Monday, 9 April 2018

Simple spring salad


Simple spring salad

I love making my own dressings, it’s a wonderful way to control the ingredients especially if you’re watching your sugar intake, store bought dressing usually contains a lot of sugar. Not to mention you are cutting down on plastic waste.

Two of my go to staples for the base of an easy dressing is olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Both ingredients have great health benefits especially apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar can help with blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, skin health and acid reflux to just name a few. Unfiltered ACV with all the probiotics is the best but any apple cider vinegar is great.

This dressing works well on any salad but if you’re looking for a super easy salad try crisp romaine and thinly sliced green apple, that’s it, crisp, fresh and so yummy! Or you can sprinkle candied walnuts and shaved parmesan on top for a more dressed up salad. Below is a standard vinegar and oil dressing but feel free to change it up with dill or fresh herbs instead of mustard for a earthier flavor.

·         3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
·         1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
·         1 clove minced garlic
·         1 tablespoon maple syrup
·         1 teaspoon dijon mustard
·         1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Directions: Place all ingredients into a small bowl or jar. Stir until well combined. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.


Check out the other blogs for more recipe ideas. As always if you’re looking for a bin feel free to give us a call.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Mark your calendar


Mark your calendars.

The Ultimate Home and Outdoor Expo will be coming to Farmington UT on April 27th – 28th. Get great ideas for home and outdoor activities. They will be offering Dutch oven cooking classes, outdoor demonstrations and lots of free activities for the whole family.

Check out the website here:
 http://www.theultimateoutdoorexpo.com/

We have a Dutch oven pit in our backyard that we love using almost year-round. Now is the time to start thinking about all the fun things you can do outside as the weather warms up.
Don’t forget that if you are planning a big cleanout project we have the right size bins for you. Feel free to call us and we will hep you find the right size bin for your job.


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Luck of the Irish


                It doesn’t take finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow to rent a bin with us. If you are getting ready for a big move, doing some spring cleaning, doing yard cleanup or just decluttering your home, we have bins various sizes and prices to fit your needs and budget. All our bins are residential friendly and easy to use with double doors that open for easy loading.

                Most of us will feel overwhelmed with the amount of clutter that accumulates in our homes. Decluttering doesn’t have to be an overwhelming job, just keep these simple tips in mind to make the process easier.

Toss anything that isn’t necessary: This includes magazines, newspapers, junk mail, old makeup or accessories, dishes or small appliances that sit gathering dust and any damaged furniture that has become an eyesore.

Dust from top to bottom: Corners of the walls and baseboards collect a lot of dust and cobwebs, using a telescoping microfiber duster can make it quick and easy to clean those tough to reach places. Blinds, drapes and lampshades can often sit forgotten. You can put drapes and pillow in the dryer for 15 mins on fluff to breath new life into them. Using a blind duster found at any grocery store can make cleaning blinds super easy. Lint rollers can help make cleaning up lampshades and sofas fast and simple. Ceiling fans, hood vents and the top of any surface in the kitchen can collect a layer of grease and dirt that is hard to clean. Using a dryer sheet to wipe away the layer of grime is a wonderful way to get that stubborn buildup clean.

Pantry cleanup: Spice racks and food pantries can collect a lot of forgotten items. Some of us have spices that have been stored away for several years (I know I did) but even spices have an expiration date. Go through your spices and food pantry checking each date carefully. If it’s a food item, you or family don’t see yourself eating and don’t remember why you bought it make a pile of food for the food bank (just make sure nothing is expired).


Give us call at Bin There Dump That Salt Lake for any large projects and we will be more than happy find the right size bin to fit your needs.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Spring Cleaning




Spring is right around the corner, now is the time to think about cleaning up and that means decluttering. We all know that it is very easy to build up many items in the home that do nothing but collect dust. When the time comes to clear out those items it is helpful to have a plan. Ask yourself the following questions when deciding what to get rid of.
Can it still be used?
Often, we set something aside that is broken so it can be repaired later. As time passes we forget or simply don’t have the time to get to the repair. Chances are the parts needed for the repair are no longer available. Regardless, if you have gone a year without using it then it won’t likely be missed if thrown away.
Why did you get it?
During cleanup you may come across something that you can’t even remember why you got something or what it even does. If you’ve had it stored away for a year or more and don’t know what you’d do with then it’s time to toss it out.
Is it in decent shape?
Reselling items that are in decent shape can be a wonderful way to make extra cash and reduce waste. Its important to make sure the items you might want to resell are in good condition and don’t have any broken or missing pieces. Make sure to dispose of all items properly to ensure the safety of your family and others.
Do you have more than one?
It’s not uncommon to go the store and stock up on items only to go home and realize you already have that item. This can also happen with household items. Make a list of items you like to keep stockpiled, this will help keep you organized but save from over cluttering with extras and save money. If you have too many of something clear out the excess.
Is your clutter costing you money?
If you have a storage unit it may be a good idea to start your clean out there. Take note of what’s in your storage unit and go through the questions above. Most importantly ask yourself if the rental fee for storing these items is cost effective. Is the value of the item worth the cost of the rental?

Now you are ready to think about how you will be hauling away your items. Bin There Dump That Salt Lake has bins of different sizes to help with any size job. Smaller bins are perfect for getting rid of the odds and ends we collect. The larger size bins will be perfect for furniture, appliances and the bulkier items. Please give us a call so we can help find the right size bin for your project.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Early Preparations for Spring Gardening


Eartheasy offers great information about sustainable living.  I found this article on their website.   It offers great ideas about preparing your yard for the spring. 

Garden Projects for Early Spring






A few early preparations for the spring

gardening season will bring benefits all

year long.

             



The urge to garden in early spring is primal. Re-connecting with the earth is affirming, renewing, promising. Waking up the garden to a new growing season is about more than soil and seedlings...this rite of spring is a tonic to the gardener as well.         

Early spring garden & yard tasks

 (1) clear drainage ditches

Leaves and debris gather in drainage areas over the winter. Now is the time to ensure that the spring rains will have adequate runoff. Spring seedlings do best in soil which drains well. Because vegetative growth is at a low point in early spring, this is the easiest time of year for clearing drainage ditches. And be sure to put the cleared material, usually dead leaves and small branches, into the compost. Spring compost piles are commonly short on carbon-rich materials, and every addition helps.

(2) Repair any bowed sides to raised beds. fix trellises and fencing.

Soggy winter soil puts a strain on raised beds; sometimes a stake will rot and give way. Any bowed or leaning sides should be fixed now. Dig back the soil behind the bowed side and drive in new stakes on the inside of the sideboards with a slight inward lean. Push sideboards up to stakes and fasten well with screws or nails. If you are interested in purchasing a raised bed, we have a comprehensive selection of Raised Garden Beds available in their online store.



Trellises and fencing are also easiest to repair in early spring, with less growth to work around and fewer roots to disturb. Setting new fenceposts, however, is best done after the spring rains have had a chance to drain through the ground. If the water table is too high, post holes will fill with water as you try to dig.

(3) Weed young spring weeds. mulch bare spots in beds.

Any weeds which appear in your garden beds will be easiest to pull now, as the roots are shallow. Covering bare spots with mulch or ground cover will minimize the emergence of new weeds. Adding mulch to a depth of 3 to 4 inches is usually sufficient. Black plastic sheeting can also be used to cover the beds before planting as a way to suppress emerging weeds. And if you flip the sheeting over once a week you may likely find slugs which have been hiding in the bed. This is a simple way to reduce the slug population in garden beds.

When adding mulch to garden beds or around the base of fruit trees, keep the mulch a few inches away from tree trunks and the crowns and stems of plants. This will help reduce rot on the stems of young plants and will protect the bark of young fruit trees.

(4)  When it's dry enough, 'top dress' beds.

Top dress garden beds with compost or well-seasoned manure in preparation for planting. Resist the urge to dig the bed; established beds have a complex soil ecosystem which is best left undisturbed. Nutrients added from the top will work their way down into the soil.

In early spring you may find that your compost pile is wet and does not appear to be actively composting the materials you've been adding through the winter months. If this is the case, read their article How to fix a soggy compost pile.

(5) Early spring is the time for lime.

Soils with a pH below 6.2 will benefit from the addition of lime. Dolomite is the finest grind, and is recommended. With ground limestone it will take twice as long for plants to derive any benefit from it. Ideally, lime should be added several weeks before planting. Hydrate lime, or "quick lime", is not recommended, as it can change the soil pH so rapidly that plants may be damaged. Cover newly limed beds with plastic during heavy spring rains to prevent runoff. Soil pH can be determined by using a soil pH test kit.



(6) Prepare your lawn for spring.

Rake the lawn to remove dead growth and winter debris. This helps bring light and air to the soil level, encouraging the grass to grow. Re-seed bare patches of lawn. Rake bare spots firmly with a metal rake before seeding. Sprinkle grass seed into a bucket of soil and spread evenly over the bare spot. Keep well-watered until seeds germinate and the new grass establishes. Pre-emergent herbicides such as corn gluten may be applied now.

(7) Thin dead foliage of ornamental grasses and ferns. pull vegetable plant skeletons.

Once new growth begins. it becomes difficult to thin ornamentals without damaging the plant. New growth will quickly replace the culled foliage. And if you didn't get around to this last fall, pull the old tomato, squash and other plant skeletons to clear the bed for planting. Plant skeletons can be added to the compost if you are sure they do not harbor any plant disease.


More information like this can be found at the Eartheasy website: https://eartheasy.com/

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Making your Property Safe for Trick-or-Treaters








Halloween is only 7 days away.  This checklist will help you identify and eliminate potential hazards to ensure a Happy Halloween for all the neighborhood trick-or-treaters.


👻Clear the path to your front door
👻Make sure there are no tripping hazards
👻Tighten and secure hand railings
👻Light the path to your door with safe lighting ( no candles)
👻Keep your pets indoors, for their safety and the safety of your guests
👻Choice allergy free treats

👻If possible, park your vehicles in your garage

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

Monday, 23 October 2017

A Little Discount to Help with Your Fall Cleanup



Fall is here and winter is around the corner.  During the colder months we can’t always open the windows and let the fresh air in as often as we like.  

Listed below are some indoor and outdoor tasks to help you get ready for colder weather and make the indoor atmosphere feel as fresh as possible. 



🍂Vacuum your mattress and spray with disinfectant like Lysol
🍂Get out the heavier bedding
🍂Clean blinds, drapes and carpets.
🍂Perform a furnace check and make sure to change the filter and keep several on hand, other heating appliances like space heaters should be checked also.
🍂Wood burning stoves and fireplaces should be cleaned along with ducts and chimneys.
🍂Check doors and windows for drafts and caulk as necessary.
🍂Make sure your car is ready for the inclement weather by ensuring tires are in good condition, emergency blankets are in the trunk, first aid kit and survival bag are restocked if necessary
🍂Winterize the lawn equipment and tools, and get the snow blower ready for use






One the most important tasks is to clean your rain gutters and down spouts. A spatula or small hand held garden shovel works great to clean out gutters. 




        
A snake may be required for the down spouts. 







                               Install heat trace on the roofs edge. 






Fall is the perfect time to clean out and organize the garage. Take an inventory of what is in the garage and separate everything into 4 categories:


Tools or equipment to store until spring and summer, move towards back and less accessible space in garage
2 Tools or equipment needed for winter months, move to the front or to an area easily accessed
3 Items to give away
4 Items to get rid of



Should you need a dumpster to help with your cleaning and organizing, mention this blog and get an extra $20 OFF the quoted price of your dumpster.









        
                    

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