• Try these suggestions:
    Use fresh seeds
    Try using a heat mat under your seed trays – you can buy them at a Pet Store where they are used to keep reptiles and land crabs warm
    Dont over water
    Hope this helps

  • It is great to hear about such enthusiastic people making a difference for the environment
    Cheers @Girrawa

  • Girrawa commented on the post, The end 7 years, 6 months ago

    Well done Joh, it has been great keeping track of your exploits over the challenge
    Cheers @Girrawa

  • Girrawa posted an update 7 years, 7 months ago

    I am currently working on how to improve the health of Lake Burley Griffin and a big issue are leaves washing in to the lake. Composting leaves at home seems a good part of the solution. I would really welcome ideas on how to encourage residents to compost leaves at home – perhaps community composting, community owned leaf sucker/blowers? Let…[Read more]

    • I think more people should pick up a broom! I guess if small communities such as ‘blocks’ of houses (same street number) evaluated their breeze ways and the traffic of leaves, composts could be tastefully and tactfully incorporated as a community facility in the places where the leaves accumulate or “end up’. I am at the low end of a long…[Read more]

  • Girrawa posted an update 7 years, 7 months ago

    Start planting seeds for early Spring veggies this weekend under glass

  • I noticed today that the ACT Government is seeking community views on future locations for community gardens. This may be an issue of interest to carbon challengers. Just go to http://www.timetotalk.act.gov.au to have […]

  • We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb

  • Girrawa posted an update 7 years, 7 months ago

    This weekend I tackle my fruit tree pruning. I return the prunings to the garden through a mulcher

  • Girrawa posted an update 7 years, 7 months ago

    I would highly recommend keen gardeners and those interested in sustainable food production to check out the Seed Savers Network http://www.seedsavers.net This is a home grown Australian organisation now reaching out overseas. Join, start saving and caring for our biodiverse resources that feed, clothe and heal us.

    • @Girrawa The seed saving network is a great idea. After reading Angus Stewart’s ’Let’s Propagate, I have been collecting my own seed this last few months and am looking foraward to Spring to start planting.

  • Girrawa posted an update 7 years, 7 months ago

    And the next step will be removing old exhaust fans from bathrooms as these have been replaced with new ones that have draught stoppers on them

  • Girrawa posted an update 7 years, 7 months ago

    I have purchased draft excluder strips for our outside doors. Next step to install them.

    • I have found both the draft stoppers and the exhaust fans made BIG difference.

      • Me too. & the double sided draught excluder snake things on the bathroom & laundry doors have helped fantastically too.

  • We prepare a weekly menu: breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper for every day. We use a list of snacks for the in-between meals and look through recipes for dishes that use what is in […]

  • I have noticed that certain of the providors recommended through my work to package a car do not have carbon offset programs. I am looking to reduce the size and hence fuel consumption of our vehicles (yes we […]

  • Girrawa posted an update 7 years, 7 months ago

    The ACT Government has just launched a new Car Pooling initiative for its employees called RideShare http://www.rideshareact.mycarpools.com.au/. I have signed up in an effort to make some new friends driving to and from work on the days I need to drive.

    • This looks like a great website – it would be good if they could open it up to others who work near those departments, too, or if there was a place for no-ACT govt people to register interest…

    • I agree…hopefully if it becomes successful, it will naturally migrate to a wider audience!! :)

  • Does anyone have any cleaver ideas on how to make car pooling easy. It seems difficult to coordinate sharing lifts when people work varied hours, using flex time. It seems to work well in work places that have […]

    • Hi @Girrawa This is a great idea, I made a challenge getting public transport to work but I really haven’t been able to make it work for me. Plus I was really late when they changed the timetable :/ Hopefully we’ll have light rail soon! That’d be so great. In the meantime, i found this…[Read more]

      • Did you try using the Google transit app that Action has on their website to work out the best connections

  • What to challengers think of the idea of getting voluntary groups to collect old TVs and computors in an area (especially where there are aged people) to take to the recycling station, to reduce the number of […]

  • Girrawa commented on the post, Scouts 7 years, 8 months ago

    Guides do not have an Environment Commissoner but I will extend the challenge to them through my contacts with Guiding leaders.

  • Girrawa posted an update 7 years, 8 months ago

    We turn our veggie and fruit peelings straight back into the garden beds at this time of year in the fallow parts or before planting. The decomposing material gives the young plants a real boost and gives the worms in the garden a nice dessert.

  • Girrawa posted an update 7 years, 8 months ago

    My strawberries are doing fine growing in foam boxes in a sunny spot. Still bearing!

  • Girrawa posted an update 7 years, 9 months ago

    We have turned our thermostats down just one degree at our house as well as turned heating off in rooms not being used.

    • We’ve also cleaned our filter – a job that’s been on the to-do list for a week. It’s amazing the difference we’ve noticed in how much air is pumping out & how little difference we’ve noticed when the temp is set 1 or 2 degrees less!

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