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What is the Best Indoor Herb Grower for Small Apartments?

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For those of us who don’t have balconies, indoor herb growers are the best thing in gardening since Miracle-Gro. But the best models don’t come cheap. Which one is worth your hard-earned buck? Here, I’ll dissect customer reviews to determine which is the best indoor herb grower for small apartments.

AeroGarden Ultra

Produced by AeroGrow, this particular model is the top-rated herb grower on Amazon. It boasts a powerful 30-watt LED light tuned to the ideal light spectrum for plants. There are seven ‘pods’ in which to grow plants, and the Amazon model includes Basil, Thyme, Mint, Parsley, Chives and Dill seeds.

The reviews emphasize how easy the AeroGarden is to use, along with the durability of its construction (great to know, since that LED lamp neck looks a bit flimsy in the picture.)

But is it good at growing plants? The reviews on this are a bit mixed. Many buyers report that plants on one side do better than the others, indicating an LED lighting imbalance or uneven water distribution. There are also complaints about its supposedly ‘smart’ electronic controls being lackluster.

Regardless, if the customer photos are any indication, the AeroGarden can grow some big, healthy-looking plants under the right conditions. Considering the modest price, its definitely an herb grower worth considering, even if it isn’t the best indoor herb grower on the market.

IKEA VAXER/KRYDDA Hydroponic Growth Kits

I was stoked when I heard IKEA was releasing a hydroponic growth kit back in 2016. I also thought to myself, “This thing will be everywhere a year from now.” IKEA has a knack for bringing niche things into the mainstream, so I figured the same thing would happen with indoor herb growing systems.

Two years on, we hardly hear about the VAXER and KRYDDA. What happened?

Well, for one, it turns out the kit never hit North American shores. But there are some reviews of the products in English, which point out:

  • An impressive build quality considering the price
  • A convenient tray/propagator system (which boasts far more growing space than the tiny AeroGrow Ultra)
  • Easy management and adjustment for hydroponics beginners.

There are a few complaints, however. First, the growing units are spaced very close together, leaving little room for your plants to grow big and leafy. The LED height is not adjustable, limiting what you can grow. Finally, the seeds that come packaged with the kit are apparently lousy (though they’re not really what you’re paying for when you buy a system like this).

As for the design, it’s not quite as compact nor aesthetically pleasing as the AeroGarden models, but it does fare better in terms of functionality.

Danby Fresh

If you can afford it, Danby’s Fresh Home Herb Grower ranks as one of the best indoor herb growers, period. Unlike the models mentioned above, it provides ventilation and climate control features (which plants love, since most prefer moister climates than what Canada has to offer). The unit comes with adjustable shelves rather than fixed growing units, so you can grow plants in whatever size or configuration you want so long as it fits.

Above all else, I love how sturdy and durable this unit is compared to other herb growers. There’s no chance you’ll knock this thing off the counter-top, and it protects your plants from pets, which are both problems I’ve had when it comes to growing herbs in the past.

The only downside is the cost: Danby’s herb grower is costly at $258 CDN. But I suspect it’ll last a lot longer than a small counter-top model will.

Written by Brittany

September 14th, 2018 at 4:52 pm

Guidelines For The Best Headphones During Travel

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Flying may cause uneasiness – whether it be the long queues through security, the fast changes in air pressure when the plane is taking off or landing, or the thunder of the motor when you’re attempting to get the chance to rest. While taking medication, biting gum, or yawning, to soothe the weight from your ears may help anticipate or diminish this distress, tuning in to music with the best earphones helps in a different way for your psychological state. Tuning in to music mitigates and enables individuals to quiet down the mind, particularly when they experience disturbances in-flight. It also enables the traveler to overcome the trip by closing off their ears to the machine motor clamor, crying youngsters, and so forth.

Here are a few interesting points you should know before purchasing earphones for your next journey.

Sound Quality

Sound reproduction, clarity, balance, and bass – all these combined make for a magnificent sound quality! When purchasing earphones, think about the sound by testing them at the store. The sound should give a precise treble (most astounding pitch of sound) and bass (least pitch of sound) and be free of static.

Cost

The cost of the earphones ought to be justified regardless of its quality and fit the financial budget of the buyer. Typically, the pricier the earphones, the more features you ought to anticipate that it will have, which may or may not incorporate the best quality sound.

Noise Cancellation

Planes and airport terminals can be very loud with a steady stream of individuals, motor sounds, and announcements booming through speaker systems. Invest in a decent headset that has a feature to cancel noise. Noise cancelling headphones will make your waiting in any area more enjoyable.

Comfort & Style

You might also consider earphones that match your style. In-ear earphones might be somewhat of a trouble with regards to comfort, however, it offers better noise reduction and cancellation. Over-the-ear earphones may appear somewhat off, style-wise, however, it offers more solace and less strain to the internal ear.

Sound Leaking

Tuning in to music is great and all aside from when it’s too loud and people can hear what you’re listening to. Great quality earphones don’t release sound and can even offset clamor from your outside condition. The best earphones for travel will keep your music from being heard at all.

Compactness

Having a trip requires a great deal of moving — from registering to changing flights. Earphones ought to be anything but difficult to oversee these transitional periods and must be anything but difficult to pack. They should be lightweight and sturdy so they aren’t effectively broken by movement-related wear and tear.

Written by Brittany

September 14th, 2018 at 4:51 pm

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Don’t Just Flush Your Old Medications!

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Is your medicine cabinet filled with old prescriptions? Most doctors ask that we completely finish our prescriptions, but many of us stop taking the pills as soon as we start feeling better. The thinking there is, “I’m better now, don’t need them” or “Next time I feel this way, I will already have the pills on hand and won’t have to buy more.”

Leaving aside the foolishness of not listening to your doctor, it is not a good idea to let pills age. Many pills lose their potency over time, so taking them months (or years) down the line will not provide you with much relief. Even worse, some can become toxic and should not be used at all after a certain amount of time has passed.

When disposing of any medications, it is important not to just put them in with your regular garbage. Pills and capsules melt when exposed to moisture (just as they do when you swallow them) and that will cause the medication to then seep into the ground. This will negatively impact animals that come into contact with it. Additionally, the runoff can then end up in lakes or streams, affecting fish and other forms of life.

This also applies to flushing unused pills down the toilet. There is a very good chance that the residue from these can end up in our drinking water. The water coming out of your taps is treated beforehand, but, alas, these processes do not address pharmaceutical drugs. These can also hurt animals and fish; with their smaller mass, they are more susceptible.

Fortunately, there is an easy solution. Bundle up all of your unused drugs and take them to your local pharmacy. They will see that they are disposed of in a safe manner that will not harm the environment, animals, or us.

Written by Brittany

November 29th, 2017 at 7:20 pm

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Ensuring Safety In Your Workplace Using Proper Training

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Accidents at the workplace can occur due to any reason. They may occur due to unsafe measures at the workplace or improper handling of machines and equipment. These days, an increasing number of employees are meeting with an accident at workplace. Injuries at workplace may result either due to improper handling of equipment or unsafe practices at the workplace.

Pay attention to your health at work. Avoid breathing toxic fumes from chemicals, solvents, and paints. Wear a protective mask when you work with chemicals and report any accidents. Those commercials you’ve seen on television are right: workplace safety is extremely important. Aside from using proper lifting technique, make sure that your work area is set up correctly. You’ll need to position your computer screen at eye level, sit in an ergonomic chair that supports your lower back, and use a footrest when necessary. And try to get up and move every 20 minutes or so – this will help keep your back, leg and hip muscles from getting too tight. And when you sit back down, take this opportunity to reset your posture to a proper, healthy position. Check out the Health and safety training that your workplace provides.

You can reduce risk in your workplace by adding other types posters that OSHA does not require everything from reminding people to use equipment properly, to cough into their elbow, or remembering to “THINK!” to prevent accidents. The reality is that posters get old and stale, and even if they don’t, no human being will see them or consider their message after walking by them six or seven times. This invisibility drives up risk and employees begin to forget any positive message that has been posted. So give you bulletin boards a fresh look continually by relying on Microsoft MS Publisher or MS Word free art and photos. The funnier images the better, as long as the message clear and to the point. Finally, you are going to get the creative part of you on paper and on the wall.

Provide educational information for small businesses in the community by contributing to your local chamber of commerce. Think workplace safety, workman’s comp, etc. For example, if there are people working in high places, make sure they have training for Working at heights class Ontario.

Written by Brittany

November 25th, 2015 at 4:02 pm

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