year to help out with plants and gardening. I bought an inexpensive photo album that holds 4X6 photos/2 per page. I took a picture of each plant on my phone and printed it out; then taped the care instructions to an index card. I put the photo in the top slot and the instructions down below. I also save the little plastic things that stick in the plants, and put them in the album also. It's somewhat similiar to something I saw in Martha Stewart Living. Martha was showing how to make a garden journal, where you write about each plant, etc. I just mark it if it croaks!
04-18-2017 09:10 AM
"... I took a picture of each plant on my phone and printed it out; then taped the care instructions to an index card. I put the photo in the top slot and the instructions down below....".
I keep telling myself to do something similar every year, but never seem to get around to it. It's a good idea for serious gardeners.
Just think. The world was built by the lowest bidder.
04-18-2017 11:08 AM - edited 04-18-2017 11:12 AM
Okay! I'm so glad we've attracted some folks who get into the spirit of saving $$$ with life hacks and for those of us who never seem to have enough time...to save a precious bit of that valuable commodity by not having to spend so much of it trying to figure out how to solve a problem!
1.) I have one I use all of the time...do you ever have trouble opening a pickle jar or others that just won't budge? I learned this one a long time ago from my daughter who learned it from a neighbor. The trick is to slip the tip of a spoon under the jar lid and gain leverage by pushing downward on the "shoulder" of the jar. It breaks the vacuum seal and the jar opens easily using only a limited amount of effort. Pickle jar lids are different than some others because they have indentations along the bottom where the spoon can fit.
Sometimes, I will use a table knife if the space there is limited. It works just as well!
2.) Did you know the average pair of kitchen shears in your knife block has a screw-top bottle opener built into the design?
Same concept...apply the gripper teeth around any bottle top and use the handles for leverage. It breaks the seal and voila! The bottle is opened.
For someone whose hands are limited in strength due to arthritis, this is a godsend!
3.) Here are an additional 30 "Life Hacks" to help tweak those memory gaps and get you started on responding with some of your "tried & true" life hacks!
Thanks to all who've taken the time to comment and share!
04-18-2017 11:25 AM
"Cushion" handles of yard implements and tools with rubber/foam pipe insulation.
You can glue it or tape it into place with special foam or "Duck Brand" tape. It's especially useful for wheelbarrow handles, small diameter lawnmower handles or awkwardly shaped handles such as leaf blowers and edgers, where holding the implement tightly for long periods and constant vibration leaves one's hands and fingers stiff and sore. Works great!
04-23-2017 12:14 PM
I have to mention cleaning vinegar. There are store brands available now in the cleaning section & the price has come down. Good as a rinse in the dishwasher and instead of fabric softener in the washer. And it cleans & deodorizes very well too!!
04-23-2017 12:23 PM
This is health related but I will mention it here anyway. Due to circumstances conspiring to test me I am in a terrible hurry & must rush all day to take care of my household. I found I was not preparing enough vegetables due to lack of time. Then I found the Green Giant cauliflower rice. It is toooo easy!! I add it to sausage in the morning, red peppers & onions in the evening & no more veggie worries. And yes it is expensive but right now it is priceless for me!!
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