In your Backyard: Living Lightly online extra resources
In Your Backyard: Living Lightly, is a guide to making small steps towards a lighter footprint. We’ve compiled extra materials and videos here to help further your understanding of this exciting topic. Video stories A tiny house that includes upcycled parts of a state home is the first step towards sustainable living for an Auckland couple. READ MORE Video: Take a tour of Rory Harding’s George Street Orchard in Dunedin
An inventive landscape gardener has transformed a dull inner-city garden into an overflowing food forest.
READ MORE Video: Dr Compost Ben Elms recipe for a good life and tips for top compost
As a champion of the health and happiness benefits of rich, rotting compost, nothing makes Ben Elms more content than the multitude of microscopic critters squirming in his soil.
READ MORE CHAPTER 1 Little Living Video: Sustainable living in a tiny house on wheels, take a tour of Cam and Amanda’s sweet tiny home A little house on the apiary: Beekeeper Nathan Orr’s tiny house passion stemmed from a teenage illness 35sqm Raglan tiny home wows George Clarke Eleanor Ozich’s recipes for the simple life CHAPTER 2 Green Design CHAPTER 3 Waste Not Waste reduction inspiration Take a tour of fabric upcycler Sarah Lancaster’s cute-as-a-button tiny house Plastic free grocery shopping made easy: Eco experts share tips on how to cut down plastic waste How a family of four ditched cling film for good DIY project: Make your own fused-plastic tote bag Make your own beeswax food wraps: updated recipe How to make beeswax infused oil and healing beeswax salve 7 things to make with beeswax: Deodorant, lotion, vapour rub CHAPTER 4 Grow Your Own Design ideas Video: How Kate Coughlan’s inner city courtyard garden became a 100% edible oasis A food farm in the heart of Remuera: Take a tour of zero-waste gardener Peter Ng’s garden oasis Video: Take a tour of Rory Harding’s George Street Orchard in Dunedin Tips for healthy soil Dr Compost Ben Elms recipe for a good life and tips for top compost Pests and diseases Organic methods to control codling moth A Whitby gardener deep in mulch Guest blog: Elien Lewis uses deep-mulching to grow a bounty of produce in her shady Whitby garden Small space garden ideas DIY project: Build a vertical Spud Stacker for growing potatoes for only $35 5 space-saving vegetables that can be trained to grow vertically CHAPTER 5 Birds and the Bees Become an egg producer in the city Biosecurity in the backyard chicken flock: How to keep your chickens healthy when introducing new birds Chicken diet dos and don’ts Feed your chicken flock fermented food What to feed your chickens to keep them healthy Getting started with beekeeping 3 common concerns about hosting beehives Protein, fats and minerals: Why bees need pollen Attracting beneficial insects Plant phacelia to attract beneficial insects to your garden Recipe: Kate’s favourite broad bean salad CHAPTER 6 From Scratch Additional vegetable based vegetables from thisNZlife. Recipe: Soba Noodle, Wakame and Cucumber Salad Recipe: Beetroot Salad with Horseradish Dressing Bread making recipes How to make the perfect sourdough bread Recipe: 5 Seed Sourdough On the BBQ: Grilled Flatbread with Spiced Yoghurt Recipe: Stecca bread with roasted butternut dip Recipe: Easy no-knead baguette Fermentation recipes Recipe: Forage & Ferment wild sauerkraut with turmeric, ginger and marigold How to make tempeh: the high-protein, low-fat food you can ferment yourself Recipe: Fermented beetroot How to make homemade ginger beer Preserving recipes How to pickle and preserve zucchinis, courgettes and cucumbers Recipe: Pear chutney and how to preserve pears Recipe: Peach jam with fresh grated ginger Recipe: Nicola Kawana’s Tomato and Horopito Chutney CHAPTER 7 Energy Smart Extra online resources Solar energy
EECA has several tools to use to ascertain if solar is cost-effective.
Hot water: energywise.govt.nz/tools/waterheating/ Solar panels: energywise.govt.nz/at-home/solar-electricity/thinking-of-investing-in-solarpanels/ Solar calculator: energywise.govt.nz/tool/solarcalculator Geothermal heating https://www.eeca.govt.nz/energy-use-in-new-zealand/renewable-energy-resources/geothermal/ https://nzgeothermal.org.nz/geothermal-energy/geo_benefits/ Micro wind turbines https://www.energywise.govt.nz/at-home/generating-energy/small-wind-turbines/ Micro hydropower systems https://www.energywise.govt.nz/at-home/generating-energy/micro-hydro-systems/ Water wisdom: greywater systemsand rainwater harvesting level.org.nz/water
Eco-friendly heating ideas
mfe.govt.nz/woodburners Energy-hungry appliances to avoid energywise.govt.nz/at-home/appliances/ Solar Dehydrator plans DOWNLOAD THE SOLAR DEHYDRATOR PLANS HERE