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Egg Shells for Plant Nutrition

Egg shells contains calcium and is essential for cell growth in all plants, especially fast growing plants needs calcium because they deplete the surrounding soil. Before you put egg shells in the soil, wash them and crush them. Whole shells brakes down very slow. You can:

– Dig a hole in the ground, put egg shells in and cover. Especially good for plants in pots. This way you also avoid bugs around the pot.

– Put egg shells in the bottom of plant pots

- Lay egg shells in the soil near the plant

– Lay egg shells in a circle on the ground surface around the plants stems to deter useful slugs and cutworms, but attract useful bugs.

Especially for tomatoes calcium is very useful, because it will help prevent blossom end rot.

So do not throw away the egg shells. You can save them by the stove for couple of days until next gardening.

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Foods High in Vitamine A

Vitamine A is very important for several reasons; skin health, red blood cell production, regulate genes, immune system, but mostly for good eye sight. Lack of vitamin A can lead to blindness and cause hairloss.

Vitamine A you find in many daily foods like:

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Carrotts

100 grams of carrotts provides you with 334% of daily value and are great raw as cooked. Eating alot of carrotts improves your vision and are also a great source of Vitamin B, C, K, fiber and magnesium.

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Cantaloupes

Cantaloupe and other yellow and orange melons have high amounts of Vitamin A and provides you with 68% of daily value. Cantaloupe is a great snack just as it is, in salads and in deserts.

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Iceberg Lettuce

One cup of iceberg lettuce provides you with 10% of daily value. Iceberg is low fat and works great in salads or just as it is as a crispy snack. Contains also many minerals and is the  most eaten lettuce.

Dark and colorful lettuce contains higher amounts of Vitamin A, up to 150% daily value.

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Tomatoes

Even is tomato is a fruit, most people sees it as a vegetable. One single tomato provides you with 30% of daily value. Tomatoes are great raw and cooked, and are also a great source of Vitamin C and lycopene.

Other Vitamine A rich foods, DV = Daily Value:

° Sweet Potatoes – 438% DV

° Mango – 36% DV

° Butternut Squash – 457% DV

° Dried Basil – 15% DV

° Sweet Peppers – 69% DV

° Kale, Peas, Dried Apricots, Peaches, Spinach, Whole Milk, Papaya, natural Oatmeal,

– Daily Value is compared to 2000 calorie daily intake. –

 

Sources: bembu.com, wikipedia, healthaliciousness.com, eatthis.com, fitday.com

Jasmine to avoid mosquitoes

Put jasmine flowers by the bed to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes at night.

If the climate in your area allows, plant some jasmine bushes by your home. Grows well also in pots. Gives also a nice natural fragrance and are beautiful to look at.

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Health Benefits of Watermelon

Watermelon has become a top fruit on high-lycopene foods, and that is especially important for your cardiovascular and bone health. The amino acid citrulline improve blood flow and cardiovascular health. A cup of watermelon contains about 250 millligrams of citrulline. Contains high amounts of potassium, which cleans the kidneys and other body organs, and reduces concentration of uric acid in the blood, also thanks to its high water contain that causes frequent urinating. The anti oxidants beta carotene, vitamin-C and Lutein and Zeaxanthin will protect your eyes. The beta carotene has remarkable anti oxidants and anti aging properties, and potassium prevents heart attack.

Watermelon is a good supplemet for diabetics as it contains almost no calories. Rich in vitamins and minerals such as potassium and magnesium it helps functioning of insulin in the body and lowers the blood sugar level.

Other benefits: Prevents cancer, lowers blood pressure, repairs damaged issues

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Many think it is the read area that contains most beneficial nutirients, but the flesh from the center, the stem end, the blossom end and the part nearest to the rind has very high concentrations of antioxidants, flavonoids, lycopene, and vitamin C in all of these different areas. Water melon seeds are rich in good fats and proteins.

In general watermelon is very high in nutrients and a good source for recommended daily intake.  Best is to consume fully ripen, more red the higher concentration of lycopene and beta carotene . The lycopene is a great inhibitor of many inflammatory processes and anti-oxidants. Watermelon contains so many different phytonutrients, key vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber that your health is going to be improved by any watermelon variety that you choose.

When cut, consume in 2-3 days.

Nutrients, % of daily value (source whfoods.com):

° Vitamin C – 20,5%

° Vitamin A – 17,2%

° Potassium – 4,8%

° Magnesium – 3,8%

° Calories – 2%

Sources: organicfacts.net, eatthis.com, wikipedia.com, whfoods.com

Solar Energy

Radiant light and heat from the sun, has been harnessed by humans since ancient times using a range of technologies. Solar energy technologies include solar heating, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal electricity and solar architecture, which can make considerable contributions to solving some of the most urgent energy problems. Solar technologies are broadly characterized as either passive solar or active solar depending on the way they capture, convert and distribute solar energy. Solar energy can be harnessed at different levels around the world, mostly depending on distance from the equator.

° Active solar techniques include the use of photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collectors to harness the energy.

° Passive solar techniques include orienting a building to the sun, selecting materials with favorable thermal mass or light dispersing properties, and designing spaces that naturally circulate air.

Uses: architecture and urban planning, agriculture and horticulture, water heating, heating, cooling and ventilation, water treatment, cooking, process heat, solar vehicles…

The amount of solar energy reaching the surface of the planet is so vast that in one year it is about twice as much as will ever be obtained from all of the Earth’s non-renewable resources of coal, oil, natural gas, and mined uranium combined.

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Seville, Spain, is the first European commercial solar power station, called PS10. With a 980 metres high concrete tower surrounded by fotovoltaic fields of 624 solarpanels and giving electricity to over 60,000 homes.

Sources: wikipedia.com, inhabitat.com, humanevents.com

Sicilian Pears

Sicilian pears are smaller and very sweet with a short season during late summer. It is not the major fruit in sicilian produce and is locally consumed, because of low produce and increased costs in agriculture. The cultivation started 1930 with an upswing 1950.  There are five varities and harvest changes depending of the production area. In Sicily the cultivation is rooted and developed in the Riberese area for its best climatic conditions that allow plants to guarantee better the characteristics of each variety.

Pear trees grows also wild in the sicilian nature and are safe to eat.

Pera Coscia di Ribera is the Rolls-Royce of sicilian pears and very requested. The harvets starts the first ten days of July. The fruit is medium size 75x54 mm, with average peduncle, fleshy, straight or slightly bent. The skin is thin, smooth, light green to yellow, sometimes with areas of red caused by the sun. The flesh is dark white, fine, juicy, sweet and slightly aromatic and delicate

Gallo is a local variety and harvest starts the second week of June. The fruits are of modest size and the skin is yellow-green with a red tinge to the insolation. The pulp is yellow-white, sweet and aromatic.

Iazzolo is a local variety. Harvest starts from third week of June. The fruits are small, average 58x34 mm. The skin is green-yellow that later turns to intense yellow. The pulp is white, firm, slightly sweet and not aromatic.

Citron des carmes is spread throughout the western Sicily, also known as “Iazzolone”. The harvest starts the second and third week of June. Fruits are small 56x47 mm. The skin is smooth and color is light-green, and the pulp is yellow, liquescent, grainy and sweet.

Gentile The harvets starts the third week of of June. Fruits are small-medium, 62x45 mm. The skin is smooth, light green-yellow and the pulp is green-yellow, juicy, grainy, sweet and slightly aromatic.

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E471

The E471 emulsifier is composed of two molecules known as glyceryl monostearate and glyceryl distearate. It is manufactured from glycerine (E422), which can be obtained from either animal fats or soy bean oil.
E471 is frequently used as an anti-staling agent in baked goods, such as breads, cakes and pies. It can also be found in potato crisps, dessert toppings, aerosol creams, custard powder, margarine spreads and ice cream.
E471 can sometimes contain animal sources that are not suitable for vegetarians, vegans, or for those who are following a halal diet.

How to get rid of Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew looks like small cotton balls on the plants vine and leaves, or white spots on the plants leaves.

A Natural Remedy:

3,5 Litres Water

1 Tsp Baking Soda

2,5 Tsp Vegetal Oil (Olive oil works well)

2 Tsp Soap

Blend and water for approximately for a week. Water early mornings or after sunset.

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