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How to make a foot stool, recycling paper and growing Oregano.

Mamma Mia, can’t have a pizza or pasta without this delicious little herb, oregano.  But are you aware that it also controls weeds and the pests that would attack your beans and broccoli and has some amazing health benefits as well.  It’s drought tolerant and a real all rounder so you really should consider growing oregano in your herb garden.

Have you been told to put your feet up recently?  Well, what better place to do that than on a foot stool you made yourself!  I show you how to make a snazzy footstool with left over timber and some offcuts of foam and fabric that will take pride of place in front of your thinking chair.

With Christmas time comes wrapping paper and cards so we look at why we should send all of it to the recycling bin, once the celebration is over.  Did you know in Australia we send 1.9 million tonnes of paper to landfill and only half of our paper used is recycled.  y recycling 1 kg of paper and card we can reduce our green house gas emissions by the equivalent amount!  Reduce, reuse and recycle your paper and cards this Christmas (and every day ending in a Y).

Welcome to Farewell My Manicure TV.  I hope you enjoy the show!

Julia

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Halting Climate Change – it’s up to YOU!

At a time when I thought my message wasn’t being heard and was thinking, who am I anyway to make a difference… this came up in my inbox this morning. From www.treehugger.com .

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If you aren’t part of the solution you are PART OF THE PROBLEM.

Not all of us have got it in us to be a lobbyist or activist but ALL OF US PLAY A PART IN CLIMATE CHANGE.

If you are one of those people in the checkout queue next to me taking home billions of plastic bags, if you are one of those people taking the two “free” plastic bottles of water when you fill up with petrol, if you are one of those people who still uses cleaning products full of micro beads, then it’s time to wake up!

Soap box oration not finished by a long shot.

Julia

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Plastic waste, Picture frames and Pineapples

Welcome to Episode Nine of FMM TV!

What do the following things have in common?

127 bus loads of straws

one metre high pineapple plants and

mini clothes pegs????

They all feature on tonights program.

Seriously though, on tonights episode I take a trip to the shed to whip up this cute picture frame, complete with a mini clothes line to hang your pictures from, as a Christmas present for a special friend.

I take you into my garden to see the lovely pineapple that I am growing that cost me nothing but a bit of love and attention, oh and two years of my time waiting for it to appear.  It is an extraordinarily long time to wait for a piece of fruit!

Considering that it is the party season I encourage you to think about the waste that is generated by plastic disposable straws!  The statistics are quite dramatic.

Please enjoy tonights program and if it floats your boat please LIKE, COMMENT and most of all SHARE with the ones you care about.

Until next week,

 

Julia

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Five Ways to “Green Up” your Christmas Function (and the reasons why you should)

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Entertaining over Christmas?  Why not send a sneaky little message with every function that you put on by going green.  You don’t need to be preachy about it, just subtle education by leading by example in the things you use, refuse and reduce at your party.

  1. Ditch the single use disposable plates and cutlery.  I know no one really likes to do the washing up particularly when you have invited all the relatives, the neighbours and your friends far and wide to your place for a feed.  So the temptation is there to buy plastic plates to make your life easier.  But did you know that these plastic items take between 500 and 1000 years to break down?  And while they are swanning around in landfill they are leaching toxins into our ground water.  So chose an alternative like compostable plates and cutlery made from corn starch and sugar cane pulp.  They are comparable in price and wont harm the environment.  Set up a compost bin close to the gathering and stick a sign on it for what can go in the bin.foodscapes-whomade-michela-milani-1.jpeg.662x0_q70_crop-scale
  2. No disposable plastic bottles.  With our beautiful warm Christmas weather the temptation is there to buy those huge packs of 24 plastic wrapped, plastic, disposable, bottles of water, or soft drinks packaged in plastic.  But did you know some plastics never break down, discarded drink bottles account for 38% of landfill and it takes seven litres of water and one litre of oil to make 1 litre of bottled water!!!!  Okay so enough preaching, what’s the alternative?  Drink dispensers, jugs, punch bowls are excellent receptacles for your Summer beverages and add just a little retro touch to your party.23386976-266
  3. Be straw free.  500 million disposable plastic straws are used and discarded in the United States each day, which is enough to fill 127 school buses daily!  As plastic doesn’t biodegrade, it photo degrades which means it just breaks up into smaller and smaller plastic particles which clog our waterways, enter our oceans and are consumed by small fish and sea birds.  The CSIRO has estimated that almost all sea birds will have plastic in their gut by 2050.  Straws aren’t a party essential so just don’t use them or if you must, then opt for the paper (compostable) alternatives.
  4. Buy in bulk to save money and packaging.  One of the most challenging parts of catering an event is avoiding packaging but it can be done.  Things like condiments can be bought in bulk and portioned out into bowls, buy meat from a butcher and have him pack into your own containers, buy baked goods from a baker and ask them to do the same.  Fruit and veggies can be bought at the market and you can take along your own produce bags or paper bags for the grower to fill.  Shop with reducing your packaging in mind and the alternatives will become apparent.  Also allow yourself enough time to shop for your food items so you don’t give in to the last minute rush to the store.Pickles_HiRes-7
  5. Opt for a BYO and TYO event.  Yeah you’ve heard of BYO (bring your own) but what’s TYO?  Well it’s “take your own”, meaning waste!  Bring your own plate of food to share and take the plate home with you.  Bring your own beverages and take your own bottles home to be recycled.  Bring your own chocolates and chippies and … leave them with me!  We are all conscious of our expenditure over Christmas and getting together for a shared meal is what it’s all about.  No one expects that you should blow your whole Christmas budget entertaining them, and many foodies love the opportunity to showcase their signature dish, so let them!  In fact, if they are willing, ask them to provide an email with their recipe that you can pass on to everyone who came (just a thought).Christmas-dinner

Well there are probably many more ways that you can “go Green” over Christmas, and these are just a few.  If you have some ideas please share them in the comment section below and help all of us to walk a little lighter on the planet.

Til the next time.

Julia

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Pythons, clucky chooks and beetroot.

I’m affectionately known as the Chook Whisperer in our house.  When I call out the buck, buck, buck, the little girls come running from all parts of the acreage.  So when one doesn’t show up, I tend to worry that she isn’t coming home.  But thankfully in this case she was only dutifully minding her eggs, hoping they would hatch and she would become a mum.  With no rooster in sight at our place, this is a futile pastime for our chickens but no amount of whispering to her will dissuade her from her task.  So what do you do if you have a clucky chicken? Check out this week’s episode of Farewell My Manicure TV.

For many years I thought that beetroot was only found swimming in vinegar in a can!  Now that I grow my own I am astounded by the uses for this beautiful root vegetable.  A favourite in our house is the beetroot and chocolate cake, so when I plant the seeds of beetroot I make sure there are going to be plenty for salads, roasting and for making deserts.

The compost heap is home this week to our new pet python.  Each day he can be seen sunning himself as he gradually digests his feed of rodents.  I make sure I go and have a chat with him each day so that he is aware of me being around and I am very thankful that he is here to keep our rodent population under control.

How many litres of water are lost each and every time you brush your teeth and leave the tap running?  Would you believe it is ten litres, which is as much water as some people in third world countries have to use in a month.  That’s even more reason to turn off the tap each and every time.

Thank you for joining us again this week.  I hope you enjoy Episode Eight of Farewell My Manicure TV.

 

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It’s Beginning to Look a bit Like Christmas…

With the heat soaring to high 30’s this week, the frangipanis blooming and the little baby mangos starting to appear on the Mango tree, it is clearly looking at bit like Christmas here in South East Queensland.  So with the impending first of December just around the corner (the day we put up our Christmas Tree), I thought I should get started on making some “green” Christmas decorations in the shed.

We all know that the planet is suffering from a plastic environmental disaster, but did you consider that the microscopic pieces of plastic that you use in cleaning products and facial scrubs are contributing to this in an unprecedented way?  Let’s find out why there is a movement in many countries to Ban the Bead (micro-beads that is).

Christmas time is not always a happy time for everyone.  If you are feeling depressed or overwhelmed by the whole occasion find out why getting down and dirty in your garden could be just the tonic for your Summertime blues.

Welcome to Episode Seven of Farewell My Manicure TV.  Don’t forget to LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE if you enjoy the program.

Until next week

Julia

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Nasturtiums, Natural Cleaning, Muffin Wraps and Lemongrass. Episode Six.

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In this weeks episode of Farewell My Manicure TV, I point out you the benefits of growing and eating nasturtiums, give lemongrass a speedy haircut, we make some cafe style muffin wraps in the kitchen and clean up with toxin free cleaning products.

Did you know…

  • that just four simple everyday ingredients can clean pretty much everything in your home?
  • there is enough Vitamin C in Nasturtiums to prevent scurvy?
  • with a little ingenuity you can prevent having to wash your muffin tins?
  • lemongrass needs to be pruned back and divided regularly?

Watch this week’s episode of Farewell My Manicure TV and you may learn a thing or two that you didn’t know before.

Enjoy!

Julia

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Episode Four – Our Halloween Special!

On this week’s episode of FMMTV we look at creepy crawly things in your garden, worm farming to recycle vegetable waste, make a house for solitary bees to live in using recycled materials, the circular saw and cordless drill and when we get down and dirty in the garden we have a look at growing Pumpkins!  What else!

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Sit back relax and enjoy our Halloween Special.

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