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Garden tool maintenance

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In January and February, aside from pruning your apple trees and such, is the quiet in the garden and for the gardener. But now it just the right time to give your tools some TLC, some tender loving care.

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Urine as compost agitator

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Yes, it works, and it works extremely well. OK, it all sounds rather strange, and maybe even icky, collecting urine in a container and then putting it onto the compost heap or into the compost bin but that is what was done not so long ago in rural households anyway.

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Sharing bar soap cannot make you sick

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sharing a bar soap cannot make you sick and it is way better for the environment than is liquid soap.

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Circular Electronics Day aims to extend the lifespan of electronics

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Press Release Today’s extensive consumption of electronics lead to alarming amounts of waste and the release of substances hazardous to human health and the environment. Finite natural resources are extracted from the ground at a fast rate and reserves are running low.

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Bring back the edge

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The, what I call, trench edge was a standard feature around flower and shrub beds and borders in municipal formal gardens, parks and also in the formal gardens at general homes.

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INTRODUCING “NEW WAVE”–Press Release

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INTRODUCING “NEW WAVE”: WOOL AND THE GANG IS LAUNCHING A BRAND NEW ECO YARN MADE FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC Wool and the Gang is excited to share it's latest fibre innovation: New Wave. Our new conscious yarn for the new wave knitter.

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Which Plants Should I Prune in January?

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Check out which garden favourites will benefit from a trim this month January is a great time to prune plants, because you can see their framework, which makes the job a lot easier.

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Huskup – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Reusable and plastic free, Huskup brings takeaway coffee back down to earth Durable, biodegradable and entirely free from plastic, Huskup is tackling the UK’s disposable culture one flat white at a time with a brand new reusable coffee cup made from rice husks.

Nettle fiber, nettle cloth

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In ancient times stinging nettle was used to make fiber and cloth similar to canvas and linen. In fact all three processes involve retting.

Back to Basics in Information Security

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Complexity heralds return of ‘back to basics’ approach in 2019 for information security professionals according to Infosecurity Europe poll and more than half (55%) of respondents say they plan to ‘go back to basics’ while 45% reveal they will invest in more technology It appears that many organizations will begin the New Year and the new financial year by reviewing their security infrastructure and taking a ‘back to basics’ approach to information security.

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The Book of Trees – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Book of Trees by Piotr Socha (Author), Wojciech Grajkowski (Author) Published by Thames and Hudson (Big Books) (13 Sept. 2018) Hardcover: 80 pages Size: 15 x 2.2 x 21 cm ISBN-13: 978-0500651698 Why are trees so important? How many types are there?

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The story about the well

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According to a legend from the 19th century, one day the truth and the lie meet. The lie says to the truth: "Today is a wonderful day"! The truth looks to the sky and sighs, because the day was really beautiful. So they spend a lot of time together and finally come past a well. The lie says to the truth: "The water is very beautiful, let us take a bath together!" " The truth, once again skeptical, tests the water and discovers that it is really beautiful.

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Russian backyard agriculture

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Around 35 million backyard gardens are in private family possession in Russia and the government supports this with a legal right to a free, tax-free piece of land from 1-3 ha (in some regions even up to 6 ha).

DIY gardening apron from an old pair of jeans

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By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Upcycling an old pair of jeans into a gardening apron. Almost costs nothing and should give a long service, especially if sharp tools are put into the pockets in pocket protectors, made from old leather or plastic lotion bottles.

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Take back the tap

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Take back the tap: Let's put and end to the big business fraud of bottled water Corporations like Nestlé are wasting your money, and not just Nestlé.

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Europe drowning in plastic waste

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Spear & Jackson Precision Snips – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Spear & Jackson PRECISION SNIPS SK5 steel blades for lasting sharpness with a built-in locking catch for safe transportation and storage SRP: £6.49

2018 164

Philanthropy is a scam

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Capitalists are fooling the world with the hoax of Philanthropy Philanthropy is a scam as it allows the (super) rich to influence global affairs and gain political power with no consequences.

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The real reason behind austerity

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The real reason behind austerity is to erode hope, to increase inequality and to make people's lives so hard that they do not have a chance to demand better. Nay, not just that, but that they even do not dare to demand better for fear of falling every deeper into poverty.

2018 164

Zero waste myths: should we really be avoiding plastic?

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) First of all it also must be said that “zero waste” is a myth itself. There is no such thing as “zero waste”. It will never be possible.

The madness of perpetual growth on a finite planet

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It is amazing how many, apparently same, people believe that you can have infinite perpetual economic growth on a finite Planet such as ours.

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Pizza boxes, fast food cardboard and similar

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) On those boxes we can see greenwash in action almost in the extreme.

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The pathological consumption of the majority

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The pathological consumption of the majority, for I do know that not all participate in it, has become so normalized that we scarcely notice it.

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Poverty Mindset vs Voluntary Poverty

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) What was once called voluntary poverty is now referred to as voluntary simplicity because some people seem to have had problem with the word poverty.

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Plogging. or picking litter while you jog

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Plogging is a new concept in and from Sweden that hopefully is going to make its way to other places as well. Plogging is the Swedish word, or better the English translation for it, for just picking up trash while you are out jogging. It is also super easy.

2018 176

Why upcycling must become an economic sector

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Upcycling is, in general, the process where (at least) some of the shape and properties of the original waste product are retained – though not always, and we will come to that later – and where another useful product is produced from it.

Upcoming GDPR regulation used to spam

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) One cannot call it any other way. In the last couple of days, aside from the ones I have been/am subscribed to, there are emails arriving from organizations, PR companies, and whatever that I have never heard of and never been subscribed to any of their mailing lists.

From consumer society to maker society

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There was a time when people made and grew almost all of the things they needed; the majority of them at least. They did not – and could not – simply go to the stores or order on-line for home delivery.

Spear & Jackson Select Stainless 3-Piece Mini Tools Set – Product Review

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Rekindling our connection to print and paper

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I have always been a paper guy – preferring to sit down with a good book in hand, not a digital device. And on the writing side, at least as far as notes and drafts of articles, etc., are concerned a pen & paper guy.

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What does it mean to be frugal?

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There is more to frugality than penny-pinching. By Michael Smith (Veshengro) The dictionary defines frugality as "the quality of being economical with money or food," but there is far more to it than that.

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DIY watering can

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Transform a milk jug into a watering can This project will have you saving your milk container to create a kid- friendly watering can. But, obviously, it can also used by an adult. Children love to water plants.

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Technology-addled children have trouble holding a pencil

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Children have been found to have trouble holding pencils, due to so much time on iPads and other such devices Experts say that children lack the muscle strength required to write.

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Uses for chopsticks in gardening

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Don't weed them – Eat them

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) How to use and benefit from Dandelions We are now entering the season where people will start to do battle again with the weeds in the garden beginning, no doubt, with the humble Dandelion.

2018 164

The state of Yugoslavia stood in the way of the strategic plan of the USA

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The aim of the US government, through the CIA and proxy-warriors of the CIA, was to eliminate the state of Yugoslavia as a geopolitical power factor, as a regional power.

2018 158

Don't try to impress people with what you can buy

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Don't try to impress people with what you can buy. Instead impress them – or at least try to impress them – with what you can do and make. Make from natural materials, from trash, and whatever, and thus don't have to buy.

2018 158

All you need is one

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) “A man with one watch knows what time it is. The man with two is not quite sure.” Unknown So many homes are clogged with duplicate items, which are supposed to make things easier, but end up contributing to clutter and cost.

2018 158

Drinking the hipster way

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There definitely was a time when you used a jam jar or other glass jar as a drinking vessel you were looked down upon and was surely regarded as being seriously poor or a strange eccentric.

2018 158

Marriott Hotels to remove plastic straws from UK hotels

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Some good news from one of the big hotel chains. Maybe some other places could follow suit? Chance would be a fine thing, I know.

WATER SAVING INSPIRATION FROM ELHO

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Press Release We're in the middle of a heatwave and saving tap water is becoming increasingly important. Any rain that falls is precious, so it makes sense to catch it while you can. With the Pure Raindrop water barrel, doing the right thing doesn't have to be dull.

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Tiny homes

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ALDI Gardenline Foldable Saw – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) ALDI Gardenline Foldable Saw Length approx. 18cm Carbon steel saw blade with 3-sides ground teeth, ABS handle with TPR grips Thickness: 1.2mm (Blade) Price (when available) £ 4.99

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