Friday, December 4, 2015

What Is Organic Vegetable Gardening (part 2 of 2)

Planting the seeds for your organic vegetable gardening is the second phase of this operation. The challenging part is making sure nothing happens to it until the time comes that this will be harvested.

Your vegetables may be under attack by pests, weeds and other animals. To prevent this from happening, you need to get a bird, a toad and even other insects to eat them. For weeds, the only thing you can do is pull these one by one from the ground. As for other animals, putting up fences and using animal hair, baby powder or deodorant soaps seems to be a good deterrent.  

Mulch is another solution. This can be made from chipped barks, garden compost, leaf moulds and manure. It must be applied at 3 to 4 inches or 8 to 10 cm from the ground in order for it to be effective.

Some organically grown vegetables can also be done indoors. Take for example that tomato that can be grown using an organic container made out of clay, plastic or wood. Just don’t forget to give it some water daily and sunlight so it can grow.

You can place the containers outside during the day and if the weather is too cold, bring them indoors and put them somewhere else like in the western or southern windows of your home.  

One more thing you have to remember about growing organic vegetables in such containers is not to use soil but rather a mixture of peat, perlite and vermiculite.

Organic vegetable gardening is challenging but it pays off when you are able to reap what you sow. This means additional savings and maybe even a small business if you want to sell whatever excess you have in the market.

What Is Organic Vegetable Gardening (part 1 of 2)

Vegetables should be part of everyone’s diet. If you don’t want to spend a little bit more for those organically grown and sold in the supermarket, perhaps you should consider planting your own in the garden. It is very easy to do that even your kids can join in the fun.

Organic vegetable gardening is the “in thing” these days as people have realized that the use of fertilizers and pesticides do more harm than good. Yes it will make the vegetables bigger or enable the farmer to harvest them faster but the chemicals used in making this happen could be detrimental to the health of those who eat it.

But since the early farmers never did that and relied only on sunlight and irrigation, this concept is making a comeback. These will also enable you to this at home since you have access to the three most basic things namely soil, water and sunlight.

What kind of organic vegetables can you plant? Well, just about everything. Some examples of these include broccoli, cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes and a lot more. You just have to know which of them can be planted during the different seasons of the year.

Proper drainage is important for your vegetables. If there isn’t, you can check if it is feasible to grow these using a raise bed.

When you have done your research, you can now buy the seeds from the store. These are usually sold in packets so don’t forget to read the instructions before using them.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What’s the Hype with Mineral Makeup? (part 2 of 2)

Another thing with mineral makeup is that it tends to be more convenient for some women.  Mineral foundations can also be used  as concealer, powder and sunscreen.  Aside from these,  because of the component of the makeup it is water- resistant.  You can go ahead and swim in the pool for 80 minutes and still find your makeup intact.

Mineral makeup users claim that when they are using mineral cosmetics, the skin looked younger, firmer and flawless.  This kind of makeup is said to relieve the skin of the effect of the use of traditional cosmetics.  These minerals claim to put the glow back to the skin.

One of the skin problems among women are wrinkles.  Wrinkles can be attributed to sun and overexposure to it.  Mineral makeup is able to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.  The good thing is that mineral cosmetics do not use chemicals to do protect the skin.  Chemical use could cause more skin problems in the future.

Mineral makeup has been both applauded by women and at the same tie receive criticisms from some experts.  Some experts say that the hype with mineral makeup is really unnecessary.  Since some of the minerals like titanium oxide has long been used for sunscreen.  As a matter of fact,  mineral makeup has been introduced in 1970s, but it is only noticed now.

The trend that people are looking for healthier alternative is pushing mineral makeup on top of the cosmetic list.  With people putting more attention to their health and welfare, they are becoming more conscious on choices they make with what they eat and what they put into their body.  This trend is making it possible for people to live healthy and wisely.

What’s the Hype with Mineral Makeup? (part 1 of 2)

Make-up has long been used by women to make their faces beautiful.  These last few years, mineral makeup has been much popular since there has been increasing concern if the makeup being used were chemical and preservative free.

Mineral makeup is not just used currently, its history can be traced back as far as 2,500 year ago.  Egyptian women has used malachite and galena as eye makeup and eye protection against the sun’s harmful and reflective rays from the desert.  Until now, North African and Indian women still used mineral makeup

As the name itself describes, mineral based makeup uses the various mineral elements from the earth.  Most commonly used minerals would be zinc oxide, iron oxides, titanium dioxide and bismuth oxychloride. Zinc oxide are can be found in ointments that are used ease irritation like diaper rash.  Titanium oxide, meanwhile, is present in sunscreens.   Another good thing on mineral makeup is that they are inert.  Since they are inert, bacteria is not encouraged to grow which happens in conventional makeup.

Mineral particles which compose the mineral makeup are large enough so that it would not penetrate the pores and cause damage to the skin and the pores.  But these makeup also have some vitamins and antioxidants as their component. They tend to get into the skin, so some women generate some reaction (mostly allergies) to these.  So when choosing makeup, mineral or otherwise, you should always consider this.

With mineral makeup, the chemicals and preservatives used in traditional makeup is not present.  To come up or achieve the color desired, inorganic materials are used.  So there are no artificial colouring or preservatives present in mineral makeup.   For example, mineral makeup removes talc which sometimes cause irritation.  Preservatives and talc may “suffocate the skin” and eventually cause acne, eczema and rosacea.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Walk Back Through Time: Spotting Kauai Museums (part 2 of 2)

Hoopulapula Haraguchi Mill is locatd at Hanalei at the north shore of Kauai. The Kauai museum is the lone rice mill left in Hawaii found inside a National Wildlife Refuge at Hanalei Valley. The place is usually not open to the public although you can occasionally have the opportunity to know more about Hawaii’s agriculture and cultural lifestyle dating back 130 years ago. You can also witness some rare wildlife species like native waterbirds and the various ways to grow and use taro, a Polynesian crop.

Other Fascinating Museums

Kauai Children’s Discovery Museum is located at the Kauai Village Shopping Center in Kapa’a and is the ideal educational experience for kids and the entire family. This place offers kids and parents to enjoy various activities and stories. The lessons are very hands-on and particularly focus on letting children understand Kauai’s unique and interesting background.

Kokee Natural History Museum is located at Kokee State Park at Kekaha and is also recommended for big groups and families. The museum promotes and sparks interest about the island’s natural history, wonders as well as the entire Hawaiian archipelago. Seminars, workshops and events are held occasionally. Shops are available as well.

Waioli Mission House Museum is located at Hanalei on the north shore of the island. The Kauai museum used to be a missionary house built in 1837 and restored in 1921. You will find historic furnishings, native plants and trees and traditional Hawaiian horticulture in the old structure.

Guided tours are available with no admission fees required. West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center is at Kaumualili Highway, Waimea provides a modern approach to educating tourists about the many facets of the island and its people. Multimedia presentations, guided walking tours and other state-of-the-art facilities are available.

Walk Back Through Time: Spotting Kauai Museums (part 1 of 2)

If you want to discover the different events and legends that occured in the past 2000 years of Kauai’s existence, there are still many proofs and hints available to this day. Kauai museums hold several architectural treasures, artifacts and other evidences of the various important happenings in Hawaiian past as well as showcase how ancient villagers and tribes used to live in this vast tropical paradise.

Agricultural History

Kauai actually has a very rampant agricultural lifestyle. Early Polynesian explorers brought many unique plants and herbs that are still existent today. Several farmers and workers used to tend plantations and fields with products such as corn, sugarcane, coconut, rice and a variety of fruits and vegetables. The Faye Museum at Kaumualili Highway, Waimea is a single-room location at Waimea Plantation Cottages that contain exhibits and pictures of H.P. Faye, a pioneer sugar planter at West Kauai.

The Norwegian immigrant arrived in 1880 and began a small plantation at Mana which established Kakaha Sugar and Kokee Ditch Systems. Two more generations followed and continued to manage the plantation. You get to see the intricate drainage canals that serve the big swamps of Mana. Admission is free.

Grove Farm Museum at Lihue is that oldest intact sugar plantation in Hawaii. It was originally acquired by George Wilcox in 1864, the son of missionary educators. You will see some original structures and furnishings that were used from 1864 to 1978. Guided tours are available by reservation plus a $10 requested donation for adults and a $5 donation for children ages 5 to 12 years old.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Brother Knitting Machines (part 2 of 2)

This problem is taken care in the electronic version of the brother knitting machine. An electronic machine can produce patterns with one stitch to around 200 stitches. This is the total number of needles in a standard-gauge machine. Hence we can say that the machine produces knitted projects which are as wide as the total number of needles. If you buy a bulky version of the machine then you can produce a piece that is about 144 stitches wide.

The brother knitting machines can be used to produce patterns and pieces of various stitches without any extra efforts. The fairisle pattern, single or multicolored tuck stitch, slip or skip pattern and so on can be easily done on this machine. You can even use laces like the drop lace, thread lace, normal lace or a fine lace to create exquisite patterns. The laces used to decorate your knitted piece can be knitted into your piece using this machine.

The brother knitting machine can also be used to weave, and knit reversible patterns. The machine can be affixed with external attachments like ribber attachments, which is used to undertake jacquard knitting. This type of knitting is similar to fairisle knitting but without any floats.

The electronic brother knitting machine can be used to create patterns that are uploaded on the web. By using a personal computer you can easily scan patterns, download patterns and then use them for your knitting projects. The machine has an optional garter carriage which can be used to knit and purl in the same row.

If you use a single bed machine then you are free to do your other work while the machine knits for you. The automatic version uses one color yarn at a time; this accessory is only available with the standard gauge machines.

The brother kitting machine also has optional extra accessories like ribber attachments, four color changer, garter bar and so. But when ever buying a machine always buy it from original distributors to get the high quality machines.

Hence by using these knitting machines you can easily create master pieces, to be gifted to your loved ones or to start your own household business.