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Ways you can minimize Electronic waste in your home  

In a permaculture environment, you are aware of how everything affects the world you live in. With this in mind, you also can’t disconnect from the world altogether. Maybe your job requires you to have certain electronics in your home that you have to use, and upgrade from time to time.

However, if you want to live a healthier life that will protect your planet than you might consider taking certain steps that will ensure that you don’t produce so much waste, and what exactly can you do to increase your permaculture way of life.

We will now focus on tips how you can minimize electronic waste from your house. If you need more tips and ways how you can be a bigger contributor to a permaculture way of life you might want to check out a Regenerative Leadership Institute for any further knowledge on this issue.

Reduce waste

The first thing that you can do to minimize waste is to prevent it from generating. If you are considering buying a new electronic gadget like a tv or computer or phone, consider a question first. Do you really need that new thing?

Many people today buy stuff just because somebody told them that the new thing is a must have. The truth is that nobody needs the newest thing on the market. If you broke your phone then, of course, you would get a new one, but if your phone is doing fine as is then why are you considering tossing it in the garbage and getting a new one. First your wallet will have more money in it, and second, the planet will have less of your garbage in it. Like we said the first thing to reduce waste is to not produce it in the first place.

Extend the life of your current electronics

e wasteAfter you have decided that you don’t want to get new stuff just for the sake of getting new things, you might consider extending the life of the electronic that are currently in your possession. Most of the electronics that we have had the same issues that work against their life.

The first thing that ruins them is water and the second thing is dust. If you want your electronics to have a prolonged life, you must take care of them. Dedicate every week a cleaning and dusting off the area where your computer is and where your testers and other electronic things are. If you can wipe the dust in them and vacuum regularly, you can extend their life of at least by half.

Recycle them

The last thing in the line of defense when it comes to e-waste is to recycle the electronic equipment. The more you buy products, the more you should check them if they are recyclable. If they can’t be recycled, don’t but them! However, if they can then recycle everything to its designated areas.

Recycling is the last line of defense that the world has been using for some time, and it’s doing wonders. Contribute and help the world by becoming aware of your waste and how you can dispose of it safely.

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How to Attract Bats to protect your permaculture Garden during the night

When you want to have a permaculture garden and nurture it to its fullest, you need to take care of certain things. Some of those things are the insects that ensure your plants and that create a living hell for you. Since you don’t want to use chemicals on your plants as you are focused on natural crops, you will need natural predators that eat those insects.

Birds are just fine during the day so if you want them visiting often create your planting zone in an area where they can find shade in the trees and where they can fly in and out without any trouble. In short, provide them lots of space. However, if you want to take care of insects during the night, you will need a nocturnal hunger.

There are no better hunters during the evening when it comes to bugs than bats. Bats are curious creatures that are being in danger due to lots of habitat destruction when we expand. They usually hang around trees and barns but since we have moved from those types of homes where they can find shelter and started building huge skyscrapers they can be seen all over the place. If you want to attract some bats into your area, then you need to prepare a few things first. For all additional information about a permaculture garden check out the Regenerative Leadership Institute.

A freshwater area

Bats are small and cute creatures, but they require water like every other animal. To be a good nesting zone for bats, you have to have a dedicated fresh water source. Build a small pond or just have a stream of water always running around your plants and the bats will find your area a bit more hospitable than the city.

Plant trees and herbs

batAfter you have done the first step and created an area where they can drink water, you will have to provide a housing area for them. The bats usually sleep in trees or under roofs so if you see them under a roof leave them be. But if there are no bats in the area that could be because they dont have anywhere to sleep. Plant trees for them so they can hang around. This will also be a good ground for lots of insects as they will start hunting them on the trees. Additional things you can do is to plant herbs that have a pleasant scent during the night. These little things will attract certain moths and bats love moths more than we love cake.

Dedicated homes

If you want to take care of your bats like royalty you can get them some beautiful birdhouses and hang them in your garden. The bird houses can be attached around your house to give them a warmer area, but if you don’t want them near your home, you can place them on the trees. The bats love housing in such areas as its safe from rain and other predators. Additionally, they can have their young in those houses which is something they tend to do when they find a good and hospitable area.

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Simple ways you can spot a disease on your plants

When you are working towards a healthy permaculture garden where you will be able to gather every ingredient you need for your kitchen, the most important thing is to keep an eye on your plants. Several seasons can affect your plants and every change in the weather can either help enormously or damage your plants and crops. If you want to minimize the adverse effects on your plants you have to be aware of everything that can happen to them. One of the problems that plants face in today’s world.

Is lots of diseases that can hit them. There are way too many diseases that can attack your plants, and we don’t suggest you start using pesticides, but it’s usually a smart move to keep an eye on the plants and to remove the infected ones as soon as possible. For some, you can just cut the infected leaves or branches, but for others, you will have to root out the whole plant. More information on similar subjects can be found on the Regenerative Leadership Institute.

So, let’s start explaining how you can spot the infections and disease on your plants in early stages.

Cankers

Cankers can attack your stone fruit trees. As you prune them, they can attack at the weak points and start infecting your trees. The areas that are affected usually have huge discoloring as compared to the rest of the trees. So, for instance, if your tree is brown and an area is covered in black that area is probably attacked by Cankers. If you don’t attend to this issue, the Cankers will slowly cut off the water supply to the rest of the tree and turn it into a dead tree.

Bacterial Blight

A bacterial blight can usually happen on peas and beans. If they attack them the usual areas that are affected look like they have an oversaturation of water. Additionally, the leaves will have worn spots on them all the way. If you don’t want the disease to spread across your whole crop, you must cut out the leaves as soon as possible and sometimes even consider rooting out the infected plant so that it won’t spread to near plants.

Black Rot

rotCabbage and cauliflower are the ones that are mostly affected by this disease. To spot it cut open parts of the stems and if you see black veins that plant is infected. To stop the spreading immediately cut out the plants and don’t plant anything in that place until the next year as spreading is done by the wind, water, insects and any other means of touch. This is a hard issue to root out so if you start having lots of problems you might need to change your soil soon.

Plant rust

Just like normal rust on metal, plants can have their own rust. If your plants get infected their leaves will have lots of brownish or rust color areas. This can be simply handled if you cut out the infected leaves and stop watering plants from the top to bottom so that the rust particles don’t end up on leaves underneath it. This can affect everything with leaves so keep your spinach safe!

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Alternatives to Dairy milk

The dairy industry is a huge one. The fact of the matter is that most cows were never meant to produce so much milk as humans are forcing them. For our own gain, we have overfed those cows and forced them to work under terrible conditions just so that they can produce larger amounts of milk.

Vegetarians and people who just want to have a permaculture garden often don’t want to have anything to do with the Dairy market and turn to raising goats for the milk. In a permaculture garden with animal stock usually people keep chickens for the meat and the eggs, but if you want to expand it to hold goats, you will have another source of meat and milk.

The best part of this is that you can be sure that this milk was not filled up with chemicals and preservatives. It’s pure grade A natural milk. The more you raise these animals, the more milk you will have, but if you don’t feel comfortable about raising them and taking care of these animals, we have some other means for you to get your milk dose that you require. If you want to know more about food supplements and how they can be healthy for you check out the Regenerative Leadership Institute for further knowledge on this subject.

Soy milk

Many people come in touch with soy products when they switch to being a vegetarian. Before that soy is mostly used as an addition to food products and people, don’t research what can be made from soy. Soy milk is one of those products that’s right for you, but not a lot of people know about it. In fact, soy milk has the same amount of proteins as regular cow milk does, but in soy milk, you won’t find any of the usual chemicals that you will find in your local market milk.

The only issue we have with soy is that it has grown so big in its popularity that companies are destroying lots of forests to make way for soybean plantations. Soy can be used in many products and can be turned into the oil, so soy has not become a victim of its enormous success because lots of third world countries are now destroying their forest to make way for the soy plantations.

Almond milk

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This milk is one of the most popular alternative milk, because it has a striking resemblance with regular milk when it comes to taste. Almond milk has a sweet taste and a nice burned taste that is very pleasing to the tongue. Almond milk is full of good minerals and vitamins including vitamin E which is responsible for a good metabolism and gut flora.

Coconut milk

The best milk of them all is the coconut milk. The taste of this milk is amazing, and everyone that loves coconuts will simply love this milk. The only issue with have with this milk is that it’s not cheap, and drinking it with everything will require considerable funds from your pocket. But outside of that, it’s the best milk when it comes to cleaning your body with its anti-bacterial properties and antiviral properties. This milk is high in fat so be aware of your weight gain if you start drinking this milk a lot.

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Ways you can bring the permaculture in your working environment

While everyone is trying to spice up their life and workplace with new technological innovations, some people are wondering how they can get a permaculture environment in their workplace or at home. If you are not fascinated with technology, and you would like to greenify your surroundings than the best move you can make is to create a permaculture zone.

The beautiful thing about this is that you won’t feel like you are at work, you will be more relaxed, and the environment you hold dear to you will be cleaner and safer for your health. Check out the Regenerative Leadership Institute for any further tips on how you can have a permaculture life.

 Start a recycle zone

The first thing you want to do when creating a permaculture environment in your workplace is to designate a recycle area. At many workplaces, you will have just one garbage can that will be thrown out when the day is done. However, this is detrimental to the environment and the more people start recycling, the faster we can move towards a better world.

Recycling is not hard, and most individuals don’t mind doing it, the only thing that is needed for recycling to begin at the workplace is for somebody to start it. If you feel like you can be the one that can gently enroll it in your workplace without anyone throwing a fit then go for it!

Use of appliances and resources

While this one is not particularly tied down to any specific action, there are many things that you can do to ensure a permaculture environment in the workplace. Some of those include saving water, electricity and other resources. If you see heaters or lights that are not needed, turn them off.

If you have any action that requires water use such as cleaning a certain thing, don’t let the tap run for minutes, fill in a bucket of water and wash it in the bucket. There are many other ways you can preserve resources, so be innovative!

Build a functioning kitchen

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If you are wondering how permaculture can be implemented in the workplace, the kitchen is a perfect example of where and how. While you are home living in permaculture zone, your workplace might not be equipped with the required things to achieve a permaculture environment. So, ask your boss or organize the workers and build a functioning kitchen. In here everyone can bring their own food from home and heat it up in the microwave, or store it in the fridge. Additionally, there won’t be so much food waste when you have a working kitchen as you can save it for later use as opposed to throwing it away if you can’t finish something.

Use nonpolluting transport

If you can’t change your workplace that much, you can modify the way you go to work. Don’t drive around in a car especially if you are going alone. Either take the public transport to lower your carbon print, or just take the bike! Bikes are super good when it comes to saving money and getting somewhere fast. Today when there are huge holdups in the traffic a bike can get you faster from point A to point B than a car would.

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How to build permaculture chicken dust bath

Chickens are amazing animals. They provide food with their meat and eggs, and they keep the garden clean and free of bugs and other pests. Chickens have a natural place in the garden, because that is their natural habitat, and it’s the best place for them to be free. The only problem that these little birds that don’t fly have is that they don’t take showers.

Well not in the traditional sense, they don’t get washed with the water like dogs do. You might see chickens having fun in the rain, while they run around and flap their wings, but chickens have another method of cleaning themselves up. The method they use is the Dust bath. That’s right, chickens take dust baths, and they do that for several things. First it lets them be clean of lice, second, it cools them down, third, it makes them look cute!

If you leave them with enough space and in a group, chickens will create a dust bath on their own. However, it’s better to create a dust bath for them as you can decide where you want them to take those showers and prevent them from creating baths near the crops where they will eventually ruin the crops.

So, let’s get some basic things out of the way so we can start creating a bath for the chickens.

You will need:

The site

Designate a location in your garden where you want them to have the baths. You will have to bring a shovel and dig two or three holes. Depending on how many chickens you have, you might need to go up to 5 holes. Choose a site that is far from your crops, their food, and the place where they sleep. If you have such a location, congratulations you found the perfect spot.

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 The material

If you have a location, all you need is the material to make the bath. The usual bath should be compromised of several soil parts. Don’t just put the hardest dirt in the hole thinking they need it rough. The best you can give your chickens is a finely graded sand mixed with a bit of wet black earth. If you can mix those two things, they will do the rest. The only other thing you can do now is to secure the location, so it does not get destroyed by the weather. If you want to make it a bit more manageable, you can get an old plastic box and create a roof over the holes. With that, you can protect the holes from rain, snow, and extreme heat, so the soil does not harden from the dryness.

If you need more innovative suggestions how you can make a better garden for your crops or your chickens check out the Regenerative Leadership Institute site and find all kinds of designs and contraptions that can be used in your garden. The more you stop depending on the consumer world, the better you will be with your health in the long run.

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Leading reasons why you should not eat GMO food

As we all know lots of food products, have been changed. The change that they have made in various food products is called GMO food, and the problem with GMO foods is that you can’t know what is that they have altered.

If you are unsure of what exactly falls under the GMO, then check the label. In some cases, they are not required to label the product as GMO, but you will certainly see if vegetables look 10 times bigger than they are supposed to look.

Let’s break down some reasons why GMO’s are bad:

They don’t label GMO foods correctly

The GMO industry has lobbied so far that they are not required by law to label the food as a GMO product. In Europe, most of the countries do require these labels, but for most products from the USA market and in the USA market, there are no required labels. The bad thing about this is you won’t know what you are eating. If you don’t want to have a bad time and eat lab grown meat or modified vegetables, don’t eat GMOs.

There is no concrete research done on GMO’s

The more we keep hearing that GMOs are good, the more we pose one question. Where is the research? Everything in this world takes time to grow and to see the results and effects of any product. How come every pro-GMO person says that there are lots of good benefits, but we have not had mainstream GMO food in our diets and markets for at least 50-100 years. Most of the GMO foods don’t have enough research done on them to correctly tell us what their effects on our bodies are. So, if you don’t want to be a test subject for the future, drop the GMO.

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GMO foods require more chemicals

The GMO foods are usually grown under certain conditions, and they need more chemicals used on them to have a good harvest. Most of the GMO products are made to be bigger in volume, but they don’t have enough nutrients to grow so big. So, they require more chemicals used on them so they can reach the necessary mineral and vitamin level.

GMO foods spread over the natural foods

If you have a GMO crop and a naturally grown one, the GMO will overcome and overtake the conventional plants within one year. They spread faster, and they suffocate the other crops so that they can survive. Most of the GMO crops are heavy on the water intake so they will also suck up all the water that the normal crops would take.

If you ever want to get rid of the GMO foods from your body, you have to start educating yourself on how to spot them.  Regenerative Leadership Institute is one of those places where you can get that education. So don’t hesitate and upgrade your life to a more natural one.

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