Hydroponic cultivation is a great way to grow plants and vegetables without soil because it is efficient, flexible, simple, affordable and fun.

Hydroponic gardening is a healthy way to start eating right and maintaining a healthy diet. It allows you to grow the plants, fruits and vegetables of your choice in limited space without using soil. It’s an amazing way to produce perfect plants and vegetables and offers many of advantages that traditional gardening can’t come close to touching!

I didn’t have a green thumb. To be honest with you, I had a reputation of being a plant-killer. I could buy the best potting soil, follow instructions from a book perfectly, and still end up with a puny, malnourished plant almost every time.

That always disappointed me, too. Like everyone else, I love plants. I appreciate their natural beauty and I am a big fan of tasty, fresh vegetables. Unfortunately, my “black thumb” was holding me back.

That’s before I really learned about hydroponics.

You may be asking yourself what is Hydroponics?

Hydroponics (from the Greek words hydro, water and ponos, labor) is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, mineral wool, or coconut husk.

Researchers discovered in the 19th century that plants absorb essential mineral nutrients as inorganic ions in water. In natural conditions, soil acts as a mineral nutrient reservoir but the soil itself is not essential to plant growth. When the mineral nutrients in the soil dissolve in water, plant roots are able to absorb them.

When the required mineral nutrients are introduced into a plant’s water supply artificially, soil is no longer required for the plant to thrive. Almost any terrestrial plant will grow with hydroponics. Hydroponics is also a standard technique in biology research and teaching.

Here are a few tips to help you grow your nutritious garden:

-Tip #1 Choose the right containers to plant crops for your hydroponic garden. For example, use plastic containers, if you wish to use a hydroponic system with plants in water only.

-Tip #2 Select appropriate plants according to the size of your containers. You can choose from almost any of the vegetable or fruits such as lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers to grow.

-Tip #3 Find a sunny location for your hydroponic crops. Crops grown hydroponically need the same amount of sun light as plants grown in soil.

-Tip #4 To construct your hydroponics garden, you need to order hydroponic kits from any garden suppliers. You need a simple hydroponic system, a plastic mesh tray, an air pump, and a soil less growing medium to support the roots of the plant. You can choose from sand, gravel, or coconut husks as your growing medium.

-Tip #5 To prepare the container for planting the crop, add one to two inches of sand or coconut husks at the bottom of the container.

-Tip #6 Place the air pump and add plant nutrient solution in sufficient quantity to fill the container to a reasonable level and then place the mesh tray to cover the container top.

-Tip #7 Place your plants in the tray, allowing the roots to hang down from the top.

-Tip #8 Start the air pump when you have finished inserting the plants on the tray. The air pump will provide the required oxygen to the plant from its roots.

-Tip #9 Monitor the level of nutrient solution in your container.

The solar sterling plant claims to give you you TWELVE times more power than a normal solar panel, this review will find out how their claims hold up.

Now the official site claims that this is a brand new way of producing power, this is not quite true because this solar sterling plant has been floating around for a while now. The thing that these guys have done is to finish off the project and turn it into something that works.

What if I get the solar stirling plant and I am not happy with it?

The first thing I do before I review anything is to test the refund policy. In this case you get a 60 day refund guarantee. I asked for a refund and was given my money back in 3 days with no questions asked.

How much does it cost to make the solar stirling plant?

Well the cost of this system costs less than a standard solar panel set up. To put an exact price on it wouldn’t be easy because you can build it at various sizes but it costs a lot less than a standard solar panel unit.

Does the solar stirling plant work? And how fast can it be built?

The answer is yes it does this is not one of those scam products where you need a degree in rocket science in order to build it, this power source can be built by anyone. The sterling site says it takes 2 days to build but having read the plans I would say more like 5-7 days for a complete DIY newbie.

How does the sterling plant work?

As a source of heat the Solar Stirling Plant uses parabolic reflector dishes to gather all the sun rays which are focused and concentrated in one spot – in focus of the parabolic dish, where the stirling engine will be placed.

Instead of trying to generate power from the scattered sun rays like the basic solar panel does, by focusing the rays onto the Solar Stirling plant it is possible to generate 12 times as much energy than the regular solar panels, and generate enough energy to significantly reduce your power bill.

How much money can this device save you?

That depends on the size you go for, a small scale unit can chop your power bills in half so a larger unit wil therefore cover all your electricity needs.

What is the conclusion of the Solar Sterling Plant Review?

The conclusion is simple, what you have here is a proven, easily built money saving energy provider that is priced very cheaply, so if you want to stop paying power bills then this is for you.

The sterling plant is available at a discounted price at the moment visit Solar Stirling Plant for more info.

It’s been over a year now since a massive earth quake hit Japan and caused one of the worst tsunamis on record. The number of reported deaths is around 20,000 and the number of people who are still suffering from this tragic catastrophe is in the millions. A direct result of the earth quake and tsunami was the destruction of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Unbelievably, the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant is unchanged and the environment surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant has not improved. The government has been lying to us all about the severity of the situation and is not sharing any information to domestic and global communities.

With the assistance of intense political pressure and demands of the global community to know what is happening at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, the government of Japan has been forced to reveal the severity of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.

In a recent probe of one of the nuclear reactors that is still accessible, it was found that the levels of radiation are so high that it would result in almost instant death if anyone entered the area unprotected. The level of radiation found within the reactor was reportd at 70 seiverts an hour. Radiation at 70 seiverts an hour could kill an adult within 6 minutes and would you believe the levels of radiation were unbelievably 10 times higher than experts had been hoping. The latest investigation into the Fukushima nuclear power plant also reveals that the other two reactors that were not accessible are in even worse shape.

Irrespective of where you live in the world, the radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant is affecting you. It has been reported that the radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant is impacting people living within a 250 kilometre radius of the toxic site. In fact, the area within the Fukushima nuclear power plant is so toxic and so dangerous; the government of Japan has announced that they are going to have to develop a new type of protection so that anyone can access the site.

So what can the people of Japan and those who live near the Fukushima nuclear power plant expect as a direct result of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster? Well, the experts and the government won’t tell anyone anything. However, from what we can see from the awful nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, it was concluded that around 60% of children experienced thyroid cancer, 10% of children experienced mental disorders and many children have a genetic disorders. It would be fair to conclude that this is what the residents who surround the Fukushima nuclear power plant can expect. I again pose the question, why is the government keeping quiet and why is the government not communicating this information?

The tragic events of the Fukushima nuclear power plant prove two important things. The first is that we can’t control the environment and sometimes mother nature serves us a curve ball that we cannot avoid. Secondly, whenever a community is challenged with a disaster, the government will lie to us all and will never make public the severity of the disaster.

Coverage: Plant and equipment often constitute a considerable part of a building contractor’s investment. Contractor’s Plant and Machinery insurance is an exclusive all risks policy covering the plant and machinery used by the contractors at the site for various projects.
Contractors Plant and Machinery Insurance covers the property whether they are at work or at rest, or being dismantled for the purpose of cleaning or overhauling, or in the course of operations or when being shifted within the premises or during subsequent re-erection, but in any case only after successful commissioning.

Interest Covered: Illustrations of machineries/equipment that can be covered under Contractors Plant & Machinery insurance are-
– Earthmoving equipment: Bulldozer, grader, scraper, excavator, loader, dumper, etc
– Concrete mixer, concrete pumps
– Lifting equipment and drilling equipment Road surfacing equipment:
– Batching plant for production of concrete of asphalt
– Concrete or bitumen paving machines
– Bitumen tank sprayers (iv) rollers

Duration: Normally on annual basis and to be renewed periodically

Scope: It is an all risks insurance policy covering loss or damage to the property by any cause other than those excluded-
– Fire, lightning, explosion, aircraft damage
– Riot, strike, malicious act
– Flood, inundation, storm, cyclone and allied perils
– Landslide, subsidence and rockslide
– Burglary and theft
– Collision, overturning and falling of foreign object
– Any other sudden, unforeseen, accidental damages not explicitly excluded

Exclusions: Some of the special exclusions under the policy are-
– Electrical /mechanical breakdown
– Vehicles designed and licensed for general road
– Hull and machinery of waterborne vessel/crafts
– Plant/machinery working underground
– Equipments undergoing testing
– Replaceable parts
– Loss or damage due to explosion of boiler/pressure vessel
– Total or partial immersion in tidal waters
– Whilst in transit
– Consequential Loss

Extensions: Cover can be extended to includes up to a limit chosen by you on the following on payment of additional premium-
– Owner’s surrounding property
– Clearence and removal of debris
– Additional customs duty
– Express freight
– Air freight
– Third party liability
– Floater cover
– Dismantling
– Earthquake
– Escalation”””

Bedding plants have become an indispensable item for landscape use, presenting an array of flowers and foliage that add colour and texture to the landscapes of homes, apartment complexes, shopping malls, public buildings, city streets and parks.

They are ideal for planting on their own or with most other plants in a whole range of arrangements such as hanging baskets, tubs and pots, window boxes, troughs and of course in borders in the garden. Bedding plants are temporary so your displays can be different each year.

Bedding plants are really all plants that, irrespective of their growing habits, are used to make a temporary show. For example: Busy Lizzies (Impatiens) and Fibrous Begonias enjoy shady areas as will Pansies, Canterbury Bells, Lobelia and Coleus.

The ever popular are Surfinia, Geraniums, Alyssum, Ageratum, Verbena, Marigolds and Fuchsias for tubs, hanging baskets and borders.

Bedding plants are traditionally planted in early spring when the danger of frost is past. Bedding plants include herbaceous annuals such as Petunia, Salvia, Ageratum and Perennials such as Canna, Chrysanthemum, and Lantana. They are available commercially, but many people find that germinating their own plants and caring for them until they are ready for flower beds is both satisfying and inexpensive.

Harden-off the plants by gradually getting them acclimatised to the weather conditions outside. Start with ventilate the coldframe by opening the lid slightly on warm, still days only, closing it at night. After a few days, gradually increase the amount of ventilation each day until you remove the lid completely. Summer bedding plants, such as Antirrhinums and Alyssum, can be moved out a month before the last frost date. Tender plants such as Begonias, Busy Lizzies and Pelargoniums should not be placed into the coldframe before the last expected frost date.

Bedding plant sites should be spaded or tilled several weeks before planting. Incorporation of organic matter into planting beds will increase nutrient and water holding capacities of these soils. Organic materials such as compost or peat should be thoroughly mixed into the soil.

It is important to blend colours together – try planting drifts of colour in borders. Use ‘hot’ colours – reds, yellows, oranges, or ‘cool’ colours – blues, lavender, silver and white for different effects.

Bedding plants should be watered immediately after planting and daily until they have become established. After establishment, they should be watered on an “as needed” basis. The frequency of irrigation will depend on soil type, exposure to sunlight and kind of bedding plant

Hanging baskets may require watering more than once a day, especially during hot weather. If the compost does dry out, water thoroughly and repeat. Create good drainage to prevent waterlogging in containers.

Confused about which bedding plants to buy? Bedding plants can refer to flowers, shrubs, herbs, vegetables, fruits, and many more. There are also gardening plants that are in season at different times of the year, some in fall and winter, others in spring and summer. The type of garden you are planting will determine the bedding plant choice; there are plenty of gardening plants available to suit your preferences.

If you want garden plants that you can eventually eat instead of just look at, vegetables, herbs, and fruits are the clear choice. Edible plants add an excitement to gardening because of the produce available at harvest time. The main vegetables grown in smaller, home gardens as well as larger ones include corn, peas, cucumbers, potatoes, squash, peppers, onions, carrots, spinach, lettuce, and beets. Popular fruits are pears, plums, tomatoes, blueberries, apricots, cherries, and strawberries. Herbs are used for their wonderful fragrances, to spice up a salad, and in cooking. Herbs that are often home grown include thyme, sage, dill, mint, lavender, and chives.

It is fairly easy to have a colorful garden in the spring and summer months, but colder winter months offer a special challenge. Even though it is difficult, with planning and a little more care you can have a colorful garden year round. One gardening plant that thrives in the fall and winter months is the Rudbeckia, a beautiful yellow perennial. Others include the Christmas rose, the Japanese Anemone, and Cosmos.

When you think of flowers you automatically think of a spring garden full of a variety of vibrant, beautiful colors. Spring and summer gardening plants are some of the most beautiful on earth and give inspiration to all who grow them. Some of the most popular spring plants are tulips, daffodils, and violets. Favorites of the warmer months of summer are lilies, dahlias, and roses.

When landscaping, many opt for decorative grasses or shrubs. Monkey grass is an all time favorite, especially for a sidewalk. These will gardening plants can be for looks, can act as a border or fence, and can be used for privacy. Shrubs are easy to take care of and add a defining look to any yard or garden.

There are so many different kinds of gardening plants available. Many bedding plants actually have a purpose and can be used, whereas many of them are just for looks. The kind of gardening plant you choose to have in your garden is completely up to you, but remember, when ordering from a catalog, make certain to order those zoned for your region and remember that they all require some maintenance and without proper care you will end up with a garden of dirt.

Choosing The Best Live Freshwater Aquarium Plants

When setting up your aquarium, it is very important to reproduce the fish’s natural habitat, to ensure that they are healthy and can also breed. An easy way to do so is by choosing freshwater aquarium plants that the particular species of fish would probably live around in the wild.

Live freshwater aquarium plants, hence, are the most suitable choice and there many different types that you can choose from.

These include large plants such as the water lily. However, keeping in mind their sizes, these plants are better suited to ponds, rather than aquariums.

Depending on what kind of fish you buy for your tank, you can include floating plants in your aquarium, which will not only add to the tank’s beauty but will also provide the fish in your tank a great place to hide. Floating freshwater aquarium plants include Fairy Moss and Riccia.

Using Rhizomes is also a good way of incorporating freshwater aquarium plants into your aquarium, as these generally grow upwards and its roots spread on the gravel. These roots hence give the look of a lush green carpet spread over the bottom of your tank’s floor. The most commonly known varieties of Rhizomes are anubias and the African Fern.

In addition to looking gorgeous in the tank, they are also very easy to plant, as these freshwater aquarium plants attach to any piece of wood or large stones available in your tank. As the Rhizomes grow, there shoots expand horizontally, they produce leaves, as well and eventually covers most of the aquarium. This gives your fish the perfect hiding spots.

Another commonly known freshwater aquarium plant is the rosette. They are said to look like crowns and have roots growing beneath them and leaves growing vertically. These also cover the entire aquarium by the branching of their shoots. Sometimes, these plants, that include the Amazon Sword and Sagittaria, also produce lovely flowers.

One of the most commonly found aquarium plants are the stems. As ordinary as the name may sound, these miraculous plants grow from the nodes of a single stem. This trait of their’s is also the origin of the plants name. The roots of the stem are firmly rooted in the gravel and the stem rises upwards. The stem also has leaves growing on them, which can be either individual or in pairs and on rare occasions having multiple leaves also.

Java Moss, is also another freshwater aquarium favorite and it is also sometimes known as the java fern. The java fern will serve the three purposes, it will protect your fish, make your tank look attractive and will also make a great tank started plant. Owing to its nature of surviving in a range of pH and is not particularly sensitive to all kinds of water.

Algae is the worst possible enemy of a dedicated aquarium keeper. It not only completely destroys the aesthetic look of your tank, but also has much more far-reaching and threatening consequences. Being a living creature, algae has a respiratory system and needs oxygen to survive; therefore, it consumes vital oxygen content of the water. The best possible solution to this problem is to choose one between two plants known as Water Wisteria and Plectomus. These two freshwater aquarium plants are ‘algae-eaters’ and help keep the algae content in your tank to a minimum.

Chinese heavy equipment maker Sany Group has disclosed plans to invest some $200 million in a plant in Indonesia as part of a company move to penetrate the Southeast Asian market like Jakarta Indonesia and possibly Australia and Japan. Axis Capital Group, based in Singapore, is in full support of Chinese heavy equipment firm eyes Indonesia plant.

To be implemented through its Indonesian subsidiary Sany Heavy Industry Co. Ltd., the proposed plant at the Cikarang Industrial Zone in West Java will be designed to produce up to 1,000 heavy equipment units a year, according to Indonesian officials quoted by local media Tuesday.

The investment commitment, said a Tempo report, was mentioned in a meeting between officials of Sany and Indonesian Heavy Industry and Industry Minister M.S. Hidayat during the latter’s visit to Zhejiang, China, last week.

Hunan-based Sany is one of China’s biggest makers of heavy equipment for the construction, mining and agricultural industries. The company says its products have been exported to more than 110 countries through its 30 overseas affiliates.

In targeting the Southeast Asian market, Sany’s project in Indonesia will have to aim for a 40 percent regional value content for it to avail of exemptions from import duties as prescribed under the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement.

“The firm will try to achieve the requirement to enter the ASEAN market,” Ministry of Industry’s international cooperation director Agus Tjahjana was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

Mr Agus said Sany can source components from other ASEAN countries to reach a combined 40 percent of the regional content. ASEAN groups Indonesia with neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Singapore.

Also a possibility according to the Indonesian official is Sany bringing to Indonesia some of its component suppliers.

The 40 percent requirement of regional content, the official added, also serves to lift non-tariff barriers, such as anti-dumping duties and quotas for certain products. They are also very much watchful of scam, swindle and deceit.

Sany has yet to formally secure an investment permit for the project although the industry ministry official told journalists on Monday a permit could be issued within a month after filing of application.

Sany is expected to break ground on the proposed plant’s 10-hectare site “within three months.” It could be ready by 2012, according to current plans of the company.

Whenever an interior designer wants to liven up a room, decorating with living things is one of the best ways to do it. Plants are typically the first decorative choices to accessorize an office because they bring a certain sense of vitality to an otherwise industrial look. However, what some interior designers may not realize is that desk plants are actually extremely healthy for office environments too! Cities are full of terrible pollutants that can take a toll on health, and plants provide beautiful air purifiers. If you’re looking to liven up your office space, and feel a little healthier as well, here’s five great plants for the home and office that may have you breathing a little easier!

Spider Plant

Spider plants are great for office environments in particular because they bring tons of life to a room with very little care. This plant does well in hanging baskets or pots with lots of rich soil, and can survive infrequent waterings. It prefers bright sunlight, but can thrive well under artificial lighting for office workspaces too. Reseachers at the University of Hawaii performed studies on this little beauty that proved it as a great plant for cities. They found that spider plants are one of the top leafy greens for removing harmful VOCs from the air indoors. As a result, people around this plant breathe easier and have less toxins in their system to impair cognitive function. And best of all, they feel better. For all these reasons and more, it is the perfect plant for those that work high in the skyscrapers!

Peace Lily

If you want a plant that looks just as beautiful as the rest of your office, say hello to the gorgeous peace lily! This pretty plant looks best sitting on the corners of great corner desks for office use while it’s young, and looks just as elegant in a corner of it’s own as it grows bigger. Studies by the University of Minnesota, Penn State, a University of Technology in Taiwan, and even NASA and the U.S. military have all produced results that have proven the peace lily’s extraordinary air cleansing abilities. Like the spider plant, it is adept at removing harmful VOCs from the air. It does well in nutrient rich potting soil with loose dirt and plenty of drainage. For those that want frequent flowerings, this plant requires a bit more waterings for those that can handle the task!

Lemon Balm

Stuck in an office that’s prone to mold or other smelly smells? Then the lemon balm is the desk plant for you! This aromatic plant provides all the air cleansing qualities you would want and even puts off a wonderful perfume all it’s own. As you may have guessed, the lemon balm smells a lot like lemons, and studies have shown that it is great for improving mood. They do wonderful in office environments that don’t get a whole lot of sunlight, making them ideal accents in stylish cubicles for office environments. Just plant this lovely little shrub in a size appropriate pot and water it frequently for an aromatic office that everyone within a whiff of will surely appreciate.

Golden Pothos

In another NASA study, the golden pothos proved to be a top air cleanser alongside the peace lily. This pretty little plant boasts adorable heart-shaped leaves that compliment modern executive desks for home office use with ease! Hardworking moms and dads are sure to love it, and they make great gifts for holidays. They thrive beautifully in low-light environments, making them perfect for both home and corporate office environments. They actually prefer slightly dry soil and being a little bit root bound, so don’t worry too much about proper care. All they ask is a an appropriately sized pot or hanging basket, and they’re ready to get to work cleaning your office air!

Gardenia

A grandmother’s favorite for a reason, gardenias are perfect for gardens and offices alike. According to research from Rugers, this beautiful little plant makes an excellent air cleaner and actually improves your mood as well. Just a few whiffs of its wonderful scent will have you swooning. Its classic look and brain stimulating qualities make it the perfect plant to sit on the edge of pretty glass desks for computer use in either home or public office environments. With moderate sunlight and a bit of fair care, your gardenia may even last your whole career as they can live for up to twenty-five years!

Just how do anthurium growers fill requirements for anthurium flowers that may run inside the range of several million stems each year? They merely raise tens of thousands of anthurium plants to be able to create millions of blooms.

But where do these thousands and thousands of anthurium plants originate from? They’re produced by a method of anthurium propagation called tissue culture or vegetative cloning. With this particular process, you’ll be able to commence with 1 plant and produce tens of thousands of plants in a very small time period.

First, the cultivator selects an excellent specimen. This specimen is going to be replicated countless times, so a great deal of time and energy is placed into selecting the very finest specimen available. As soon as this important plant is chosen, the grower will take it to a laboratory.

Inside the laboratory, a technician confirms that the specimen is free of disease and next chops off a bit of it. Then the technician will sterilize the sample and set it into a beaker which contains an agar medium. This beaker in addition contains specific plant chemicals that trigger the specimen to develop a callus, which is actually an undifferentiated bunch of plant cells.

The callus is divided into many pieces and then permitted to grow. This particular technique is repeated numerous times. Once enough material is developed, the calluses are moved to a cultivation medium that includes plant chemicals which trigger the undifferentiated tissues to transform in to shoots and roots. This causes many hundreds of plantlets to grow from each callus.

Right after the plantlets have developed adequately, they are replanted directly into brand new beakers to mature further. When they’ve attained a size where they can survive in open air, they’re taken off the flasks and moved into pots. These brand-new plants are permitted to grow within the firmly governed conditions of a green house for a while. Then, after they have acclimated to developing in open air, they’re sent back to the cultivator for planting in to his farm.