Day: May 12, 2019

Growing an Indoor Herb Garden Year-Round

If you love fresh spaghetti sauce or pesto, than you’ve just got to have fresh basil and other herbs all year round! Sure, a nice 1 X 4 window garden getting at least 4 or 5 hours of direct light from a sunny window will give you something to pinch here and there. Gardens with mint, rosemary, bay leaf, savory, oregano, chervil, sand thyme are some of the easiest to grow this way.

But what if you need your basil…and lots of it? Basil and cilantro need just a bit more light, and really prefer 8 hours or more of direct light each day. In addition to this if you want fresh pesto, just a pinch here and there is not going to cut it. Here’s what you can do about it.

The goal is a vegatative light cycle (18 hours on), with eight or more direct sun or bright artificial light.

Whenever the light levels are low, give them a boost. Two or three fluorescent lights above your plants will greatly increase their growth and yield. You can grow enough basil for a few servings of pesto now and then, and still have enough always at your fingertips.

Or, with a small metal halide light you would have a larger area with better lighting. You could surely produce an abundance of any herbs you choose for your culinary and aromatic delights. Basil would take well to the bright conditions under a metal halide, as it is a Mediterranean, sun loving herb.

It has been said that some herbs grow better, or should be grown in, poor soil. The oils in herbs make them special. Very fast growing herbs often grow plain leaves and stems more quickly than they can produce tasty essential oils. Often you will hear “basil grows better in poor soil” or “your basil will taste better if you don’t fertalize”. What these people really mean is “don’t grow your basil too fast” (sorry to pick on basil).

When growing in a container, it is a little different. The plant still needs some food to grow, and when that food runs out you will need to fertalize. However, as you will see in the next two sections, this is all taken into consideration together with the growth habbits of your herbs.

To keep initial growth rates in control, I use a soil mix with just enough nutrients. Mix 2 parts sphagnum peat to 1 part perlite, and than add 20 percent worm castings. Adjust the Ph of any mix using sphagnum peat moss by adding 2 teaspoons of hydrated lime for every gallon of soil mix. or You can substitute peat with coconut coir or vermiculite, which do not need Ph adjusting. Finally, I add 1 tablespoon of kelp meal for each gallon of soil to add plant hormones and to give beneficial micro-orgnisms something to feed on. Use this mix whenever you transplant.

If you feel the top of the soil and it is dry, than …

Making Her Valentine's Day Special One Step at a Time

When you want her to know she fills your soul, makes you a better person and that words fall short in expressing your undying love, the overwhelming feelings can sometimes leave you without any good ideas for your Valentine's Day. But there is hope in delivering a satisfying, personal and romantic Valentine's Day tailored just for her if you plan ahead and do it all one step at a time.

Step One: Determining Her Wants and Needs

The first step to creating an amazing Valentine's Day for the special woman in your life, is knowing who she is and what she needs. Does she prefer to be active on a day off? Is she more relaxed and prefers to lounge? What types of things does she need in her life right now? A pedicure? A massage? A new movie that was just released on DVD? That necklace she's been talking about?
You should even try to think of things she may have told you about, like where she used to go to get away when she needed to be alone.

Step Two: Combination Needs with Location

Now that you've taken some time to really think about who your lover is and what she needs this Valentine's Day, choosing a location should not be so difficult.

If she's active and used to love getting away out in the country, take her to the zoo for a quiet picnic for two and some animal sight seeing. If she prefers to lounge around and has fond memories of cuddling by the fireplace, set up a love nest with blankets, pillows and mattress pillows in the loft or living room. Consider a portable DVD player as a gift to make your hide-away evening amazing with some romantic films and a backpack full of snacks, sandwiches and of course, chocolate.

Maybe your partner is a very busy woman, however, and has expressed a strong desire to be kept up in life. These women usually usually work very hard while trying to juggle a home and children. For this kind of Valentine's Day need, I would suggest taking Valentine's Day off, seeing the lovely woman off to work, hiring a housekeeper and asking grandma to come get the kids. This leaves you with ample time to plan reservations at an elegant restaurant or an indoor picnic near the fireplace or television. You could also have a hot bath ready for the moment she steps in the door, complete with red rose petals floating gently atop the water, bath oil already mixed in and lovely, aromatic candles lit about the clean bathroom. This is an excellent precursor to a simplistic but tasty dinner like the ones listed at the end of this article.

For those men who love the woman with a wild or unpredictable streak, choosing a location may be more difficult. Which is why you are the kind of man who should not make reservations too far in advance. Choose two locations which do not …

Myths About Taj Mahal

From the time of the construction of the building it has been the source of an appreciation transcends traditions and geography, and so private and emotional responses have constantly been harming the educational review of the monument.

Very old myths hold that Shah Jahan was planning a monument to be constructed in black marble crossways the Yamuna River. The thought originates from imaginary writings of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a European tourist who came to Agra in the year 1665. It was said that Shah Jahan was removed from power by his son Aurangzeb before the construction was over. Remains of blackened marble crosswise the rivers in Moonlight Garden, Mahtab Bagh, appear to sustain this myth. Nevertheless, excavations performed out in the 1990s bring into being that they were stained white stones that had looked black. A more convincing hypothesis for the origins of the black tomb was confirmed in 2006 by archeologists who renovated portion of the pool in the Moonlight Garden. A dim reflection of the white mausoleum could evidently be seen, proving Shah Jahan’s fascination with equilibrium and the positioning of the pool its

There are many details that describe the deaths, dismemberments and mutilations which Shah Jahan allegedly imposed on several architects and craftsmen connected with the tomb. Some tales claim that those occupied in construction signed declarations committing themselves to have no involvement in any similar design. Related claims are made for many renowned buildings. No proofs subsist for claim that Lord William Bentinck, governor-general of India in the 1830s, apparently planned to knock down the Taj Mahal and sale off the marble. Bentinck’s writer John Rosselli declared that the story arose from Bentinck’s thought of raising the money by the auction of discarded marble from Agra Fort.

In the year 2000, India’s Supreme Court discharged P.N. Oak’s appeal to announce that a Hindu king constructed the Taj Mahal. Oak maintained that beginning of the Taj, in addition with other historic constructions in the nation presently credited to Muslim sultan’s pre-date Muslim profession of India and therefore have a Hindu origin. A more graceful tale narrate that once a year, at the time of the monsoons, a single drop of water falls on the monument, as enthused and stimulated by Rabindranath Tagore’s explanation of the tomb One more fable suggests that pounding the outline of the finial will cause water to come forward. Till today, officials find traces of broken bangles close to the silhouette.…

Jack and Jill Bathroom Design

A Jack and Jill bathroom is shared by two bedrooms each with a separate entrance. It often has two sinks with additional storage. Many times a Jack and Jill bathroom is designed with a partitioned shower area and / or toilet compartment. This allows multiple users into the bathroom while maintaining privacy and functionality.

When remodeling a this space it is important to consider the end users off the bathroom. You must consider how many Jacks and how many Jills are going to be using the bathroom. What is the normal schedule for bathroom usage? Is there adequate storage for all users? What components of the area can or should be partitioned? The purpose of a Jack and Jill bathroom is to create the utilization of two bathrooms at the expense of one. By carefully considering these questions a successful remodel can be accomplished.

A fun and useful twist on the Jack and Jill bathroom is to create a three-room bathroom for additional functionality. In this design there is a shared vanity area but two shower and toilet compartments. There is the additional cost of the new partition but would still have major cost and space savings when compared with two individual bathrooms.

When designing your new shared space it would be wise to consider a more neutral product set that will appeal to both the Jacks and the Jills. The most important of these considerations would be the countertop, vanity, and tile. Choose products and materials that have enduring design elements. These bathrooms are generally for the kids of a larger family. Create a bathroom that will look beautiful and be functional throughout the years as its shared users grow older and more mature. …