Friday, December 4, 2015

Information You Should Know About Organic Vegetable Gardening (part 2 of 2)

The soil where the vegetables were grown and harvested may not be ready to plant the same crops so maintain its fertility, farmers are also encouraged to rotate their crops.

To make sure that farmers who practice organic vegetable gardening are doing it right, the Department of Agriculture together with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture or IFOAM that has been in operation since 1972 sees to it that certain standards are in place.

Some people will argue that organic farming is not able to produce the same amount of yields as compared to those who use fertilizers and pesticides. This is true however, in times of drought, these crops are still able to survive because there is still enough water underground. This means farmers will still be able to harvest and there is a steady supply of goods in the market.

It is expected that the demand for organic vegetables will grow in the future. This is as more people become of food safety issues and how this affects the environment.

You can do your share by trying organic vegetable gardening in your backyard. The things you need are very affordable. You just need to practice what farmers do in the fields.

In fact, such information can now be found in books and online so do some research and put this into practice. It is fun and rewarding to see that what you worked on for weeks is now being served on your dinner table.

Back then, you have to remember that there were only a few skilled jobs and one of them was being a farmer.

Information You Should Know About Organic Vegetable Gardening (part 1 of 2)

Organic food products are the trend these days after studies have shown that the age old practice of using fertilizers and pesticides happen to be harmful to our health. This means that we have to change our approach and try something else.

The concept of organic vegetable farming is not new given that ancient civilizations have been doing it for years. We somehow forgot that thinking that modern science could help us produce better crops.

But if we go back to the basics, we realize that the resources need to make this work is right before our eyes.

First is the soil. Although 2/3 of the Earth is made up of water, the remainder is what we use for infrastructure while a certain percentage of that is devoted to agriculture.

The second thing you need is water. The ancients used an efficient irrigation system so that water from the rivers would go to the land they planted on. These days, we have the technology to divert water to these areas using pipes. When it has not rained for a long time, we are able to make artificial rain.

Third is sunlight. We may not control its movement but if we are able to plant our crops in an area that has sufficient exposure to the sun, whatever we plant will grow.

But between the period of putting the seeds in the ground and before these are harvested, farmers have to be on their guard. The crops are threatened by insects. This is why people are advised to use other insects, birds and toads.

Organically made fertilizers also come to play here and some examples of them include the application of compost, manure and cover cropping.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

How to Choose Mineral Makeup Lipstick and Lip Liner Then Apply It (part 2 of 2)

As for the lip liner, choose one that is a shade darker than your lipstick. Be sure that this is in the same color family.

Now let us talk about how to apply this on your lips. Before you do it, make sure you have already placed the make up on because this is usually the last thing to work on.

When you are ready, dab a small amount of lip balm or petroleum jelly first to give your lips to give it a little moisture.

Draw a thin line along the edge of your lips using the lip liner. Start at the center of your upper lip and then work your way outward. Hug the outer edges to open up the thin lips and then line well within the edges to downplay excessively full lips.

Unlike other mineral makeup products, you don’t need any brushes to put on lipstick. You simply turn it to one side so it will go up and then coat the lips evenly while making sure you stay within the lip’s edges. Some people can’t do that so if you go over the edge, remove it using some tissue paper.

Putting on lipstick and lip liner in the morning is easy but you have to do this several times a day especially after eating or drinking because the color will transfer to anything you came in contact with.

So you still look good after a meal or meeting someone, head first to the bathroom and fix yourself up by taking out your mineral makeup products out of your bag and working on yourself in front of the mirror.

How to Choose Mineral Makeup Lipstick and Lip Liner Then Apply It (part 1 of 2)

Every woman uses lipstick. If you want to go all natural, you also have to buy mineral makeup lipstick as a finishing touch.

To do that, you have to buy the right color of mineral makeup lipstick that complements the natural shade of your lips and skin.

Plums, wines and deep reds are great for those who have a dark skin tone while light-brown beiges with pink or orange undertones complement women who have a lighter skin tone. If you have olive skin, try getting lipstick in brownish reds, light browns and raisin shades.

If you wear heavy makeup often, choose lipstick that is light. If you are using soft makeup, then get something darker to make it stand out.

Lipstick unlike other makeup products should be applied several times a day. If you go to work, choose to use colors that are light in the morning such as cream and matte while using dark colors that are high gloss during the evening.

When you are at the store, be patient when you choose the mineral makeup lipstick color. Since you are already there, it will be a good idea to try out different shades on your lips and if possible, do this where there is natural light to see how this will look with your overall complexion.

While you are there, you can even create your own shade by combining a few colors. The sales assistant won’t mix up a batch and let you bring it home. To do that, you have to apply one color on your lips first and then add another by blending with the brush on your lips.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Going Green: Featuring the Magnificent Kauai Gardens (part 2 of 2)

Allerton Garden is a landscaped estate location presenting special collections of Polynesian herbal plants, coffee varieties, breadfruit cultivars, native Hawaiian plants, palms and erythrinas. Guided tours last 2.5 hours including a 15-minute tram ride and an easy walk for 1 mile. The Kauai garden is open for tours from Monday to Saturday. It is recommended to bring walking shoes, mosquito repellent and hats.

The McBryde Garden has some research and conservation collections as well as a laboratory where experts continue to study the various benefits of different native Hawaiian plants. The garden is located at Lawai Valley offering self-guided tours lasting 1.5 hours including a 15-minute tram ride plus a moderate walk for 1 mile. The garden is open from Monday to Saturday and visitors are advised to bring walking shoes, mosquito repellent, hats and bottled water.

Other Great Gardens of Kauai

Smith’s Tropical Paradise features 30 acres of fruits, flowers and other native Hawaiian vegetation in the Wailua River Valley plus a captivating backdrop of fish-filled lagoons. Kukuiolono Park is found on Papalina Road, Kalaheo on the grounds of the Kukuiolono Public Golf Course. The park is just adjacent to the golf course featuring Hawaiian legend stones, panoramic views of valleys, peaks, rainforests and the coast and a mini Japanese Garden. The place is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with no entrance fee.

Na ’Aina Kai Botanical Gardens is located at Wailapa Road, Kilauea which is a 240-acre Kauai garden containing unique garden scenes, water features, hardwood plantation, beach and over 90 bronze statues. You also get to see the beautiful orchid collection and miniature ahupua’a.

Tours are available from Tuesday through Friday all-year-round. Moir Gardens at Poipu is found on the grounds of the Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation which used to be the estate of Hawaii’s first sugar plantation manager. Moir Gardens publicly opened in 1954 showcasing orchids, water lily ponds, cactus and succulents.

Going Green: Featuring the Magnificent Kauai Gardens (part 1 of 2)

Kauai is called the "Garden Isle" because of its vast tropical treasures and plant life. You get to see some very rare flora in different spots of the island as well as the most important ones in famous parks and tended gardens. 3 of the 5 national botanical gardens are actually located in the island containing indigenous and ancient vegetation dating back since its earliest days. Here are the best Kauai gardens.

The National Tropical Botanical Gardens

The 3 national tropical botanical gardens are namely Limahuli Garden & Preserve, Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden. Limahuli Garden & Preserve features about 1,000 acres of gardens in the Limahuli Valley on the north shore of the island. Allerton Garden features over 100 acres of oceanfront gardens in the Lawai Valley on the south shore of the island. McBryde Garden several endangered Hawaiian plant and animal species.

Limahuli Garden & Preserve is open all week from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except on Monday and Saturday. You get to see the high peaks created by thousands of years of rain and wind.

A guided tour for 2 to 2.5 hours or a self-guided tour for 1 to 1.5 hours will take you through 17 acres of garden and rainforest showing the natural beauty and riches of Kauai. Taro continues to thrive on very old lava rock terraces. Some native plants in the Kauai garden were actually brought by Polynesian explorers thousands of years ago. It is ideal to bring walking shoes, mosquito repellent and hat or umbrella.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Kid's Birthday Party Planning Basics (part 2 of 2)

Parents can let their child choose a theme that he or she wants for the party. This might include using the child's favorite color or even the kid's favorite cartoon character or superhero. This will help make the birthday party become more personal.

Once a theme for the birthday party has been decided upon by the parents and the birthday celebrant, all the other aspects may now be considered. First off, there is the venue for the party to decide upon. Then there is the menu that may need to fit into the appetites of the guests. And there are also invitations to send out. There are quite a lot of other things still to consider in planning for a kid's birthday party. This is the reason why it may take quite some weeks of preparation and planning prior to the actual date.

There are still other things to consider besides those mentioned above. There is the case of finding the right party host for the program. There are also party games which might also require some careful planning. Just by looking at what is required when planning for a kid's birthday party, many parents would consider it as a tough job.

But it’s the least they could do to make their child feel special on his or her special occasion that comes only once every year.