Organic Gardening What Does Organic Mean?

By Doug Kroeker

What Does Growing Organic Mean

You have decided you want to become an organic gardener. But what exactly does organic gardening mean. Organic gardeners don’t use pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers on their plants. Organic gardening is much more than what you don’t do, but rather what you do.

When gardening organically, think of your fruit and vegetables as part of an eco system that starts in the soil and includes the water supply, people, wildlife and even insects. An organic gardener strives to work in harmony with natural systems and to minimize and continually replenish any resources the garden consumes.

Organic gardening operates on the concept of replenishing or recycling. You use kitchen scraps, garden waste and animal waste, to mulch and compost. You can use common household items like vinegar, soap and some garlic and hot pepper concoctions to prevent pests and newspaper and mulch to prevent weeds.

Organic gardeners rely on developing a healthy, fertile soil and growing a mixture of crops. Genetically modified (GM) crops are constantly in the news as of late and are not allowed under organic standards because they are modified and not original to their variety, they are unsafe and untested.

The merging together of plants and soil allowing the Earth to naturally bear what it was made to do would be considered organic gardening. The plants and the soil are one working together to provide food and nourishment not only to humans but to animals and organisms as well.

Why Go Organic

You might wander how you can garden without herbicides and pesticides and how are you going to control the weeds, bugs, and animals that may threaten a thriving garden? Herbicides and pesticides were considered the gardeners best friend and now you will be expected not to use them?


But the thing is, for years gardeners have been growing things just fine without the use of chemicals. Early settlers of our land did not have any herbicides, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and they got along just fine.

We should be able to use the same ingredients as the early settlers used rather than franken chemicals born in a chemist’s laboratory. It only makes sense that we should be able to apply the same principles to get the same results as they did today.

Vegetables and fruit produced using organic method tastes better, have more vitamins and minerals and have none of the cancer causing chemicals in them. It is simply more nourishing and more healthful. There are many advantages to gardening organically.

There has been a great rise in the interest of ecology and concern about the environment that has bred new life to this form of gardening. By using natural materials, such as kitchen and garden scraps a gardener can create compost and fertilize the garden naturally.

Taking advantage companion planting and natural predators the home gardener can manage pest control and maintain an organic garden quite easily. Organic gardening goes way beyond lack of chemicals in our vegetables and fruit and the benefits for us and our families.

Organic or Non Organic, What’s the Difference

The USDA did a study in 1999 comparing essential nutrient content in our food. They found that about half of the essential nutrients on our food had been reduced by as much as 38 percent as compared to the 1950’s.

If nutrients are not in the soil; if we’re depleting the soil through industrial processes, and it’s not in the plants, it’s not in our milk, in our meat, it’s not in us. Many of the immune enhancing compounds that make life wonderful, make our food taste wonderful, and also protect us from cancers and a lot of chronic disease. The attributes to organic food are not just the avoidance of toxins. It’s also about what it does have in there, and that’s the superior nutrients.

Vitamin C and dry matter contents are higher, on average, in organically grown crops then they are in non-organic crops. Mineral contents are also higher, on average, in organically grown crops. Food grown organically contains substantially higher concentrations of antioxidants and other health promoting compounds than crops produced with pesticides.

Most people who decide to start organic gardening report that the enjoyment they receive is paramount to their decision to go the route of no-chemicals in favor of the all-natural route. Many people like to watch the tender new growth come to full maturity and, as a bonus, you get to eat it!

Naturally grown corn on the cob and newly picked green beans are especially noticeable, but nothing compares to vine ripened organically grown tomato. When you take your first bite of an organically grown tomato it’s something you won’t forget and you will never want a commercially grown tomato again. When you start organic gardening, you get extra fresh vegetables.

A phenomenon noted by most people when harvesting their very first vegetables from their very first garden is that everyone eats much more of a given vegetable than they would of a similar commercial variety. This trait extends to all vegetables you grow yourself when you go the organic method.

Need More Proof

For a gardener who still isn’t convinced about the need to garden organically, here are some statistics that may help change your mind. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60 percent of herbicides, 90 percent of fungicides, and 30 percent of insecticides to be carcinogenic. Pesticides are also notoriously hazardous. Commonly used pesticides have been linked to health problems such as:


Disruption of your endocrine system


Immune system suppression

Male infertility and reduced reproductive function


On average, conventional produce has only 83 percent of the nutrients of organic produce. Studies have found significantly higher levels of nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and significantly less nitrates (a toxin) in organic crops.

Higher nutrient content naturally means greater health benefits. A 2003 study in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry concluded that organic foods are better for fighting cancer. And in 2005, scientists found that, compared to rats that ate conventional diets, organically fed rats experienced a variety of health benefits.

The choice is yours, it’s really not that difficult to go the organic route and the health benefits will be worth the trouble. You will be able to recycle your kitchen and garden waste and at the same time help save the environment.

About the Author: Doug enjoys gardening and writing. You can view his website at


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The Nuts And Bolts Of Buying Old Vintage Farm Toys

Oddly enough one the most popular farm toy is the vintage manure spreaders. After all you have to have your toy tractor pull something around, don’t you? And since almost every farm or any large size garden in the country used a spreader of some kind or another, it is no wonder that toy vintage manure spreaders end up being so collectable.Buying Farm Toys and Other Vintage ProductsAccording to the experts, the term vintage refers to any item that is at least 20-30 years old. So many people are surprised that the toys they played with in their childhood, especially, old vintage farm tractors with those tiny working vintage manure spreaders may be worth a tidy sum of money. Collecting vintage farm toys can be a wonderful hobby, especially for those who have fond memories of growing up carefree and wild in the rural countryside. In the US, families were known by the farming equipment they used, John Deere Green, Ford Blues, IHC and Massey Ferguson Reds. And so farm toy collectors often follow along with their family traditions. Many collectors stay more or less with the type of manufactures of manure spreaders and machinery that grew up on. So depending on the individual a missing vintage toy from a specific brand or era could fetch an unusually high price at auctions.So the first step in developing a sellable collection is to concentrate on a particular farm machinery maker. And the best way to do that is by collecting vintage farm toys that you personally like. By collecting trucks, tractors, wagons and other vintage toys like manure spreaders from say from a specific company like John Deere or International Harvester (IHC), you will naturally over the course of time become an expert in that area.Next you need to understand your budget constraints. During hard economic times, collectors just like everyone else are prone to sell off their valued items in order to make some fast cash. But there are certain things you need to be aware of before you bid on just any old replica vintage manure spreaders.Remember the condition of a toy is all important. Check for excessive wear and tear. Are any tiny parts or detailed moldings broken off or worn away? Is the model working the way it was designed to work? Has it been damaged and new or replacement parts added or been repaired? Is the paint chipped, or banged up? If you are not sure if you are looking at the original or a clever reproduction don’t be afraid to rely on the expert opinion of more experienced collector or a reputable dealer. If you don’t know of any local experts contact the nearest vintage toy club in your area for help or get in touch with a museum that specializes in similar items. Once you have determined the condition of a toy such as vintage manure spreaders and tractors, etc. you can buy with some measure of safety.

What To Include In Estimating The Cost Of Constructing Your Own Swimming Pools

By Chris Turley

Estimation is part of making a budget. We do this all the time when we want to purchase something. It is very important especially when you know it involves shelling out thousands of dollars. Knowing how to estimate, lets you visualize how worthy is it to pay for a certain item. It also gives you the advantage of deciding what to forego. This is also a chance for you to understand the importance of each material because it will be itemized. For every dollar it cost, you can weigh the value of the item. If it seems impractical, you can also decide from here on how to find alternatives in order to lower down the cost of acquiring something. For you to make a wise decision whether to go for something or not, you should learn to do estimation of costs.

Estimation is also important in building an in ground pool. Having one on your own is not as simple as buying it on the shelves of the department store (not unless you want the inflatable ones). There are many things you have to look into: money, time, design and even safety. So should you decide to have one, here are the lists of possible items included in the cost of constructing it:

— The cost to have a particular variety of pool (vinyl, fiberglass or concrete). It should include other cost like pool finish and accessories as part of the final touches. Anything that contributes to those extra features you want is also included in the cost.


— You also have to consider how complex your design is. The simpler it is, the lesser it cost. The depth, the added effect and the size are some of the factors that can increase the cost of your pools.

— The cost of hiring someone to build the pool for you. This now refers to your work force, the pool builders or the general contractors. This can be one of the major parts of your estimates because they can be expensive at times.

— The cost of obtaining license or construction permits. This is needed, therefore, you should check on your state or city rules with regard to building pools in residential areas.

— The cost of installing heaters, lightings, electricity, filtration system, sanitation systems and other equipment needed in operating your pools.

— The cost to obtain insurance of your pool. This way if in any case accidents happened and you pool finish cracks, you can see if they will cover the expenses of having it repaired.

All you can see is a big hole filled with water only this time it is fancied up by various materials to create a scenic view. That is just the final look, but making a pool is more intricate than what you have thought. You see those items as part of the cost. Those are just some of the usual things that are included. Remember, the more complex the design, the more expensive it can be.

About the Author: Chris Turley is a consultant for Wet Edge Technologies, supplying a wide variety of

pool finishes

with industry leading technology to support them.


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The Magicians Magic Tricks

Submitted by: David Fishman

While the magic tricks are great, most are easy to do. Magic tricks are designed to please crowds, which inevitably forms a majority at most gatherings. Magic tricks are the most popular form of magic entertainment. Self-working magic tricks are effects that require essentially no skill, and can be learned in a few minutes. Magic tricks are often amusing, surprising and make us think. Magic tricks are based on scientific principles but people do not seem to connect magic and science. The best magic tricks are based on simple premises.

Occasionally magicians think that revealing their magic tricks is bad for the art, especially if it is free. Everyone always wonders how magicians perform all those fascinating, incredible magic tricks and illusions? Over the years, hundreds of magicians conjured their names into the history books. Many magicians will work alone because they don t want others distracting the audiences attention while performing the magic tricks. As long back as one might be able to remember there have been magicians and magic tricks. It is very enjoyable watching magicians perform their amazing tricks. People who use magic as a hobby will be able to amaze the audience, while the real professional magicians will astound and mystify their peers.


The most popular magic trick is the Three Card Monte. You can find many magic tricks in magic shops; one of the most popular tricks that you find in stores is the card tricks. Performing incredible feats of card magic which will make you look like a professional sleight-of-hand artist in just minutes. There are many card tricks that you can use that will astonish your acquaintances on poker or card night. Be the life and soul at any party with this amazing collection of card tricks.

If you want to pursue magic, you’ll want to learn some simple tricks. But starting out it’s most important to have simple magic tricks to learn. We recommend the simple magic tricks you can get started with. A wonderful collection of simple-to-do; easy-to-learn magic tricks with objects generally found around the house. People are able to learn magic will be able to amaze and amuse their friends and colleagues with some basic but incredible tricks. So remember, with a little practice and showmanship, you can learn to be the life of the party by performing simple magic tricks. Simple magic tricks are available through trainer s warehouse and in books designed for young readers. You can perform these tricks with simple step-by-step instructions. It is simple entertainment with no lasting value. You too can learn simple Magic Tricks and amaze your friends.

Many of the magic tricks are found on the ability to misdirect, create disbelief and the ability to astound in the audience all at once. Just because most magic tricks are essentially the same doesn’t mean all magic shows are alike. From the pulling a rabbit out of a hat to the coin that disappears, basic tricks will astound and please everyone. Magic tricks are always a big hit, and with practice you will be able to amaze the people around you.

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What To Look For In A Drain Cleaning Company


Do you currently own a home or business, and need drain cleaning services? Cleaning your drains is not exactly a fun task. It is imperative that you choose the right company to perform the service. The wrong business can be a hassle and cost you a lot of money. A great business is one experienced enough to get the job done right the first time. This article will give you some advice on how to choose the right company to clean your drains.


When choosing a company to clean your drains, you first need to identify the kind of services you need. Do you have a sudden clogged pipe in the middle of the night that cannot wait until morning? If so, you would want a company that offers emergency services. Emergency services can be critical if your pipes freeze. A pipe can burst if not relieved immediately. A broken pipe can cost you thousands of dollars to repair or replace. Even if you aren’t sure it is an emergency, you can always call and ask. Keep in mind, however, that emergency services can be more expensive than services rendered during regular business hours.

Next, you want to make sure that the company you hire is using the latest technology available. There is nothing worse than a plumber who comes unprepared and can’t get the job done in a timely fashion. Even worse, what if they decide to just pour Drano down your drain and call it good? That is not OK, especially since you could have done that yourself and saved some money. A great plumber would only use chemicals as a last resort. Typically, they will employ the use of hydro-powered snakes or other machinery to get the clog out.

Finally, choosing a company that will give you upfront pricing without any surprise costs is a must. There is nothing worse than receiving a quote for one price, and getting a final bill that’s much higher. If you would like to know more about the drain cleaning services that are available to you, contact your local plumbing agency for more information.

Decorate Your Living Room The Contemporary Way

By Adam Peters

The living room is the most difficult room in the house to decorate, because most families… in it! It has to be all things to all people. In the contemporary style, this effect is easy to achieve.

If you’re like most people, you and your family spend most of your time at home in the living room. That’s where you have the couch and chairs, the television and entertainment center, the bookcases and the ornaments. It’s the living room, therefore, that can be the most difficult room to decorate.

The essential item to remember when doing any kind of decorating is to have each room as livable as possible. If you have a lot of young children you won’t want a lot of breakable bric-a-brac in your living room. No matter how many times you impress upon them not to touch, there’s always a chance that they will touch, and break, your breakables. That’s one reason why the contemporary style of home decorating advocates having only a very few accessories placed around the room.

Another reason for having only a few accessories – from flower vases to statuettes to decorative cups or plates – is simply that the contemporary design style advocates minimalism. An absence of clutter. Not only does this make it easier to keep the room clean – no need to dust all your dust-collecting knick knacks – but it also makes the room look neater.

What is the focal point of the room? For most people, that’s usually the entertainment center – complete with large-screen TV, DVD player, CD player, and storage areas for DVDs and VHS tapes. However, contemporary design doesn’t insist that you have an entertainment center – so if you’re not into television don’t worry about it!


The principle behind decorating a room is to center everything around a focal point – whether that’s the entertainment center, a fireplace, or a lovely sofa. Of course in the living room you may well have a fireplace and an entertainment center, in which case you’d probably choose the entertainment center as the focal point.

Around the entertainment center you’ll have furniture. The traditional couch and two armchairs…and if you entertain a great deal perhaps another chair or two. But if you don’t entertain, don’t bother to get those extra chairs! They just add clutter. So does having three or four decorative pillows for each chair as well as for the couch. Simplicity is the watchword, let each piece of furniture speak for itself, don’t try to hide it or “dress” it.


Windows come in all shapes and sizes, and depending on how large they are can be that focal point of the room that we were talking about earlier. What is the size of your windows? In which direction do they face? (Do you have the sun streaming into the room in the morning, or in the afternoon?) And what is your view? Do you have a pleasant view across a greensward, or are you looking at someone else’s house across the street? Each of these factors determines whether you’ll decorate – or “dress” your windows for privacy, for light control, or to complete the design of your room. Whatever the purpose, the window “treatments,” as decorators call it, will be simple ane elegant, in the contemporary style.


It’s a given that light, solid colors are the best for walls – such colors make the room appear larger and brighter, and show off any and all wall hangings – from paintings to posters to masks – to best effect. Beige and white are the easiest colors to work with, and blend in well with the rest of the room.


In contemporary interior design, the lighting comes not from a central fixture in the ceiling, but rather from stand alone lamps of elegant metallic design, and a few desk lamps – which can be in bright colors to add a splash to the room.


Leave yourself plenty of room in which to move around, and don’t overstuff your living room with furniture or decor that you don’t need. With contemporary design, simple is always best!

About the Author: Adam Peters contributes adding content to . For additional information on floor lamps or contemporary decorating subjects have a look at his web.


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Cooling It With A Beach Cruiser Lowrider Bike

By Alastair Hamilton

A lowrider bike is an awesome way to express your creativity and imagination. They are quickly gaining popularity all over the world due to their comfortable ride and stylish look.

Beach lowrider bikes are one of new styles of bicycles that are full of fun and enjoyment. You will see them in all different parts of the U.S., but mostly in urban areas. There are a great deal of groups that revolve around building, embellishing, and showing your friends and others your beach lowrider bikes. In the 1950s, there were hybrids of the traditional bicycles being born, including one of the first forms of the beach lowrider bikes. The thing that was different was that they were made to be very low to the ground and were longer than a traditional bicycle.


Eddie Munster is thought to have helped to make the lowrider bikes popular. This was during the 1960s show The Munsters. This first lowrider bike as a Schwinn Stingray and people quickly began to fall in love with this stylish bicycle. This first lowrider bike quickly became very popular and designers all over the world began to create their own version of this bicycle. Lowrider bikes are not made for going fast, but they are made for relaxing, easy rides through the neighborhood showing off your stylish bike.

Riding lowrider bikes is very comfortable because of their design. The fact that riders can sit up straight makes it less painful on the back and the handlebars are at a comfortable height, too. The seat is also very comfortable, because it is wider than a traditional bicycle and more cushioned. The under the seat shock absorber and wider tires help to keep the ride smooth. They are easy to manage and ride, too, due to the fact that most lowrider bikes only have one speed. This is great, unless you want to ride on a great deal of different terrain, and, if so, then you may want to consider purchasing a lowrider that has multiple speeds.

Beach cruiser lowrider bikes can also quickly become a statement of your personality and creativity. There is so much that you can do to your lowrider bike to make it into that personal statement that you want. From handpainting to unusual components to hydraulics and more, you are sure to find some ways to turn your lowrider bikes into the showpiece that you want. Individuality is big in lowrider bike enthusiasts and it is entirely possible that you will not see the same bicycle twice. Whether you choose to have your lowrider bike customized for you or you do it yourself, you are sure to have a lowrider bike that is fun and stylish to ride. What could be better than that?

About the Author: Alastair Hamilton is the editor of . You can find more information and resources on

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Great Plumbing In Westchester County

byAlma Abell

Cassidy Plumbing provides a full range of Plumber Westchester County services. Some of the most common include installations, drain cleaning, and leak detection. Fully licensed professionals should be your only consideration to perform this important work on your home. You depend on your plumbing every day to do many essential tasks, so it makes sense to take care of it in the best manner possible.

Plumbers take care when they enter your home. They know that you want to keep it clean, so they take care to make sure that no mud or other debris is on their boots when they enter. After the work is done, the sit cleaned up to look like it did before the plumber arrived. Repairs can be disruptive, but professional plumbers try to make it as minimal as possible.

When you need a plumber in Westchester County NY, its best work with those that are communicative. They are interested in hearing what you need, and are more than glad to answer any questions that you may have. This could be about the technical aspects of the job or about billing. You should never feel uncomfortable when talking with a plumber.

Plumbers are available at all hours, because emergencies can happen at any time. IF you have leak, it can very worrying due to the potential for extensive damage. While you wait for help, try to turn off the water supply to a home. The plumber will do everything possible to repair a leak, and may even help to minimize the damage from water flow. If you manage to fix the leak temporarily, you still need to have a plumber make a permanent repair. The potential for the leak to come back is great, and it may be worse next time.

If your drains are clogged, don’t use chemicals in the system. Call a plumber to do the job right, Chemicals may damage your pipes and this will cost a lot more money than just hiring the professional to clean the drain. A drain needs to be protected from clogs, so afterwards, don’t toss grease down the kitchen sink. Be sure to minimize any paper that is introduced into the system as well. Click here for more details.

Auto Loan After Bankruptcy Restoring Credit With An Auto Loan

By Carrie Reeder

Vehicles are a necessity. Thus, some people have no other option but to finance a car with poor credit. It’s easier to finance a new or used vehicle with good credit. Many auto loan lenders are ready to approve these loan applications, and the interest rates are decent. On the other hand, if attempting to finance a car loan after a bankruptcy or repossession, finding a good offer is challenging.

Reasons to Rebuild Credit after Bankruptcy

Rising above a past bankruptcy requires immediate action. Restoring your rating after a major credit hiccup is possible. The key to building credit entails establishing new lines of credit. It is natural to have a low spirit after a bankruptcy discharge. Rather than focusing on the bad, work to recover from a low credit rating.


If trying to boost credit rating after a bankruptcy, do not expect an overnight miracle. A chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy will severely decrease your credit rating. Moreover, a bankruptcy remark remains on reports for ten years. Thus, any lender reviewing your credit history will notice the discharge. However, the negative effects of bankruptcy are short lived for those who quickly rebuild their credit.

Restore Credit with an Auto Loan

To restore credit, new lines of credit are extremely helpful. For a low credit rating to increase, you must be willing to maintain a good payment history with new creditors. On the downside, getting approved for new lines of credit after a bankruptcy is easier said than done. This is because you are no longer an ideal candidate for credit. Because auto loans are protected by the vehicle, these loans have become a quick way of establishing credit and proving creditworthiness.

Shopping for a Bad Credit Auto Loan

If shopping for a new loan, it helps to explore different financing options. A select number of traditional auto loan lenders offer bad credit auto loan programs. Because these lenders do not specialize in bad credit financing, their selection of bad credit loans is limited.

For more financing options, use an auto loan broker. Brokers have access to many sub prime auto loan lenders. If you have credit issues, sub prime lenders offer better results. Although shady auto loan lenders do exist, the majority of sub prime lenders will not take advantage of you. Instead, they do everything in their power to get customers the best auto loan rate and terms.

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What Is Online Forex Trading

Automated forex trading systems have resulted in this type of trading becoming commonplace. What was once the sole domain of banks and other such large investors, financial and otherwise, is now luring small and mid level investors. For inter-country currency trading, this is the place to invest. This is one of the biggest and most alive financial markets with trillions of dollars being traded round the clock, every day of the week.The advent of internet and advance communication technologies coupled with automated forex trading systems, today anyone can join in the trading provided he has a computer with an internet connection, a forex brokerage account and good knowledge of how trading works. However to remain on top, it requires constant monitoring as global markets are open round the clock. With the help of these automated systems, you can pick up a currency, it’s asking and selling price ahead of any buying. You need an amount as seed money and a broker then your buy and sell orders will be acted upon straight away.The automatic forex trading systems can help you reap the profits of the market despite the fact that you are not a professional trader. When managed accounts use the automated trading systems, the program can easily manage everything for you. Any dependable trading platform helps you to save valuable time, since you no longer do the trading manually. Unlike manual trading the auto trading platforms can help you manage more than one account at the simultaneously. These trading programs allow you to play in any number of markets trading multiple systems.The auto forex trading system allows you the flexibility of trading at any time without your presence. Even when you are absent from your computer, you can not miss a single trade. You are then free to use the various forex strategies and multiple systems. Different trade factors impact different systems; you can therefore direct your investments and control risks.To eradicate human emotions which often come in the way of making logical trading decisions, these automated forex trading systems are indispensable. It is possible now to manage and monitor several currency pairs and trade them when it suits you.Even when you start using an automated forex trading system, you have to allow time to learn about trading of technical analysis and market indicators, otherwise, you can not make consistent profits. Even if you use the top-end automated systems, there is no guarantee of success as the forex market is guided by a number of factors and variables. The automated forex trading system is not purely mechanical; you can program it to suit your individual needs.

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