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1. How do I get solar lights, which my company makes, to Africa - www.bogolight.com?
Hi Mark, You worked in Africa, I suppose. You know how tricky it gets penetrating the market. Main constraint being the lack of awareness as also the advent of cheap "me-too" products from China. Promoting your product through NGO's is one idea that would make sense, but this too has its own negative effects, such as bureaucratic delays, etc. I am based in Mozambique and Tanzania. Do keep me posted about the availability of your Solar Flash Lights in these countries. I would like to see how they work. All the best in your endeavor. Satish
2. where can i buy solar lights?
you have not mentioned which country you are from. you should tell little more about your requirements. You have to search the Internet or ask the question with more details again.
3. Can solar lights be charged from indoor light or has to be sunlight?
They can be charged indoors but need to be placed in direct bright light (such as under the edge of a end table lamp) in order to charge at a decent rate. It will still take longer than in the bright sun though. Edit: If it is the kind that just uses rechargeable AA batteries or similar then they can also be charged in a regular charger outside of the light.
4. where/whose are the best solar lights to buy?
Himin Solar has many solar lights, including street lights, lawn lights, flashlights etc
5. 10 ways to brighten up your garden in winter
With a little imagination and creativity, it's easy to add interest to your garden in the winter months. For the greatest impact, concentrate efforts on a few key areas that you see on a daily basis. These might include beds and pots close to the house, as well as the front garden, which you walk through every day. We've rounded up some of the best ideas to inspire you. Many require little effort and some are great value for money too. So, whether you step outside or look from your window, embrace winter and enjoy your garden at every opportunity. Brighten it up with simple lighting In winter, we often come home in the dark and miss seeing the garden altogether. Outdoor lighting can bring it back into play and transform the view from windows that would otherwise be dark, reflective panes. Try a few tea lights in clear jam jars to add seasonal twinkle for special occasions and solar lights to provide a few hours of decorative light. Fairy lights are fun draped in a tree and there's a wide range of lighting kits on offer that are quick and easy to install. Be sure to switch lighting off before going to bed, to minimise disruption to wildlife. Even just one piece of evergreen topiary will add interest to a pot or bed and hold an area together in winter. Formal shapes such as balls, pyramids and cubes work well, but if you like a more relaxed style, then the trend for looser 'cloud-pruned' and organic topiary shapes may suit you. Box and yew are traditional plant choices, but other small-leaved evergreens, such as Ilex crenata, phillyrea, Lonicera nitida and privet, clip well. For instant impact, you can buy ready-made, but more costly, topiary - expect to pay around 25 for a 30cm box ball. There are many fabulous winter flowering shrubs that deliver rich fragrance, such as chimonanthus, daphnes, mahonias, sarcococca, and viburnums. If they are tucked away at the back of borders, they will get overlooked and be under-appreciated. Plant them instead where their delicious scents can readily be enjoyed, such as close to the back door, in the front garden or beside a regularly used path. Many of these shrubs are happy in pots, so can be moved to centre stage for winter, then shifted to a less prominent position over the summer. Pots are the best way to add a seasonal splash of colour just where you need it. Opt for plants that look good together, such as cyclamen, heathers, hellebores, pansies and variegated ivy. In a large pot, add a shrubby evergreen plant for a bit of backbone, such as a rosemary or sarcococca. At this time of year, all these plants are available in garden centres in small pots, making it easy to mix and match. Warm up with a fire pit or brazier To use your garden on winter evenings, you need to make it as warm and comfortable as possible. There are some great braziers and fire pits on the market these days, which are ready to go and can be placed on the patio for people to huddle around. Most of us spend more time indoors over winter, so it really pays to have attractive views from your windows. Without redesigning your garden, consider what you can tweak to improve the composition. It's amazing what a bit of seasonal rearranging can do. Think about relocating anything attractive that is readily moveable, such as pot displays and garden ornaments, so they can be clearly seen from the windows. Or remove a few of the lower branches of a tree to reveal a view of something eye-catching beyond. Get creative with flexible twigs and weave them into an eye-catching feature. You can buy long lengths of hazel or colourful willow by the bundle, or perhaps you have a plant that can be coppiced? Then bend, twist and weave the stems together to create interesting shapes. Simple woven twiggy balls look great dangling from trees, or make something large and abstract - a representation of an animal such as a deer or an oversized rabbit? Use galvanised wire to link sections together. They wo not last forever, but they are a great project for children. There's nothing better than a project that enhances the garden visually and benefits wildlife. Bug hotels can be simple or fancy, and of any size. Think nooks and crannies. Small holes make ideal hibernating homes for ladybirds and lacewings, so cut bamboo canes into short lengths with the hollow ends exposed. Set them into an old wooden box, or forget the frame and simply tie them into a small bundle. Leftover lengths of wood can be drilled with holes to do the same job, and if placed on the ground then beetle larvae will feed on the decaying dead wood. Perk things up with a splash of paint Introducing permanent colour into a garden through planting alone can be difficult, but painting or staining will add instant colour just where you need it to set off plantings or act as a backdrop. A wash of a water-based colour on large terracotta pots is not permanent, but will jazz things up for a few months. Rendered walls can be painted, while wooden fences and structures such as obelisks or pergolas are best stained, as it's easier to re-apply. Think about which colours would work best in your plot and play around with them. There's a whole range of plants that hold their grey or silvery foliage all winter, fitting the season perfectly. These include: silver bush (Convolvulus cneorum), a compact, spreading shrub with shiny leaves that look as if they've been spray painted; Artemisia 'Powis Castle', with its soft, ferny, pale-silver foliage; and Helictotrichon sempervirens, a grey, arching evergreen grass. They all look great together in a large pot for seasonal interest and can then be transplanted into the garden next spring to provide interest for years to come.