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Home-made fire lighters

Home-made fire lighters

Nothing can beat a nice BBQ on a sunny day with your friends. But sometimes it is quite challenging to get the fire started properly. Therefore most people will probably use fire lighters. They simply are convenient and get the matter started within a couple of minutes. But at the same time they contain a vast variety of artificial additives and substances, which you wouldn’t want on your steak. Trust me.


They literally are small, chemical bombs containing a wide range of by-products of mineral oil processing like kerosine or even petroleum. That’s one reason why some people are using liquid fire starter or gasoline as a helper. But this is even worse. It is absolutely dangerous and not advisable at all!

To avoid all that hassle, just make fire lighters by your self. It is actually way cheaper and done in no time. All you need are the following things:

  • an empty egg carton
  • sawdust or wood shavings
  • wax or some old remains of candles

Fill each single slot of the egg carton with with the sawdust. Mark sure you to press it slightly. Instead of the sawdust or wood shavings, you can use other flammable materials such as wood wool, nutshells, scraps of paper or even oat flakes and Cornflakes.

Next use a small pot to melt down the wax until it is totally liquid. If you are using small tea candles, just put them directly onto the stove. Finally pour the wax slowly over the sawdust, so it can soak it up properly. Let it cool down for about one hour and you are ready.


Once made, using them is quite easy. Just tear off one or more pieces of the carton and light them up. The sawdust in conjunction with the wax burns long enough to fire charcoal and wood.


Hi everyone, welcome back to CodexGeo, Jon’s home and garden blog.  I’m Jon and today I wanted to talk about my favourite plant, the Orchid.


Orchid species.

There are over 700 different genera of Orchids.  With between 25,000 and 30,000 different species of Orchid, and over 100,000 hybrid varieties.  Over 10,000 of these can only be found in the tropics.  They have Although they all follow the same patterns, and genetic make up, Orchids come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and colours.

The most common species of Orchid is the Phalaenopsis Orchid, otherwise known as the Moth Orchid.  This variety can be found sold in supermarkets, and comes in either white, or a purple pink shade.

Another common species is the Dendrobium orchid, typically found in Thai restaurants.

Orchid Care.

Looking after Orchids is not quite as hard as some people think it is.  There are a few rules you need to remember when caring for your orchid, and it does differ depending on the type and variety.  For example when caring for a Paphiopedilum or a Cymbidium, you would want to keep the soil surrounding the orchid moist at all times, but when looking after a Phalaenopsis or Ascocenda you would want to soil to be almost dry between each watering.

One of my favourite Orchids is the Vanda Orchid.   It’s similar in shape to the Moth Orchid, but has a white top, for the upper 3 petals, and the lower 2 petals are a light burgundy.  In the Centre of the flower there are red speckles.   Absolutely stunning.

RHS London Christmas Show.

Hi everyone, welcome to my first actual blog post on my Home and Garden blog.  I’m really excited to have my own blog, and be writing about my favourite subject, gardening.

I started gardening with my Mum, back when I was just a wee boy.  She would go out in the afternoon, after collecting me and my siblings from school and sometimes I would go out with her and help her weed, or sow seeds, or climb up ladders and cut down the lilacs from the lilac tree.  Basically anything which she couldn’t manage or she got bored of easily.  I wasn’t too fond of gardening from the get go, and only went into gardening as a way to make money helping out neighbours and family friends.   I grew to love gardening and now own my own Landscape gardening company, which I absolutely love.

One of my favourite activities all year are the RHS gardening shows.  I always go to the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and the Chelsea Flower show.  This year there is a new addition to the gardening line up. The RHS London Christmas show, which is held in Lawrence Hall in Westminster over the weekend before Christmas.  It’s free to attend for all members, and 6 pounds if you book in advance, or 9 pounds on the door.

RHS Christmas Show

There will be lots of different items available for sale, including many different varieties of plants and flowers, as well as different foods and sundries.  Perfect for some last minute Christmas shopping opportunities, as well as being a great place to buy yourself a christmas present, I know I will be!

Are any of you planning on visiting the RHS London Christmas Show this year?  What are you hoping to find or see? I’m hoping to find a new orchid for my collection.  Jon.

Welcome to my Home and Garden blog.

Hi everyone, my name is Jon, and welcome to my Home and Garden blog.

I’m a long time blog reader and have been following many different home and garden blogs for years, getting some great tips and tricks on things to do with my home and garden.  I’m constantly passing on some of these great tips to friends, plus telling them other tips and tricks of my own.  Recently I was reading aloud a blogpost and turned to my wife to comment on a different tip they could use when she asked me why I didn’t just create a blog of my own to share these tips with the world.  And voila Codexgeo – Jon’s Home and Garden blog was created.

I have recently just finished helping a friend renovate their house to sell, and used to work as a landscape gardener, so I have lots of experience to share with you. However I also want this blog to be a community blog where everyone can join in and share ideas, tips and tricks.  So if you have any great ideas or want to guest post please let me know in the comments below.  Thanks for reading, Jon.