Friday, December 4, 2015

Organic Vegetable Garden Basics (part 2 of 2)

Pests are the biggest threat to your organic garden. To fight them, you can use birds, frogs or other insects. You don’t have these creatures to fend off other insects. You simply have to create the ideal environment by putting a bird house or a small pond. Once they are in place, they will do the rest by patrolling your garden and eating those who seek to eat your crops.

Putting up a few barriers can also help. Row covers are known to prevent moths from landing and laying eggs. You can also use sticky traps and foil collars to stop pests and borers.

There are also organic pesticides around but some of them can only kill one or two kinds of pests. So before you buy them, make sure you know what you are dealing with.

Crop rotation is the best way to preserve the fertility of the soil. This is done after you harvest the vegetables so it is ready for planting once again. For this to work, you have to plant in the same area a different vegetable.

Anyone can learn organic vegetable gardening basics and soon have their own little farm in their backyard. It is fresh and you can pick this anytime you want which is very convenient as these are only a few feet from your home.

Should everyone get into organic vegetable gardening? Perhaps because there is a food shortage right now and most of the vegetables imported do not use this technique. The government for its part has given incentives to farmers here to shift to this method but its going to take more effort to persuade countries that do business with the US to do the same thing.

Organic Vegetable Garden Basics (part 1 of 2)

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to plant vegetables. But if you want to do this the old fashioned way which has been proven to be very effective, you should know the organic vegetable gardening basics.

The first thing you have to know is what is organic vegetable gardening? It is simply a way of farming that does not use any synthetic products which includes fertilizers and pesticides. In short, you work with nature to get what you want.

When choosing the right vegetable to plant is knowing which of these are suitable to the soil and the climate. If you live in an area that experiences droughts, buy those that do not consume that much water.

Before you drop seeds into the soil, make sure the land is ready by tilling the land so it is clear both of rocks and weeds.

The next step will be to add compost, bone meal or rock phosphate and greensand to the soil to supply it with nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. If the pH level of the soil is too high, add lime or sulphur to adjust it.

One more thing you have to do before planting the seeds is putting in organic fertilizer. You can use recycled leaves, grass clippings, coffee grounds, eggshells and kitchen waste which should be applied a month before planting begins.

Then it is time to plant the seeds. Each seed must be spaced by a certain distance the roots do not fight for water. In between each of the vegetables, you can plant other things as well because the tighter the space, the lesser the chances that weeds will grow.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mineral Makeup Allergies (part 2 of 2)

The downside is that bismuth oxycloride tends to enter the skin pores and block these pores.   This would cause skin irritation.  That is why some women who use mineral makeup complains that they end up with itchy and blotchy red face.  Since this mineral is similar to crystals it can be itchy whenever applied.

Carmine, which is also a mineral used in mineral based cosmetics, can also cause allergies.  If you have sensitive skin and you noticed that carmine is a part of the ingredient list,  then it would be better to consider another product.  Carmine came from the shells of cochineal beetles.  The shells are crushed and there would be red pigment.   This red pigment is used to provide color in cosmetics.

When exposed to allergens, the skin breaks down.  The outside skin gets injured resulting to allergic symptoms like itchy patch of skin, scaly skin, or sometimes even bumps on the skin.  There are studies showing that there are 10 percent of the population showing allergic reactions to cosmetics.  Allergic reaction to cosmetics often occurs in women, most likely because women use cosmetic products than men.

Once you have noticed that you have an allergic reaction, stop using all the mineral makeup that you have.  Then after the allergy has subsided, try using them one by one.  By doing this, you would identify which of your makeup is triggering the reaction.  If the symptoms would not go away even if you have stopped using the product, then it would be for the best to consult a dermatologist or your doctor.

Mineral Makeup Allergies (part 1 of 2)

Nowadays, it seems possible to get allergic reaction from anything.  There are women who get allergies from a certain kind of makeup.  With this increasing sensitivity about what we put into our body, women are trying to look for alternative cosmetics that would not provoke an allergic reaction.  That is why most women are opting for mineral makeup.

But even if mineral makeup are chemical and preservative free, it does not mean that users are safe from any allergic reactions.  It is true that there are dermatologists who recommend mineral-based makeup to their patients with skin problems acne, sensitive skin, rosacea and oiliness.  But this is not an assurance that all patients would respond to mineral cosmetics well.

The reason why dermatologists recommend mineral makeup for those with sensitive skin is that is has zinc oxide which is a natural anti-inflammatory drug.  This calms the skin making the skin look refreshed.  Titanium dioxide is also present which protects the skin against the dangerous ultraviolet rays.  Also mineral makeup contains than moisture in the skin, that is why it is talc-free.  Keeping the moisture in makes the skin hydrated and maintain a healthy glow.

With all the benefits and good things you can get from  mineral makeup you should still be conscious when picking out the cosmetic that you would use.  When you are choosing mineral makeup, take notice of the ingredient list.  If the label does not have this information, then research it by talking to a personnel or visiting the company website.

Common cases  of allergies attributed to mineral makeup is almost always connected to bismuth oxycholoride.  This mineral is a product of lead, copper and other metals.  This kind mineral is uncommon.  What is its purpose?  They are included in the makeup because they provide a certain shine.  Bismuth oxychloride is important since it can cover the fine lines and wrinkles customers are trying to hide.