Organic Living in Austin, Texas

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During one of my travels to Texas, I met an old couple who were staunch supporters of the green living and organic movement. They are retirees who own a small farm and grew a vegetable patch to feed them everyday. It’s an organic small farm tending to a variety of crops and vegetables. It was their personal choice to shun every food grown from possible dangerous chemicals and pesticides. Healthy eating habits had become an essential part of their lifestyle. I had ingested their ways and whenever I am in Texas, their farm had always been a part of my itinerary.

Organic Garden rebuilt from water damage in Austin
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Before I met the old couple, I was a creature of terrible eating habits. I was buying processed foods from the grocery over and over again. I wasn’t taking seriously about the idea of eating healthy. Because of my visit to Austin Texas, I started to think differently about my own diet and lifestyle.

Their home was a happy place. I could feel the different vibe of having a healthy lifestyle. The thing that I always look forward to when I’m visiting their home is the huge servings of fresh green salads we partake during lunch. The fresh greens were picked from their farm which has been grown through the use of natural fertilizers.  They had created a compost pit, filling it every day with kitchen waste or vegetable peelings and other organic matters. This is a simple method they used to grow and sustain a farm free from toxic chemicals. Aside from the health benefits it offers, this method has also been helpful in protecting the waterways. It has been helpful in preserving an uncontaminated water in their neighborhood’s well.

Inspired, I started my own organic garden at a large area in my backyard. The unused lot for years had finally been filled with vegetables. I was able to raise lettuces, tomatoes, radishes, potatoes and a few kinds of berries. I took pride in cultivating it with natural fertilizers I’ve solely made. But, I wasn’t spared from the challenges of raising a garden. After two years of enjoying my lot, it has been entirely destroyed. The typhoon which the city experienced had caused flood damage that lasted for several days.

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At first, I had turned pessimistic about it but I learned to bounce back from desolation. Seeing the old couple again motivated me to restart my garden. I was a backyard gardener seeking inquiries from the experienced old farmers. I’ve learned that they too endured this kind of problem before. And it was more than once that flooding also destroyed their garden. However, they remain positive in each occurrence, because they trusted a Austin water damage company to help them restore the gardens. Nothing indeed could stop them from doing what they love most.

My choice of making a transition from living the conventional way to embracing a more conscious lifestyle made a tremendous change in my life. The natural process of growing our own vegetable patch is something we have to embrace. There’s no better feeling than eating something good that’s freshly picked from your own organic garden.


Green Vacations For A Healthier Earth!

Speaking as someone who loves to travel to plane flyingexotic places around the globe, I understand the thrill and adventure involved, and I have relished it wherever my journeys have taken me. Recently however, I became concerned about the environmental impact my travels would have on the locations I visited. Doing some research, I found out that I wasn’t the only tourist to whom such a thought had occurred – there was over 55% of America with me (as per a study conducted by the Travel Industry Information), concerned about the protecting the ecosystems they traveled to. All of us were seeking some sustainable form of travel.

There’s a name for people with such an environment conscious mindset – green travelers. Green travelers want two things: conserve the places they travel to, and lower / make up for the carbon emissions their travels cause. This means saving the flora and fauna, culture and natural resources of the locales that are part of our tours. Furthermore, it implies sensible selection of lodging and transport. For instance, I may opt to lodge at a resort that utilizes sustainable operating procedures. Because cars and planes are responsible for the greatest carbon dioxide emission per traveler, I would prefer to go by train or bus. If flying is the only option, then a green traveler can buy a carbon offset, or book a green hotel to make up for the carbon emissions during the flight.

motel signAs opposed to the perceived belief, green travel does not automatically mean greater expenditure. Since sustainable operating techniques usually save money for hotels in the long term, a lot of motels, bread-and-breakfasts, hotels and vacation condo establishments are starting to switch to green practices at their sites. And lesser running costs for the hotels mean lesser charges for the lodgers. And considering the gas prices these days, green travel is certainly the cheaper option.

The best form of green travel is to use public transport such as a train or bus. Using these two modes of transport, you’ll be cutting down the fuel consumption and carbon emissions per traveler considerably. But if there is no alternative to flying you’ll have to practice carbon-neutral travel by purchasing some form of carbon offset. You see, the problem with air travel is that not only does it produce a large amount of carbon, it also releases it high up in the atmosphere where it is more harmful.

If you find these green travel techniques a hassle, you can always plan a staycation!


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Staycations will help you do your part for the environment without making you spend any extra cash – they are vacations you take close to home so they don’t require any hoteling or transportation. If your home is in a big metropolitan area, chances are there are lots of sights to see in your close vicinity! Alternately, if sprawling metropolises aren’t your thing, rent out an RV and travel into the suburbs / countryside – there are plenty of farms that will take guests and let them work as farmhands. All you’ll need is a camper (in case the farmhouse doesn’t have room for guests to sleep), a comfy air bed and an eagerness for adventure, and you’re all set. Working on the farmland will bring you closer to nature and earth, and you won’t be leaving any excessive carbon footprint!

Helping My Grandma Search for the Best Seniors Travel Insurance

Seniors Travel Insurance that Won’t Break Promises for Granny

To start my humble blog today, I would first introduce to you my beloved granny who is already 78 years old but still really able, healthy, and strong! She has always taken care of me since I was a toddler, hence making her a very special woman in my life.

Seniors Travel Insurance that Won’t Break Promises for Granny
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Her name Is Judith, and the best thing about granny is that she has always kept me safe, away from even a single scratch. Now I wish to return the favor by helping her find a great but cheap travel insurance which would make sure she is covered. She deserves to travel around the world or wherever she wants to be and enjoy the rest of her life.

She told me about a not so good experience on her last seniors travel insurance company. It was:


She mentioned that some of the things that were supposed to be covered and even promised by the company didn’t materialize at all. I was kind of sad that she had to experience such thing, not to mention she is already old and I believe when she travels she shouldn’t hassle about all these.

That is why I called a good friend who works in a survey company and asked him to provide me the best travel insurance company that would cater seniors properly. No broken promises this time. He then recommended me one that has the best rating from their survey, which is Aussie Insurance Critic. Without hesitation, I called them and wasn’t disappointed at all.

A lot of you might wonder how my grandma can still travel at her age; well we have the same secret. To eat healthy and organic, we only eat what are free from chemicals. Especially these days that even vegetables that are supposed to be healthy are no longer good for consumption because of the chemical fertilizers used on it. It’s already quite harmful so I would really recommend that you plant it yourself or go to a shop which you’re 100% confident that they grow organic veggies and fruits.

See my grandma has already traveled like around 30 countries, and she told me that every elder she knew that still travels does the same thing. To eat organic and healthy, that’s the only secret why some folks still kicking even at 70.

Nothing harmful in trying, so please do try it and I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Now that I’ve helped granny and she is still waiting for her next adventure, she will be with me for a few days and we will really enjoy planting our own veggies, she is actually one of the reasons why I’m healthy and that’s why I treasure her.

Thanks for reading guys and I hope you enjoyed the introduction about granny.

Examples of Natural Fertilizers (PART 1)

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I know that there are still a lot of people who are not at all too familiar with natural fertilizers, so I will be posting a list of them.

Here are four examples of natural fertilizers and a few descriptions of how they work and when best to use them for your plants.

  1. 1. Fish mixture and hydrolysed fluid fish

Preparing fish or fish by- products with fire or corrosive medicines makes fish emulsion. It is for the most part a really stinky compost, yet it’s a decent source of every one of the following macronutrients—nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium—with a proportion of 5-2-2.

Hydrolysed fluid fish composts are made utilizing catalysts rather than fire or heat. The subsequent product is not rancid and holds more traces of supplements and vitamins. The normal N-P-K proportion for hydrolysed fish composts is 4-2-2.

  1. Compost

Both commercially made manure and hand crafted compost give advantage to the soil by including organic matter, giving nourishment to useful microbial life, expanding the dirt’s water-holding limit and bit by bit discharges plant supplements. Fertilizers made with high measures of manure or biosolids or sewage sludge, may be high in salts and can smolder plants, yet manures made with principally plant build-ups don’t contain high salt content. Typical N-P-K proportion for fertilizer is 2-1-1, however its definite nutritious substance relies on numerous variables. Compost that possesses a scent reminiscent of ammonia can mean they have not fully decomposed yet, and should be allowed to fully break down before using on plants to avoid damaging the plants. Compost are well known to have numerous micronutrients crucial for plant development.

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    Bone meal

A by-product of butchering facilities, bone meal is made through the steam handling and pummeling of animal bones. Bone meal is a great high-phosphorus fertilizer with a normal N-P-K proportion of 3-15-0. The phosphorous in bone takes a couple of months to become accessible to plants through microbial processes in the dirt. It additionally contains calcium, another key plant supplement. Phosphorous is most accessible in soil with pH somewhere around 6.0 and 7.0, so make certain to test and alter soil pH if needed.

  1. Manure

The supplement substance of manure is subject to numerous components, including its age, source and the vicinity of bedding materials. Because of potential pathogen exposure, crude manure ought to be avoided. Manure should at least be 180 days old or fully decomposed before adding it to growing plants. Manure is known as a great source of plenty of trace nutrients that makes plants grow healthily.

Most cattle and steed manure have a normal N-P-K proportion of 1-0.5-0.5 while poultry composts have a tendency to be better high-nitrogen manures (3-1-1). The supplements in manure are not quickly accessible to plants and can take up to quite a while to be discharged by soil organisms. When all is said in done, about a large portion of the aggregate nitrogen is accessible the first year, with the rest gradually discharged throughout the entire growing process of the plant.