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img 9190_300Tree Planting Event 2010 Update


The first annual sunbeams tree planting event took place in March 2010 and was a runaway success which exceeded everybody's expectations, with over 2,200 trees being planted in what has since become an annual event. In May 2012 we took a trip back to where it all began and we are happy to say that the spalings planted that day are doing well and, whilst not quite a forest yet, are growing strongly. Photos of the trees as they are now, and the event itself, can be seen in our online album.

 


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  • Biodiversity and Children
    Biodiversity and Children What could be more rewarding than spending some time with your children observing life in your garden (or even your balcony or park)? Whether it is planting some seeds and watching them grow into veggies, or watching butterflies visit a flower and roll out their long “straw” to drink nectar, if you just take the time, your garden will give your children a moment of internal quietness while they witness amazing buzzing activity. Before you start, try to make enough free time in order to enjoy nature’s activities with the family. With a bit of patience and flexibility, you can involve even small kids in the preparation phase and pick and choose your favourite activities: 1. Give your children their own little plot of land or their own plant container. Ownership is important here! No mum/dad or big sibling needs to interfere in the young child’s personal approach when it…
  • Nature’s Helping Hand
    Nature’s Helping Hand Summertime is here! Before you head off to your summer destination, you can plan ahead with some help from nature. Don’t let minor stings and aches spoil your travel fun! Put together a natural first aid kit so you are prepared for the unexpected. When traveling, it’s always easier to have things close by and avoid the emergency scramble to find things and/or communicate your needs in a foreign language.  All it takes is a few trips to an organic store and a pharmacy to take care of the essentials.  So what are some emergency essentials to keep on hand?  The Belgian Red Cross has a First Aid kit available for around 20 euros and contains all the basics including bandages, an emergency thermal wrap, etc.  In addition, here are some natural remedies (in alphabetical order) to get you started. Arnica – a tube in gel or cream form of…
  • Mobility with Kids
    Mobility with Kids I live less than 300 metres from a large grocery shopping complex.  Due to my lack of a driver's license, this proximity to the shops was of primary concern when we chose our house (right behind price!).  Yet shortly after moving in, I realised that my dream of popping up at the shops to do the weekly re-stocking of groceries had turned into a nightmare for one reason - the kids.  In my dream, I had never bothered to work out the seemingly impossible logistics of transporting three small children (at the time, all under 5), four large bags of shopping and my own, increasingly lagging morale, for 300 metres.  What had initially seemed a hop, skip and jump from the house was suddenly more daunting than a marathon.  Finally, after yet another epic excursion with me trying in vain to strap babies to my body, toddler in pushchair, bags of…
  • Forêt de Soignes Tree Planting Event - March 2012
    Forêt de Soignes Tree Planting Event - March 2012 We are happy to report that our tree planting in  the Forêt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud on 18 March was a complete success. More than 500 of you joined us and planted nearly 2,500 trees! Our heartfelt thanks to all you who came along or contributed. You can browse though some pictures of the event in our online album.
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Wednesday, 18 May 2011 12:28

Got Compost?

My grandmother is the consummate composter. In her home, nothing goes to waste and everything has a latent purpose. Kitchen scraps are certainly no exception. Vegetable trimmings, fruit peels, eggshells and coffee grinds are not waste, but potential fertilizer for her garden. Throwing these kitchen rejects into a bag to put on the street would be the true waste. In this rubbish, she sees opportunity and in her need to reuse, she gets a little creative. Why not give your kitchen scraps a new purpose by finding alternatives to the waste bin? But how do us “city folk” embrace this organic spirit and turn our cuisine by-products into fruitful soil? It is actually quite easy. First, learn this song. Next, let nature lead the way and the microorganisms literally do the dirty work.

 

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Friday, 04 February 2011 22:21

Sunbeams Sprouting Workshop

sprouting2Sunbeams is holding a free 'sprouting' workshop for anyone interested in learning how to sprout their own seeds
and beans for tasty, fresh and nutritious food that is easy to make at home.

Wednesday, 09 February 2011, 09:15 - 10:30

The workshop wil be held at:

Savoorke,
International Montessori School,
Bergestraat 24,
3080 Tervuren

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  • Use a variety of plant species, especially hazelnut, hawthorn, and lime tree (tilia/linde/tilleul) are popular.
  • Do not clean up leaves and stems from your garden until after the winter.
  • Practice eco gardening: no pesticide or insecticides.
  • Do not cut the grass too often and leave it high in some spots.
  • Leave some of the nettles, they love it!
  • Flowers provide them with nectar and pollen.
  • Make a shelter for the winter for them and watch them cuddle up.
  • They are the perfect solution for aphids or plant lice on your roses!
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Thursday, 25 March 2010 14:44

Tips on Gardening for Wildlife

This article will give you valuable tips to turn your garden into a paradise for wild plants and animals.

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Wednesday, 31 March 2010 14:33

The Herb Spiral

herbspiral
Photo: anarchitect

One of the best quick garden projects we can all undertake near our homes is building an herb spiral. The idea is pretty straight forward: a spiral, one to two meters in diameter, curving and rising to a center point about a meter high allows us to put as many herbs as possible in as small a space as possible. The walls are made of stone, the inside is a series of different planting materials.

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Wednesday, 17 March 2010 16:47

Getting Started with Eco-Friendly Gardening

Spring is in the air and slowly our outdoor work in the garden or on the balcony starts again. How to do it respecting nature, environment and not to forget, ourselves? Here are some ideas to choose from:

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Wednesday, 17 March 2010 16:44

Composting

 

Compost bin
Compost bin by D. Mitchell on flickr!

Do you have to compost in Belgium? By law the answer is no. However, if you want to reduce your waste removal costs and carbon footprint on the planet, or if you want to create free organic matter or free fertilizer for your terraced or in-ground plants, then your answer is definitely YES!

 

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Wednesday, 17 March 2010 15:21

Biodiversity

22 May 2009 was the International Day for Biodiversity. Biodiversity refers to the diversity of all living creatures: the diversity between species, the diversity within the genes of one species, and the diversity of the habitat they live in or their eco-systems.

biodiversity

You have heard about the endangered and extinct species of animals and plants for which mankind often has been responsible. One species disappearing can have a lot of consequences for other species within the same eco-system and once extinct, one cannot restore that imbalance.

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