Ebb and Flow Hydroponics

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Ebb And Flow Hydroponics Systems are becoming more and more popular. Among the many hydroponics systems which are available these days, this is the most popular system. We will today help you understand what exactly the system is and what the components of the system are.

What is Ebb And Flow Hydroponics System?

An Ebb And Flow Hydroponics System consists of a plant tray, reservoir and pump. With the help of the pump, you will be able to always maintain an adequate level of water in the plant tray. This will mean that you do not have to worry about the presence of water while growing your plants. We will now go into the details of each and every one of these components so that you are able to understand them easily.

The plant tray

The plant tray isnothing but the large container. You have to place your plant in it. A good option to plant will be the half gallon pots. You need to make sure that the pots are perforated. The size of the pots ideally should be double that of the plant. The plant tray will consist of water which is dense with nutrients. It is directly connected to a reservoir. The pump, as well as the drain tube, connects the reservoir and the plant tray.

Reservoir

The reservoiris a large container which is directly placed below the plant tray. It is connected with the help of a submersible pump which contains a timer. This pump controls the flow of water to the plant tray at all points in time. With the help of the drain tube, the water can be drained from the plant tray back into the reservoir. You can then reuse that water by pumping it up to the plant tray. You have to just make sure that you are refilling nutrients on a weekly basis.

With the help of this, you will be able to precisely control the water access to your plants. That is why this water system is much more versatile as compared to any other.

Many of the people think that this water system is actually a bit complicated to create. The truth is that all the components of this water system are readily available. Thus, creating this water system is not a problem at all.

The next time you’re looking for a suitable hydroponics system; do make sure that you consider the Ebb and Flow Hydroponics System as it is one of the most versatile hydroponics systems which you can use.

The Jake Food Starter Box

Last week I found a post about Jake Food and knew I had to order some. I placed an order for a starter box, which comes includes:

1 Oaty Vanilla Shake

1 Forest Fruit Shake

1 Banana Shake

3 Bars

1 shaker bottle

The first thing I noticed is packaging, really great branding all around from the box to the shaker. The shaker seems to be really good quality and I have not used it over 10 times for various brands of shake.

Nutritionally it looks great, with each shake providing exactly 1/3 of your days needs down the chart and 667 calories per shake. The main ingredients are Pea Protein, maltodextrin, and Oats.

That said, I don’t love the actual Jake shake. The first flavour I tried was the Oaty Vanilla… I prepared it according to the directions in the shaker, and the result was a very VERY thick shake with a chemically-sweet-plastic taste reminiscent of old school soylent powder. The texture had noticeable grains, and was certainly the most textured lent I have tried thus far. I didn’t quite finish it, half way through I had to put it away and someone else drank it. They didn’t love it either, comparing it to metallic pancake batter.

The forest fruit flavour is better, sort of tangy cranberry taste. It is supposed to be like blueberry and raspberry, and I can totally see it tasting kinda like that. The weird chemical taste is hidden more in this one, not completely, but enough that I finished the whole thing. The texture was still super thick even though I added 200ml extra water to this one to avoid the thickness. I don’t know if it was the fact that I did this, but I would still like the fruit flavour to be stronger to mask the not nice flavours. Idk what to do about the sandy thick texture…

 

I did not drink the banana flavour, and I don’t intend to until I run out of my other products and really need it. I really wish I could recommend this product because I myself wanted so badly to like it, but I don’t, and I can’t.

Then there are the Vitamin bars, which are better than the shakes but by a very small margin. The texture of both bars is very play- dough like, with flakes of oat throughout providing a texture that is… okay. Not bad. But like I’m not going out of my way to get these things. No sir.

The coffee mocha bar tastes like black liquorice with whispers of coffee and chocolate taste. Mostly it is quite bitter and it is noticeable how much the bar lacks sweetness of any kind.

The forest fruit bar is better but still just not delicious. The pea protein is much more prominent of a flavour in this product, which I didn’t notice in any of the shakes or the coffee bar. After I eat a bar my mouth tastes like I just ate some French Canadian pea soup!

The cost of the Jake Box, all in, was $52.28. Broken down, that’s $34.20 for the box itself at $18.08 at the Canadian Border. In small amounts this is really expensive but after calculating my customs fees plus the cost of larger amounts it seems that it would cost about $470 per month to live completely off Jake, all in.

All in all, Jake is good if you are looking for a shake that is a large portion of your day’s calories and you don’t mind if it tastes not so nice. The bars are better but still, I think there are so many more companies providing tastier products and better prices for the time being. I will order and review again when Jake makes any updates to their recipe.

LENTS RANKED

  1. Hol Food
  2. Soylent
  3. Jake

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  • Huel
  • Ketolent
  • Queal
  • Super Body Fuel
  • Bertrand
  • Biolent

 

What is “True To Seed” and Why All Gardeners Need To Know

When you’re taking up gardening, it is important to choose the plants that you cultivate from seed carefully. You need to always keep in mind that the seeds of the plants don’t always grow fruit like the fruit the seed was taken from . That is why you have to always know if the variety you are trying to grow is worth attempting to start from seed. Today, we will speak about a specific type of seeds which are called True to Seed. We will go into the details of what exactly are these seeds.

 

What are true to seed plants?

True to seed plants grow in the exact same way as the original plant. An example is that when you’re taking the seed of a Brandywine tomato in order to plant another plant, the exact same plant will be growing. This will ensure that the plants which grow from the seeds are not hybrid at all.

These are the plants which are not impacted by cross-pollination. A squash grows the same kind of plant from seed, but the product can be swayed by pollination with a similar variety. That is why you will be able to get the exact same plant only if you are diligent with pollen. These days many of the seeds which are available in the market are actually hybrid seeds. They are deliberately cross-pollinatedin order to inculcate some of the useful features of another species of plants. These might include disease resistance or faster growth.

On the other hand, when you’re looking at the fruit trees as well, you will realize that they are often grafted. That is why, when you’re using the fruit seeds, they are also not true to seed. Thus, when you’re looking to plant the seeds, it is important to realize whether it is a hybrid seed or whether it is true to seed. Hybrid plants might have some unique characteristics but they often do not produce fruits and vegetables with the original features.

If you’re looking for organic gardening options, it is a much better idea to go with the true to seed options. With the help of these options, it will become easier for you to grow natural plants without any kind of cross-pollination. Even though, these plants might be a bit difficult to grow and you would have to take great care of these plants but still, these are the natural variants of their specieswhich is whyyou should opt for these seeds rather than any other.

The next time you’re obtaining seeds for your garden, do make sure that you keep these factors in mind.

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New Hol Food Vanilla: Review

This morning it happened. My vanilla Hol Food arrived!

I had recently been really missing the neutral taste of Soylent when I heard that Hol Food was launching a mild vanilla so this was perfect timing. The packaging is the same as the new chocolate, with those shapes that make me think of the old “Somebody That I Used To Know” Gotye music video. Regardless, everything arrived when they said it would all looks well packed as have all other packages.

Now to taste. I scooped out 2 scoops of my vanilla into my beloved shaker bottle and prepared according to the package directions by adding 350ml of water and combining. The Taste is very mild. Less sweet even than the chocolate, providing a very neutral beverage meal. Just a whisper of vanilla and a hint of bitterness/ metallic flavour. The metallic flavour is not present in the new chocolate but it is not bad at all, just noticeable. This stuff actually smells exactly like a slimmfast vanilla milkshake, if anyone has had those. The texture is smoother than any other Lent, and comparable to the texture of the new chocolate formula but perhaps a touch thinner. Less grainy even than Soylent 2.0. I must emphasize that this is actually the smoothest stuff, with zero noticeable grain whatsoever. Really good stuff though.

With all Hol Food products, I find they benefit from being prepared an hour before consumption and left in the refrigerator to become more homogenous and colder.

Nutritionally, here is what we are working with…

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My recent taste test of Jake Food has given me a newfound appreciation for this Hol Food.. Not all Lents are this delicious and definitely not all are this smooth.

OVERALL GREAT, but I prefer the new chocolate.

WATCH THE YOUTUBE VERSION OF THIS REVIEW HERE!


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Growing Betel Nuts In and Outdoors

Betel Nuts are a very popular plant grown in Asia as well as the tropical Pacific. At the peak, this plant can grow to a height of 20 m. The leaves are up to 2 m long. However, betel nut requires a very specific cultivation pattern which needs to be followed at all points in time. We will today share with you the steps which you need to undertake in order to grow betel nut.

Opting for the mature betel nuts

In order to plant the betel nut seeds, you have to choose the betel nuts carefully. You have to opt for the well-matured ones. Ideally, you should opt for the Orange betel nuts. When you are able to do that, it will become easier for you to have a high growth rate.

 Submerge the betel nuts into the ground

You have to submerge the betel nuts into the ground and keep them in a significant quantity of water. You have to let them be for at least 10 days to 15 days. Only when they have turned black can you proceed to the next step.

Getting the soil right

You need to understand that betel nuts require the perfect composition of the soil. You have to mix certain elements like gold dust, carbon crash, and coconut husk mix in order to create the right composition of the soil.

Getting the pot right:

You have to ensure that you are selecting proper pots. The pots should be at least 6 inches in diameter. Additionally, you have to make sure that these can last for at least one year so don’t buy a shitty pot.

Water and Fertilizing

Water your baby betel nut on a daily basis along with adding fertilizers and pesticides once the plant is over 6 inches tall.

Spacing

Space the plants at least 6 feet apart outdoors or one seed per pot indoors.

These plants will often reach their peak after a period of 3 years. In order to achieve this, however, you must take care to nurture this plant. They are picky when grown indoors.

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An Introduction To Kefir

Kefir is becoming quite popular in the drinkable ‘yogurt’ market. The problem most people encounter, however, is that they do not know exactly what it is. Who wants to drink this funky mystery water that their friend brewed. Once you are able to find that out, it will become much easier for you to decide whether or not this is the probiotic product for you.

What is Kefir?

Kefir is a type of probiotic beverage. The main ingredients of the beverage are  Kefir grains. These grains consist of bacteria as well as yeast. The term grains, is used symbolically. It does not consist of any actual grains, more these firm little clear or yellow gummy bear dudes just floating around in the fermenting tank. Super cute.

If you purchase these grains online, you can easily make your own kefir daily and save a TON. This stuff is usually pretty pricey.

The benefits of this beverage are plentiful. Below is a list of some benefits you can expect from water kefir to get you started with this funky drink.

Nutrition

It is often made from cows milk, coconut milk or almond milk. Since it can be made from non-dairy milk, lactose intolerant people can also have it. Also, obviously milk contains loads of protein, calcium, vitamin B12, magnesium which ensures that you are able to get quite a few nutrients when you’re drinking it. Additionally, it also consists of amino acids which are beneficial for the body.

Probiotics

Kefir is teaming with a variety probiotics which help you in improving your digestive system. Moreover, probiotics reduce inflammation in the body.

Bone Health:

Due to the presence of vitamin K2 in many of the bases used for kefir, bone health is claimed to be improved in long term consumers. This ensures that most of the people consuming it will not suffer from osteoporosis.

Acne

Kefir has been reported by many popular news outlets to have excellent effects on acne, especially in younger consumers.

Allergies

As it reduces inflammation, it also helps you in avoiding allergies altogether. This ensures that you are able to avoid such health problems to a greater extent.

If you want the benefits of Kefir without a dairy or dairy replacement, consider Water Kefir. It is made with sugar water and can be made into a slightly fizzy drink!

Overall, when you’re considering the benefits of Kefir, you will see a vast amount of upsides vs downsides. Consider consuming this beverage, and gain all of these health benefits. Also, since Kefir is naturally made, you can be sure that you will be able to consume it on a regular basis without any problems at all. You can even make it yourself! (Recipe Coming soon) Moreover, you will not be relying on any harmful ingredients in order to improve your health.

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Strain Report: Critical Mass CBD

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Okay so we all know CBD is amazing for our health. Smoke it, eat it, whatever, its awesome. Critical Mass CBD brings the pain relief and anxiety relief hard with a much lower mental effect from the lower THC content. This is an Indica dominant hybrid, so expect the light amount of THC buzz to be nice and relaxing while the CBD works its magic on the pain.

Boasting ><10% CBD, this strain is absolutely perfect for chronic pain sufferers and insomniacs alike.

Genetics

  • Critical Mass
  • Undisclosed Strain by CBD Crew

And the mystery behind this strain’s missing parent makes it all the more exciting.

Smell 8/10

The smell of this strain is very rustic. Think butter toffee or a loaf being baked in a country home. Cinnamon and spice notes with just a hint of citrus. Really beautiful smell

Density 9/10

One of the denser strains I have come across. There is a distinct ‘ping’ noise when it hits a hard surface like a scale. These things are rocks.

Smoke 7/10

The smoke on this strain is very smooth, especially when consumed in joint form rather than through a bong. The higher price point makes me want to sit and enjoy it, anyways. Nice pie crust sort of flavour on the finish, and I get a noticeable hint of cinnamon. Smooth asf. One of the easier smokes for sure. I have not had the pleasure of trying Critical Mass CBD in edible form (one day).

Effect 8/10

Due to its 1:1 ratio, this is not a recreational strain. The THC is super low and I barely feel it at all, but this is also due to me smoking profuse amounts daily. Tolerance for days.

Smoke this strain for pain and inflammation, as the CBD will end that shit real quick. It has the pleasant CBD effect where you can sleep, but you don’t need to by any means. Very relaxing with strong body and muscle relaxation. Do not make plans when you are smoking this, and I really only recommend using this in very small amounts when necessary medically, since it usually comes in at around $15+ per gram in Ontario dispensaries. To this day, this is the strain with the most medical potential and least recreational potential that I have ever consumed.

Overall 32/40

I recommend you seek out and purchase this strain if you seek pain relief. Not recommended for recreational use due to its high price point and low THC. This is a medical wonder strain, you could pretty much say I love it.

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Getting Stuff Done Fast with Fiverr

I use Fiverr to get my work done all the time. From music producers to voice over actors to sketch artists, Fiverr has everything. There are many marketplaces online where you can get your work done, however, most of these marketplaces cater to only a segment or two. When you’re looking for a versatile marketplace which will help you in getting your work done quicker, Fiverr definitely stands out. There are freelancers EVERYWHERE.

When you are planning your Fiverr orders, you can be sure that you can save a significant amount of time. There are quite a few advantages of fiverr as compared to other marketplaces, such-as:

Punctuality

You can mutually decide the time with the seller. There will be a proper time at which the seller would have to abide by. This will ensure that it becomes easier for you to get the work done on time. The timing mechanism in fiverris entirely transparent. You as well as the seller will be able to see the countdown timer on a consistent basis.

Versatility of the marketplace

Moreover, whether you’re looking for a web designer or a software programmer, you will be able to find them all on fiverr. This will mean that whichever is the type of freelancer you’re looking for, you will be able to easily find him/her around fiverr. This means that you will be able to create your team and get your work done at a faster pace.

Communication

With the help of fiverr, you will be able to communicate with the sellers quite easily. This means that whenever you are having a question or query, you will be able to contact them. This will mean that there is no time wasted in communication. You can even check the average response time of the seller to figure out which of the sellers are faster to respond. This means that you will be able to easily protect the time in which the work will be done as well. As a result, when you’re looking to hire a freelancer, you will be able to do so quite easily.

Buyer Requests

There is also an awesome feature that allows buyers to post requests to all qualified sellers in a category if there is no specific gig to meet your needs! Awesome tool!

Overall, due to the versatility of features and wide array of excellent communication options, you can be sure that you will be able to save a ton of time when you’re hiring through Fiverr. Moreover, as the sellers will have to abide by the deadline which can be mutually decided, you can be sure that the work will be done on time as well. This will ensure that you do not have to worry about wasting time on Fiverr.

In fact, I even sell on Fiverr from time to time! You can check out my gigs HERE!

-OOCH

Carnival Style Cinnamon Donuts: Recipe

These little donut bites are just like the ones you can get here at The Ex in Toronto and other fall fairs. So delicious when you serve them piping hot, still a little greasy with cinnamon sugar getting stuck to your fingers. I made these the other night after getting the munchies after downing a whole bottle of wine. It. Was. The. Best.

Enjoy.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg (Optional)
  • 1 Cup of Cinnamon Sugar
  • Oil for frying

 

Method

  1. Preheat oil to 365f or until it looks hot, don’t worry yourself too much about it.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl. Beat in the milk, egg, and vanilla.
  3. Spoon batter in 1 Tablespoon scoops into the hot oil and fry 2-3 minutes per side, depending on how golden you like your bites.
  4. Immediately roll the donuts in the cinnamon sugar and serve warm.

 

Happy Frying,

OOCH

Strain Report: Granddaddy Purple

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GDP is an amazing Indica with intense sedating effects. Huge numbers in both THC and CBD. The colour is so crazy purple to the eye you almost won’t believe it. I have had the chance to consume this strain as flower, edible, and shatter extract, and I keep coming back. As a frequent sufferer of anxiety and depression, this strain can knock me out even from the worst of times. This is so valuable to me as a heavy heavy smoker because most of the time, even the sleepiest of weeds can’t actually put me down because of my tolerance. Granddaddy P can without fail.

Genetics

  • Purple Urkle
  • Big Bud

Smell 8/10

Smells like artificial grape. It has a very sweet, sticky, ‘Big League Chew’ gum smell to it. Not unlike a Grapple, which is just the weirdest fruit. Overall this smells super sweet and of berries and grape.

Density 9/10

Always tight and uniform, I find that with a lot of ‘purple’ strains.

Smoke 7/10

The smoke is a lot. I won’t lie to you, every time I have had this strain I have been taken back by how I have to reduce my portion sizes to accommodate the thick smoke this bud provides. This is likely why it is so popular as a shatter or extract, which reduce the stress on your lungs compared to GDP bud. Be careful with your portion sizes when packing bowls.

Effect 8/10

This strain is strong, sleepy as anything. You will not do anything.

The rise is quick so be prepared, and it goes hard. I usually get pretty snacky with this one, but due to its sedating effects it usually is more of an in bed binge followed by a long nap. An excellent choice for people who suffer from anxiety and need nighttime relief. Very drowsy. Do not smoke this unless you want to sleep, IMO. I don’t recommend if you are seriously depressed, this doesn’t help that at all.

As An Edible 8/10

As an edible this strain is even more potent than when smoked. Do not eat this strain unless you are an experienced user or are very careful with your dosing.

As an edible this strain is great for sleep due to its high content of both THC and CBD. Expect GDP edibles to rise slightly faster than usual edibles or oils.

Overall 40/50

I recommend you seek out and purchase this strain if you need help sleeping. This is a great strain for sleep but also a very one trick pony.

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