Friday, December 4, 2015

Sustainable Organic Vegetable Gardening With Organic Matter (part 2 of 2)

You can also seed the green manure in the fall and then turn it under with a plow or a large tiller in the early spring. That way, you can use your garden normally while at the same time building up the soil.

Annual ryegrass is a good example for green manuring and covering. THIs should be seeded 1 to 2 feet per 1,000 square feet. If this is not available, you can use seed rye or wheat and place it 3 to 4 feet per 1,000 square feet. This helps prevent weeds from growing and in order for this to be effective, wait at least 2 weeks before you start planting.

Sewage sludge is also a good source of organic matter. There are two types namely digested sludge and dried activated sludge.

The first is relatively low quality. It contains from 1 to 3 percent of nitrogen and should only be applied during the fall. But you should be careful when you use it because it sometimes contain metal ions that are not good to use on vegetable gardens.

The second which is the dried activated sludge has been separated from coarse solids, inoculated with microorganisms and aerated. This is better than the other one because it is filtered, dried in kilns and screened. It contains 5 to 6 percent of nitrogen and 5 to 7 pounds can cover an area of 100 square feet.

Take note that these two types are different from raw sewage. That being said, never use that to garden any soil.

Sustainable organic vegetable gardening can only happen with organic matter. Now that you know this, choose from manure, compost or sludge.

Sustainable Organic Vegetable Gardening With Organic Matter (part 1 of 2)

Sustainable organic vegetable gardening can only happen if people know how to use and prepare organic matter.

This is because it improves the soil and prevents it from compacting and crusting. It increases the water’s holding ability so earthworms and other microorganisms can aerate the soil and it slows down erosion and in later stages of decay so that organic matter is able to release nitrogen and other nutrients which help the crops grow.

Such a technique is old but is now making a come back because the conventional method of using synthetic materials like fertilizer and pesticides have ruined the soil and depleted it or organic matter so this cannot be used for replanting.

So where do we get this organic matter? Believe it or not, the best form of organic matter comes from animal manure. The fresher the better because you can apply this directly to the soil but this should only be done in the fall and plowed down to give it adequate time for sufficient breakdown and ammonia to release before the planting season begins.

If you don’t have access to fresh animal manure, you can use the dried version that is being sold in nurseries and garden stores.

For those who don’t to use manure, you can use compost instead. This can be made from lawn clippings, leaves, food waste and other plant materials. It is cheap but its nutrient content is very low.

There is another kind of manure better known as green manure You don’t use any waste by animals here but rather growing a cover crop in your garden and then plowing it under so you are adding organic matter to the soil. The best way to maximize this is for you not to use the garden for one season.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mineral Makeup Pros and Cons (part 2 of 2)

Another good this about mineral makeup, is that you can wear it for almost 8 hours while you are on the pool.  It is water resistant.  You do not have to worry about having your makeup smudging or leaking throughout the day.  Manufacturer would even claim that you can go to bed with your makeup on and wake up the next day with the makeup still intact.


There are two sides of a coin, they say.   Unfortunately, with mineral makeup, there are limited choices.  Since they use natural colourings, there are limited options specially, for dark skinned women.

Another downside is that, there are ingredients that can still have harmful effects.  Remember that our bodies react differently on different minerals. So eve if several women claim that they do not form any allergic reaction to the mineral makeup’s components, you should still be cautious since your body may react differently.  Some minerals which are getting complaints are the bismuth oxychoride and mica.  They claim, that there sometimes it becomes itchy and that the face turns red.  They say that this happens during hot climate.

Mineral makeup’s ability to be water resistant can be both beneficial and detrimental.  Because it is water resistant, taking it off would take much time and effort than regular makeup.

Since mineral makeup is also in loose powder form, application can be messier than regular makeup especially for those who are not yet familiar on how to use one.  And also, it is not really travel friendly because of its loose form.

If you are interested in taking a healthier path, then definitely mineral makeup is the best for you.  Some women find that it is appealing but are very much concerned on the application process and technique.  There are different ways on how learn the application, there are websites and people who can help you out.

Mineral Makeup Pros and Cons (part 1 of 2)

Women are getting excited over the new cosmetic trend, mineral makeup.  Actually this is not a anew trend, these cosmetic discovery has been used centuries ago by ancient women.  Cleopatra used this kind of makeup to accentuate her beauty during her time.

Why are there much hype over mineral makeup?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of makeup?


The list is long.  But let’s start with the fact that mineral makeup is free from additives like chemicals and preservatives.  This kind of makeup comes from natural minerals which are sterilized and pulverized, they are mixed with inorganic colourings.

Since it is chemical free, the skin pore can breathe freely.  Chemical based cosmetics tend to block the pores causing certain skin problems like acne, skin’s dryness, rosacea and other problems.  With pores blocked, what happens is that bacteria are encouraged to grow on the skin leading to skin disorders.

Mineral makeup contain ingredients that improves the skin. There are minerals which primarily protects the skin against the dangerous ultraviolet rays from the sum.  There are also some minerals which are naturally anti-inflammatory, like zinc and magnesium.

Aside from this, with traditional makeup, some women with oily faces end up with oilier ones.  Since traditional makeup can be very oily because of its components, the face tends to double the oiliness sometimes.  But with mineral makeup, there are no oils used in the process creating a glossy but not oily finish.

Women are choosing mineral makeup over traditional ones because of the glow they put into your skin.  Since there are also minerals which helps in hydrating the skin, the face looks more radiant and has a healthy glow.  The wrinkles and other fine lines seem to disappear.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Pacific Perfection: The Great Kauai Beaches (part 2 of 2)

Donkey Beach is located in East Kauai featuring a combination of rocks, sand and trees. Donkey Beach was named after the common practice of letting donkeys and burros haul sugar cane in nearby fields and plantations. This is a beautiful open beach where you can enjoy snorkeling, picnicking and walking. There are no lifeguards, facilities and restrooms however. Visitors should be cautious about swimming during high tide since waves breaking on ledges and drop offs are unpredictable.

Ha’ean Beach on Highway 560, Northa Kauai is another open beach and is a favorite among surfers. There is a beach and park area with picnic tables, showers and restrooms. Swimming is not recommended however because of deep drop offs.

Beach Safety Guidelines

For amateur surfers and swimmers, it is recommended to swim only at beaches featuring lifeguards and located only a few miles from the nearest health center. Always inform lifeguards and other companions before going into the water and ask for swimming tips and areas of concern. Watch out for warning signs and follow rules. Daily and seasonal changes occur which can make some beaches particularly dangerous depending on the current weather, tide or time of the year.

Waves come in sets and there can be as much as a 20-minute break in between dangerous ones. Stay away from coastal rocks and boulders since strong waves can easily thrash people. Ask how long from the shoreline the drop offs are. Accidents can happen off the water as well so be careful when treading on sand, grass and rocks. It is advised to go with a rip current instead of fighting back.

Call for help immediately and conserve energy. Ask a partner to go with you when doing water activities and if you do not have full information about a certain Kauai beach or body of water, never go out.

Pacific Perfection: The Great Kauai Beaches (part 1 of 2)

If you’re looking for serenity, excitement or adventure, Kauai beaches are the perfect places to be. Almost half of the island’s coastline is made of both open and commercial beaches featuring an array of beautiful plants and animals on land, air and water. Some of these sites have unique characteristics which are why it is important to be on the lookout constantly and understand some navigation and safety tips.

Finding the Best Beach

The oldest and northernmost island of Hawaii measures around 552 square miles on an almost perfect circle form. It is about 33 miles wide and 25 miles long at its furthest points and only 3% of the land is residentially and commercially used. People generally reside along the coastal points leaving the interior part pristine and conserved. Expect temperature to be around 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit although these tend to rise during the summer and drop during late afternoon and evening.

Cool breezes come from the northeast trade winds while the ocean temperature ranges anywhere from 68 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain showers are common early in the morning and at night over the mountain ranges.

Anini Beach on Anini Road in North Shore Kauai is one of the safest and most protected sites along the northern part of Kauai. Hawaii’s longest reef runs the whole length of Anini Beach. You will find luxurious Kauai vacation homes at different key points featuring captivating views of the coast and ocean.

One side of the beach only has 4 feet of water that slowly cascades to more than a 100 feet on the opposite end. You can enjoy several activities like snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving and swimming. There are campsites as well along shady Kamani trees complete with showers and restrooms.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Scrap Booking after Kids Birthday Party (part 2 of 2)

Although, scrap booking is a nice activity, parents must make sure that they teach their kids the basic of arts and crafts so no materials will be wasted. Parents should also:

• see the inclination of their children. It is important to consider the interest of the child in the craft. If your child is one of those who are into arts and into collecting mementos to create another work of art. Then she or he is the perfect candidate for the activity because she/he already has the drive and the creativity to create another masterpiece. But if your child is not yet interested with crafts and arts, it doesn’t mean he/she cannot indulge into scrapbooking. In fact, this is the perfect time to introduce him/her into a new world of exciting and enjoyable activity.

• consider the availability of space. Since scrap booking can be a messy activity, it is a must to have a space large enough for kids to do the activity. Since scrapbooking requires a lot of materials, you will need a space big enough for them to sprawl and to scatter the materials they will use for making the scrapbook. It is advisable that you provide a space where kids can do their scrapbook and a place where they can leave their stuff.

• know the amount of materials your child will need. Since you are about to teach the basics of scrap booking for a kids birthday party, you will need the materials which you can find in the four walls of your house.

Here’s a quick list of the materials and supplies your kid needs: paper or scrapbook paper, pens and colored pencils, photos, scrapbooking die-cuts and cut-outs, scrapbooking tools such as punchers, scissors, rulers, stamps, adhesives and removers, stickers of different designs, templates, embellishments such as eyelets, brads, nails and tacks, colored and specialty papers, and scrapbook apparels such as scrapbook kits for starters.