Aquaponics is the Perfect Solution to Your Food Growing Crisis


When you’ve got a small yard, or no yard at all, you may still want to grow your own food. There’s nothing to stop you from fielding a great crop. First decide what you want to produce, and then you can grow it year round inside where it’s warm and comfortable all year round.

No more climbing around in the dirt to weed a garden, only to get one slimy tomato at the end of the summer. You can farm whatever you want without all the trouble.


Growing vegetables and herbs inside in a hydroponic environment lets you make some choices you just can’t make doing gardening outside.

The opportunity is there to grow out of season. For instance, if you do like a fresh tomato or fresh basil year round, you can set up a growing environment that supports the need or light, or the need for shade, and you don’t have to do a thing to maintain it – just set your grow lights on a timer, maintain your water garden, and chow down.

Things to look for when you’re investing in aquaponics include the chance to incorporate fish and other animals into the ecosystem you design, so that you can reduce your chores fertilizing: the animals will do it for you. Word of caution that not every animal will do for every plant combination.

Make sure to consult an online guide or a professional to make sure your plants will get the nutrients they need.

Being able to support your food needs yourself is a fulfilling option in many ways. You know for sure what’s gone into producing your food, for one thing, and you’re opting for one of the most environmentally friendly ways of growing when you work with aquaponics.

Why you Should be Installing Solar Panels in your Home


For the homeowner who wants to have it all, solar is the way to go! The panels have come down in price. They are a great chance to add value to a home. They also provide efficient and low-cost energy that can help a homeowner save money.

The best solar panels of the 1960s and 1970s are no match for the technology that’s on the market now. The industry has come so far and so fast in the past twenty-five years that they are able to do the same amount of energy collection with panels that are much thinner and lighter.

This helps the homeowner make the installation a do it yourself project, instead of hiring a professional like you once had to. The best feeling is saving the planet. The second best feeling is saving some Green Cash!

In order to figure out the right solar panel purchase, you should first determine what your goals are. If you’re interested in running your whole house on solar, you need a different setup than you need if you just want to power your Xbox 360 through a storm related power outage.

news2If you have ongoing power needs and want to get off the grid, you should plan to maximize your sun exposure. To do this, you will want to use the newer, heat sensing solar panels that can rotate themselves toward the sun’s energy.

This helps you keep collecting power even when the sun is moving across your house. You will also want to invest in good batteries to store your collected energy.

For someone who only has occasional need for solar power, there are free-standing options for solar panels that don’t require climbing on your roof. In fact, some of the most practical designs are mounted in a free-standing frame that can rotate to follow the sun.

The better electricians can even wire these collection points together in a daisy chain that can connect a battery bank to provide longer power.

Don’t know how to install solar panels? Here’s how…

How to Patch Your Pants


Saving your clothes when they are ripped is a great way to prevent spending extra money. It also helps the environment.

Millions of tons of clothes are thrown away every year.

Even when you think you’re bringing them to a thrift store to help the less fortunate, your lower-end used clothing is probably going to be recycled – which means it’s going to be sent to China, where it contributes to remanufactured cloth, but can also be discarded. As we know, anything that can be saved from the trash pile is a gift to our planet!

When you’ve got a torn pair of pants, it’s no secret that you shouldn’t be wearing them out and about in town. You’ve got the chance to install a patch on the inside of the pants that will conceal the rip.


The whole process should take less than fifteen minutes the first time, and it’s even easier the next time, when you know what you’re doing.

Patching a pair of pants requires:

  • Needle and thread (preferably matching the color of the pants)
  • Pair of scissors
  • Piece of fabric to use as a patch

The fabric for the patch doesn’t need to exactly match the pants. It can be a complementary color, or contrasting, depending your taste. It can even be a different kind of material altogether. Lots of people use denim for patches.

Turn the pants inside out. Make sure the patch is of a size big enough to cover the hole. Arrange the fabric so it looks good. Then apply a stitch at each corner of the patch. Try to get the stitches smaller, so they’re not that visible, or larger so they make an artistic fashion statement.

Now fill in the gaps on the sides of the patch with stitches and be happy you were able to save your pants!