Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thrifty Thursdays

      So I decided to start a weekly post about all things thrifty. I am very much influenced and inspired by both my grandmothers who had very different backgrounds, but in their own way were very crafty, frugal, and master recyclers. It seemed to be second nature for these women I so admire, they had the answer to about every problem or question I could present them with.
     Both of these ladies grew up with little and making due with what they did have was a way of life. You never threw things away and there was always a second use for every object. So to honor Rosalee & Marlys I am hoping to carry out the tradition of these strong resourceful women that will always be dear to me. 
She looks well to the ways of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness. 
 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her: 
 “Many women have done excellently,
    but you surpass them all.” 
 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 
 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
    and let her works praise her in the gates.
                                                                  Proverbs 31: 27-31

Coffee + Plants  
             What could coffee and plants have in common? plenty! Coffee is a great fertilizer and it creates a rich source of nitrogen for the soil. Use fresh grounds preferably those from drip coffee you can place them at the root and water to release the nitrogen. I combine and grounds with my organic plant food in a cup and sprinkle or spoon the mixture onto the roots of the plants and then water to maximize the absorption.  Watering in the AM is ideal because it allows the soil time to be saturated without the afternoon sun evaporating the water before it had time to soak into the roots. 
Here is an informative article on using coffee grounds to help maximize the health and growth of your plants.  Don't forget after your morning coffee to save the grounds and reuse them as fertilizer.


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