All posts tagged: gardening

Growing Together: How To Start A Community Garden

It’s the eve of Earth Day, and a great Earth Day project for kids, family and the community is to create a community garden. I would love to see Cayman come together and venture into creating community gardens.  It’s a project I have been thinking about for some time now, and would love to hear from anyone interested in starting such a project, if that is you, please send an email to ecochiccayman@hotmail.com Starting a community garden, can be a simple and fun project.  First thing, plan out what herbs, fruits and vegetables you want to grow.  Consider saving the seeds and planting trees. Before you toss a mango or avocado seed out, consider planting it in your backyard. Some great herbs that can be grown locally are: mint, parsley, rosemary, thyme and basil.  Eco Tip: Spring onion, is super easy to grow.  After you buy some from the grocery store, cut off the ends with the roots, and plant them straight into the ground, they grow super quick. If you can get your neighborhood on …

Organic Food In Your Backyard

    Choosing fresh organic food is a way of life.   One way to ensure that your food is organic is by growing it yourself.  At the beginning of summer I embarked on growing my own little food garden.  There has been some success, and some fails.  Overall, I’m writing it down as learning.  I have yet to get lemon seeds to grow into lush lemon trees.  I absolutely love lemons!  I always add them to a tall glass of ice cold  water.  Unfortunately, when I try planting the lemon seeds they never seem to want to grow, which is a shame.   My hope is that eventually, I will have a lemon tree in my backyard.  I have to admit limes are just not the same thing lol In the picture above, you can see that I have successfully grown mint from a packet of seeds.   I just love the fresh scent of mint.   Though I am not a fan of mojitos, mint is great for making some fun flavored mojitos …

Eco Chic Shabby: Home Decor and Gardening

Here are a few ideas to get an eco chic shabby look for your home decor and gardening.  Being eco chic is all about thinking up creative ways to recycle, repurpose and reuse. 1. Glass Jar Repurposed Vase  You can repurpose glass jars as a vase for your flowers for that eco chic shabby look.  Repurpose a wooden crate to add some flare to the flower arrangement.  This look is great for outdoor patios and backyard dining. Tip: Repurpose glass jars with candles.  It looks fabulous as outdoor lighting for a dinner party on the patio. 2. Flower Ladder Repurpose an old or out of use ladder as an art piece in your garden.  Place different flower arrangements on each level of the ladder.  You can do this with herbs as well. 3. Crate of Flowers Finally, you can repurpose old crates to plant flowers in or herbs.

A Tree Huggers Bicycle

  For all you Tree Huggers, here is a neat way to repurpose an old bicycle which you don’t use anymore, and can’t bear to part with. 1. Give it a makeover.  Paint your bicycle a fun color. 2. Attach a basket to your bicycle if one doesn’t come with your bike already. 3. Place a plant, herbs or flowers inside the basket and ta-da you have repurposed your bicycle into a mobile garden, or at least you now have an eco chic art piece added to your garden. Alternatively, instead of placing a plant inside the basket you can repurpose the bicycle into a trendy art piece bird feeder.  Place a bowl inside the basket filled with bird food and before you know it birds will be flocking to your eco chic bike. with love from one tree hugger to another xo