The Right Way To Get Happening By Keeping Bees and Making Honey

By Harry Gadban

Providing you're thinking about keeping bees and making honey, then I have a great revelation for you personally-it is not as hard as you may think.

Bees naturally care for itself, you simply requirement to help them along on occasion based on your local weather and whether or not they increase a disease (that is simple to take care of).

The largest concern people have regarding keeping bees is that they will get stung. You can find certain issues with this supposition. One is that you'll acquire stung at all. Except you are disturbing the bees, you will not increase stung. And as long as you do have to bother the bees, you'll be able to use a smoker to calm them down. This makes them passive and awfully unlikely to smart, even once bothered.

Now, how to make honey. For those of you who wish for keeping bees and making honey, you have to understand that it's not you who makes the honey, it's the bees. You simply need to remove the honey. That sounds more difficult than it actually is. It's in fact quite simple, given that you've the right instruments.

Most people have no idea how to get started with keeping bees and making honey. It is actually quite simple. Firstly, you need to have space for the bees. If you don't, your neighbors are going to be extremely mad. Second, be sure your laws allow for bee keeping, although most places do let it at the moment, allowing for the endangerment in the species. Right now that you know you'll be able to keep bees, you now need to prepare and obtain the tools (and honeybees!) you need.

Bees are a good supplement to your house or farm and are able to add lots of benefits which you would in no way have dreamed of. If you are thinking about starting this hobby, however are frightened or do not understand what exactly to do next, don't hesitate, there are many people more than ready to help you when you simply ask. - 32395

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Eggs Are Good For Us

By Adriana Noton

When you go to the supermarket to buy eggs, you are faced with a variety of different sizes and colors. The shape, well, that is generally the same. You think of what you will make with them, as far as recipes, to decide whether to purchase medium sized or large ones. Maybe you will need the jumbo size.

You rarely think of what the farmer and the chicken went through to get them. Well, if you have ever seen the little chicks they sell at certain times in the spring, you can see what happens when they are fertilized. If you want them, all you have to do is to buy a chicken. If you want more chickens, you need to buy a rooster.

So the chicks are brought home to the farm, and they are set up in a very warm environment. The more the farmer buys, the warmer they will keep each other. A bright light needs to be on them all the time at this point, and they will eat a lot of chick feed. As they grow, they become the age to lay eggs. Different types of chickens lay different eggs.

If you have bought them from a home or farm that has all types of chickens that produce them, you will see from the variety that they sometimes look like they are for Easter. There are actually light blue and light green ones in the egg carton.

They will taste a bit different from a chicken farm than when you buy them at the store. The yolks are so bright, deep yellow. You can see the difference. You can see which is, of course, healthier. And the small farmers do not generally feed or inject their chickens with hormones, as they are not producing for grocery stores, and they are eating them themselves.

There are others that can be eaten also, not just that of the egg. Ostrich is also are edible and one will probably feed a family of six for breakfast. From ducks they are also acceptable. And if you ever get to try them from a quail, they are considered a delicacy to all. They do not taste too different, but the presentation is elegant, as they are tiny and speckled.

Eggs are generally thought of for breakfast, because there are so many ways to make them for breakfast. Scrambled, sunny side up, omelets, poached, hard boiled, soft boiled, and over easy are a few simple breakfast recipes. But they can be eaten at any meal. They can be the entree, if they are rolled around something else, like ham and cheese, or they can have a Mexican flavor, such as huevos rancheros. The omelet themselves can be made in an endless number of ways to be the center of a lunch or dinner meal. And other people think of eggs as a brunch meal, as their breakfasts are usually simple, like coffee and toast. Around 10 a. M. Or so, it is time for brunch, and this is when they enjoy a nicely cooked egg.

They are also the one ingredient that often holds all of the others together. This is true for cakes and pies, and many other dessert items. They are often one of the main ingredients in a recipe, like custards and crepes. It is safe to say, without eggs, we would be missing some of the finer things in life. - 32395

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Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

By Dr. Markho Rafael

Paul Stamets' Mycelium Running is a must have reference book for anyone working the land in any form, whether it be farming, forest management or environmental cleanup. But also for people who, like me, enjoy growing things, especially delectable edibles.

The book is a treasure trove of useful practical information on what Stamets refers to as mycofiltration (of water), mycoremediation (of toxic waste), and tips on how mushroom mycelium can help improve soils and boost productivity in farming and forestry with less use of pesticides and fertilizers.

A detailed description of Mycofiltration, the use of mushrooms to filter waste water, is given in one section of the book. It lists recommended mushroom species and materials to use in creating the mycofiltration bed, as well as dimensions, depth, layers, etc. Mycofiltration beds like this can be effectively used for both industrial waste water and farm runoff.

An added benefit of using mycofiltration beds on farms include the production of delicious food mushrooms, which sprout out of these beds. And every 2-3 years, the material in the bed can be dug out and used as a rich fertilizer on the fields of the farm.

Benefits of no-till farming are described in terms of how it supports saprophytic soil fungi, which in turn help protect the soil from erosion as well as break down organic matter at a rate that is better paced to benefit plant life than if the stubble were to be plowed under and broken down by anaerobic bacteria.

Saprophytic fungi benefit forests too, by breaking down organic matter but also help by competing with parasitic fungi (blights), which may kill thousands of trees if not stopped. Foresters can easily seed saprophytic mushrooms in blight infested areas as a natural fungicide against parasitic fungi, fighting fire with fire.

Mycorrhizal fungi likewise can be seeded to support tree growth, or these beneficial fungi may simply be encouraged to grow naturally through smarter and more enlightened forest management.

Most plants form symbiotic relationships with mushrooms. The mushroom mycelium more effectively absorbs water and nutrients, exchanged with trees for sugars, making the trees healthier and more drought resistant. Mycorrhizal fungi also provide trees with natural antibiotics against pathogens.

Another cutting edge technology in Mycelium Running is Mycoremediation, the neutralization of toxins through the use of mushroom mycelium. The term Mycoremediation was coined by Paul Stamets, author of Mycelium Running, but was already in common use among mycologists before publication.

Contaminants that may be effectively mycoremediated include, but are not limited to, heavy metals, pathological bacteria (such as E. coli), petrochemicals, neurotoxins, dioxin, toxic dyes and other toxic industrial waste.

At $50 per ton, mycoremediation is a very cost effective method to clean up toxic waste. Conventional incineration may cost upwards of $1,500 per ton.

All that is just in the first half of this 300-page book; the second half is an instruction manual on growing your own mushrooms and mycelia, which is something that may be of interest to forest managers for mycoforestry, environmentalists for mycoremediation, farmers for increasing soil productivity, and the rest of us for growing our own gourmet mushrooms for food and medicine. In other words, this is a book for anyone and everyone. - 32395

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Warhammer Online Gold Guide - Useful Tips For Farming Gold in WAR

By David Alba

Using a Warhammer Online gold guide is the fastest way from an empty wallet to a full one. You need gold in WAR for a lot of things, from consumables like stat and buff potions to gold to buy better mounts not to mention better items and talismans. The problem here is making the gold anyway, not worrying that you won't have what to spend it all. Until you get a Warhammer Online gold guide, here are a few tips that will help you get started.

1. When going out to farm some gold, make sure you start grinding on Humanoid type mobs. They have the highest chances to drop something really valuable and also have richer loot tables than other creatures.

2. Never go out farming without having a leveled up gathering skill. Gathering skills are used on dead mobs, Butchering and Scavenging are used to strip the bodies of the killed mobs to get more items. Salvaging is used on special items to break them down into essences, which can then be sold.

3. Don't sell any Green items to NPC merchants or on the market, break them down with Salvaging because you will get a lot more gold that way. I've learned this from a Warhammer Online gold guide.

4. Generally good farming spots can be found in Public Quest areas. Some encounters can be kept on the first stage where there are a lot of mobs to be killed and they respawn quickly because the objectives of the first stage don't include killing a type of mob.

5. The best selling items that can be acquired easily are the blue ones. To get some of those you should go to a lower level Public Quest and complete it. The end boss will probably give you one, or a purple one, and you will also get a high enough score to get a large bag which will also give you one. You can either sell them to players or break them down with Salvaging.

6. It is best to go farming when you are in a higher Tier because your inventory will be bigger then and that means more loot for you. More loot equals more gold.

Following these tips will definitely improve anyones financial status. They are a great way to get a few hundred gold pieces pretty fast. But if you are looking for something better, then you need a professional tool, a tool like a Warhammer Online gold guide. - 32395

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The Joy Of Collecting Recipes

By Adriana Noton

Recipes are used for making that special dish for the first time, enhancing a meal that you have made many times but now want to change, or for just adding to a marvelous collection of ideas for meals for the future.

A recipe can consist of only two ingredients or so many you cannot even fit them on your countertop. It can be as simple as simply stirring, or very complex, like dredging in flour, then dipping into a beaten egg, then covering with bread crumbs, quick-frying and then finally baking the port chop. Yes, for a simple port chop. But many times you will find that the more effort you put forth in preparing the meal, the better it tastes in the end.

Most cooks have several very important ingredients that are put in almost every dinner recipe they make. These may be onions and garlic. Or perhaps herbs like thyme and basil, or a combination of Italian seasonings. This same cook may also have ingredients in the cupboard that he or she bought for one special meal on an occasion, and it has been sitting in that cupboard ever since. This might be liquid smoke, or fenugreek.

Perhaps the greatest experiments with recipes are those from other countries. You can try something Greek, like moussaka, or Italian, like lasagna, or East Indian, like lamb korma, or Mexican, like carne asada tacos.

You will find that the main difference between the different ones of various countries is the spices they use. In Greece, they use a lot of cinnamon on their meat to sweeten it up. Italians like their tomato sauced spiced up with oregano, basil, and thyme, among other spices. In India, the use of turmeric, cumin and coriander go far. Mexicans use a lot of cayenne and chili powder. And the list goes on.

You will discover that the joy of collecting healthy recipes will easily take over your book shelves. You will have recipe books on fish, steak, potatoes, desserts, casserole dishes, meatless meals, poultry, crepes, Christmas, and wok cooking, to name a few. Then there are the recipe magazines that will overwhelm you. And do not forget about the recipes you cut out from the newspaper, because you know you are going to try them some day.

You can stumble on collections in thrift shops. These are from clubs that people were members of and received them monthly and put them in binders. Or you will run across other types of collections that resemble a set of encyclopedias. There are annual collection recipe books for the year. And you would not want to pas up some of those really old cook books. They usually have a couple of really great classic formulas that you thought you would never find. Then there is the kind of collection that can drive a cook crazy, when they put them all in the index box. The best thing about these 4x6 inch cards is that you do not have to mess with a book closing on you while cooking.

Yes, you can collect recipes your whole life, fill an entire room with recipes. But the best cooks in the world do not even use them. - 32395

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Organic Acids And Why You Should Be Using Them

By Tom Sharp

Over time, a substantial amount of curiosity has been triggered in organic acids and their use in agriculture. Organic acids are produced from ancient deposits of organic substance that have decomposed for many generations. This material is decomposed a good deal more than the humus that is so preferred in the soil.

This type of soil is a rich brown to black and often originates in close proximity to coal deposits in the earth's crust and begins as peat, brown coal, soil, or leonardite. it is a tremendously big and complex molecule, at the molecular level, without any identifiable structure. Organic acids can be simplified into three different parts: humic, humin and fulvic.

Humic acid is the most frequently obtainable form of organic acid and is full of humic, fulvic and humin fractions. This is typically an unrefined product that has been mined, crushed and separated for proper dimension. The name humic "acid" is in fact a misnomer since it contains a pH of 11 or higher. gardening specialists will speak of humic acid as "humate". It is manufactured in a dry granular type as well as in the form of a liquid. Dry humic can compliment most dry fertilizer blends by mixing at a rate of 20 - 40 pounds per acre.

When blended with dry phosphate fertilizer, humic attracts microbes to the prills and enhances degradation of the waxy protective coating. This speeds up the rate at which the nutrients become available for plant use. Humic also acts like a chelating agent to protect phosphate from being tied up in the soil. This happens because humic has an enormous number of binding sites where nutrients can attach themselves and are protected until needed by a plant.

Liquid humic is commonly added to liquid nitrogen (UAN 32) or to liquid phosphate (10-34-0). UAN 32 is a very popular fertilizer used to top-dress winter wheat in northern Utah and Southern Idaho. The addition of humic to the fertilizer will minimize burning of the leaves and reduce the amount of nitrogen that can volatilize. It is not uncommon to use over 80 available units of nitrogen with the addition of humic on irrigated winter wheat. This is normally done as early as possible in the spring and usually in conjunction with an herbicide application using a ground rig.

Fulvic acid is beyond doubt acidic, containing a pH below 7 and is fairly easy to extort from the raw humic. It is generally a transparent to amber colored liquid and the actual fulvic ratio can differ between manufacturers. Quite a few herbicides and foliar nutrients act in response to the addition of fulvic to the spray tank. Fulvic, in general, is extremely active in the plant and the soil but is only a small proportion of the general humic.

Humins are the most difficult to extract but are the most stable in the soil and provide more direct plant activity than fulvic. Since they are so difficult to extract, the best way to apply humin to the soil is by using the full humic acid in its raw form.

Organic acids affect the soil by elevating the H2O holding capacity, gathering stable organic matter to the soil, and increasing the nutrient holding capacity. When mixed directly to the nutrients being applied, organic acids intensify effectiveness and are eco-friendly. A detailed study completed by the University of Idaho, proposes that organic acids offer an economic return to growers in virtually every trial. - 32395

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How Can You Make Your Own Natural Fertilizer?

By Marie Hull

If you are looking for free or inexpensive organic materials to use as natural fertilizer, you need only to look at the things piling up in your own plot (foliage, droppings and compost to name a few). All the ingredients for an organic fertilizer scheme are obtainable to you if you look closely. Finding good organic material is a challenge you'll enjoy, especially in the fall when fallen leaves just pile up ready to be turned into organic fertilizer for the coming of spring.

All organic materials qualify as natural supplements. You simply need to process these to create a complete fertilizer containing all three of the main nutrient elements, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These minerals get liberated into the soil when the ingredients rot.

Animal manure is a natural fertilizer, but it has erratic mineral levels. Animals that have been nourished with feed deficient in some necessary minerals will produce droppings that will not do much for crops. In addition, pasture gardeners are advised not to make use of any type of chemicals that could disrupt an animal's diet to make sure the resulting compost is free from the same chemicals. These facts should guide you on how to qualify the manure you are going to use as a supplement.

You can use fresh manure on your plants, but the salinity levels in fresh manure are high. Composted manure has less minerals compared to the fresh counterpart, but nitrogen composition in composted dung can be saved by mixing it with soil.

If you live near the coastline, you might want to try transforming seaweeds into natural garden supplements. Clean the seaweeds and transform it into compost by letting it decompose along with other organic components.

One of the finest fertilizers you can use is fish emulsion. This fertilizer is made from fish residue, so you can get this directly from fish processing businesses.

If you have a lot of fallen leaves on the ground, you can add those to your compost pit for fertilizer creation. You need to put just enough fallen leaves in your compost pit for the leaves to decay steadily.

Compost enhances soil pH and improves the over-all nutrient content of your soil. Compost comprises a mixture of minerals and decaying plant and animal residue.

Another backyard waste you might want to try is wood ash. Wood ash can also supply potassium to your crops. - 32395

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