Tuesday, June 5, 2018

3 DIY Gardening Tips For Growing Bigger Tomatoes!

3 Gardening Tips For Growing Bigger Tomatoes!


1. Prune Your Suckers!


That's right, prune your suckers! What does that mean? The image below shows where suckers begin. Suckers are essentially a new plant starting between the main stem and an off shoot. 
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These suckers take a ton of energy from the plant so pruning them allows the plant to focus all of it's energy on growing the main stem. When the main stem is nice and established then you will have less foliage (green leaves) and more flowers coming in. Since then energy is all being focused to where you want (height and fruit) you will have a healthy plant and fruit setting. It may seem like a bad idea at first but many growers have confirmed more pounds of fruit from pruning suckers. 

2. Trim Foliage And Plant Deep



Many new gardeners are not aware that tomatoes are one of the few plants that can have their stems plants. Looking at the picture above, you can see that you can trim the lower leaves off and plant the entire stem  up to that point. It may seem discouraging at first because you might have had this tall, beautiful plant that now seems tiny, but in the end it will pay off. Doing this allows the entire stem to turn into new roots giving the plant a strong base and much larger root print. Your plant will now be able to absorb more nutrients from the ground and water to allow it to grow quickly and produce more fruit! When you are planting, be sure to put some fertilizer in your planting hole as well. That way over time your fertilizer will break down and slowly feed your plants. Personally I like to use all organic fertilizer like the one listed below, but if you are not an organic gardener then you can use whatever you would like.

3 Great Organic Fertilizers

Dr Earth Home Grown - Click To Buy On Amazon
Organic Plant Magic - Click To Buy On Amazon
Purely Organic Plant Food - Click To Buy On Amazon

3. Stake Or Cage Your Tomatoes!


This may seem like an obvious one, but many new gardeners have the mentality of "I am just going to put this seed in the ground and let it grow."  Although that may work for other types of vegetables, tomatoes are not a good one for this technique. Tomatoes grow like weeds, and because of that they will grow tall very quickly and they also produce heavy fruits. Of course this may be a little different if you are growing a smaller variety, but even indeterminate cherry tomato plants will not be able to hold their main stem up when the fruit starts setting. And no one wants their beautiful tomatoes to be laying on the ground for the critters to eat! We want to eat the wonderful tomatoes! Tomato cages can be found at your local big box store or order tomato cages online at Amazon.

3 Healthy Additions To Your Daily Smoothies




3 Healthy Additions To Your Daily Smoothies


1. Protein Powder


Protein powder is a great way to add more nutrients to your daily smoothies. With many different options and flavors, you can find a protein powder that goes with nearly any smoothie recipe. Many companies even offer different fruit flavored protein powders. Also, there are protein powders derived from both plant based sources or animal based sources. So if you are a vegan or vegeterian there is nothing to fear, just try out a plant based protein power! 

Example of plant based protein powder.


EAS 100% Pure Whey Protein Powder, Chocolate, 2 lb (Packaging May Vary)

More and more now days we are hearing about "superfoods" and the health benefits that go along with them. Many companies make powdered versions of these superfoods and even blend them together to make it easy to get many superfoods all from one product. For us, this is a great thing and makes it cheaper and easier than buying 20 different products. Amazing Grass is a well known company in this arena and provides wonderful products that include 20+ superfood ingredients.

Other options include..




MRM - Organic Detox and Cleanse Powder, RAW Superfood, USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten Free (Peach Mango, 120 G)
Detox powders often contain many of the ingredients that we find in our superfood powder blends but they focus on the foods that help to cleanse and detox the system. If you are feeling low on energy and you know that you have had a poor diet then a detox can do you wonders! Give one of these great products a try today, you can gain a lot more than you can lose! 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Strawberry Mint Smoothie Recipe

Strawberry Mint Smoothie Recipe



Summer is coming and it's time to start getting that "summer body" ready. It's way to easy for many of us to momentarily forget about bathing suit season. Smoothies are a great way to get fruits and vegetables into your system. What's easier than taking a bunch of delicious foods and mixing them up in a blender with some ice? In my opinion, almost nothing. I love a good smoothie on a warm summer or spring morning followed up with a little bit of gardening... Ahh, that's the life!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup strawberries (~9 oz)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple (whatever variety you prefer)
  • 5- 10 leaves peppermint (leave a couple for decoration)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (or lemon juice)
  • 1/2 cup water or orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ice cubes
  • 1 scoop of Berry Flavored Super Food Blend

Directions

  • Rinse all the strawberries. Core the apple. Peel your banana.
  • Place all ingredients into a blender or Nutribullet. Personally I find the Nutribullet perfect for 1 person. Its not as bulky as a big blender and its easier to fit the containers in the dishwasher or just screw a cap on the Nutribullet container and put it in the fridge for later. 
  • Blend all ingredients until mixture is drinkable. Some people prefer more ice, some people don't like as much ice. Remember, you can always add more ice but once it's added you can't take it out!
  • Serve and enjoy! Garnish with a slice of strawberry or a fresh mint leaf if you're feeling fancy!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

3 Must Have New Tech Gadgets For Camping

3 Amazing New Tech Gadgets For Camping

#1 Jackery Portable Solar Generator

 Jackery Portalbe Solar Generator Review

In this day and age almost everyone has electronics. And if you ever find yourself in a situation where you have to go places that you have never gone, you too will probably rely on electronics like much of our society today. The days of map reading are over and people need energy, thats where the Jackery Portable Solar Generator comes in. 

Features:

-Rechargeable Battery, No Gasoline Required: Recharge your Jackery Explorer on-the-go with 102W solar panel (just 7 hours or less with full sun) or via the included AC adapter wall outlet in 6 hours (Solar Panel Is Included)

-All-in-One Outdoor Generator: With 500 watt-hour huge capacity powers up your smartphones (iPhone 8 / 8 Plus, iPhone X) (40+ Recharges), laptops (3-6 Recharges), TVs (3+ Hrs), small appliances (mini refrigerators or coffee machines) and more. Small and light, ideally suited for the outdoor life and even unexpected power outages anywhere

-Off-Grid Power Supply: Keep all your gear powered. Plug in your devices in the multiple options: 110V/300W Continuous, 500W Peak AC Outlet, 12V/120W car socket and two 5V/2.1A USB ports. 

-Powerful LCD flashlight offers a light for camps, cabins and unexpected outages

-What's Included: 1*Jackery Powerpro 500Wh, 1*102W Solar Panel, 1*AC Adapter, 1*User Guide, 24-months product warranty backed with our friendly customer service available 7×24 hrs.


#2 Bioite Camp Stove 2

 Biolite camp stove 2

Kind of following the same idea as the previous item, we all like to have our technology and our energy. And with the Biolite Camp Stove 2 you can charge your USB devices simply from the act of burning wood. All you need are a few small sticks and a way to start the fire and this gadget is designed to harness the energy from the fire and convert it to electricity. Many years ago this would have sounded like a crazy far fetched idea but in this and age its a real possibility.  

Features: 

  • CampStove 2 generates 3 watts of usable electricity and stores it in it's internal powerbank for USB charging of LED lights, mobile phones, and other devices. The internal, rechargeable 2600 mAh battery stores excess power to charge devices, even without a live fire.
  • USB charge output with 50% more power than our previous CampStove 1, with updated thermoelectrics creating even more electricity from fire, and Smart LED Dashboard gives you real time feedback on fire strength, power output and fan speed settings
  • Internal jets have 4 fan speed settings to circulate air for improved combustion and efficiency to boil 1 liter of water in 4.5 minutes
  • Lightweight aluminum legs fold up for nested portability and durability for camping, backpacking or power outages
  • The FlexLight is a portable, pliable USB gooseneck for quick, controlled light and internal fire-starter makes setup a breeze.

#3 GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier

 GRAYL water purifier

In any kind of camping or survival situation water is going to be vital to your survival. Humans can go many days without food, but in a bad situation things can started to become deadly with 48 to 72 hours of your last drink of water. Even with a water purifier you still must find a water source and depending on your environment, that may not be easy.  The Grayl Water Purifier provides you with a way to filter clean water out without the risk of sickness. Getting sick in a survival situation means you lose water fast, and thats the opposite of what you need.

Features: 

  • Ideal for global traveling, outdoor adventures, emergency preparedness, hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, survival
  • Fast and easy-to-use, simply Fill. Press. Drink.™ No sucking, squeezing, pumping, prolonged waiting, ultraviolet bulbs, or batteries
  • Award winning [ONE PRESS] design makes clean, purified drinking water in only 15 seconds from virtually any fresh water source in the world
  • Removes 99.9999% of viruses (e.g. Hepatitis A, SARS, Rotavirus); 99.9999% of disease-causing bacteria (e.g. E. coli, Salmonella, Cholera); and 99.999% of protozoan cysts (e.g. Giardia, Cryptosporidium)
  • Filters particulates (e.g. sediment, silt), many chemicals (e.g. chlorine, benzene) and heavy metals (e.g. lead, arsenic); zero aftertaste, eliminates bad odors, improves clarity and flavor

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Homemade Spinach And Feta Pizza Recipe

Homemade Spinach And Feta Pizza Recipe



Ingredients 


  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Flour, for sprinkling to help with stikcing 
  • 1 whole wheat pizza dough 
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped or grated
  • 1 medium onion, chopped 
  • 2 bunches spinach 
  • Salt and ground black pepper 
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbles 
  • 1  mozzarella cheese, shredded 
  • 1/2 provolone cheese, shredded
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • 1 sprig fresh oregano, chopped 
  • Slices cherry or roma tomatoes (optional)
Cooking Directions

Oven Instructions: Preheat oven 450F.

Take a paper towel and lightly oil your Teflon Pizza Pan to help with sticking.  On a clean work surface, lightly dust with flour. Use a Rolling Pin to roll out the pizza dough. When your dough is rolled out to the size of your pizza pan, place the dough on the oiled pizza pan. Toss it in the over for a couple minutes until golden brown. 

Quick Tip - This is where many people mess up homemade pizzas! Many people try to cook it all at once and they end up with a crust that didn't cook right but cheese that was browning!

In a large skillet with some Olive oil, saute the onions and garlic.  Add the spinach to the onions and garlic, saute until the spinach wilts. Season with salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you prefer. 

Now take your partially baked pizza crust and add the garlic spinach mixture then top that with the feta and mozzarella. Place the pizza back into the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and starting to brown. When the pizza comes out of the oven, top with the tomatoes oregano and black pepper.

Serve and enjoy! 

Your friends and family will be pleasantly surprised when you bring out a pizza and it's not the same old pepperoni or sausage! 



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Low Fat Baked Sesame Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

Low Fat Baked Sesame Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

Whether you are aware or not, shellfish and fish have been part of the human diet since before year 0. Even people from ancient times had knowledge of how to farm fish so they wouldn't have to travel out to sea to catch their food. Not only has fish been a huge part of the human diet, but it has also been a massive driver of economy. With the health benefits received from eating salmon it's no wonder that this type of fish is one of the most popular. Salmon has a very distinct color and taste, and the taste is certainly not for everyone!

Salmon is very nutrient dense and is a very good source of high quality protein, vitamins and minerals like potassium, selenium, and B12. It's a good idea to replace some of the red meat you eat with fish like salmon. As Americans we tend to eat way more beef than we really should. Not to mention the Omega 3 Fats that are present in salmon, these help to contribute to healthy brain function and have many other positive effects on health! 


Ingredients



  • 4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce (regular soy sauce will work, just reduce salt)
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • green onions, for garnish
  • sesame seeds, for garnish

Cooking Instructions


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with non stick cooking spray or rub with some paper towel and oil, set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, whisk together the brown sugar, soy sauce, cider vinegar, garlic, pepper, salt, and sesame oil. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch. Slowly whisk into the mixture.
  • Bring to boil and boil about 1-2 minutes until the mixture just starts to thicken. Remove from heat and reserve ¼ cup of the sauce for later.
  • Place the salmon in the pan and pour the sauce on top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15-17 minutes until the salmon is opaque in the center. I like to remove the aluminum foil the last few minutes of baking to brown the tops. Remove from the oven.
  • Brush the top of the salmon with the reserved ¼ cup of the sauce. Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds. Delicious served with rice.
Remember that many Americans are actually eating healthy food and doing proper exercise but tend to have TOO MUCH FOOD! Learn to control portions. It's not your fault,  you grew up in a time and place where we are blessed to be able to eat until we are full. Unfortunately, that's part of the reason some of use are looking to lose weight. That and the problem of unhealthy food being massively lower priced than healthy food! How annoying! If you struggle with portion control then try to follow a more strict diet like the "3 Week Diet." These programs have a high success rate for those who stick to the plan!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Full Body At Home Workout For Women

Full Body At Home Workout For Women


full body at home workout for women
Photo Credit: Fit Approach


We all know how tough it can be just to squeeze in even 1 hour for fitness per day. People have very busy lives, being obligated to working the majority of the day while trying to find time to love and cherish our families. There is a big trend of people signing up for gym memberships and honestly I just think it's a really good marketing campaign. I know full well that you don't need 1 piece of equipment to obtain a healthy, strong body. Sure, much of that equipment may help you in your process, but is it absolutely necessary? No. Many of us don't really like to workout in public with other people anyways. Honestly, that's what lead me on my quest to find and share these full body at home workouts for others to enjoy also. Just stick to the plan, much of this can be done is less than 10 minutes per day, but trust me when I tell you it's going to kick your butt if you give it your best! If you put 30% effort in,  you will get 30% of results, so push it! 

Three Day Full Body At Home Workout Plan



Day 1 

Keep in mind: Do the most repetitions you can in the amount of time stated. You will see already why this is going to be tough. Do your best on Day 1, even if you can't do everything continue pushing until the end. Don't give up thinking "I can't even do this so it's pointless." Instead tell yourself "Next time I am going to get further than I got today." Dig deep and push out those last few, painful reps!

Decline push-ups (30 seconds)(Feet raised on a bench or wall)
Side plank—left (30 seconds)
Push-ups (60 seconds)
Side plank—right (30 seconds)
Incline push-ups (30 seconds)(On a bench or set of stairs)
Rest 60 seconds focusing on breathing and resting.

Repeat this 4 times. Feel like jello. Rest. You have done well. 

Day 2

Do these exercises in this order to give your muscles a chance to rest in between while you work a different group. 

Lateral/Side lunges (10 reps each leg)
Leg raise (20 reps)
Body weight squat (20 reps)
Plank hold (30 seconds)

Complete this 5 times.

Day 3

Do each of these exercises to the best of your ability with maximum effort for maximum results.

Jumping Jacks (30 seconds)
Side Plank (30 seconds)
Squats (30 seconds)
Tricep Dips (30 seconds, use a chair or bench)
High Knees/Running in place
Plank (30 seconds planking with the utmost ferocity)
Wide armed push ups (30 seconds)
Crunches/Sit-ups/Twisting Crunches

Repeat this 3 times and you will thank yourself later!

Complete this 3 day rotation to the best of your abilities. It will be tough on some days, especially in the beginning, but as you keep digging deeper and pushing harder and harder everyday you will build a little bit more strength and endurance all while burning calories! Tell yourself you can do it, because you can! It's mind over matter! Consistency is key and results will come!