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Collecting Composure Through Composting
I couldn’t wait for the chance to finally move out of the city and have my own little spot of land again. The memories of my childhood have always been set in hazy greens because I spent so much time out in the gardens with my grandparents picking raspberries or radishes. School called me into the city where I got stuck for several years grinding away paying the bills, while longing to get my hands dirty in the actual dirt of the fields I grew up in. In a time where everyone is talking about being green, I just felt like I was kidding myself without having my garden at my fingertips. Then I got fired….
There is always a silver lining in every gray cloud and I knew exactly what mine was… home to the gardens, back to reliving my memories of weeding, tilling, composting. Huge changes in life are never easy, but gardening has always been a way for me to collect my composure and take the time to relax in the simplicity of growth and recycling of nutrients. Maybe those thoughts are what really drew me to composting that summer. I could take the scraps of what I couldn’t use and find another use for them that would aid in the growth and renewal of another living thing. Since this is such a simple idea that has such a positive impact on the environment and the pocketbook why wouldn’t everyone who could do it?
As a fun side project I decided to build my own composter after doing a little bit of research online. I found some promising videos and took to work. Collecting supplies was simple enough – one trip to the hardware store and I was all set. For a gal on a budget this project was great and effective. I was composting in no time at all – the same day as the hardware store visit in fact.
Once my project was underway I did decide on investing in a compost pail for the kitchen – a convenient purchase worth the buck that should be an absolute for any committed composter. Sometimes it’s raining and I just don’t want to run out to the compost bin after every trip to the kitchen. This compost pail is small enough to fit right next to the sink and sealed tight enough to keep out the foul odors long enough for the next trip to the outside bin.
I really am lucky to have found some great projects and products back home in the gardens of my childhood. I’m glad to say that the months back home gardening, growing, composting have allowed that chance for me to clear my head and bring me back to that place I missed. Who knew that there were so many more positive aspects to growing roots again?
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Connecting a Garden Hose to a Kitchen Sink
There are times when you will need to attach your garden hose to the kitchen faucet, especially if an outside spigot is not readily available or if you need hot water to come from the hose. Filling large buckets or containers from the kitchen sink is difficult, and oftentimes impossible if the container is too large to fit into the sink. Large containers can also be quite unsanitary at times as well. Using a hose is a quick solution to these sorts of problems.
Connecting the Adapter to Kitchen Faucet
To start the job right, you will need a faucet adapter. This is a device that screws onto the threads of the kitchen faucet, essentially enlarging the faucet so that the hose spigot will fit. You should be able to easily find this at your local hardware store. First, unscrew the kitchen faucet tip. Before doing so, however, it is a good idea to cover the inside of the sink with a towel or paper towel to prevent anything that is dropped from going down the drain.
Once the faucet tip is removed, then screw on the faucet adapter. The seal should be tight, but not so tight that it cannot be easily removed. You should be able to get it tight enough with just your hands.
Connect the Hose to the Adapter
Now its time to connect the hose to the adapter. Just like when connecting to your outside spigot, the hose threads should line up straight onto the adapter. Failing to do so will cause leaks around the seal when you go to turn it on. You should be able to feel if the hose is lined up straight with the adapter.
Check for Leaks
Once tightened, now turn the kitchen faucet hot or cold on to test for leaks. If leaks occur at the source of the connection, turn the water off, remove the hose and rescrew the hose to the faucet. If it continues to leak, you may need to seal the screw threads with teflon tape or a sealant. Again, any hardware store can supply you with these materials.
Once your job is complete, remove the hose, then remove the adapter and return the faucet tip as it was when you started. Keep the materials in a safe and dry place so that the next time you need to connect your garden hose to a kitchen sink, you will be ready to go.
Jonathan Mendleheisen is a free lance writer who writes on a variety of gardening and outdoor topics. For complete information on garden hoses and gardening in general, visit the site that is dedicated to the topic, http://www.garden-hose-guide.com
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