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Whats The Information For Growing Goji Berries?
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Growing Goji from Seed:
It really is not difficult to grow Goji berries from seeds, but it does take a little bit of planning. Start the seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost date in your area. The seeds can be extracted from the pods by moistening them between dampened paper towels for one-two hours, then slicing them open and carefully removing the seeds with a toothpick. Seeds should then be planted immediately.
Plant about 1/4 inch deep, in flats or small pots using sterile seed starting material. This will help to prevent soil born disease problems. We like you use peat pellet mini greenhouses or peat pots which come in many sizes and range from 4-30 dollars (you can price them online here: http://www.google.com/products?q=peat+pellet+greenhouse&btnG=Search+Products&hl=en&show=dd) We recommend 2-3 seeds in each pot for best results.
Water lightly and keep consistently moist until germination occurs. If the seeds dry out, they will die. If you use pots you can cover them with a plastic bag to help maintain the soil moisture but be sure to remove once plants appear. (if you use a mini greenhouse just follow the instructions that they come with)
Full light, and cooler temperatures (60 to 70°F) will help to prevent the seedlings from becoming too leggy. After the seeds have germinated, place them in a location that receives a lot of light. If this is not an option, a florescent lamp fixture rigged so that it is a couple of inches above the plants will work. If they do not receive adequate light, they will become spindly.
After the plants have their second or third set of true leaves, and before they become root bound, transplant into 4 inch pots. This transplanting step will allow the plant to develop properly and promote root growth.
Harden off Which is:
The straightforward process of gradually acclimating a tender seedling, germinated and nurtured under artificial conditions, for life in the wilds of the garden. For most tender plants (Gojis, peppers, etc.), hardening off for two weeks is desirable.
Examine your garden on a frosty morning searching for areas that are relatively free from frost. For the first week, place your plants outside during the warmest part of the day. Initially limit their exposure, bringing them back indoors and under cover, after a few hours.
During the second week, gradually extend the amount of time you leave them outside, bringing them back in during the evening. By the end of the second week, assuming that there is no longer any threat of frost, your plants should be ready for transplanting into the garden.
plants before transplanting outside. Be careful while transplanting so that you do not disturb or damage the roots too much. Young plants are very tender and susceptible to frost damage, as well as sunburn. I protect my young plants by placing a one gallon milk jug, with the bottom removed, to form a miniature greenhouse. A couple of days of special attention like this will help to ensure a high rate of success.
Goji berries are amongst the easiest plants to grow from seeds and in my experience, they start out very similar to tomato plants so if you want to find more tips and tricks you can search google for tomato growing tips to get more ideas
Whats The Information For Soapnuts?
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Soapnuts Usage Information:
You will find experimentation will be the best way to find how soap nuts will best suit your needs. When using them in the laundry make sure you take the following things into consideration; size or your washing machine, size of the load you are washing, how soiled the items your washing are and the temperature you are washing at. For an average load of laundry you will use 4-6 shell halves (the equivalent of 2-3 whole shells), larger and dirtier may require 6-8 shell halves and smaller loads may only need 2-4. Muslin/Cotton sacks are the most common things used for doing laundry with soap nuts and usually come with any soap nut purchase, but contrary to popular belief you don't need to buy one if you need one. Chances are you can use something you have laying around or like a old mismatched sock, an end piece of tights or stockings, a bandanna or a hankie or if your crafty sew one out of an old t shirt or rag. Cotton, canvas and hemp all work well. Once you have your pouch situation figured out, put the shells in it tie it shut and drop it in the washing machine with your dirty laundry. You will not need to add any other detergent. Soapnuts wash effectively between 30 and 60 degrees and will last on average about 3-4 washes. When the Saponin has been used up the shells will look dark and feel soggy, at this point you can safely throw them on your compost heap or put them aside for making soap nut liquid (for more info see soapnut liquid making instructions below). They also make a great hand soap, just toss them in your blender with some water and viola hand soap. Cleaning your laundry with soap nuts doesn't leave your laundry with much of a scent so if you prefer laundry with a scent, you can add a few drops of essential oils to the wash. You can apply the drops directly to your soap nut pouch before adding it to your washing machine.
Soapnuts are highly-effective and gentle at the same time. It will leave your laundry fresh and clean and compared to other detergents, its mildness will keep colors bright, maintaining fabric structure of your clothes for longer periods. It can be used on all fabrics including delicates like silk, cashmere and wool. It leaves your clothes incredibly soft and all without the need for fabric softeners or conditioners, that's right no need for fabric softener anymore! Soapnuts are both Ecological and Economical when compared to other forms of detergents.
If you prefer soapnut liquid use approx. 3 tablespoons (or 45ml) per laundry load (for more info see soapnut liquid making instructions below)
Use soapnut liquid for washing your glasses, dishes, cutlery and pans as usual. Don't be deceived by the lack of bubbles on the effectiveness of the cleaning. There are no artificial foaming agents so there will be very few if any lasting bubbles. Alternatively, just put 3 shells in the bottom of the cutlery holder and some vinegar in the rinse aid dispenser and your dishes will come out sparkling clean. (for more info see soapnut liquid making instructions below)
CLEANING & DETOXIFYING FOOD
Soak your fruit and vegetables for approximately 10-15 minutes in the soapnut liquid. Rinse off and enjoy this food free from harmful chemicals and residue. This soap nut solution can then be reused for household cleaning
Soap nuts are commonly used in Indian households for cleaning and shining jewelry. Jewelry is soaked in soap nut liquid and then rubbed with a cloth to give it a shine.
Using soap nuts is an effective and natural alternative to repel insects off your plants and around the house. This easily replaces chemicals. This is a great use for left over soap nut liquid from washing or laundry.
Simply use soap nut liquid in place of your regular shampoo! Since soapnut liquid does not foam like regular shampoo its easy to use to much liquid. If you find your hair is feeling dry or greasy you probably used to much. For best results reuse a shampoo bottle with a pump to help determine how much you need. It will naturally help prevent dandruff and keep your hair soft and strong. When using to treat dandruff apply the liquid soap nut on your scalp and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Make sure the liquid does not get into the eye as it will burn. Rinse hair with water. Also works well as a body wash!
SOAPNUT LIQUID (aka soap nut juice)
Add about 100g (about 2 handfuls) of Soap Nut Shells to approximately 12 cups (3L) of water. Crush the shells into smaller pieces before adding. Bring to boil, and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. The boiling process extracts the saponin from the nut shells and combines with the water. You can use the liquid immediately, or let it steep overnight. Strain into appropriate container and compost the remaining shells. You now have a concentrated, chemical free detergent that can then be used as a laundry detergent, shampoo, all purpose cleaner, car wash, liquid soap, pet shampoo, washing up liquid or any other things you would normally clean with a liquid. Experiment with longer boil times and water to shell ratios for stronger and weaker concentrations.
Soap nuts absorb moisture very easily. They become dark & sticky in a very short period of time if left exposed to air. Ideally the nuts should be packed in an airtight container or a plastic bag tied tight with a rubber band. However, sticky soap nuts do not mean that they have gone bad. They will still wash & clean perfectly. Soap nut powder, however, if not stored perfectly in air tight conditions, will become lumpy very easily. Once in lump form, the powder is difficult to use, even though it still retains all its original washing properties.