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Hydroponics Gardening, an Effortless Gardening

Hydroponics Gardening, an Effortless Gardening

Effortless Hydroponics Gardening!

When I first heard about it, could not believe or accept this. How can the plants survive without the Soil or water or sunlight? Is there any magic formula? If that could be possible then every one grows their favorite fruit or flower tree in their house interiors. But, then Hydroponics gardening has proved us that it can be done.

What is meant by Hydroponics? Well! Hydroponics simply says that the plants can be grown without the necessity of soil. The Plants will be grown with nutrients. Plants need nutrients for its survival & growth not soil. These hydroponics nutrients are nothing but small quantities of magnesium, potassium, calcium, sulfur, iron; copper & zinc which are tonic to the plants & no requirement of soil. The roots of the plants are dipped in nutrient solution rich in minerals or having a mixture of mineral wool, gravel or perlite. One will be truly amazed after seeing this process & will be keen to try the same in their homes.

Then we may ask ourselves this question, is the soil having no purpose in the hydroponics gardening? Of course it has. The Soil is used to provide strength to the roots as the plants grows. In fact, in natural gardening also the plants use the soil to strengthen their roots & search for nutrients & water. A considerable amount time goes there in the search for those nutrients. This search is not there in hydroponics gardening since the nutrients are first fed to the plants & this makes the growing fasted then the normal gardening process. The roots in hydroponics plants also grow faster as they get ample supply of oxygen unlike in the normal horticulture process where the roots get lesser supply since they remain in soil.

Do we require Hydroponics gardening?

So, the question comes do we require Hydroponics gardening?

Well, then I would say Yes.

* Today, most of the countries or in far off places there is huge water scarcity or lesser water, in such places the hydroponics gardening is a boon to those people for growing fruits or vegetables.

* They only need to provide the plants with the required nutrients & nothing else. So, no more cultivation or those long labor hours spent in those dry farm lands.

* Also it’s a benefit for those people living in rocky or dessert lands where this is very economic way to get the produce.

The above reason has hold good that hydroponics gardening is benefit in water scarcity areas.

The next advantage is for all those garden lovers who would love have their favorite rose plant or a small vegetable garden of their but are not able to have it due to lack of space etc.Today, cities are more crowded & lack space. The people leaving in houses mostly lack garden space. Well, with Hydroponics Gardening they need not worry.

* One can place their desired plants in few pots that are stuffed with the nutrients & can place or hang them in their house interiors.

* If one may have the doubt that Plants require sunlight & how can these plants grow in the interiors where sunlight is not reached. Well! No problem, the light emitted from those tube lights is enough for these plants.

So, go ahead & grow your favorite vegetable or fruit in the house tops or the window boxes of your houses.

The practice of hydroponics gardening

Today, the practice of hydroponics gardening has been rapid with positive results obtained in several global countries & experts have also mentioned that is has several advantages over the conventional method of gardening.

* Another advantage of the hydroponics gardening is the crops or plants being freed from diseases. Soil is the gateway to allow many diseases or insects damaging the plants. In the normal horticulture process, the farmers have to spray or mix pesticides to kill the diseases.

* This process is not only costly but also kills the natural taste of the fruits or vegetables. Imagine having the feeling & taste of chlorine or magnesium in your mouth when you have a bite of the fruits grown here.

* As soil is not required in hydroponics gardening, the plants are free from getting attacked with such diseases.

* The other advantage is no water logging in case of this. Water logging leads to rotting to plants & this is mostly found in the agricultural lands when there is excess of rain or water flow.

So, vegetables or fruits grown by the process of hydroponics gardening are fresh, reliable & healthy. The gardening process is very simple, easy & clean. One need not take a larger space & is also requires minimum care & effort.

Garden Games Are Great Fun

Garden Games Are Great Fun

Have you ever wondered why your kids spend so much time indoors, even when the weather’s great and it seems like it would be perfect to be outdoors? Just why is it that they play computer games rather than getting some fresh air?

These are questions that bemuse many parents. They also have some serious consequences. Although it may seem harmless to think that your children love to spend so much time playing video games, do you feel that they are getting enough exercise?

The amount of physical activity that most kids take part in has been falling over the past few years. Technological developments have often been part of this – there are now so many types of entertainment that simply don’t involve much movement.

Unfortunately, it’s reached the point where this new reality has become a problem for many children. Childhood obesity has been on the rise, as have the associated health effects.

This is very worrying and it’s no wonder that many parents have become extremely concerned. The thought of our kids having major health problems as a result of their young lifestyles is extremely worrying.

If you want to make sure that you give them the best start in life then it’s obviously important that you emphasise how vital it is for them to exercise regularly. They may try telling you that exercise is boring.

It’s up to you to show them that physical activities can actually be far more fun that sitting indoors playing computer games. By showing them how much enjoyment can be had you’ll also be encouraging them to take more exercise.

They’ll soon realise, with your help, that playing games in the garden or outdoors can be fantastic fun. After all, would could be better than flying a kite, clambering up a climbing frame or using a slide?

Children take less convincing than you might realise. Take the opportunity to help them have a healthier lifestyle.

Handcrafted Baby Name Necklaces Vs Machine Stamped Necklaces

Handcrafted Baby Name Necklaces Vs Machine Stamped Necklaces

There is a mystique about artisans; specially gifted people who are able to communicate beauty, tenderness, values, love, trust, and compassion through their hands and into the precious metals, gems, wood, raw material with which they work. Handcrafted Baby name necklaces share that special quality of drawing upon the depth of the hearts of the maker, the giver, and the wearer. My art teacher used to tell me he could not judge someone else’s message, but he could share the inspiration and guide the techniques used.

Artisan vs Machine

Handcrafted Baby Name jewelry allows you to guide the artisan to produce the message that you want to share, whereas with machines that will do what you say, they do not have any heart and inspiration to draw on to add to the depth of your feelings and add their own connectedness. Machines do great jobs; we as a society rely on them for cars, juice, milk, houses, and all the basics in our life. However, once we start relying on them to create a loving message, maybe we better start looking at what we are plugged into.

Handcrafted Baby Name Necklaces

These necklaces are made for gifts and talismans of love and affection for either the new baby in your family, the entire family membership, or even special occasions celebrated. Usually made in either silver or gold to allow the engraving of names and dates, these necklaces can be handed down from generation to generation as valuable family keepsakes. A popular trend is to add birth month crystals or gems as colorful and unique accents. Because that is another of the virtues of handcrafted, artisan workmanship; just as you are unique and special, there is no one else like you, so is each piece of jewelry that is created.

Triple Tiny Charms Necklace in Silver

Handcrafted baby name necklaces can be big or small, luxurious or simple, elegant or adorable. The Mom’s Name Charm Necklace is a lovely sterling silver charm that is as small as a dime and attached to a sterling silver chain made by an artist with a name. Holly, who puts all her love and spirit into the creation of the jewelry, textures each charm by a hammering process that gives a subtle rippling effect. Then, she engraves the name, word, and or dates that you have given her onto the face and reverse of the charm in her own elegant script, attaches the birth month Swarovski Crystal that you chose, and secures it to the chain. She does this as many times as names, charms, and crystals that you desire.

All Gold Name Charm Necklaces

For the mother who loves gold, and radiates the warmth and beauty of the sun, handcrafted baby name necklaces in gold are the perfect choice. The same artisan, Holly, will create for you as beautiful a charm necklace in gold as she did in silver, and as unique. Each touch of the hammer and each curve of the letter is accomplished with your message in mind. The gift of the handcrafted baby name necklaces is in the spirit of creation as much as the necklace itself.

Just Add Encouragement

Just Add Encouragement

Encouragement to children is like water and sun to a plant. It helps them grow healthy and strong. When you encourage your child you plant the seed of “worth.” You are letting that child know that he/she is important and what they say and do matter to you. Children thrive on positive attention. Children need to feel loved and appreciated.

Just being out in everyday situations I notice so many parents giving negative feedback and in some cases the children were just ignored. You should really examine the methods in which you respond to your child. If you have been lacking in the encouragement area because you are busy you should pick a time of the day (even if it’s 5 minutes) and just sit down and talk to them. Just see what they have been up to, give hugs, tickle them!

Set your phone each day and make sure that you are giving your kids that positive attention. Practice saying encouraging things to people inside and outside the home. You’ll be surprised how quick it becomes second nature to you. It’s always nice to give people encouraging uplifting words. It shows that you have good character and respect. Your children will follow when you lead by example.

As a Christian I read my kids scripture and we attend church every week to hear words of encouragement and uplifting messages written in the word of God. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life and I can’t think of anything more encouraging than sharing His truth with my kids.

Making a point to encourage your kids starting from infancy can make all the difference in their self esteem, social development, curricular involvement and overall feeling of self worth. Being aware of your tone of voice when you speak is a big part of how your kids feel about themselves and their actions. Try not to sound rushed, annoyed or too loud when you talk back to your children. Listen to their questions and concerns and respond in loving, caring manner.

While occasional yelling won’t damage a child for life it should be avoided at all costs. Practice lowering your voice when you get aggravated and be aware of yourself and the things you say. Parents who constantly yell at their children are subjecting their children to emotional abuse and its damaging. Parents need to find ways of expressing themselves in a more positive, upbeat manner if children are to grow emotionally healthy and stable.

Time For Outdoor Play

Time For Outdoor Play

We all want the best for our children but it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly what is the best and how we can go about achieving it. There’s been a lot of talk in the media about childhood health problems, with a particular concentration of commentary on the issue of obesity.

Childhood obesity has undoubtedly become a real cause for concern. Levels have been steadily rising in recent years and experts have been looking at exactly why this is the case. Most of the evidence points to changing lifestyles.

The rise in junk food consumption and a reduction in exercise have clearly not helped. You may have your own techniques for restricting your child’s consumption of junk food, but in this article we take a look at the other side of the equation.

If you’d like to encourage your children to get more exercise then how can you go about doing so? Many of their favourite types of entertainment may involve relatively little movement. They may, for example, enjoy watching the television and playing computer games.

Convincing them to give up these activities may not be easy. Your best approach will probably be to try and cut down the amount of time that they spend on them, rather than removing them completely.

But what alternatives might you introduce? It’s important that you show your children that exercise doesn’t have to be boring – introduce toys and games that are fun for them and will also help them to be more active.

The key is to show your kids that playing active games can actually be at least as much fun as video games and the like.

Introducing them to more varieties of outdoor play is likely to be central to your aims. Outdoor games will often involve more movement and more exercise as a result.

You might, for instance, want to get them playing on a trampoline or making use of a climbing frame. The message that you’ll want to get across is that they can enjoy themselves by spending more time outdoors.

Make them see the benefits of playing outside and they will reap the rewards.

Children Benefit From Garden Games

Children Benefit From Garden Games

Helping our children to get the perfect start in life is a vital role for all of us as parents. It’s also one of the most difficult tasks that we will ever face as human beings.

It can often be tough to know exactly what’s the best course of action. We may find ourselves wondering how we can ensure that we give them the great start that we like. Everything thing that we say or do will have a possible impact.

This seems all the more important when we put it in the context of some recent studies. A range of experts have shown that child obesity levels, for example, have been rising. What do they see as being the reasons behind such a rise?

It largely comes down to a mixture of healthy eating and exercise. You might be wondering whether your own children eat as healthily as they could do. Are they, for instance, consuming more junk food than they should be doing?

You may also be considering their levels of exercise. Many children seem to spend more time playing computer games and watching television than they do spending time outdoors taking part in more active pursuits. If this sounds familiar then you may want to think about trying to change habits.

The reality is that many kids don’t like the thought of playing outdoors. They prefer to be playing video games. So how can you go about getting them to exercise more.

The answer may be that they don’t know enough about how much fun it can be to get out in the garden, especially on a warm day in the summer sunshine. By showing them how much fun can be had, you can help to change their views.

In order to do this you might want to add some extra toys or games to your garden collection. Aim for activities that are enjoyable and also encourage exercise, such as trampolines, slides and swings.

By ensuring that your children spend plenty of time playing in the garden you can help them to get off to a better start in lifestyle.

Don’t let a lack of exercise cause problems for your kids.

Which Greenhouse is Best?

Which Greenhouse is Best?

After much thought you have come to the conclusion that a greenhouse will be of great benefit to you.

You have overcome the question of costs and the negative thoughts and disadvantages with the positive goals that can be gained from owning a greenhouse.

A greenhouse will allow you to grow those exotic flowers you’ve seen in magazines, and grow plants which are normally limited to warmer climates; a whole range of possibilities can be realized when you own a greenhouse. The burning questions now are what type of greenhouse do you want, remember to make sure it doesn’t look out of place, where will you locate it, and most importantly, what do you want to grow in it?

So let’s look at some of the alternatives on offer, and how well they satisfy your needs.

One of the choices is an attached greenhouse which is joined to your house preferably on a sunny wall. You should check the building regulations in your locality and determine whether a building permit is required.

Its a good idea to have a door leading off the main residence into the greenhouse. You can just walk into your new inside garden regardless of the weather and it would be easier to extend the amenities of your home, such as lighting and heating, to accommodate your greenhouse. This extension to your home doubles up as a place of relaxation where you can experiment with seeds, cuttings, propagation etc. without actually leaving your house.

Another type to consider would be the freestanding greenhouse, probably the most common type available. This needs to be located to take advantage of the sunlight. They come in many shapes and sizes and the only restrictions are your budget and the available space. Remember that if you need heating and electricity you should take into account the extra costs involved.

Greenhouse kits are readily available for the do it yourself minded persons and can reduce the initial expense. If you can enlist the help of a couple of friends, you will find that you will end up with a good sturdy greenhouse which will give you a whole range of options regarding size, shape and uses. If you have no help and can’t manage by yourself then consider hiring a contractor.

Put some thought into what you want to do in your greenhouse? If you only need to raise seeds and store plants in a frost free environment, just a basic greenhouse which has been positioned correctly and insulated will serve this purpose.

Now if you’re looking to relocate houseplants and tender perennials over the winter months, just invest in some lamps which will keep the coldest nights up around 50 degrees F for peace of mind.

But what if you want to grow those exotic tropical plants which need temperatures maintained at 70 degrees F? Now you’re looking at getting specialist equipment to maintain this temperature. There are a variety of ways to achieve this – using electricity, gas, solar or a number of other alternatives that will cater for even the meanest budget. Investigate thoroughly the one that will suit your situation.

Owning and working in a well thought out greenhouse will give you many hours of enjoyment in an environment that you can control and you will see great results with your plants and seedlings.

Rule #4 – If You Think Your Teacher is Tough, Wait Until You Get a Boss

Rule #4 - "If You Think Your Teacher is Tough, Wait Until You Get a Boss"

Recently my 11 year old daughter Brooke brought home a list of rules offered to her by her best friend, Julia. Now, I have no idea where these rules originated and if memory serves me correctly, I’ve probably seen these rules as a forwarded email at least once or twice. But as I read them, I realized I really like most of them and I wished that all parents would agree and adopt these rules.

Rule #4 is this: “If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss”.

This is one of my most favorite rules. School systems vary from place to place and in my rural community, our teachers and administrators are some of the best. However, we do have those teachers that allow students to go an entire 9 week grading period without completing any assignments. Just before grades are due, the teacher allows the students to complete and submit all assignments. No penalties, no consequences and the student gets an “A”.

Adults know that is not indicative of the real world. If your supervisor asks for a report, changes are he/she will not be waiting for 9 weeks. If that is the case, then consequences such as disciplinary action or termination will surely occur.

I speak from experience. My 8th grade daughter recently brought home a progress report and a list of missing assignments that was causing her less than favorable grade in a particular class. Over that weekend, Teacher Mom insisted that all assignments get completed. She turned them in on Monday and her barely “C” went to an “A”…the teacher sent a note home telling me how proud she was of my daughter’s efforts.

My daughter thought all was well, but I was not as easy to please as her teacher. Together we went through her planner of upcoming assignments and scheduled time to ensure completion of each of them prior to the due date. My daughter still thinks I was over reacting. I think the teacher should have higher standards and insist that due dates be honored.

I have a contract position with an agency in the next town over. I am in their office 2 days a week and work remotely for a few additional hours each week as well. I can assure you that if the Executive Director needs something from me, she calls or emails me and expects an immediate response, whether it’s my assigned day or not.

Teachers should be helping parents by preparing students for the real world, where deadlines are adhered to and extra time is not a given, but rather the exception for true emergencies.

Garden Play is Good For Kids

Garden Play is Good For Kids

Do you encourage your children to spend time playing outdoors? It’s something to think about as playing in the garden can be great exercise for your kids.

The important of childhood exercise has been highlighted in a number of recent reports. It seems that our children simply aren’t getting enough exercise as they should be doing. This may seem like a minor concern but it could actually have some rather large consequences.

One potential problem is that our children could become obese. This is now an issue for more and more kids. As well as leaving them liable to teasing at school, it also throws up some very serious issues.

Obese children face the prospect of far more health problems in young life. Unfortunately, the problems don’t stop there. Bad habits that are picked up at a young age may well continue into adult life. That could mean ongoing health issues.

So if your kids aren’t getting enough exercise then it may be worth asking yourself whether you really are giving them the best start in life.

Fortunately, this is something that can be resolved fairly easily. If your kids spend too much time sat indoors playing video games or watching television shows then it’s important that you convince them how much fun it can be to have more exercise.

This doesn’t mean that you have to send them out cross country running! Outdoor play could be a good solution. Some parents worry about the safety of their children outside of the home.

This is an understandable concern and a good solution could be to introduce a number of toys and games into the safe environment of your own garden.

If those games are fun then your kids will soon want to spend more and more time outdoors.

That’s great news – you’ll be helping them to be healthy and also be happy because they’re enjoying themselves!

When Looking For the Best Baby Shower Gift, Choose a Diaper Cake

When Looking For the Best Baby Shower Gift, Choose a Diaper Cake

Nothing compares to the very moment a couple hears that they would be expecting a baby soon. And then again, the feeling of holding the baby in their arms for the first time is another unforgettable moment. Giving birth is a very special event indeed, but the celebration does not have to wait till the baby arrives. Baby showers are made for all friends and family to get together and share the same excitement of getting to have an additional part of the family soon.

Baby showers are usually marked with gift giving. Friends and family gather to present gifts such as baby diaper cakes to the parents-to-be. However, finding the right gift can sometimes be confusing since there are a lot of options to choose from. There is always the question whether this or that is the right gift, if it would fit the need, or if the receivers would appreciate it. Once you decide to go to gift shops to help you decide, you would again be faced with shelves packed with different ideas. If only you can afford to buy the entire shop, you would definitely do so. However, practical as you are, you would want to find the best baby shower gift that would serve the purpose: help the parents provide for the baby’s need somehow.

My Diaper Cakes have the best deal to offer when it comes to baby shower gifts. A very interesting gift can actually come in the plainest and simplest form: diapers. These diapers are rolled up to a jelly roll form and are designed with beautiful decors in the form of flowers, baby toys, and ribbons. They are wrapped in white tulle and are held together with the help of a satin bow or diaper pins. They can come in different sizes, designs, colors, and forms. You can choose a three tiered cake that is made up of at most a hundred diapers or a smaller tier which is composed of about forty diapers.

Great ideas can also come out of diaper cakes. If you want more practicality, you can ask the cake to be made of different samples of top of the line disposable diaper brands. This would help the new mom to decide which brand is best for her baby. And then again, you can also wrap feeding bottles, small baby toys, and others together with the diapers. This way, your gift would include a variety of baby supplies.

Baby diaper cakes are not only meant for baby shower parties. You can offer it as a gift when visiting the hospital or the home once the baby arrives. You would see that it is more practical than bringing a bouquet of flowers with you. Bridal showers are also a great time to offer such cakes. You will definitely add a whole lot of fun to the party plus the excitement it brings when the thought of having a baby soon sinks in. Your gift would surely be worth years of memory. It would be treasured and will never be forgotten.