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Winter Garden

It is just past mid winter, the shortest day of the year, and this is how my garden is looking.

The Beetroot is doing really well, as you can see at the front, just behind them is the broccoli.

The strawberries are also doing well, both in the hanging bag and the pot. And a loverly shot of some flat nappies drying in the background.

Yes, that is shredded paper that I am mulching with. Just like straw, once it is wet the paper felts down and so will not blow away. It is just as good at keeping the moisture in.

Yes, I probably should have waited until the sun was a little bit¬†higher, or lower before taking these photos ūüôā but live and learn…

Thirsties Duo Covers

I have a few covers to go over my cloth nappies, for the  flats I find the Thirsties Duo Wrap covers to be best. I had 2 size ones, and am currently using 4 size twos. 3 with velcro, and 1 with snaps. My 5-month-old is currently in the size 2s with all the snaps done up. The size 2s are supposed to go all the way to 3 years so I will see.

They are:

Rose

Orchid

Mango

Blackbird

I also have some Gen Y Covers in various sizes as they do not have the snaps down the front to change the fit dramatically, and some homemade plastic pants type ones.

Double Triangle Fold

This is the best fold for a newborn, as it is the smallest. It is very easy and exactly as it sounds.

Take your flat square nappy and fold in half, corner to corner to make a triangle.

Fold in half again to form a smaller triangle.

add a baby and fasten with a snappi, add a water proof cover if you like.

Why I Choose Cloth

The number one reason that has me reaching for the cloth nappy over the disposable nappy, is the thought that with every cloth one I use there is more room in the garbage bin for things other than nappies.

Other reasons I use cloth are:

  • Environment¬†– not sending extra contaminated waste to land fill. There are a host of arguments¬†about if the washing of nappies¬†is more resource hungry than the disposable manufacturing¬†process, however there is the incontestable¬†truth that the disposables do not break down in land fill for decades. True there are now compostable, and eco-friendly nappy brands, but the plastic that makes them lovely and waterproof also keeps them together in land fill.
  • Health – I discovered with LittleBug, and again with BabyBug, that they get LESS nappy rash using the cloth nappies¬†than the disposable. counterintuitive I know!
  • Cost – Disposable nappies¬†work out somewhere between 30 and 50 cents each. Currently I use bamboo flats and covers,¬†one of the cheapest combinations as the setup cost for 12-18 nappies¬†and 4-5 covers is around the price of 2 boxes of huggies. When you think how long the boxes will last (month or two at the most) and how long the cloth ones (couple of years – to toilet training and beyond), then there is no argument¬†about which is more cost-effective. I also have some All-In-Ones that I got for LittleBug which I’m still using 3 years later ūüôā
  • Effectiveness – again counter-intuitively I have had less leakage, and poo explosions from the cloth nappies¬†than from the disposables.
  • Cute factor – They are just so cute!

Strawberry Aromas

My new strawberries and hanging strawberry bag came in the mail today from the diggers club.
 
I am very excited to plant them out as my old strawberries died over that hot, hot, hot summer that we just had. I probably should have watered them. Those old strawberries gave me a good service, at least 5 years of juicy berries. I have gone with the Aromas variety this time. My old strawberries were Alpine berries, it will be interesting to see if there are any differences in taste and how long it fruits.
   
AROMAS HANGING GARDEN         
Fragaria x ananassa  
 
Create a column of fragrant sweet strawberries perfect for a sunny balcony or verandah. Includes one strawberry bag which can hold 10 strawberries and 10 Aromas strawberries for planting. Can produce 5 kilos of strawberries or up to 20 punnets! Water regularly in hot and/or windy weather.