Wednesday, September 20, 2006

How To Grow Herbs

How To Grow Herbs

There are many people who will put a lot of effort into learning how to grow herbs. As a practicing herbalist, and a gardener with more than ten years experience, I can tell you: this is a mistake. There's no guide to how to grow herbs. It is something that you have to learn yourself. Of course, there are books that will give you instructions on how to grow herbs – type of soil needed for each plant, amount of water, amount of sunlight. This is all useful stuff, but none of it really beats experimenting by yourself.

Growing herbs is not just a matter of following a recipe, it is about watching the plants grow, seeing how they react to the environment in which they are placed, seeing how small change effect them. Even different spots in the same room in front of the same window may have remarkably different effects on a particularly temperamental plant.

Not that I would advise you against using any outside information on how to grow herbs, but really, when you are just starting, you probably won't have to go much farther than a few minutes of conversation with the seller in your local nursery, and the instructions on the packet of seeds. Start with some very simple instructions, and tend to them faithfully. If you are really interested in how to grow herbs, you will learn more from just carefully watching your plants grow and recording the details yourself. Once you have been gardening for a few years, then you can get outside information on how to grow herbs, and learn things from the experts.

It comes down to a few basic problems in our society, I think. Even when someone is studying something done out of love, such as how to grow herbs, they often want to come into it as an expert. Most gardeners, instead of putting in the time with an active and attentive mind, start out by consulting every book on how to grow herbs. By the time they actually are growing their herbs, it has become something tedious and academic, and they have probably burnt out on it. This is the surest way to miss the magic of tending to growing things. Learn how to grow herbs yourself. You will thank yourself for the time spent, and I guarantee, you will grow better plants in the long run if you do.

Multi-Liquid Vitamins

Multi-Liquid Vitamins

Each morning many of us are faced with taking a handful of pills. Sometimes it makes us wonder if the pills we take have the promised effect on our systems. This question comes into play when we consider the number of vitamins that we take. Not only do we take specific vitamins for our needs, but multivitamins are usually part of our morning pill routine.

The bad news is that many multivitamins pass right through our systems without being absorbed. This is because the vitamins and minerals are so compacted into the pill’s form that they are not able to be broken down. If they are not adequately broken down, they do not get absorbed. Basically, the pill goes from one end to the other with no purpose.

Finding a good liquid multi vitamin is the perfect solution to this dilemma. You can go through a test to make sure that your vitamin breaks down. Put your multivitamin into a glass of water. If the pill does not dissolve within ten minutes, it will not dissolve properly in your system and will not benefit you at all.

Some may argue that your digestive system has much harsher agents than water to break elements down into smaller parts. The water test is to show that the vitamins and minerals will not break down in time and they will not be able to compete with other materials in your digestive system.
Note that if you put a liquid multi vitamin in a glass of water it dissipates on the spot. This illustrates how the liquid multi vitamin works on your system. The effects you feel from the vitamins and minerals are almost immediate. Anyone who takes a liquid multi vitamin will tell you that he immediately feels a surge of energy.

Some may argue that the surge of energy is purely psychological and it seems like the power of persuasion prevails. However, few people, if any make the same statement about taking a vitamin in a pill form. In fact, most people, including myself, complain of nausea after taking the pill form.
There are drawbacks to taking a liquid multi vitamin. Though it benefits greatly over most other forms of supplementing your nutrition, the liquid multi vitamin has a relatively short shelf life. You can keep a bottle of vitamins in pill form for months or even years.

The well preserved hard vitamins and minerals are trapped in the pill. However, the liquid multi vitamin is almost completely absorbed by the body.