Rethink: Hot water and Coffee
When cooking a meal, or boiling water for coffee- it’s second natural to pour the left over water down the drain.
Instead, use the hot water to kill weeds in the yard, in the cracks of the driveway, or anywhere for that matter.
The hot water shocks the plant and kills it instantly. I haven’t had one grow back yet.
It’s the best all natural weed killer, and it does the trick. No harsh chemicals to worry about leeching into the soil, or whether it’s something your furr animal will lick up later.
Take care when you aim. I don’t recommend it for use in an established garden bed, or where you have desired plants growing. It would be ideal in that instance, for garden bed edges or borders.
So what about those coffee grounds left over in your French press ? Well, you can compost them- they add nitrogen to your compost bin encouraging the breakdown forming hummus (no chickpeas involved). You can also add it straight to the soil! By doing so, you add better aeration, drainage, water retention and organic material for the tiny microorganisms that help your plants to thrive. It’s doesn’t release nitrogen right away as if it were composted, but it does attract earth worms - which are nature’s handy automatic plant feeders.
I recommend it for use with vegetables, especially tomatoes. I would research which plants coffee grounds work best with before use.
:Mini restoration to cast iron enamelware:
I scored this Le Creuset Dutch oven for $12 at a local thrift store. I was worried about the condition of the enamel at the bottom. It had been scorched brown, and was pretty gross. I tried soap and scrubbing with no avail.
I asked my mother in-law if she knew any tricks on how to clean it.
Here is her secret:
1. Soak in scalding hot water
2. Add a dishwasher tab and let is dissolve and soak over night
3. Scrub with scotch bright the next day and rinse.
It did the trick!
I wish I had a before photo- just imagine you melted a chocolate bar and let it sit for a while. (Yuck)
I enjoy free-hand typography (When I have a moment to spare). I made this sign for my Facebook group Chattanooga Vintage goodness. My friend and I hosted a booth at St. Elmo’s Spring corner festival in April this year and needed signage! We met some lovely enthusiast at the festival, and gained a few new group members. The group is a great place to gawk, sell, or trade vintage goods ( locally only ) . Let’s get the vintage train rolling in #CHA ! Join yourself, and tell your friends!