Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Kitchen Gadget - I Can't Live Without It

If you are just starting to cook, or are moving in on your own, chances are, you don't have much in terms of cooking equipment. Here is what we recommend for you to get, as you are starting out. As times goes by, you will, of course, get more kitchen gadgets. 

But here are five that we recommend starting out with:

 - Chopping board. This is something very basic, as you can't chop anything without having a chopping board. It is very versatile, as you can chop pretty much anything on it - onions, potatoes, tomatoes, meat, herbs, etc.

Some people prefer to get separate chopping boards to meat, dairy items, vegetables, etc. Others get differently sized chopping boards, and use them depending on the volume of things they need to chop. Start out with one, and see what else you need.

- A knife. Again, this is very basic, but you will not be able to chop or cook anything without a knife. A good, sharp knife goes a long way to help you prepare food. You can go to some stores, and hold the knives in your hand, so that you know which one you are comfortable with.

- A big pot. You need a pot for pretty much anything - from boiling pastas to making soups to stewing to pretty much anything else. Some pots come with colander inserts, which makes it easier to cook pasta. Or, you may get a colander separately, and use that.

- A saute pan. We love saute pans, and use them all the time. Again, they are very versatile, and we recommend getting ones without wooden handles, so that you can put the saute in the oven as well.

Use the saute pan for preparing stir fries, sauteing meat and fish, cooking vegetables and much, much more.

- Roasting Pan. These are perfect for preparing things in the oven. From roast to roasted chicken to roasted vegetables, a roasted pan can help you cook your favorite dishes in the oven.

Don't be scared - cooking is fun. Start getting a few things that we recommended, and add to your collection of kitchen equipment as time goes.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Why Organic Food Is Better For You

You may have by now have heard about the organic food  where the organic food are healthier to consume.  There are people whom are not sure whether to switch to organic foods. If you are one of them, you may find  some reasons of why you should switch to organic foods.  One common question that people ask is , why organic foods are better?.

Here are the answer :-

Organic  foods are truly healthy. 

Organic  food could not be made by anyone.   Any companies that produce organic foods must be certified by the Quality Assurance International group (QAI) . Their produce must undergo rigorous tests and must meet a very high standards.  Those foods that passed the tests will be stamped with a Certified  Organic by QAI sticker or label.  Such certification  is  a proof to the quality  of the organic foods.

Organic Foods taste better.  

This will make you and other  eaters  prone to eat more organic foods , stick to it  and will start  fully an organic diet.  This will  improve your health.  Why I said that? Because  those vegetables and fruits are grown without the involvement of pesticides and other potential harmful chemicals.  Growing organic foods require green soil, thus  will likely produce better results and better  taste.

 It  is said that  organic foods can help  in lowering the risk of cancer.  While some pesticides that farmers use are considered safe,  it still has some risks and this include the risk of cancer.  Many are not aware of this which is at alarming stage. Although the weed killers and insect killers revealed many chemicals as shown by EPA which is considered dangerous, it is still being used in many foods especially vegetables and fruits that are sold until today.   But with organic foods , you  don’t have to worry  as it is not going through the same process as the above. That is why many claims that organic foods can reduce the chances of cancer.

Many of us are aware that  the benefits of organic foods  is about health and wellness, but what their concern is the cost.  Organic foods cost more than ordinary foods but it is worth the money.  Our health are priceless and we will spend more on medical expenses which is high when we are strike by serious sickness such as cancer.

Although the cost of  buying organic foods is high , we still can save our money by  using organic food coupons  or  search for organic food sales and  stock up  when there is sales. Organic food coupons can be found  in newspaper inserts on weekend or search from online.

You  may be  start thinking of moving  to organic foods since there are a number of benefits in it. Organic food is sold online and locally.  At local point, there will be a section selling organic foods  at your supermarket  or you can get it  at a special organic food stores.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

How To Success In Organic Gardening

If you have been long enough in doing research on growing organic garden, you must have by now much information with how things are done in the process. Despite that, you must still continue learning on the topic of organic gardens to enable you to venture into this successfully.

Keep updating yourself of how things are done . Mix with local gardeners in your area so that you can share any knowledge or information pertaining to organic gardening.

Organic gardening means the use of whatever natural resources and veer away with synthetic materials. Use only what can be found on the ground and the environment around you.

Take example in fertilizers, make your own compost. It is not easy as it will take a lot of effort and time. How to do it? Firstly, gather all dried leaves, certain animal manure, vegetables peel in a compost bag. Periodically attend to it by adding moisture once in a while and make sure you are doing it right.

Another method is all those materials need to be piled-up on the ground. All these pile up must be done at a space that you want to allocate the compost. Leave them there and let nature take it from there to turn it into compost materials. Then you can use it as fertilizers for your garden. Be careful as you need to select only those not infested with the pests. Otherwise, your garden will turn into problems.

As the second method is on open ground, you can regulate and control it. When this happen, there are elements that will be accommodated into the pile which could cause harmful to your garden.  If you want to use this method, make sure you check the compost very closely so that your garden will remain healthy and beauty.

Not all plants can grow well in any location. You have to be choosy in your plants. Check with local garden supplier what type of plants that can grow easily on your location. You must not choose what you like but it does not survive the ground’s condition . You will get frustrated.

Learn how about mulching. Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture and improve soil conditions. This has to be done periodically at your garden beds. Mulches will kill the growing seeds. You can also monitor easily any unnecessary pests and get rid of them. The temperatures of the soil can also be moderated. Mulching can prevent soil erosion.

It is an advantage if you can plant variety of the growing as it will attract many beneficial insects. These insects are the types that will attack the pests as their feeding . Thus your garden will be saved from pests.

In organic gardening, make friend with your plants, that is important. Get familiar with them and understand fully their do’s and don’ts. By doing this , you have the idea of what to do if your plant got into problem and no one to help you.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Garden

Gardening is an excellent way to grow beautiful flowers. Knowing which flowers should be planted when, and in what season they bloom, is important to ensure that your flowers grow. This article will give you tips about planting your flowers, so that you get the absolute best results for your garden.

Consider using weed-control cloth in your garden. Weeds cause a tremendous amount of work for any gardener. While the cloth is not the most attractive option, it does its job. If you place strips of the material in between the rows of your garden, it will keep out the vast majority of the weeds.

Use plants and accents with the colors of white and cream in your garden. Using these colors in your garden creates a luminous effect, reflecting much more light than other colors. In many ways, a white garden is more lovely at night than it is in the day. 

Plants featuring this color are fairly easy to place around other plants, as they combine nicely with both warm and cool colors. Good choices are nicotiana, which has a heavenly fragrance, white clematis, variegated hosta, baby's breath, shasta daisy, sweet alyssum and japanese anemone.

A great tip to consider in regards to gardening is the fact that only plants that are potted or in baskets will need to be watered on a daily basis during the hottest weather. The plants in soil will have access to moisture that takes a lot longer to dry out. This is important to avoid over and under watering.

Create a record journal for your garden. Keep track of when you planted your seeds, when they germinated, how many grow to full size, the yield, etc. You will have more knowledge about your plants and a good idea of how successful your methods are. Use this information for your next grow cycles.

Keep herb plants trimmed and bushy. By consistently pruning your herb plants you will create a shorter path for nutrients and allow the leaves to grow fuller and quicker. Keep the plants short through trimming as well and increase the density of the leaves. When at all possible do not allow the herbs to flower.

As stated in the beginning of the article, gardening is an excellent way to grow beautiful flowers. There are many variables when choosing which flowers to plant and when. Planting your flowers at the right time is crucial for your garden to look its best. Apply the tips from this article and you will be extremely pleased with your beautiful garden when it blooms.


Monday, 28 March 2016

Help For Gardening That Anyone Can Use

If you're looking to infuse your home with some lovely natural beauty, there's no better way than to start your own home garden! Gardening is also a great way to relieve stress and make your life happier. Read on for some tips on how to get the most out of your home garden!

To save money on seeds, only use a small portion of the packet. In most cases, only a pinch of seeds are necessary, and seeds can easily be stored for the following year. You can also try splitting seed packets with your neighbors and friends. This is a great way to garden on a budget.

If you have a garden pond, grow water lilies. Many people are under the impression that water lilies are very hard to grow, but it's the exact opposite! The roots of the plant embed themselves in the mud at the bottom of a pond. From these roots grows a thick root stock, which is topped with the leaves and flowers that you see on the surface of the pond.

You can also plant the water lily in a special pond basket. Simply line the basket with hessian to prevent the soil from falling through, and fill with ordinary garden soil. Rest the plant on top of the soil, and place in your pond. The only requirement for beautiful flowers is a sunny position.

Give your plants an appropriate amount of water to optimize growth and plant health. Different varieties of plants require varying amounts of water so you cannot water your entire garden at the same rate. Instead, determine how often each type of plant needs water and how much before planning your watering schedule.

A great tip to consider in regards to gardening is the fact that picking flowers off of your annuals can actually be beneficial to your plants. This is important to know because when you do this, it will actually train your annual plants to produce flowers on a greater frequency.

Make sure your garden will get sun before planting the seeds. Plants love the sun and will grow better when exposed to it. If it is not too much trouble, consider moving your garden to another area to get the maximum amount of sunshine. This way your plants will grow bigger.

Gardening, as you know from the introduction, is the best way to put your house in touch with the beauty and tranquility of nature. Try these tips for making your own garden and watch as your yard becomes a natural wonderland of tranquility and beauty. Start your garden today!


Monday, 21 March 2016

Rose Gardening In Spring - Its A Must

Gardening is one of  the  ‘a must activity’ when spring approaches and leaving the winter behind. This is the time where we take the opportunity to start gardening and complete it as soon as possible due to its weather not too cold and not too hot.

One of  the popular flower gardening is the  growing of roses. But when to start ? If you live in an area where spring  appear in March , then you can start rose gardening early. But if there is still icy rain and snow, then you have to wait for your turn until the spring arrive.

Rose gardening is best started  during early spring where you have enough time to see the beautiful buds sprouting almost every day.

Here, I have gathered for  you some tips on what you need to do   to grow your roses  :-

If your roses has been covered with dirt or mulch,  you have to remove those dirt or mulch gently to allow those bushes expose to the spring sun and rains that will come each days and nights.

Cut  back those dead and damaged canes that does not survive during the winter and it should be done before you start  your spring pruning activities.  All those debris and residue, if any should be cleared   from around the bushes too.

Add some organic compounds to the soil to nurture your plants .  You have the alternative to it ,either  get a pre-packed organics from any garden supplier  or  you can prepare it using your own recipe using  composted manure or  mushroom compost .

The soil may become too compacted during  the winter and you can know this when there is standing water after watering  your plant .  Use a spade or hoe to loosen the soil.  Roses require a well-drained soil to better growing.  Once those soil preparation is completed, then  you can plant any new additions at your garden if any.

It is time to start your fungicide spraying. You can start it immediately or  you can wait an average 14 days after  you complete your pruning.

It is recommended to rotate  spraying with different fungicides throughout the year so that  no fungi become immune to any one anti-fungi product.

Avoid using pesticides unless you can see any damages to the trees . Watch for aphids which normally appear  during spring  . Just hit them with a blast of water to remove them  or  apply insecticide in a mister to those affected areas.

Your roses need to be feed just like you feel hungry  after  few hours  of  sleeping.   It need to be feed now and every other  week throughout the remaining growing season   after  it long winter hibernation.

You can feed them with  a balanced fertilizer comprised of  Phosphates, Nitrogen and Potash. Nitrogen will stimulate the growth of  leaves and canes and  increasing the size of bushes.  Phosphate help in the growing of roots, canes and stems and does  expedite the flowering process.  Potash  support  the production of top quality blooms and improving drought and  disease resistance of the plant.

That it, your rose gardening is completed for spring and now you should start to think how to preserve it  in this coming summer as it is not that   far behind.

Rose Garden

Friday, 18 March 2016

How To Make Your Spring Gardening Successful

Spring season has come . Gone are the blustery , bleak and cold and replace with warm  and sunny days .

This means that it is the right time for gardening or  more specific spring gardening but you have not yet started or prepared for it. What should you do and where to start.

It is a fund and relaxing activities for spring gardening and more so if it  is done correctly. I would like  to share with you some simple tips so that you can make the most out of  it.

Go to the garage and look  for all the required tools for gardening.  Those tools such as shovels, hoes and pruning shears  , get it sharpened to a fine edge.

As for the lawnmower  that is kept in the garage needs to be sharpened , it make take time while you need to start as early as possible.  Maybe you want to consider to buy a second, well-sharpened blade lawnmower , at least you has a spare at home. Mower blade must be sharp as dull blades can spoil your grass and allow disease to creep in and thus can cost you in the long run to correct it .  Sharp mower blade can make your lawn beautiful.

Thinking to put in a new lawn or plant bed ? Make a soil testing first to determine whether the soil is suitable for  the growing.  Soil testing will tell you what type of fertilizers and soil conditioners are required   so that your  yard looks  beautiful.

If you want to make your yard better more into shape, why not try engage landscaping professionals but you must  get it early.. If you delay the call , chances are you will be putting on a waiting list.

Anything to be done with gardening has to be early.  It is the same goes to buying sod if you plan to put in a new lawn. Choose only moist rolls.  Anything with dry roots or yellow turf are not  good. The early you search for sod, the better quality that you can get.

Keep and update any record of what you are doing  for your gardening. With this you can know what  is the success and what is the failure.

Further  you can look back at all those small details  on your gardening for next year as you cannot remember all the details of it.

An important step not to forget is to throw away any outdated chemicals.  You can refer  to the label attached to  the chemical packs.  If it is still valid , keep it far from the reach of children and pets.

Tiling the soil where you plan to start  the gardening. This is important to ensure that there is no ice crystals . The soil must be easily crumble if you hold it in a handfuls.

Finally,  you must not forget to prune your garden . For some plants , the flowers that will come up next year have set within 10 days of the end of a bloom , thus timing is very important.

Well, if you already know what to do and start early  you will find that spring gardening is a relaxing and pleasure activity.


Spring Gardening