Aquaponics Gardening

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Aquaponic gardens can give you lots of fresh vegetables and tasty fish, they are great for any type of home as well as for any age and occupation you may have. However, they will not take care of themselves! It is true that they require very little care, but it is essential that you give them those few minutes a day each and every day in order to obtain very good results and keep the farm producing for a long period of time.

The major process in aquaponics is aeration. If the water is properly aerated, then your fish will be happy and your plants will grow normally. On the other hand, if the water is not properly oxygenized, then there are very few chances that your farm will survive for more than a couple of days.The reasons why aeration is so important are quite simple and easy to understand for everybody.

First of all, the dissolved oxygen is necessary for the fish to breathe. Even though the fish live under water they still need to breathe and just like in case of other animals, they need oxygen to survive. When they lack oxygen they die, thus the balance from your aquaponic system is lost and in a matter of days your plants will start to get yellowish and eventually die out.

As this was not enough, the fish excrements are decomposed and transformed from toxic ammonia into useful nitrates in the presence of oxygen. Thus, if the water is not properly aerated the fish poop will not be transformed, the plants will have nothing to eat, while the fish will die intoxicated with ammonia. This is not a very pleasant perspective, isn’t it?

This is why you will have to monitor the quality of your water each and every day and have a back-up plan in case the power gets off and the air pumps will no longer be able to function. This is the only way through which you can save your aquaponic system and make it work for a long period of time. Your plants and your fish will thank you for that!

The Easiest Way to Grow Organic Food with Aquaponics

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Nowadays there is this growing trend of eating only organic food. Yet, not all the products claiming to be organic are always this way. Moreover, you can spend more on products claiming to be organic and get lower quality than the normal vegetables grown with pesticides. The only way you can be sure that the food you are consuming is 100% organic is to start growing it yourself. Now it is extremely easy with aquaponics.

This new type of farming is extremely easy to put in practice, highly convenient and profitable. There are very few things you will need in order to set it up, things which are also quite affordable, so you will not have to spend a fortune on costly equipment. In addition to that, it is so easy to mount and start the aquaponic farm that you will need only few minutes to understand the principles and another few to put them in practice. In a matter of days you will place your aquaponic system and start growing your fish. Their role is that of producing the bio-nutrients for the plants. Once there are enough nourishing substances in the water, you will be able to propagate the seeds and then wait for them to grow. Meanwhile you will have to take good care of the fish, so that they continue to produce food for the plants. The good this is that you will not have to clean the water for the fish yourself, as this is what the plants will do with their roots. Thus, it will be easier not only to grow plants, but it will also be easier to grow fish this way than if you were setting only an aquaculture.

Another advantage of the aquaponic system is the fact that it is easy to assemble and disassemble, so that you can take it with you if you change houses. You can put it everywhere in your house or in your garage as long as the plants have the necessary amount of light to produce their food. Yet, make sure that you harvest all your crops, as you lose all the plants when disassembling the aquaponic system.

Getting organic food has never been so easy! Just set up your aquaponic farming system and you will feel the real taste of organic food. A true delight for you and your family!

5 Things You Should Take Into Consideration When Building an Aquaponic System

Setting up an aquaponic system, although quite an easy task, requires some basic knowledge of aquaponics. If you have decided to install such a system in your house, then you probably know what this is and how it could help you. However, there may still be things which can interest or help you. Below you will find 5 essential things which you should know in order to obtain spectacular results.

1. Location
The place where you put your aquaponic system is highly important for the way in which the plants and the fish will develop. In order to obtain great results you should make sure that the temperature from the room is not too high, nor too low, that there is enough light for the plants to prepare their food and that no wind or extreme weather conditions will reach them. Also, make sure that no harming chemical substances can get inside the water as this means death for both your fish and your plants.

2. Oxygenizing the water
The happier your fish are, the better your system will work! This is why you need to oxygenize the water on a daily basis and make sure your fish have all the “comfort” they need.

3. Choosing your fish accordingly
The aquaponic system works well with almost all types of fish. Yet, there are states in which you are not allowed to grow whatever type of fish you want, so you will want to see what types of fish you are allowed to have before starting your aquaponic system as you do not want any problems with the law.

4. Placing the pots
In order to make the harvest much easier, you should place the pots or the entire system at your waits level. This way you will not have to bend over, making the daily care routine a much easier activity.

5. Adding additives
There are cases in which your fish may not provide all the nutrients needed for your plants. If the quantity is lower than what the plants need, then you will have to supply them with the respective substances. In most cases you will need to add iron, calcium carbonate or potassium carbonate.

Aquaponics is an easy activity which will provide you with the necessary vegetables and fish in a short amount of time. Just follow the tips mentioned above and you will have great success in your attempt to grow organic food in your home.

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Manifestation Magic Review

Self Improvement for Success

Let go of that negative energy and start manifesting with the positive energy flowing from your mind

Manifestation Magic Review

It’s not often that we come across a “law of attraction” type of product that helps you with your health. Most of these products are concerned with wealth creation and living an abundant life.

But… we also live in a world where people are more sick and unhealthy than ever before. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Disease statistics are at an all time high.

So, our curiosity was piqued when we came across Manifestation Magic and one of our reviewers said that it helped him with his health. Nothing whatsoever on the website mentioned anything about health.

It seemed to be all about wealth. So why did it work?

We decided to take a closer look at the program…

What You’ll Find Inside:

Before looking at the benefits of Manifestation Magic, let’s look at what you get – and you do get a lot.

  • – Quick Start Manifestation Guide (PDF, Kindle, iBook versions)
  • – Twilight Transformation Energy Orbiting Track
  • – 7 “Energy Orbiting” Tracks to Enhance Chakra Wealth Energy.
  • – The “Push Play” Audio App
  • – 60-Day, Money-Back Guarantee
  • – Bonus #1 – Chakra Power System
  • – Bonus #2 – 360 Transformation System
  • – 2 Surprise Bonuses – The Abundance Miracle System & 7 Sacred Signs

This package sure doesn’t hold back. We were quite surprised to receive so much content for a reasonably low price.

Manifestation Magic is a complete system that’s more comprehensive than most books in this genre… BUT… content alone isn’t enough.

There is still one VERY IMPORTANT question that must be answered…

Will Manifestation Magic Help You?

1. Actions that matter: The biggest problem we had with books like The Secret was that all you had to do was think positively to see results. This Pollyanna approach to manifesting wealth or anything in life sounds good, but rarely works.

Manifestation Magic requires you to listen to the audios. This is work. It’s not hard work – but it’s necessary work.

2. Builds a strong foundation: The reason why Manifestation Magic works and has positive testimonials is because of the science behind it. You’re gently taken from a place of lack to a place of abundance. This is crucial.

The reason it helps you with your health is because it creates thought patterns within your mind where you are more focused and stick to your goals.

The expertly designed sonic landscape in the audios will induce a state of calm attention where you don’t lose focus and renege on the promises you made to yourself.

Manifestation Magic is not only about wealth. It fixes the underlying and fundamental issues in your thinking that is sabotaging every aspect of your life in one way or another. It helps you to get healthy and stay healthy

.It’s very difficult to do this solely with books, because we are creatures of habit. So, by listening to the audios, we can delve deeply into the mind and fix the inconsistencies that are sabotaging our efforts. Manifestation Magic does this better than any book we’ve seen.

3. Consistency:By asking you to listen to the tracks daily, Manifestation Magic builds patterns of thought and habits without you even realizing it. You’re becoming more positive and your thinking is elevated to the next level.

4. Clearing out the trash: No amount of positive thinking can work if you’re still stuck in your old patterns of thinking. It’s like applying nail polish on a rash to hide it.

You must treat the problem. Manifestation magic has “Energy Orbiting” audio sessions to clear abundance blocks in your mind. By clearing the old obstacles, your path will now be clear to manifest miracles without your attempts being impeded.

5. All-Encompassing System: On the surface, Manifestation magic looked like just another run-of-the-mill self-help product. We were so wrong.

There are audios, a QuickStart guide and about 14 bonus audios that will help you with your wealth, love life, spirituality, etc. It’s so much more than a wealth attraction product and it lived up to its promises.

6. Easy to use: There’s no denying the fact that it’s easier to listen to audios rather than force yourself to think and visualize positive images when your life around you is in shambles.

Manifestation Magic is a very practical and down-to-earth program that understands that you need to make changes WITHIN before you can make changes in your life. The canvas must be clean before you can create a masterpiece. We loved the audio tracks with the gentle pulsating sounds!

7. Genuine Testimonials: The official sales page has reviews from customers who have tried the product and seen changes in their life. That’s social proof that the audio tracks deliver on the promise.

8. Instant access: This is a digital product. You’ll get instant access to it and can start changing your immediately. No shipping costs or delays.

9. 60-Day Money Back Guarantee: This point alone shows the abundance mindset that Alexander has. He has so much faith in his product that he has given you enough time to test out the product and make changes in your life.

If it doesn’t work, you can always get your money back. We’re guessing that you won’t because Manifestation Magic will add magic in your life. Still, it’s a risk-free purchase.

The Manifestation Magic program does not give you a guarantee that you will have immediate solutions to your problems. The Manifestation Magic program requires an investment of your time, complete focus and a commitment to follow the program from beginning to the end.

The program will help you to turn your life around, have better and more relaxed days as you go about your work, smile more and even sleep more soundly at night. You will also learn better ways to make money without encountering too many failures. The Manifestation Magic program helps you to walk around with more energy that is positive. Read on to learn more about the system and get your questions answered.

What are Subliminal Messages and NLP?

Subliminal messages have been around for decades. Terms such as ‘self-hypnosis’, ‘binaural beats’ etc. have been used to describe audio tracks that gently work on reprogramming your subconscious mind while you sleep. These tracks are easy to use because they require very little effort on your part. All you do listen to them when you’re in a sleepy and more suggestive state.

NLP refers to neurolinguistic programming and it was invented by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. NLP is used to change your behavioral patterns by altering your neurological processes. It’s akin to creating new outcomes by changing your habits.

What makes Manifestation Magic so powerful is that the audio tracks that come with this program infuse both subliminal messages and NLP. That makes these tracks even more potent and effective.

Any downsides to this product?

There are a few downsides. No product is perfect… and thankfully, the only 2 cons we could fine were just minor issues.

1) Can only be purchased online You’ll not be able to purchase this product from a bookstore. It’s a digital product and you need a computer and an internet connection to access and download it.

The product vendors intentionally made it this way so that they could keep the production costs low and make it affordable to the masses – and help as many people as possible.

2) Audio tracks may not be suitable for everyone Some people may find it difficult to listen to the tracks because the frequency may be jarring to them. This is a very small minority – but it happens.

The good news is that you just need to contact the support team of Manifestation Magic and they’ll mix a new audio track for you with a different frequency that you can easily listen to – and they will do it for FREE! Excellent customer support here.

Should You Buy It?

Definitely! This product delivers what it says on the tin. You’re backed by a guarantee and you’ve nothing to lose and everything to gain.

It bridges the gap between visualization and results. The audios will accelerate your results if you’re already practicing daily visualization. It’s the missing piece of the puzzle.

There must be action, if you wish to see results. Listening to the audios is the action that you must take to change your life fast and manifest the health you wish to see.

It’s all about breaking old habits and forming a new mindset. The same rules that apply to improving wealth applies to everything else in your life. It all comes down to mindset – and the Manifestation Magic audio tracks will change your thought patterns.

You can achieve the body of your dreams. You can lose weight, get fit and look and feel like a million dollars. The struggles that you were going through before will disappear once you get out of your own way.

It may seem like hype, and we were cynical too… but Manifestation Magic does give you the edge you need to make your dreams come true. You’ll finally stop sabotaging your own progress and good health will be the norm.

Give it a try and you’ll never look back.

The program prices will most likely go up to $247 after the end of the promotional period. The current cash outlay is $47 inclusive of the bonus materials.

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Ducks on a Door (or, How to Make Your Attic Doors Stylish)

Most people leave their attic openings as plain, drab things, perhaps to hide away the fact that the house even has an attic at all (a counterproductive endeavor as attics are rather useful, but I digress). However, this drab look poses a problem when the attic happens to be in almost plain sight.

Yeah, it’s not a good sight to see.

Thankfully my mother had a solution. Why not decorate the darn thing? It can’t hurt, really. So we just got decorative fabric (keyword decorative), and glued it on there.

Yes, it really is as easy as it sounds. The door handle, of course, had to be disassembled from the door itself so we could fit the fabric over it, but other than that it had no other inconveniences. Well, except for the fact that we were dealing with loose fabric against a vertical surface, but we made it work. And I said we used glue earlier, which is only technically true– we used Mod Podge, a special type of glue substance that’s also a sealent. Usually you find it in the arts/crafts department, it’s a very useful item to have if you want to glue things but don’t want to use the typical “glue” they provide over in school supplies.

Mod Podge can be painted onto a surface, whether that be fabric or something more solid, to act as either a glue, a sealant, or a finisher (or any combination of the three). In this case, using it as a glue is tricky due to the fact that Mod Podge dries fast once spread out, and with a big piece of fabric covering a door, you may have a bit of trouble if you try doing it all at once. Keeping the fabric smooth, too, is important because otherwise it’ll look quite bubbly– and bubbly is not good. I recommend gluing a small part of the fabric at the top first, and then dabbing Mod Podge as you go down and smooth out the fabric in the process. Being patient with it always helps, too; rushing through even a simple project just results in a mess. Taping some brown paper on the floor will help with it, but even still.

Here’s what we put together after about an hour of dealing with the fabric:

It’s very scenic, I think! 🙂

Of course you don’t have to limit fabric to just a doorway, you can technically paste it anywhere you’d like. Whatever fabric you want, it goes there, though I sincerely recommend you use panel fabric or something with more decoration than a solid colour. Or, if you want to go further, you could patch together multiple types of fabric and paste the thing as some sort of abstract decoration. It’s a nice, simple crafts project you can do if you want to relieve a boring day. Have fun!

~Stella

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Food Forest – Perennial Vegetables

Perennial Vegetables

Asparagus

This seasonal delicacy provides B and C vitamins, iron, and calcium, and can thrive almost anywhere in the US except Florida and the Gulf Coast where the mild, wet winters prevent its dormancy cycle.  Give some thought to the placement of your asparagus bed, knowing it will produce well for over 20 years!  Soggy soil will rot asparagus roots, so choose a spot with light, well-drained soil.  Asparagus “crowns” are available from garden stores or, if you’re lucky, an experienced grower whose crowns have matured enough to divide (usually after about 3 years).  The first season requires patience as you allow the plants to establish themselves with no harvesting.  The next season, harvest for two weeks, the following for four, and thereafter for six weeks or until the emerging spears are mostly quite thin (less than half inch in diameter).  The remaining spears should be allowed to fern for the remainder of the season, and the dried ferns cut down and chopped up to use as mulch.

Once the asparagus harvest is complete in late spring, the thinning shoots are left to sprout into ferns. The fine, thick fern display is a visual treat through the summer months, but the ferns may grow 5’ or more, producing a shade effect behind the bed. For this reason, asparagus beds are often located on the north side of garden plots.

Rhubarb

Though its leaves are toxic, the stalks of this self-sufficient and humble plant provide spring’s first welcome fruit pies.  Rhubarb does best in northern states where the average summer temperature stays around 75F.  It will faithfully return year after year in an out-of-the-way corner of your garden, favoring acidic, well-drained soil and yearly supplementation with a good nitrogen source such as compost or manure.  Don’t harvest any stalks the first year; the second season you may harvest lightly, and thereafter freely.  If you know any local gardeners, one of them is sure to be able to spare a root crown or two to get you started enjoying your own rhubarb.

Herbs

A perennial herb garden is a wonderfully compact asset to any yard or garden; many urban homes with no room for a full vegetable garden can still enjoy the beauty and flavor of fresh herbs in their landscaping or containers.  Oregano, chives, and several varieties of mint can get aggressive with your garden space, so consider confining them in pots or a raised bed.  Thyme, sage, lovage, and lavender are less aggressive with their roots.  Some of the herbs familiar to North Americans, such as lavender, rosemary, thyme, bay laurel, marjoram, dill, and oregano are native to the Mediterranean region. These herbs grow best in soils with excellent drainage, bright sun, and moderate temperatures. Start with weed-free soil and mulch well; dinner preparation often begins with a pleasant stroll to this corner of the garden.

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