Watering in winter: the golden rules
Water is essential for plant survival: not only does it keep them hydrated, but it also helps them absorb nutrients. All plants need water. However, the dosage varies from one species to another. Therefore, it is important to have as much information as possible about each plant to determine all its needs. However, most of the time, watering houseplants is not well controlled. Some people dare to water their flowers whenever they feel like it, while others establish rituals by choosing a specific time to water their plants. No, there is no specific time to do it, experts say.
Of course, the frequency of watering varies according to the season. In particular, you should know that during the winter period, houseplants enter a period of vegetative rest, which usually begins in late fall or early winter. This is a period of restoration after the warm season in which your plants have had sufficient resources to flower abundantly. During this resting phase, they consume less energy and prepare to give rise to new spring buds. Therefore, each plant has its own preferences and watering needs. Therefore, to keep them healthy and beautiful, it is essential that you take into account all the aspects that will keep them healthy.
During this rest period, your plants do not need much water, unless they are blooming during this period. Watering should be done once a fortnight for some plants and none for others.
These are the watering frequencies for the most popular houseplants:
- Begonias: do not water them at all in winter.
- Cacti: you can water them once every three weeks, in small quantities.
- Azaleas, ivy, geraniums or eucalyptus: water very little or not at all.
- Ficus, dracaena and other tropical plants: water at most twice a week.
- Orchids: water once a fortnight, preferably in the morning, with water at room temperature.
Factors to take into account before watering.
- Type of plant: as noted above, the need for water varies by species. Some plants like moisture and others prefer dryness. So be sure to identify the water needs of each of your plants. This will give you a better idea of how often you should water them.
- Always check the dryness of the soil: use a wooden stick to do this. It slides easily through the soil, the moisture is still there. If it is blocked on the surface, the soil is not hydrated. Therefore, you have to water (depending on the type of plant, of course).
- Test the weight of the pot: this is another effective way to check the amount of water left in the soil. If the soil is dry, it will be lighter than moist soil. Therefore, you will notice a significant difference in weight between a watered plant and a dry one.
- Another tip for checking the soil is to use your fingertips to feel the potting soil through the drainage holes. This will allow you to assess the dryness of the soil to determine whether or not watering is necessary.
What is (really) the blue part of the eraser for? No, it is not to erase the pen.
What is the blue part of the eraser for?
Generally intrigued by this blue rubber material, most students have fun using it at school and at home. Obviously, some have found that it wasn’t really effective at removing pen marks. However, others are still very stubborn and struggle to prove that it works. So much so that most of them end up squeezing so much that they even break their notebooks. Stop misunderstanding! This blue part does not have the ability to attack the feather. But then, what exactly is it for? In truth, it has precisely the same vocation as the pink part: it is also used to erase the pencil, with the only difference that it is recommended to use it on harder paper, such as a sheet of cardboard or the canson paper that we use. draw. This is because the pink side of the eraser is made of a softer material and is therefore suitable for normal paper. Although the blue area is stiffer and rougher, it is much better suited for erasing writing on solid materials where there is little risk of breakage. Furthermore, it is even possible to use it on the walls to eliminate the scribbles of small children.
Blue part of the rubber: what do the specialists say?
Pelikan, the well-known German company that produces fountain pens, school and office supplies, has just published a statement on its website in this regard. After noticing the doubts and questions from Internet users about this famous eraser, the brand decided to settle the doubt by giving a clearer explanation. So, on their platform, the managers tried to present the product in the best possible light, trying to explain it in detail in simple words. Thus, we learn that the color blue is actually used to erase pencil marks, but also the ink in ballpoint pens. However, reading this press release, despite various explanations from the German company, many people were left undecided and dissatisfied. They still have big doubts and are not really convinced about its usefulness about a possible ink.
How to properly clean your eraser?
Whatever its true function, in order for it to work really well and not leave any stains on the page, it is important that the eraser is perfectly clean. A dirty eraser is very likely to damage your work and mar the white sheet. Therefore, it is essential to clean it well. How to proceed ? It’s very simple: take a sheet of thick paper and rub it hard with the eraser. The material will help remove dirty areas. Obviously, it is necessary to check that the sheet does not contain any trace of ink so as not to dirty it more. Feel free to repeat the process a few times until the eraser looks perfectly clean.
And, precisely, how to prevent it from getting dirty?
So that your eraser lasts longer and you don’t have a problem using it, you should take into account some recommendations to keep it always clean.
·Keep it away from pencils and colored pencils, as the dust from these materials could easily make it dirty. Also, do not leave it next to the markers without a lid, which risks damaging it at the slightest movement.
·Keep the eraser in an isolated corner of the case. This will prevent it from being exposed to ink from ballpoint pens, harmful materials, or dust.
How to make the plate glow? A simple product from your kitchen is enough to work wonders
Among the little tips to make everyday life easier, some products will never stop being talked about. This is the case with sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as “multi-purpose powder”. A great classic of the ecological home, baking soda is an effective product, especially to make your hob shine.
How to make a baking sheet shine with baking soda?
The bicarbonate acts in depth on the remains of burned and blackened fat that can be seen on the plate. Its abrasive properties make it possible to completely remove dirt (grease, rust, etc.) from iron, metal or stainless steel objects.
Used alone or combined with other products such as lemon and other citrus fruits, the result is always surprising.
1- Clean the plate only with baking soda and water
To remove greasy plaque, generously sprinkle two to three tablespoons of baking soda over the entire surface. Add a little hot water so that the bicarbonate powder becomes slightly pasty and leave it to act for about fifteen minutes before rub gently using an anti-scratch sponge, especially if you have a ceramic hob. Then use a damp cloth or towel to clean. Your board is now like new. The same process is also effective against rust.
2- Shine the countertop with baking soda and lemon juice
Thanks to its antioxidant properties, lemon works very well with baking soda when cleaning. You just need to take half a lemon which you will lightly rub all over the scrubbing surface where the baking soda has already been applied and clean as described above. Your board will regain its luminosity and shine after this operation.
3- Shine the countertop with baking soda and cider vinegar.
The combination of these two products is an effective remedy to fight against the most stubborn dirt residues. However, it is contraindicated to use them simultaneously.
In fact, if you combine baking soda with cider vinegar or white vinegar, you’ll get an acid-base solution. In other words, the acidity of the vinegar will dissolve into the basic properties of the baking soda. Thus, the two elements cancel each other out and retain only a small cleaning action. Therefore, it would be better to use them one after the other.
After applying your baking soda paste to the hob, spray with vinegar and allow the foam that results to loosen the grime. Wipe off with a water-soaked towel and voila! In addition to its stripping action, vinegar also repels cockroaches due to its smell.
Other natural solutions for cleaning glass ceramics
Of course, there are other grandmother’s tricks that make it possible to get rid of the dirt, at a lower cost, while respecting the environment.
- Coarse salt: Salt is also effective in absorbing fat. Sprinkle your baking sheet with coarse salt and lemon juice. After a few hours, scrub with a sponge and clean with water.
- black soap: It is usually used for the skin, but black soap also helps to remove oil. Put a little on a damp sponge to cover the surface to be scrubbed. Let sit for a while before scrubbing and then clean with water.
As you will have understood, in addition to baking soda, there is a whole range of natural products in your home; especially in your kitchen, which can also be used as a cleaning product.
Long underused due to a lack of information about it, baking soda could change your life if you embrace it daily. Removes dental tartar, restores whiteness to yellowish-white linen, cleans tiles cleanly, aids hair growth, and is even recommended for making your own detergent or air freshener.
How to properly store nuts to preserve their benefits?
Since ancient times, the walnut has earned a reputation for being good for the brain because of its brain-like shape. It is not modern science that will say otherwise. She is without a doubt the queen of nuts. Here are some tips to get the most out of it.
How to properly store nuts?
The walnut is an autumn fruit and if it appears on the stalls in September, it can be eaten throughout the year as long as it is well preserved. What makes it rich is also what makes it fragile and perishable: its high content of fatty acids. Let’s not forget that the recently picked dried fruit is a fresh fruit and that if it is stored improperly, it can quickly go rancid and lose its qualities.
1- Fresh shelled walnuts.
They are brittle and can oxidize and lose their flavor very quickly. Never leave them out in the open or placed in the kitchen, it is too hot a room. For short-term storage, place them in an airtight jar, preferably glass, protected from light and heat. For storage for several weeks, the best place is the refrigerator because nuts like fresh. Be careful to place your beans in an airtight box or bag, so that no moisture gets in. Also remember to keep them away from foods that give off strong odors such as onions, since like oilseeds, nuts have absorbent power. Finally, for a long conservation, do not hesitate to freeze them to preserve their benefits. You only have to take them out for a few hours at room temperature before eating them. Do not thaw them in the oven, the heat will damage them.
2- Walnuts in shell
Freshly picked, they must be dried in the sun for at least 3 consecutive days. To do this, spread them out on a sheet and don’t forget to bring them in at night because they hate humidity. Once dry, store them in a basket or net, so that air circulates, ideally in a dry and cool place at no more than 10°C. Don’t forget to stir them from time to time. You can keep them for several months. If you want to keep them in their shell, fresh and without drying out, put them in the fridge or freezer.
The benefits of nuts
Know that consuming 30g of fresh kernels, or about 7 nuts per day, is enough to cover your daily intake of essential fatty acids. And let’s be clear, this healthy amount will not make you fat and, on the contrary, is beneficial for your health. Little advice: soak the nuts in water before eating them so that they release their active ingredients.
In addition, nuts favor intestinal transit because, oily and rich in fiber, they are indicated in the natural treatment against constipation.
In addition, its nutritional values provide a satiety effect, which allows you to reduce the amount of food on a daily basis. It is a very healthy appetite suppressant which is an advantage during a diet.
Now you no longer have excuses for not eating nuts. Do not forget that you can incorporate it into your sweet and savory recipes to combine the useful and the pleasant.
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