This is default featured slide 1 title
This is default featured slide 2 title
This is default featured slide 3 title
 

Monthly Archives: October 2016

Log Homes Benefits

A sweet home like log lodge is something which everybody would dream about as it has everything developed with common wood. Everything here would incorporate wooden dividers and windows alongside the furniture that is probably going to finish the inside of the house. One would effectively notice the vibe of it alongside envisioning the comfortable environment made in it. The frigid winter is particularly sentimental to envision, particularly the scene wherein we get into the mat and sit before the chimney offering warmth to our body. While the stay is by all accounts charming, something that may pivot upon one’s psyche is the upkeep exercises to be completed for the log lodge. Individuals who are stressed over this support would avoid owning a log lodge, however hearts loaded with sentimental contemplations would manufacture one such flawless home. Indeed, even the late spring remain in a log lodge is commendable as it doesn’t permit warmth to spread inside the home in this way giving complete cooling impact in the evenings. Basically to state remaining in log lodge is a joy for everybody of us.

The Benefits and Tips of Building and Owning a Log Home

When we are on long trips outside, the first thought that strikes our mind is returning back to “sweet home”. The warmth and cozy atmosphere of a wooden house will truly make us stick to the home environment without having to look out for a refreshment providing spa. Where else could you get the perfect heating and cooling system except in a log cabin. The conventional homes constructed out of bricks and blocks would never be able to compete with wooden homes in the aspect of providing warmth. The benefits are so good which would rule out the limitations or negative aspects of having a log cabin. Let us have a look at the benefits.

Benefits of log homes:

  1. Extreme insulation: The log homes are famous for providing natural insulation, irrespective of the season they help to regulate the temperature inside the home. In winter one could feel the warmth of staying in it and in summer one could enjoy the cool breeze inside while the climate is hot outside.
  2. Cost effective: When the cost of construction is taken into consideration, log home is much cheaper than the conventional home with one minor issue being its maintenance cost which is higher than that incurred for the conventional home. Depending on the size and design picked up by the individual the cost of constructing the log cabin would vary.
  3. Sound insulation: As the walls are made of wood, one would be happy to stay in the sound insulated home as the sound is completed deflected in all the ways possible through its shape, mass, angle, texture. While there is a certain level of natural insulation provided by the big wooden logs used for construction, it can be further improved with high quality construction. Proper sealing of all gaps before giving a final finishing to the log cabin along with double glazed windows will definitely ensure sound free environment inside the house.
  4. Greener: If one wants to depict their lifestyle the best thing to do is to live in a log cabin. When one wants to stand by going green slogan, the best way they could do it is by building a log cabin which are green in nature.
  5. Energy efficient: The efficiency of the log cabins would depend on the number of air leaks found in between the wooden logs along with moisture content and R value of the logs. The manufacturers have followed certain thumb rules to make the log cabin more energy efficient. The process includes seasoning the log home for a minimum period of six months prior to constructing it. This helps a lot in reducing shrinking of the logs thus eliminating any gaps between the logs. Apart from seasoning the logs for preventing spaces, one should also treat the wood with insecticide to fight against the insects that would eat up the wood. Waterproofing is the next level of effort that should be done for making log cabins more energy efficient. Following all these simple steps will help avoid any possible damages to the logs which in turn avoid the damage to the cabin built out of these logs. A simple observation has revealed that a log cabin gives increased energy efficiency of nearly 15% to what a conventional wood home would provide.
  6. Beautiful appearance: The standard designs along with the custom designs serving the needs of the clients are readily made available by the manufacturers. If the client can get professional team it becomes easy to build a dream home matching to their taste. Though every material tends to go out of fashion over time, wood never has encountered such a situation. The amazing appearance along with cozy atmosphere has always with a flexible option to repaint the interior has ever increased its demand.
  7. Durability: With the use of naturally durable species of wood used for construction one would get lost lasting log cabin which can be further enhanced by the natural process of drying and waterproofing. Treating the special species like cedar also with insecticide can aid achieving high durability to the construction.
  8. Relaxing atmosphere. Every day can be made as relaxing as the stay in the woods during vacation when one owns a log cabin. The wonderful facilities like the warmth, comfort and the cozy atmosphere of a log cabin would make everyone agree to own it for daily relaxation.
  9. Comfort: Recent designs provided by the manufacturers are good at providing more features in the log cabins to match the tastes and needs of the individuals planning to have one such lovely home. Every effort put by the creative minds in creating designs that match with the present lifestyle followed by the individuals has become successful. People became passionate about the log cabins by seeing its natural beauty and eco-friendly environment.
  10. Greater fire safety: While the number of fire accidents occurring in conventional homes is increasing day by day, the log cabin houses are found to be highly fire resistant as they are seasoned for six months at the minimum due to which they are much better in providing natural resistance against fire.

 

 

Starting an Aquaponics

My significant other and I have lived in the mountains of southern Colorado for as far back as fifteen years at 7700 feet and cultivating has dependably been a test. We have such a short developing season, it makes it hard without a doubt. We additionally need to pull our water into fill our reservoirs.

We have envisioned for quite a long time of having a nursery as that would be the main useful approach to broaden our developing season. At that point we began exploring and connecting on the web and discovered how to fabricate a minimal effort nursery that are anything but difficult to erect and keep up. During the time spent much research and internet examining, we ran over the idea of Aquaponics. This has persuaded we ran over the handy answer for delivering our independent sustenance supply.

The specialized meaning of Aquaponics originates from the coordination of two terms. Aquaculture alludes to the developing of fish in a re-circling framework. What’s more, the Greek word Ponos which implies the developing of plants, with or without a developing media.

Simply put, in Aquaponics fish are raised in tanks. The water from the fish tanks is then pumped through the growing media of the plants for water and fertilizer. This is a old way of growing utilizing a modern system of pumps to move and aerate the water. Bacteria in the growing media convert ammonia and nitrite into nitrate. This is an excellent source of fertilizer for the plants. The nutrient rich water is absorbed by the roots of the plants and is filtered and pumped back to the fish tank as clean water. Many people also utilize worms in the growing media to have an even more efficient growing media.

Many of the reasons for Aquaponics is it gives the piece of mind of knowing you can provide food security for you and your family You raise all the vegetables you love and raise a source of protein by raising fish for consumption too. For us one big plus with this type of system compared to traditional gardening is it has an extremely low rate of water consumption. Aquaponic’s uses roughly 10% of traditional soil grown vegetable. The fish have to have a fairly stable water temperature depending on the fish and their water tanks help create heat in the winter to help keep the greenhouse warm.

This is an excellent way to grow organic produce, all waste is reused in the system. Another advantage for plant growth is less energy is expended in root growth and more in vegetable production, since the roots are provided a constant flow of nutrients in a controlled fashion. You also have no soil borne parasites , tilling or weeding in this type of system. All of your growing containers can be raised off the ground to do away with knee and back pain associated with traditional gardens.

There are many different types of fish you can raise that are well suited to Aquaponics. Some people choose to grow ornamental pond fish like Asian carp, Koi, or Goldfish. While these will work , I want to use this system to produce food. My two favorite type of fish to raise are Catfish and Tilapia because of their taste and short harvest time. They also are fairly hardy fish to grow. Other fish that do well are Trout, Bass, Yellow Perch, and Bluegill. They all require different temperatures and will probably require heating systems for the water tanks in the winters. Whatever type of heater you use, make sure you have a settable thermostat to maintain a constant water temperature. It cannot be stressed enough that you must maintain a stable water temperature.

When it comes to plants you can grow just about anything as you would in any garden. But some plants really thrive in a Aquaponics system such as tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, lettuce, strawberries ,squash, watercress, onions, beans of all kinds and potatoes to just name a few.

For those who want to be truly independent or are off grid, there are a lot of options available ranging from DIY solar panels, to dc water pumps to rigid Styrofoam insulation to help insulate the fish tanks. This is not just a weekend project to set up, but anyone with normal household tools and a good set of instructions can do this and thrive by this type of system. This system can provide food security for you and your family.

Save the Planet with Plant More Trees

Planting trees is uplifting news for the earth and can be a successful approach to control a worldwide temperature alteration. Planting trees has many advantages like: they retain CO2, free the earth of abundance contaminations, produce oxygen, raise the bio-differences list, give territories to a wide range of animal categories and enhance personal satisfaction. A great many things are produced using trees, for example, furniture, books, daily papers, houses, sports supplies, melodic instruments, stationaries, wall, drain containers, even beautifying agents and toothpaste. Trees assume a noteworthy part in moderating the force of the Earth’s attractive field. The demonstration of tree planting is to a great degree positive as a starter for people and groups turning out to be for the most part mindful of the environmental change issue.

Demolition of woods makes various natural fiascoes, including changing neighborhood precipitation designs, quickening soil disintegration, bringing about the flooding of streams, and undermining a large number of types of plants, creatures and bugs with eradication. Deforestation is contributing very nearly 20% to the general nursery gas outflows in the air, more than the world’s vehicles and airplanes consolidated. Around 45% of India’s territory is debased fundamentally because of deforestation, unsustainable horticultural works on, mining and exorbitant groundwater extraction. India has the tenth biggest timberland cover on the planet at 68 million hectares. The administration’s National Action Plan on environmental change includes growing woodland cover from the current 23% to 33% of India’s region, and to afforest 6 million hectares of debased backwoods arrive.

Grow-trees.com is a tree Planting Partner of the United Nations Environment Program’s Billion Tree Campaign. We have taken up this initiative with a purpose to allow people to plant trees, those who cannot plant themselves, but want to do their bit for the environment. We plant different trees at different locations, depending on a number of factors like the type of soil at the planting location, the weather conditions throughout the year, irrigation facilities etc. Grow-trees has partnered with local planters who plant saplings on our behalf and maintain them till they are fully grown.

The Arjuna, Babul, Red Sanders and Mangroves are some of the types of trees that we plant. Trees have a number of benefits, for the environment and also for the rural people who sometimes depend on them for their food, fodder and shelter.

The Arjuna (arjun) tree is usually found growing on river banks or near dry river beds in West Bengal and south and central India, an evergreen tree with yellow flowers and conical leaves. The arjun was introduced into Ayurveda as a treatment for heart disease. It is traditionally prepared as a milk decoction. Other benefits of the bark of Arjuna include Anti-inflammatory properties, keeping cholesterol and diabetes under check, treats asthma, fractures and other injuries.

Acacia Nilotica or Babul tree, is 5m – 20m high, preferring sandy or sterile regions, with a dry climate during the greater part of the year. The wood of babul is strong, durable, hard, very shock resistant, and is used for construction, mine props, tool handles and carts. It has a high calorific value and makes excellent fuel wood and quality charcoal. The pods of babool are desirable as fodder for cattle, and the leaves, young shoots and young pods are thought to aid milk production.

Another tree planted by us is the Red Sanders or Lal Chandan as known in hindi. Red sanders is a light-demanding moderate sized tree growing upto 8m tall with a trunk 50-150cm diameter. The wood of red sanders has been traditionally used as a sacred wood by Hindus. This tree is found mainly in South India, Sri Lanka, and some parts of Nepal and Pakistan. Parts of the tree is used in diseases like cough, vomiting, fever, hyperdipsia, helminthiasis, diseases of the blood and eye, wounds etc. This species is listed as endangered by the (International Union for Conservation of Nature) IUCN, because of over-exploitation for its timber.

Mangroves are a family of about 70 different species of trees worldwide typically growing in the tropics and mainly in coastal areas. Mangrove provides habitats for fish, crabs, oysters, lobsters and shrimps. Mangroves plants filter out pollution, stabilize sediments, hold nutrients, protect the shoreline from erosions and provide food, nesting and nursery areas for a variety of animals. They are a source of honey, firewood and medicines.

Grow-Trees.com is a social business that allows individuals and companies to plant trees from the comforts of their home or office – at Rs. 60/- per tree. Started in June 2010, Grow Trees has planted more than 528,000 trees at over 10 different locations in India.