Monday, December 30, 2013

Mystery Superfood Highlight: Taro Root

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Native to South India and Southeast Asia, the taro root has been part of diets as far back as 5,000 B.C. Today, it is a staple in Southeast Asia, Africa, India, China, the Caribbean and the Polynesian islands. In Hawaii, it is even the theme of an annual food festival. Taro root is easy to digest and healthy. However, don’t eat it raw! As healthy as it is cooked, taro root is just as toxic uncooked. Read on to learn the nutritional benefits of this highly underrated root vegetable.

Taro is the root of the taro plant and is full of nutrients. But, the root cannot be eaten raw due to its calcium oxalate content. (Calcium oxalate is associated with gout and kidney stones). Taro root is nutty in flavor and similar to the regular white potato, although it’s much richer, and it cooks much in the same way, although it is commonly used in dessert recipes as well.

While taro root is higher in calories than potatoes, it contains three-times the dietary fiber. Some 100 grams of taro root offers 11 percent of the RDA of dietary fiber, which is beneficial for optimum digestion. Unlike the potato, it has a low glycemic index, which means that it does not cause blood sugar levels to spike after consumption. It ranks in the “low” category, with an index of 18. Potato, on the other hand, ranks “high” with an index of 111.

Taro root is also a great source of potassium, vitamin C, calcium, vitamin E, B vitamins, magnesium, manganese and copper. The leaves are also rich in vitamin A and C as well as protein. Like the root itself, the leaves require cooking before consumption.

To prepare taro root, peel it with a vegetable peeler under running water. The juices in the root may irritate your skin when it is raw, so use a towel or gloves to help protect yourself. Cover the peeled taro root in water until you are ready to use it. When ready, it can be fried, baked, boiled or roasted. Try out any of the following recipes to get started:

Photo Credit: GregWattTraveller

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Art + Botany: Designer Pumpkins

Wielding his sculpting tools to find a personality in the pumpkin, artist Ray Villafane carves detailed portraits of frightfully wonderful characters. His pumpkin faces capture movement and convey expression, and they read like snapshots from a storyboard of a Halloween tale. How will the chilling drama unfold?

The portraits are fantastical and realistic; one almost expects the faces to blink He's been hailed as the "Picasso of Pumpkin Carving" by Wall Street Journal, and his video commentary and tutorials have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show.


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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Of Course He Did: The Top 10 Reasons Al Gore Went Vegan (Finally)

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Several years ago, Al Gore’s pal Bill Clinton went vegan. (You know, the guy who used to jog to the hamburger joint on the job.) It was pretty shocking news, and even though Clinton’s not technically 100 percent vegan, he looks healthier now than he did ten years ago. And now, Al’s made the switch, too? What gives?

In case you haven’t noticed, the vegan diet is no longer just for misanthropic teens and dreadlocked hippies. It’s a diet and lifestyle choice that’s reached mainstream audiences. Forbes magazine called high-end vegan cuisine its top food trend for 2013. So, Al may be a little late to the game, but the climate change poster boy has much to gain in making the transition. In fact, here are a few things we think influenced Al Gore’s decision to go vegan:

Rising global temperatures made him too hot for meat-eating.Bill Clinton promised to take him to a vegan strip club.He wants Joan Jett to return his calls already.Mike Tyson promised to teach him how to bite ears off. (*See #9)Trying to fit into that bathing suit. (His new lady friend lives in California.)Bacon just reminds him way too much of hanging chads.Always had a secret desire to be a seitan worshipper.Wants to lose a few pounds before having his portrait done by George W. Bush.One word: ManBearPig.He finally watched that Oscar-winning movie about climate change, and realized diets focused on animal products negatively impact the environment.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Which Potato Makes the Best Mashed Potatoes?

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All potatoes are not created equal. Spuds can vary in flavor, color and texture, particularly when you delve into the heirloom versions available at local farmers markets. But when you’re aiming for perfect mashed potatoes, it’s no time to play games; here is the guide to how to select the potato that will make your mashed potatoes swoon-worthy. Bear in mind: what’s perfect for you might not be perfect for someone else. But if you’re looking for creamy, fluffy or rich potatoes, we’re here to show you how simple it is to get there just by choosing the right ingredients.

For creamy mashed potatoes, a medium-waxy variety, like Yukon gold, is a good option. As they break down, they release their starch, and particularly when combined with butter and cream, make for deliciously creamy mashed potatoes. Because Yukon gold potatoes tend to have a strong potato flavor, they hold up well to the addition of a variety of dairy products to get the texture right. And Yukon golds can hold up well with cooking, meaning that if you like lumps in your mashed potatoes, they’ll hold together fine. Alton Brown’s creamy mashed potato recipe calls for a food mill, but if you want lumps, mash at least some of your potatoes with a good old-fashioned masher.

If you’re looking for good old-fashioned fluffy mashed potatoes, a mealy potato like a russet is your best bet. Removing as much starch as possible, like in this fluffy mashed potato recipe, is ideal to get a texture that is fluffy without being gluey or sticky. The process may be a bit more labor intensive than a more traditional mashed potato recipe, but the fluffy result will be well worth the effort.

Joel Robuchon is known by some as the king of mashed potatoes; his super rich mashed potato recipe calls for half the volume of butter to potato, no small feat! Incorporating all of the butter necessary calls for a very special variety of potato: the ratte. Yukon golds can be substituted in a pinch, but the waxy texture of the ratte will help hold together all of the butter in this ultra-rich purée.

Once you’ve got your potatoes the way you want them, feel free to doctor your mashed potato recipe, using add-ins or other ingredients. Our mashed potato and celery root or roasted garlic mashed potatoes are two great places to start.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gluten Free Cookies Recipe with Quinoa, Cranberry and Stevia

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This delicious guest post and gluten free cookies recipe comes to us from Debbie Adler, author of Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes.

One day I found my cupboards empty, save for quinoa flakes and dried cranberries. What kind of mother am I?! So in need of some comfort, I used what I had and made my son some Quinoa Cranberry Cookies. Let me tell you, what a surprise it was to find that the blending of nutty-flavored quinoa flakes with sweet and tart dried cranberries was like a match made on JDate. Hey, don’t knock online dating. That’s how I met my husband. Anyway, even more than my tax return filing status, you should appreciate that when your kids eat these cookies, you can pat yourself on the back for getting them to eat their spinach. That’s right. Quinoa is a complete, gluten-free protein grain that is related to the spinach family. And just so you know, these cookies are best right out of the oven, because they melt in your mouth like “butta.”

Makes about 12 cookies

Ingredients

15 x 13-inch sheet of parchment paper
1 cup quinoa flakes
¾ cup hot water
¾ cup all-purpose gluten-free flour (see page 13)
½ cup amaranth flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon guar gum
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup coconut nectar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/8 teaspoon stevia powder
¾ cup dried cranberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 15 x 13-inch cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Pour the quinoa flakes into a medium-size bowl, add the hot water and let sit without stirring.

Whisk together the two flours, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, guar gum and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle.

Microwave the coconut oil and coconut nectar in a 2-cup measuring cup for 20 seconds. Add the vanilla and stevia and stir to combine. Pour the coconut oil mixture into the flour mixture.

Next add the quinoa flake mixture and stir to combine. Fold in the dried cranberries.

Take about 1½ tablespoons of the dough, shape it into a ball, and place it on the prepared cookie sheet. Repeat until you have used up all the dough, placing the balls about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Flatten each ball gently with the bottom of a measuring cup.

Bake the cookies for 16 to 18 minutes, or until they are a light golden brown around the edges. Rotate the cookie sheet from front to back after 10 minutes of baking.

Transfer the cookie sheet from the oven to a wire rack and let sit for about 10 minutes before removing the cookies to cool completely.

Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or wrap and freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information Per Serving (1 cookie):
145 calories, 5 g total fat, 0.0 mg cholesterol,
18 g carbohydrates, 80 mg sodium,
2 g fiber, 2 g protein, 10 g sugars

Sweet Truth:

Use extra-virgin coconut oil if you want the final product to taste and smell like coconut. Otherwise, use refined coconut oil.


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Monday, December 16, 2013

From Our Friends: December 13, 2013

From Our Friends: December 13, 2013

Welcome to this week’s installment of From Our Friends, a weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts, published by our friends and partners around the web. This week’s edition includes a look at what will be on trend in fitness for 2014, great holiday gifts for yogis that won’t stretch your budget, a compilation of utilitarian and conscientious gifts for tough-to-buy-for guys, how to encourage your children in meditation, the best way to appear polished at dinner parties by using your utensils correctly, an easy way to contribute to our planet with your online purchases, and the top picks in handmade and vintage holiday items from Etsy. Enjoy!

1.  What exercise crazes can you see putting the “it” in 2014 fitness? Well+GoodNYC gives us a glimpse at what will be big for health and wellness trends in the new year, including next-gen indoor cycling, a green-juice-a-day mentality, a stylish shift in yoga pants, and a growing awareness about (and distaste for) fake food, and more!

2. Need a gift for a yoga lover that you’ll both feel zen about? Blisstree‘s Gift Guide: Perfect Presents For Your Yoga Obsessed Friends compiled the most adorable and thoughtful items to delight even the most enlightened yogis in your life. Om.3.  Sweet but stoic dads, brothers, and even boyfriends and husbands can be tough to find holiday gifts for sometimes. Still struggling to figure out what to score for some of the men on your holiday shopping list, too?  Luckily, MightyNest gathered up the greatest gifts for the gentlemen in your life, from aspiring chefs to guys-on-the-go, simple and useful pieces they’ll really appreciate (even if they have a hard time saying so!).4.  As children learn about their bodies through yoga postures, they can also learn about their minds through guided meditation. Mindful little ones can better control their thought patterns, emotions, and their overall well-being. YogiTimes discussed introducing enriching meditation and spirituality to kids.5. Part of being an informed foodie is knowing proper table etiquette and use of your utensils! Just in time for the multitude of holiday meals, Experience Life Magazine shared a great video on how to polish up your silverware knowledge so you really shine at this season’s dinner parties.

5. The Organic Whey wants to make a difference, and is proud to contribute 1% of its sales to 1% for the Planet. Look for their logo when you shop, and consider membership for your company!

6. Does Santa need to pick up some last-minute ho-ho-homemade and retro gifts?  Etsy has set up their yearly holiday shop full of awesome handmade and vintage fashion gift ideas, decorations and of course some of the coolest styles for the Christmas season and EcoSalon featured their top picks.

You can follow Spencer on Twitter @SpencerKent

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Bit of Japan in the Netherlands

East meets west in this quaint Japanese-style garden located in the Netherland city of Gouda (yes, the same town famous for its cheese).

Normally to travel from the Netherlands to Japan, you’d have to cover a distance of more than 5,700 miles. But for Netherlander Ramon Smit, a trip to Japan is as easy as stepping out into his own backyard. While the distance is short, it took Smit over eight years to complete his journey.

“We bought our 1920s red-brick home in Gouda nine years ago because of the price and the size of the garden behind it. Even before we signed the contract, I already had in mind that it must be a Japanese-style garden,” says Smit.

Bonsai trees
One of Smit’s favorite hobbies, and the inspiration behind his garden, is growing Bonsai trees. Here, he applies the art on a large scale.

Inspired by one of his other hobbies -- growing Bonsai trees -- Smit had the ultimate goal of creating a Japanese garden true to Japanese standards. He embarked on his ambitious project in the spring of 2005, working with a low budget, scant gardening experience, and a little help from his friends.

Hand-laid rock formations
Hand-laid rock formations create a small pond and waterfall. A Japanese-style lantern and Japanese maple add oriental flair.

The size of the garden is about 215 square feet, with nearly every square inch covered by meandering stone pathways, Japanese-themed statuary, and nearly 20 different species of plants and trees. Over 10 tons of rock were used to carve out ponds, a stream and small waterfalls. Smit hauled all the materials into the garden himself, by hand and wheelbarrow.

Garden Element
Plants that grow well in Gouda’s climate and befit a Japanese theme include yews, cedars, spruce trees, boxwoods, azaleas, ferns and astilbes. Natural moss growth thrives in the shady areas of the garden, adding soft yin to the yang of the hard stone.

Because the weather in Gouda can be quite extreme, with below-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall in the winter and temperatures as high as 96 degrees in the summer, Smit was limited in the types of plants he could use. “Because of our climate, I did not use tropical or Mediterranean plants. I do have 100-year-old olive tree in the small garden right beside the house, but it did not do well over the winter and lost a few branches,” he says.

Specimens he’s had great success with and that complement his Japanese theme include various types of yews, cedars, spruce trees, boxwoods, ginkgo trees, azaleas, ferns, astilbes, and Japanese maples. “I also had some hostas, but the snails got the better of them, so I got rid of those,” he says.

Stepping Stones
A pleasing combination of round granite stepping stones and desert black flagstones carve meandering pathways throughout the garden.

Smit acquired most of his unique Japanese lanterns locally at various garden centers and outdoor markets, using them as focal points throughout the garden. The granite bridge and stepping stones came from a natural-stone wholesale company. “For paving, I used granite stepping stones and desert black flagstones, selecting them for the color and shape. In Japanese gardens, straight lines combine with more natural forms for contrast,” he says.

Smit’s future plans include building a Japanese-style teahouse to replace his shed. “When the temperature is right, I can sit outside and eat, or simply enjoy seeing the garden mature with the years,” he says.

See more photos of Ramon’s garden.

Ramon Smit
Garden designer and owner, Ramon Smit.


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10 Super Easy Weight Loss Motivation Tips

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The number one way to get your weight loss motivation back? Ditch the word “diet” from your vocabulary: Last year, Dr. Brian Wansink conducted research that confirmed consistent changes in our daily eating behaviors over time (as opposed to hit-and-miss diets) result in gradual weight loss and the development of healthier eating habits. While the results take longer, once your new habits are automatic they’ll become a permanent way of life – no more struggling, and no need for weight loss motivation.

Below are 10 teeny-tiny, itty-bitty changes you can make to your daily routine that will boost your weight loss motivation – big time:

According to a recent study out of Australia, people who shop with a grocery list are more likely to lose weight over those who don’t. Doing so keeps your weight loss motivation level in check by keeping you focused and encouraging you to stick to healthier food choices.

Don’t look at your diet with a sense of deprivation: You’ll lose your weight loss motivation faster than you can say Häagen-Dazs. In fact, remember your last ice cream binge and how it caused you to spend the next few hours in the fetal position? The next time you’re about to despair binge, remind yourself of how great the healthy food makes you feel… and how the former turns you into a walking Pepto-Bismol ad.

I’m not saying ditch everybody who’s ever eaten a chip in front of you (I’d have to disown my entire family), but in times of stress when you’re most likely to fall back into bad habits, spend time with people who have healthy eating in the bag. Especially use this technique when dining out: A recent study found those who eat together and have to state their food choice out loud tend to choose items from the same menu categories.

When you do decide to indulge, use the rule of one: One piece of chocolate. One piece of pie. One scoop of ice cream. Just after Halloween’s the perfect time to stock up on fun-size everything: It’s an easy way to keep your portions in check and stick to protocol.

If you cut buying junky foods of any kind out of your routine, over time your cravings will fade. Back in the day when I started my healthy eating adventure, if I was having a wicked craving for something sugary, I’d have to walk to the store to buy something – luckily, my disdain for exercise overpowered my cravings and the process worked like a charm.

I used to struggle with the whole chewing thing – I was always trying to finish eating as quickly as possible so I could get back to what I was doing (womp, womp). One of the ways I finally learned to enjoy eating was by putting down my utensils between bites. The process was so annoying I took longer and longer breaks between bites and finally tasted the food I was eating.

If you want your weight loss motivation to go south, don’t just eat in the kitchen: Eat in every part of your house so no matter what activity you’re doing, you’re triggered to start eating. Confine eating to your kitchen to help nix chronic cravings.

One of the primary ways I’d trick myself into exercising more was through inefficient cleaning practices: Instead of hauling every bag of garbage to the dumpster, I’d take one at a time. If it was time to declutter the coffee table (again), I’d put away one item at a time. It’s a simple way to get your heart rate up and technically, you’re multitasking (cha-ching!).

I’ve always sucked at exercise – it gives me PTSD flashbacks of elementary school gym class. To get over it, I started small by exercising during the commercial breaks of my favorite shows, which indirectly helped me eat healthier too – by not watching the commercials, I stopped wanting to lick the screen every time a fast food commercial came on.

Give prep-free, healthy snacks a front row seat in your kitchen. When you’re feeling famished and the first thing you see is a bowl of fruit, for example, you’ll be more likely to grab an apple and mosey on with your day.

Which weight loss motivation tips do you swear by?

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

3 DIY Christmas Centerpieces (Simple and Elegant in 10 Minutes Flat)

holiday centerpiece in tifanny blue photo

If you’re looking to put your best face forward with the holiday season, you may want to try one of these DIY Christmas centerpieces. Because while taste matters, presentation can be equally as important. Choose one of these simple and elegant Christmas centerpieces that come together in just a few minutes. Think minimal effort, minimal cost, and totally DIY.

cranberries and greenery photo

What You’ll Need:

Clear glass bowl vase, enough fresh cranberries to fill the vase depending on the size,
holly leaves, pine needle branches, white hydrangea blooms.

Method

1. Fill the vase almost to the brim with cranberries.

2. Arrange the holly leaves, pine needles, and hydrangea so they’re evenly distributed along the top of the vase.

holiday ornaments and wine glasses holiday centerpiece photo

What You’ll Need

Table runner that matches the color scheme of the holiday ball ornaments, holiday ball ornaments in various colors and sizes, tall clear glass vase, two wine glasses.

Method

1. Set table runner up on the table lengthwise.

2. Place the tall vase in the middle and the two wine glasses equidistant in either direction.

3. Fill the vase and two wine glasses with holiday ball ornaments.

What You’ll Need

Medium-sized rustic tin can, light green ball bead necklaces, faux reindeer antlers, holiday ball ornaments in light blue, tall white candle, holly or pine branches.

Method

1. Place tall candle in the tin can.

2. Fill in around the tin can with holly or pine branches.

3. Place reindeer antlers and decorate with holiday ball ornaments.

4. Drape beads from the tin can.

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Fast Food Mind Control: Two-Year-Old Kids Ask for McDonald’s Daily

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Fast food restaurant chain advertisements are targeting children as young as age 2 finds a recent study, and the children are not being encouraged to eat healthy foods.

The study found that at least 40 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 11 ask their parents to take them to McDonald’s weekly, and a startling 15 percent ask to go daily, according to CBS News, “In what is billed as the most comprehensive study of fast food nutrition and marketing ever conducted on the nation’s 12 largest fast food chains.”

The study researchers looked at the calories, fat, sugar, and sodium in more than 3,000 kids’ meal combinations and 2,781 menu items, says CBS. “They also looked at how the $4.2 billion spent on advertising by these companies in 2009.”

Conducted by The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, the study was released last month. “Out of 3,039 possible kids’ meal combinations, only 12 meet the researchers’ nutrition criteria for preschoolers. Only 15 meet nutrition criteria for older children. Teens ages 13-17 purchase 800-1,100 calories in an average fast food meal, roughly half of their recommended total daily calories,” reports CBS.

While many of the restaurants advertise having options for kids, the study found that most of the restaurants don’t offer the healthy dishes or beverages as the default. “For example, even though McDonald’s and Burger King show only healthy sides and beverages in child-targeted advertising, the restaurants automatically serve french fries with kids’ meals at least 86 percent of the time, and soft drinks at least 55 percent of the time,” CBS noted.

Keep in touch with Jill on Twitter @jillettinger

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

From Our Friends: December 6, 2013

From Our Friends: December 6, 2013

Welcome to this week’s installment of From Our Friends, a weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts, published by our friends and partners around the web. This week’s edition includes real advice from an up-and-coming young yoga guru, big news about a beloved A-list actress’ new gig sharing lifestyle inspiration from real women, herbal tea infusions to benefit expectant moms and their little ones, a look at 2013's feminist milestones, an easy way to contribute to our planet with your online purchases, a perfectly cozy chemical-free pajama brand to warm up your kiddos this holiday season, and a fun throwback workout to inspire 1980s nostalgia. Enjoy!

1. Rock on! Go behind the scenes with Experience Life and get a sneak peek at their feature of  ‘Punk Rock Yogi’ Sadie Nardini, which won’t be available in full until next spring!  The founder of  Sadie Nardini’s Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and author of  ”The 28-Day Yoga Body” sat down to talk life, death, depression, downward-facing dogs, macaroon recipes, and cultivating your “inner badass.” Savor these snippets until the full article comes out.

2. Tune in: goop blog lifestyle guru and actress Gwyneth Paltrow alongside her famous personal trainer Tracy Anderson are set to host a new healthy living web series, The Restart Project. Well + Good NYC says that  duo spends time with women who’ve “overcome hardship, injury, and setbacks to triumph in the face of adversity,” using health and fitness.

3. Botanical and herbal infusions can promote the prenatal health of both mother and child. Take a sip of these four herbal infusions for healthy pregnant moms, from Yogi Times.

4. From Wendy Davis’ now famous filibuster to cultural milestones like Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”, as the year draws to a close, EcoSalon reflected on 2013's most memorable moments in feminism, so far.  What has been your favorite feminist headline this year?

5. The Organic Whey wants to make a difference, and is proud to contribute 1% of its sales to 1% for the Planet. Look for their logo when you shop, and consider membership for your company!

6.  Ho-ho-hold it! Before Santa scoops up new jammies for your little ones this Christmas, learn about children’s organic cotton pajamas at MightyNest.  Created to give parents a social- and style-conscious kids’ sleepwear alternative, Skylar Luna combines superior comfort with contemporary design and the peace of mind provided by chemical-free, 100%-organic cotton.

7. Dude and dudettes, for a fun aerobics throwback, workout like it’s 1986 with Jane Fonda. BlissTree compiled this, like, totally rad set of old, but awesome, aerobics clips to give new meaning to ‘sweating to the oldies’.

You can follow Spencer on Twitter @SpencerKent

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11 Easy Habits That Will Change Your Life

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When you want to change your life it usually takes several (hundred) attempts. That’s because about 99 percent of what we do every day is automated by our subconscious. Unless you stick to a new habit long enough and transfer it from your conscious mind to your subconscious… well, let’s just say the outcome isn’t pretty. You won’t end up living in a van down by the river, but you’ll feel like just as big a failure.

I could tell you that in order to change your life you need to get up earlier. I could tell you to exercise more. I could even pull a Captain Obvious and tell you to eat healthier – but I won’t. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my epic fails in these departments, it’s that you need to change your smaller bad habits before you tackle the larger ones. Otherwise, they’ll sabotage your progress and your confidence will plummet… and you might seriously end up living in a van down by the river.

Automate the 11 habits below (don’t worry, they’re super easy), and you’ll have cleared enough debris to tackle larger changes with more energy and efficiency:

Email is one of the biggest time sucks we have to contend with. Change your email habits, change your life. If you check your email while standing, you’ll be less likely to get sidetracked – you know, because you’ll really really want to sit down. You’ll focus on your priorities and briskly move on with your day.

While this is a tiny habit, it’s amazing the impact it has on your well-being. When you focus on how tired you are, and talk about it, and then nod along to stories about how tired your friend is – well, it’s exhausting isn’t it? Yawn.

Answer the phone only when you’re expecting a call or if you legitimately have time to answer; the same goes for your texts and emails. When your concentration’s constantly broken, not only will your productivity suffer but so will your poor, tired brain (which will lead to more of #2).

If that doesn’t work, say you already have plans. If that doesn’t work, fake an illness. If that doesn’t work, completely ignore the 10,000 phone calls they’re making and the 53,000 texts they’re sending to try and change your mind. When it comes to taking control of how you spend your time, ignoring can be very good for the soul.

It’s important to stop talking about how you want to change your life, and, you know, start changing it. Make yourself a deal: For however many minutes you spend on learning about your goal, spend the same number practicing it.

One email address, one bank account, one credit card, one step at at time… you’ll be surprised how much simpler your day will become and how much energy you’ll have to spare.

Seriously, why do we always have time for what we don’t like, but never time for what we do? My only theory is that we’re taught to see work as dreadful drudgery, so any time we’re enjoying ourselves we feel as if we haven’t “earned” it. This is a load of crap. Take a page from every player you’ve ever dated and do a slow fade.

How are you supposed to make yourself a healthy breakfast when all that’s clean is one fork? There are very few things worse than waking up to clutter – it’s not how to start your day. If you want to change your life you have to dispose of yesterday’s leftovers (both figuratively and literally).

If your money disappears so fast you haven’t even deposited your check yet, use cash to run your errands. You’ll stop going over budget, which means you’ll stop pulling your hair out when it’s time to do your bookkeeping.

What’s the rush exactly? Perpetual restlessness might seem normal, but in the long-term can trigger a smorgasbord of serious health problems. When you’re trying to focus and your mind wanders, cut it off: Remind yourself to be mindful. Tell yourself you’re working on this one task and nothing else exists until it’s done. Period.

When you really, really, really don’t want to do something, tell yourself you’re only going to do it for five minutes. No big deal, right? This will get you started, and I guarantee you’ll keep going long past five minutes. This is a skill that will see you through every aspect of how you want to change your life.

Experts say it takes anywhere from 21 to 66 days to solidify a new habit. If thinking that far ahead gives you chest pains… well, then don’t. In the short-term, use the “instead of” technique: When you feel compelled to indulge in one of your bad habits, indulge in a good one instead.

Instead of watching television, crack open a book. Instead of going through the drive-thru, pick up a ready-made meal from the grocery store. Instead of putting off cleaning the bathroom, dive in – you know, before it becomes a bio hazard.

Before you know it, your conscious mind and subconscious will be getting along like the Goofy Gophers: “Indubitably!”

What daily habits are helping change your life?

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Artificial Fragrances are Poison: 99 Reasons to Stop Wearing Perfume

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We have a body odor problem in this country. But it’s not what you probably think. Yes, some of us stink pretty badly (thanks, Standard American Diet), but that’s not the problem. The issue is our relentless pursuit to cover up our body odor with artificial fragrances and perfumes.

Somewhere down the line we decided that detergents and chemicals smell more pleasant than our armpits. We traded in natural botanicals for hazardous materials. We let celebrities sell us perfumes because we think that’s what they must smell like all the time, and if we use their perfume, we’ll smell like a celebrity too.

While we’re now protected in most every public place from cigarette smoke’s hazardous effects, we have no protection against toxic fragrances. If you asked a flight attendant to reseat you because the person seated next to you reeked like Hannah Montana perfume, they’d smile apologetically. Yet fragrances pose serious health risks on par with cigarette smoke.

Think your Axe Body Spray is doing us all a favor? Think again. Here are 99 reasons to stop wearing artificial fragrances and perfumes.

A single perfumed product can contain thousands of fragrances.And none of them have to come from a natural botanical source.So can: laundry detergentAntiperspirantDeodorantShampooConditionerLotionSoapCandlesSkin care productsCleaning productsMakeupAnd feminine hygiene productsA self-regulated industry, manufacturers do not need to disclose these ingredients (they’re “trade secrets”).Fragrances contain phthalates.Phthalates have been linked to reproductive issuesEarly puberty in girlsOrgan damageBirth defectsImmune response issuesEndocrine disruption.Fragrances can cause headachesMood swingsDepressionAnxietyHyperactivityBrain fogAllergiesSore throatWatery eyesEczemaRashesCoughingAsthmaErratic blood pressureNauseaVomitingAbdominal painAnd cancer.According to Dr. Mercola, synthetic musk, which is widely used in fragrances, can contain several harmful chemicals including:XyleneKetoneHHCBHHCB-lactone (the oxidation product of HHCB)AHTNTonalideAnd galaxolide.Fragrances contain benzene.The American Cancer Society considers it a cancer risk.According to safe cosmetics, “one in every 50 people may suffer immune system damage from fragrance.”And “once sensitized to an ingredient, a person can remain so for a lifetime, enduring allergic reactions with every subsequent exposure.”Many fragrance ingredients are considered neurotoxins (damaging to the brain).Where there’s artificial fragrance, there are also parabens.Parabens can interfere with hormonal functions.They’re linked to cancer.And they may actually make your skin look older, faster.Dioxane is a common ingredient in detergents.Tests done on the popular Tide brand of detergent, showed that it contained 55 parts per million of dioxane.Levels as low as 5 to 10 parts per million have been shown to pose health risks.Dioxane even appears in some products labeled as “organic” or “natural.”Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), short for sodium lauryl ether sulfate, are common in fragranced products.More than 16,000 studies show that SLS in any form causes eye and skin irritation.And organ toxicityAnd neurotoxicityAnd developmental toxicityAnd reproductive issuesAnd endocrine disruptionAnd mutations…And cancer.NPE (nonylphenol ethoxylate) found in fragranced products has been linked to kidney damage.And liver damageAnd growth issuesAnd metabolic issuesAnd underdeveloped testiclesAnd low sperm count.Fragrance-containing products are often tested on rabbits.And miceAnd ratsAnd monkeysAnd cats.Our love for fragrances has an impact on the environment as well.Synthetic musk is accumulating in wild animals in toxic levels.Water filtration systems can’t remove some of the more toxic fragrance ingredients from our water supply.Some fragrances come from animals, taken in harmful ways.Amebergris comes from sperm whales.African Stone or Hyraceum comes from the hyrax (a very small, cute cousin to the elephant).Deer musk and civet cats are also exploited for their fragrance.Castoreum comes from the anal gland of a beaver.Fragrances don’t actually relieve your body odor problems anyway.They just mask it.Temporarily.Sometimes they just co-mingle with your body odor, making for very strange smells.Fragranced products cost you more money,While putting your health at risk.Fragranced products are often used to attract people, but the toxins can have the opposite effect…Repelling love interests.Making them feel sick. Literally.Even if they truly want to feel otherwise.

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Resources

http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=222

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/22/the-reckless-selfinterest-of-the-fragrance-industry.aspx

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/01/12/paraben-chemical-linked-to-breast-cancer_n_1202144.html

http://functionaldiagnosticnutrition.com/laundry-detergents-pose-serious-health-risks/

http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/fragrance-and-parfum/

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Friday, August 23, 2013

How Flower Exhibitions are Judged.




How Flower Exhibitions are Judged.



Unless you have real passion, participating in a FloralCompetition is about as exciting as golf, the thought occurred that knowing how the event is judged may lend some excitement and understanding to the first timer or laymen.  Now as to the competitive merits of flowers or plants upon which the judge’s decision and evaluation is based, it should be pointed out that they are about six in number, namely, (1) Form, (2) Color, (3) Size, (4) Condition, (5) Substance. And the (6th) in the case of some flowers fragrance is often considered of great importance. In addition to these areas there are also questions of uniformity, as well as setup or arrangement.


So that I’m clear as to what is meant by the conventions mentioned above, I will briefly define them below.


Form—Perfect form is that which most closely approximates the specific levels which the panel has in mind of a ideal specimen of the type of flower that is being judged. For example, a perfect Gladioli in form will have Balance, positive harmony in the arrangement of petals, along with both width of bloom and length of bloom, according to the class that it belongs to, and other discriminating characteristics.


Color—Particular flowers have distinctive colors, and any entry that doesn’t show true will be excluded by the judge.  The perfect color is defined as one which lasts for a long time without fading and which is rich and attractive rather than dull. Some red flowers in particular have a habit of fading out, very soon after they are full bloomed, to a very displeasing shade of magenta. It is necessary, therefore, that flowers which are too full bloomed should not be selected.


Size—As a rule, size indicates a certain amount of cultural skill and successful care on the part of the exhibitor. Size, however, in some cases may not be a desirable characteristic. This statement, however, may be truer in connection with fruits than with flowers. Large-sized flowers, other things being equal, stand a better chance of winning the prize. With fruits, the reverse may be the case, as those of large size may be too poor in quality.


Condition—Condition may be briefly described as relating to the vigor and freshness of the flower. It must not be too open and must be free from blemishes, which point has already been referred to.


Substance—Substance is very often an important quality in a flower. For instance, a Rose of good substance is always favored by a judge in preference to one which has thin petals and consequently becomes flabby and shapeless. The same remark is also true with regard to many others.


Fragrance—Fragrance is a point which the judge only considers in connection with certain fragrant kinds of flowers. For instance, fragrance would not be a point considered in Asters and Gladioli. It may, however, be of considerable importance in an exhibit of Roses.

Uniformity and setting up—Uniformity with flowers, as with fruits or vegetables, is something that no exhibitor can afford to overlook. He must in all cases choose specimens which are uniform in all respects. It is of little use for an exhibitor to think that by putting two or three abnormally large specimens in with the others, the exhibit will be benefited by so doing. On the contrary, the fact that the five or six

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Birds Complete the Art of Gardening


When I first thought about the "art of gardening", I was not a bird lover. We had planned a beautiful little garden with many flowers; a white Colonial gate and a garden seat were not forgotten in our strategies, but no idea had been given for providing convenience for the birds. The first period the garden was a failure-- it lacked appeal. It was real I had made some errors in mixes of flower plantings, but was this the genuine trouble? I unexpectedly recognized how few bird visitors pertained to the garden. Why not attempt to attract more?
One early morning a tiny Wren came so near me as I worked and sang so sweetly, I nearly thought he said, "Mistress of the Garden, why have not you offered a little house for me in this wonderful location?" It doesn't truly matter whether that was what he was trying to state. I purchased a Wren residence at when and named the little bird "Billy Wren." Both he and "Mrs. Billy" were delighted with their new house and later little Pete and Pet Wren kept their fond parents very, very hectic feeding them pests and teaching them the best ways to look after themselves in the big world beyond the garden. When these infant birds were strong enough to fly from the Elm tree to the yard gate, the entire family were off to the woods for their summer getaway.
Lonely, without a doubt, seemed the little garden, however the Mistress of the Garden knew in her heart that she would be a genuine bird lover for life. The most stunning garden would be desolate, certainly, without our bird buddies. A site visitor as soon as recommended my using painted birds on poles in my flower borders. Where were his eyes; couldn't he see the tiny Wren amongst the perennials fairly feasting on ants and the Robin near the bird bath ready to take his "morning plunge?" Exactly what need of painted artificial birds in my yard?
6 jolly little Goldfinches frequently pertained to the yard to consume the seed of the cornflowers; near by the lemon-yellow the Aphides; we must then discover a way of suppression by insecticides. Insecticides work just when of a nature to corrode or coat the body Hollyhocks were in bloom, and typically after eating their fill of the seeds the Goldfinches leaned on the ideas of these stalks of Hollyhocks. Painted birds, without a doubt! The tall flowers and the stakes used to sustain the plants were all the bird poles essential.
Among the most wonderful birds that visit my yard and bird-bath is the lovely Baltimore Oriole. Who can withstand his beauties? During the mating season his cheery whistle delights all bird lovers. Is he vain? I occasionally think so or why should he pick to sing from the Apple and Plum trees when they are a mass of bloom? The terrific contrast of his bright orange and black plumage amid the blossoms is a photo well worth keeping in mind.
Mr. Baltimore Oriole, Jr., came typically to bathe in our tiny pool. He was indeed a beautiful young bird, the very color of a Christmas orange. Did he understand how he had been hushed in a silk lined cradle? Potentially his devoted mom had told him how she concerned my Sweetpea trellis where I had hung pieces of string, ravelings and bright colored embroidery silk and carried these threads to the old Elm tree to weave into her hanging nest, while in a tree leading pear by her friend was "warbling his bliss.".
The ruby-throated Humming-bird is a genuine flower enthusiast, and he shows a marked choice for specific flowers. He opts to bestow his special attentions on the Delphiniums (Larkspur), Phlox and Gladioli in my garden and is often seen examining the sweet depths of the flowers. Although the tiniest of my bird visitors, the Humming-bird is among the most captivating bird guests. Various other birds whose presence thrills me every summer season in my yard are the Rosebreasted Grosbeak, Song Sparrow, Thrush and our ever welcome buddy Robin Redbreast. The fresh water in the bird bath attracts many birds that pertain to enjoy the pool and they jazz up the yard with their beauty and track.
Throughout the winter season months numerous birds discover shelter and protection in our yard hedges and bushes and near the feeding boxes one may typically see Flickers, Nuthatches and gorgeous Jays, making the garden a fascinating place, although the flowers and bulbs are asleep under a white blanket of snow. Children enjoy to view birds consume and bathe and are easily taught to never frighten or harm their bird friends. It is typically genuinely amazing the descriptions these dwarfs offer of birds they have actually seen.
Surely the garden enthusiast who "gets up prior to morning meal" and delights in the bird shows in the very early dawn has many remarkable experiences only made possible by this first blush bird study. Just a little effort for such a fantastic benefit. The kiss of the sun for pardon, the tune of the birds for mirth; One is nearer God's heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth." We think that all flower lovers must be bird enthusiasts too, and it is our want to have something on birds each month in future. Birds and flowers need to be associated in the minds of nature enthusiasts. Many people who enjoy flowers, fail to value the birds with their lack of understanding of their means and practices. Research the birds; their likes, dislikes, hopes, and fears; and you will easily become a bird enthusiast in an extremely short time.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Which is better Aquaponic Systems or Hydroponic


Hydroponic gardens are already strongly prominent among individuals of all ageds. Because you will require to supply the water with essential nutrients, which are most of the times chemical, the inclination of the crops is not rather the ones people anticipate. People trying to switch to organic items have a difficult time in dealing with the chemical additions from the hydroponically-grown veggies.

The aquaponic network is a mix between the aquaculture, as it requires increasing fish in an unique aquarium and hydroponics, as it entails expanding plants with water and nutrients. You will most likely question exactly what job the fish play in all this business. Well, points are fairly easy: the fish excrements contain ammonia which is later on broken down in nitrates and nitrites. The latter compound is benefic for the plants, offering them enough nutrients to grow and develop normally. Thus, there will certainly be no have to provide your plants with chemical substances as they will already have all the food they require.

This results in the a number of advantages that the aquaponic system has over the hydroponic one. The veggies will certainly have a better inclination as they will increase only with natural meals and at their own tranquility. This will certainly give them that delectable inclination you like so much in veggies. The system is easier, as you will certainly no much longer need to feed your plants each and every day. Simply see to it that your fish are in great shape and then let attributes take its program.

Last, however not least, with the aquaponic network you do not just grow vegetables, however you likewise have fish which you can easily make use of for decorative functions or you could incredibly well cook delectable meals for you and your household.

Aquaponics is a boosted model of the hydroponic system. The crops are better and the procedure is less complicated. Along with that you get to consume organic meals! Just what more can you want?

Landscaping a Flower Bed


Landscaping a flowerbed could make your entire garden look updated. It's effortless to do and all you need is a little planning, some manual work and a couple of things to make it all feasible. You don't need to pay major dollar to have an expert do it for you either; it's a job you may do over a weekend break or even in merely a day if you have the time. Don't enable the stunning garden jobs you've seen be daunting. You can acquire started with a few easy actions and ideal of all, you can be happy that you did it all on your own.

The form and size can and ought to compliment the appeal of your existing yard. You may select up publications with plans in them or simply get out a piece of paper and a pencil and draw it out on your own.

Make a budget plan. Landscaping could receive pricey once you begin accumulating the prices. You'll need to feature the expense of edging or stones to border your flowerbed, landscape fabric, flowers and/or plants, plant food and any sort of soil you could wish to include given that dirt that you purchase is richer in nutrients and fertilizers. If you do not currently have these) and any sort of irrigation that you include to the existing arrangement, you will additionally desire to keep in thoughts bonus such as gardening devices (.

Determine exactly what you prefer to place in it. You'll want to understand that you have the space and where in your garden you wish to include the flowerbed. Keep in mind that a good-sized flowerbed can easily be more pricey than you initially thought. Considering that mulch needs to go to the very least a few inches deep, you'll need many sacks to make certain the flowerbed is covered completely

As soon as you have things began, you'll desire to till the area to clear it of existing weeds, lawn or sand. When your location is unblocked, then include your new potting soil and mix thoroughly with the existing ground. This will certainly include the brand-new dirt in with just what you have existing currently.

As soon as you have the ground cleared and the potting soil added you would certainly then place out the placement you prefer the plants in. You do not grow them yet; this is simply an overview at this factor. Lay out the landscape fabric. As soon as you have the landscape material in position, reduced gaps where your positioned plants would certainly go and grow the plants.

Now you're checking out to add the edging and compost. You would certainly include the bordering first, putting it around the flowerbed and over the garden fabric to weight it down at the edges. As soon as you have actually done this you will now add fertilizer according to guidelines and position the mulch in to your bed, covering anywhere and making certain it's a few inches deep.

As soon as you have actually done every one of this, either spot your irrigation if you are establishing up a new system or go ahead and water the plants completely, enabling it soak the ground. If you are in a dry environment is to water for at least an hour, a great guideline of thumb. Since you have new plants with new fertilization, it's important to obtain the ground moist and great so your plants don't dry.

You'll need to feature the expense of edging or stones to border your flowerbed, landscape fabric, plants and/or blossoms, plant food and any dirt you could want to add since dirt that you purchase is richer in nutrients and plant foods. As soon as you have the ground unblocked and the potting dirt included you would certainly then lay out the placement you wish the plants in. As soon as you have the garden material in spot, lessened holes where your placed plants would go and plant the plants.

You would add the surrounding first, positioning it around the flowerbed and over the garden fabric to weight it down at the sides. Once you have done this you will certainly now include plant food according to directions and put the compost into your bed, covering all over and making certain it's a few inches deep.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Reasons Your Aquaponics System May Not Be Cycling


Creating the nitrogen pattern, in other words "cycling", very difficult, and in my experance the most flustrating, component of aquaponics, in part since the activity is all unnoticeable to the naked eye. We hope that the nitrifying germs are discovering our system,being fruitful and mulitplying, but the only way that we in any way know what is taking place, is through slight changes of color in an test set. And sometimes you can test constantly day in and day out (yes I speak from my pain!)with no change, it is very discouraging.


Over the past couple of years of managing customer calls about cycling we have actually developed a list of what to ask to help them identify the issue and cycle effectively. Ideally you will see the option to your very own cycling mystery someplace on this list.

Temperature-- During the colder months of the year, this is the primary problem we see, specifically with individuals who are cycling without fish. The ideal temperature level for germs recreation is between 77-86° F (25-30° C). At 64° F (18° C) their development rates is lowered by 50 %. This implies that the rate at which you cycle will be twice as long as it would be with warmer temperature levels.
That is basically an acid bath and there is no method that the nitrifying germs are going to colonize in that kind of environment. Bacteria really like a pH more detailed to 8.0. While this is too high for your plants to be delighted, throughout cycling the germs are the primary focus so targeting a greater pH than you will desire throughout the rest of your system's life makes sense.
Chlorine-- This chemical is included to community water supplies for sterilization (i.e., to kill the germs). If you do not currently have a dechlorinating filter on your incoming water supply you could get free of chlorine by simply holding the water in a different tank for a day or 2.
Chloramine-- While you can assume your city water supply has chlorine in it, chloramine is more unusual. The first is a double mechanical purification technique where you send the water with both a charcoal filter and a reverse osmosis filter. If you are utilizing the chemical method you ought to do this in a different holding storage tank prior to the water enters your aquaponics system.
Stop Including Ammonia-- The next issue we see only occurs throughout fish-less cycling, and the scenario unfolds as follows. You add sufficient ammonia to reach 4.0 ppm then you start testing your system every day. After a while the ammonia nitrites and vanishes show up. Good information! The problem begins, nevertheless, when you do not replenish the ammonia. Think of the ammonia as food that you set out to draw in the first set of nitrifying bacteria (nitrosomonas), and those germs come to the party bringing the food (nitrites) for the 2nd set of germs (nitrospira). The celebration is over and everyone goes home if the food runs out! You should keep up a stable supply of ammonia in the front end of the process to keep everybody gladly reproducing and colonizing your system. That steady supply can come either from an ammonia compound or from the addition of fish to your system.
Excessive Ammonia-- Some aquapons believe that ammonia levels higher than 6 ppm will actually slow down the cycling procedure. Some do not. I have no idea enough to form a strong opinion regardless, but I thought I would include it to the list of possibilities.
Sterilized Environment-- Occasionally we discover a system that is being begun in an indoor environment that is so shut off from outside air and a natural supply of nitrifying germs that it will never cycle by itself without the addition of purchased germs.
Absence of Oxygen-- Nitrifying bacteria are aerobic. Fluids at higher temperature levels have a harder time holding gas, so if you are heating your water to motivate germs growth be sure to pump up the oxygen.
Time-- Cycling is a natural process that we could certainly encourage by developing beneficial conditions, but after that Nature is on her own routine. You might be doing every little thing right, and the bacteria just require a bit more time.
You truly are cycled; you just have no idea it-- This is my favored, due to the fact that it is so simple to deal with and the consumer is normally delighted to discover that his problem was not actually a trouble at all! The instructions for your test kit should be followed to the letter. You will not get precise readings if you don't follow them. The Nitrate examination is without a doubt the most complex, and therefore the most likely to tell you that you do not have any nitrates when in reality you actually do. Do yourself a favor. Read and carefully follow the instructions!
Cycling an aquaponics system can be a trying time, but fortunately is that as soon as you are completely cycled, you can safely add fish and plants and will never should go with this once more!

We hope that the nitrifying bacteria are discovering our system, and then relocating in and reproducing, however the only way that we know what is taking place is through occasionally subtle modifications of color in a test kit test tube. While this is too high for your plants to be happy, throughout cycling the germs are the primary focus so targeting a higher pH than you will want during the rest of your system's life makes sense. Chlorine-- This chemical is included to municipal water materials for sterilization (i.e., to eliminate the germs). Think of the ammonia as meals that you set out to attract the first set of nitrifying germs (nitrosomonas), and those germs come to the party bringing the food (nitrites) for the 2nd set of germs (nitrospira). Liquids at greater temperatures have a more challenging time holding gas, so if you are warming your water to encourage bacteria development be sure to pump up the oxygen.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A introduction to Aquaponic gardens


This is one of the most common inquiries around individuals that initially learn concerning aquaponics. If you do not alter the water, nor tidy it by any means, exactly what accompanies the excrements fish leave behind? Well in order to answer to this question we should return to the extremely fundamental concept on which aquaponics count.

Aquaponics is a means of taking benefit of the connection which may be produced in between fish and plants. The objective is to keep them alive so that they poop and eat in a typical means, as the fish poop will certainly be utilized as food for the plants.

aquaponic gardeningThis complication is resolved normally, as the ammonia is disintegrated, in the existence of oxygen, in to nitrites and afterwards nitrates, which are benefic for the plants. When the quantity of nitrites reached the proper level, seeds are propagated in netting pots. From them plants increase and take in the nitrates, therefore leaving the water clean and fresh for the fish.

A full pattern uses up to 3 months, this is why it is recommended that the seeds will be circulated after 3 months from the purchase of the fish. Due to the fact that this is a continual pattern, there will certainly not be periods in which the plant will certainly not have enough products to expand, unless the fish are not in great problem. Hence, apart from the truth that you grow fish for your meals, you will certainly also require the fish poop to establish the aquaponic system as this is the beginning point of the entire company.

Great points begin definitely from easy things, as you can easily see! Therefore if you despised cleaning your fish storage tank, this aquaponic system will certainly handle your trouble and will provide you fresh, organic and healthy and balanced veggies for you and your family members. With numerous benefits, you need to actually provide it a try! It will be simpler compared to keeping only an aquarium in your home and will certainly be a lot more hassle-free!

Aquaponic gardens can easily give you great deals of fresh veggies and tasty fish, they are fantastic for any kind of house as well as for any type of aged and line of work you could have. However, they will certainly not take care of themselves! It is real that they require very little care, yet it is essential that you provide them those couple of moments a day every day in order to acquire great outcomes and keep the ranch creating for an extended period of time.

The significant procedure in aquaponics is aeration. Your fish will certainly be happy and your plants will certainly grow typically if the water is properly aerated. On the other hand, if the water is not properly oxygenized, then there are extremely couple of chances that your ranch will endure for more compared to a few days.

Of all, the liquefied air is essential for the fish to breathe. Also though the fish live under water they still need to breathe and simply like in instance of various other pets, they need oxygen to survive.
As this was not sufficient, the fish excrements are decayed and transformed from poisonous ammonia in to valuable nitrates in the existence of air. Thus, if the water is not effectively freshened the fish poop will certainly not be changed, the plants will have nothing to eat, while the fish will die fascinated with ammonia.

This is not an incredibly pleasurable perspective, isn't really it? This is why you will have to supervise the top quality of your water each day and have a back-up plan in case the power leaves and the air pumps will certainly no much longer have the ability to operate. This is the only way with which you can spare your aquaponic network and make it operate for a long period of time. Your plants and your fish will thanks for that!

From them plants increase and assimilate the nitrates, hence leaving the water fresh and tidy for the fish.
Therefore, apart from the truth that you expand fish for your dishes, you will additionally need the fish poop to specify the aquaponic network as this is the beginning point of the whole business.

Hence if you despised cleansing your fish tank, this aquaponic system will address your complication and will give you fresh, organic and healthy veggies for you and your household. Aquaponic gardens can easily offer you lots of fresh veggies and tasty fish, they are excellent for any kind of kind of home as well as for any type of age and occupation you might have. Hence, if the water is not properly freshened the fish poop will certainly not be improved, the plants will certainly have absolutely nothing to eat, while the fish will perish fascinated with ammonia.