The Importance of Soil PH

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The pH of the soil has a direct impact on the fertility of the soil. If you’re serious about your garden or vegetables and fruits which you are growing in your garden, it is important to know about the pH of the soil. Depending on the pH, your soil can be acidic or alkaline. Each of these has its own pros and cons. Also, the pH level of the soil has a direct impact on the nutrients which are available in the soil. Owing to this very factor, you have to always be aware of the pH levels of the soil.

Before you bring out your pH scale, you have to understand the levels on it. The pH scale can go from 1 to 14. 7 is considered neutral. If the pH level is below 7, it is considered as acidic. On the other hand, if the pH level is above 7, it is considered as alkaline. If you’re looking for the optimumpresence of nutrients in the soil, you have to ensure that the pH level is around 6 to 7. Even thoughthis is the ideal level but anything between 3.5 to 10 will provide you with the conducive environment for growing your plants.

One thing which you have to keep in mind is that a slight variation in pH can result in drastic variation in nutrients. This is because each number on the pH scale is to a factor of 10. That is whyyou have to be very careful when you’re looking to maintain the pH level of your soil.

You will now look at both the soil options in order to help you better understand which one is suitable for your garden.

 

Acidic soil

Acidic soil is often found in areas which has a significant amount of rainfall. The main problem with acidic soil is that the nutrients will be absorbed by the soil at a much slower pace. In many of the cases, the amountof nutrients which are found are pretty low. Also, when you’re using fertilizers on acidic soil, they will yield a little result because absorption will not take place.

Solution:

When you’re looking to increase the pH level of the soil so that it is not acidic, a good option is to add agricultural limestone. When you’re adding limestone, it will replace calcium as well as magnesium. This will help you in increasing the pH level of the soil.

 

Alkaline soil

If the pH level of the soil is pretty high because it is alkaline you can easily add organic matter in order to reduce the pH levels. It is much easier to manage the alkaline soil as compared to the acidic soil. You need to test the soil and in order to find out about the sodium contents. Oftentimes, in the alkalinesoil,the sodium content is on the higher side. If it is so, it will hamper the growth of your plants. That is whyit is important to solve the problem of high pH levels when you’re having an alkalinesoil.

Solution:

As we stated above, you can easily add decomposed organic matter. In addition to that, you can use foliarspray or liquid seaweed.

 

All in all, when you’re planning on starting some new plants, it is important to know about the pH level of the soil. Only once you are able to do that will it become easier for you to choose the right kind of plants for your perfect garden.

How To Grow Turmeric Indoors

Here is a quick video I made about how I get my turmeric plants started!

For those who prefer it in text, the process is as follows:

  1. Soak turmeric root in water for 24 hours and leave in a warm, dark location until green spots or “eyes” have formed.
  2. Plant 1 inch deep in good potting soil (I use cactus soil)
  3. In 7-14 days you should have visible shoots coming off of your plant
  4. Transplant into an 18″ pot before the plant becomes root bound as this will prevent a good harvest.
  5. In 10 months,  harvest and enjoy your fresh turmeric!

Thanks for reading,

OOCH

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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

Coming Soon

  • 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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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

Recipe: EXTRA HOT Fermented Habanero Lime Hot Sauce

Hot, citrusy, and packed with natural good bacteria. This lacto-fermented hot sauce is inspired by Tabasco, but boasts somewhere around 200’000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units) since it substitutes Habanero peppers, so buckle down guys…

 

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds of Red Habanero Peppers, washed, stemmed, crown on, seeds in.
  • 8 Cloves of Garlic
  • 20 Grams of Salt
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Cup of White Vinegar
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Lime Juice
  • Zest of 1 Lime
  • (optional) 1tsp Xanthan Gum

 

Method

  1. Place the peppers, garlic, and salt in a food processor and blend until completely smooth. Leave the green crowns on the peppers when doing this as they add a floral taste. Leave in the seeds, this is hot sauce game for real.
  2. Transfer the mixture to an appropriately sized jar and add the bay leaves. We used a 1gal Jar and there was more than half space. Cover with the lid, don’t worry it won’t explode.
  3. Set in a warm, dark place for a minimum of 3 weeks, shake the contents and burp the jar daily for the first week and a half while the sauce is getting really hyped up with good bacteria.
  4. After your sauce is done fermenting you will notice a slight but mild funky smell on the sauce, this is the fermentation done right. If it smells actively BAD it probably is, but that kind of thing happens so rarely don’t even worry.
  5. Add in the vinegar, lime juice, zest, and mix well.
  6. (optional) Add the xanthan gum and blend the sauce again to avoid any separation, though we don’t bother with this, is it that hard to shake a bottle before pouring?
  7. Keep your sauce refrigerated and enjoy within 6 months for best results. But what’s really gonna happen?

 

Enjoy making this awesome sauce but USE WITH CAUTION, this stuff is crazy.

OOCH