Monthly Archives: October 2016

Kids Oyster Mushroom’s Growing Kit Review

Grow your own oyster mushrooms in 3 easy steps

How does it work?

We start the process off at GroCycle Urban Mushroom Farm by mixing recycled coffee grounds with Oyster mushroom spawn under ideal conditions. We then ship a kit out to you for the fun part!

  • 3 Easy steps: cut hole in bag, spray water daily & watch them grow
  • First harvest approx. 2 weeks after opening
  • Soak overnight and repeat for another couple of crops

See what we thought below.

We are a family who love the great outdoors and each year we try and attempt to grow our own fruit and veg.  This year, we have tried to grow runner beans, mini corn, tomato’s, peppers and cucumbers.  I have had 2 cucumbers off my plants, few tomatoes (but more to come), no peppers sadly and the corn is still growing.

When grocycle got in contact and asked if we wanted to review and grow our very own oyster mushrooms we couldn’t say no.  I have never really liked mushrooms, don’t know what it is about them but I have tried them many times and just can’t eat them.

The parcel arrived a few weeks later but was left outside my house in the pouring rain but luckily it survived and no damage was sustained to the packet inside the box.

My nephew Jack was super excited to help me set this up and watch it grow.

Day 1 – Receiving the pack and set up of the kit

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We then had to unpack it and made a cross in the plastic without damaging the soil and submerged & soaked overnight in water.  I had to place the dogs ceramic bowl on top to keep the pack under the water.

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Morning arrived, and I drained the bag and placed it back in the box as required.  I placed it on the window sill in the kitchen where it would get light but not direct sunlight to help and allow the mushrooms to grow.

Days 1-7 – We started seeing sprouts and movement in the soil.  My nephew loves mushrooms and was super excited to see and watch them grow.

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Day 8+ – We harvested the mushrooms that had grown ready to eat throughout the next few days.  We got 2/3 big harvest of mushrooms off it.

Once we had harvested all the mushrooms, we left the box as suggested for 2 weeks, then started watering it again and we started the growing process all over again.

We have now harvest all the mushrooms and will leave the box alone for 2 weeks and start the process all over again.

Day 1-7 – The mushrooms started growing again, which was really exciting.

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Day 8+ – We didn’t get as many mushrooms the second time round but we got a few so once we picked them, that was it, no more home-grown mushrooms.

This was fascinating process to watch and I would buy these again to grow.

It is fascinating how mushrooms can grow from coffee like this, and all recycled, great for the environment.

Don’t forget if you would like to get your hands on your very own growing kit visit their website here, the kits start from £16.00 each.

* We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of the review, however all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

 

The Stress Free Guide To Creating The Perfect Bathroom

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The bathroom in any home is one of those rooms that just adds value to property. So it goes without saying that something freshly remodelled or looking modern is going to bring in the big payday. However, remodeling and decorating your home, no matter what room it is, has it’s fair share of stress and worry. Not to mention how long these things can take when doing them yourself. Which is why I thought I would share with you a stress free guide to creating your perfect bathroom. Whether you are selling or staying, you won’t be disappointed.

Get the plumbers in to do the hard work

Anything to do with pipework is going to be a tricky project for someone with no experience. So save yourself the stress and call in the professionals. Even if you are aware of all the Bathroom Lingo why make things harder on yourself? The professionals can do a speedy and thorough job. Which means you get your brand spanking new bathroom in half the time, without the sore back as evidence. On a serious note, pipework and plumbing are things that you don’t want to get wrong. Avoid future disasters and save yourself the grief.

Plan your budget before work commences

It’s important to plan your budget before you take on any work. This ensures you know exactly what you have to spend and provides you with a foundation for a plan to move forward with the project. A budget isn’t suppose to be a negative topic of conversation; it enables you to stick within affordable parameters to get the job done.

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Have a contingency fund in place

It’s essential to not only know your budget but to also have a contingency fund in place. This is for those unforeseen emergencies that are likely to crop up when you least expect them to. It means you don’t eat into your budget and you have the funds ready to correct the problem. This can be one of the biggest stresses of any project, so keep things simple and have emergency funds ready for when disaster strikes.

Stick with something neutral that stands the test of time

Sometimes we can think a particular colour is great, or choose something a little out of the ordinary and assume it is modern and funky. But will your design choices stand the test of time? The last thing anyone wants to do is redo a job that should last a few years, just because you made an error in judgement. Stick with neutral colours and a white bathroom suite. Ensuring your bathroom stands the test of time.

Make arrangements for when the bathroom is out of action

Finally, a bathroom can be a lengthy job, so make sure you have provisions in place. This is when your neighbours can come in handy. Having somewhere to shower or even relieve yourself when the toilet is being plumbe can be a lifesaver. Don’t get caught short.

I hope these tips help you on your way to a stress free bathroom update.

Driving Ambition: How Golf Can Increase Your Kids’ Self Confidence

Kids nowadays seem to be becoming less and less confident in themselves. There are plenty of reasons for this. We are living in a digital age, and kids are spending increasingly worrying amounts of time in isolated situations. They sit at games consoles in their rooms and often the most social interaction they get is speaking to a stranger overseas through a headset. But your little one’s early years are so important when it comes to forming their personality and character. It’s essential that they have self-confidence before they start school and throughout their education. Shy children often get left behind in classes, as they are scared to put their hand up and voice their views. They also tend to have fewer friends to play with at breaktime. Sport is a great method for boosting your child’s self-esteem. Here are a few reasons why golf, in particular, might be a great sport for your child to partake in.

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Social Skills

Golf is an individual sport. This means that your child isn’t being thrown into the deep end of team sports, where quieter children can be pushed aside or made uncomfortable by louder, more boisterous kids. Your child can ease into this sport, while still developing great social skills. They will learn to interact with their instructor. If you place your child in a class, they will have peers to communicate and have fun with. But in a less competitive environment than many other sport

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The Fun Factor

Golf, for children, is extremely exciting. It will make them feel grown up. Mini clubs, mini golf and fun, crazy golf courses are ideal for them. They’ll be able to play between small scale obstacles, such as windmills and little pools. The whole environment is energetic and bright. Golf isn’t something that your kids will have to be forced into. Many will take to it with fervor. The more fun a child is having, the more they will come out of their shell.

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Competition

Like all sports, golf can be competitive. As your child’s skills grow, they may wish to take part in golf-related competitions and events. Golf trophies and awards are presented at these events. These prizes will inspire your children to work on their skills and become the best in their field. They will feel a sense of pride as they achieve more and more. They will gain confidence in themselves and their capabilities. This will spread into other areas of their life. For example, school and friendships.

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Conversation

The more hobbies and talents your children have, the more they will have to talk about with others. A child’s enthusiasm for the sport will be a hot topic of conversation when they meet others their age. Shy children often keep quiet when meeting others. With confidence and interest in a sport, your child will want to tell the world about what they get up to in their spare time. A happy, talkative child will draw a larger friendship group.