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What’s There To Know About Grow Lights? All your Questions Answered

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For the past few years, cannabis growing has been legalized in various countries, with many people desiring to venture into this kind of project. We may conclude that the cannabis-growing business is quite worth a try when you have the right tools and equipment to make the business a success. One of the basic equipment you need when growing cannabis is LED lights, as they hasten the growing process especially when you have chosen them carefully. One thing worth noting is that LED lights are more efficient when compared to their HID lights rivals. In short, they use less energy, are more physically strong, they serve you for longer, have a faster switching mechanism, among other benefits that make them more efficient to use when growing cannabis. Some general tips will come in handy when growing cannabis using LED lights, which is why you need to read on and get equipped with some of these tips:

  1. Run things the cooler way

When growing cannabis using LED lights, one thing you want to consider is that they run cooler in comparison to HID lights, which is why you won’t need cool tubes. The temperature of the room where you grow your plants will be more controllable especially in periods like summer, when your plants may suffer from too much heat. In colder climates, though, you may need to install an additional heater as LED lights may not produce heat as required by your plants. However, consider that LED lights will save a lot on your bills, which should compensate for the heating cost. Besides, you might not even need to keep your additional heater running at all times.

  1. Get the LED lights closer to the plants

Regarding the first point in this article, less heat will enable you to get the lights closer to the cannabis canopy. This, in turn, implies that you will be able to increase the light intensity that your plants get from the LED lamps. You should, however, bear in mind that the light intensity and coverage area need to balance. As such, you should opt to start with the manufacturer’s recommendations, and then you can make changes as the plants increase their height.

  1. Reduce the rate of watering

This point may not seem viable at first, but it really is viable when you consider that using LED lights means less vaporization. In other words, when LED lights produce less heat, this implies that the temperatures in the room will be lower which in turn means that there will be less vaporization of water from the growing pots. As such, you want to be careful not to overwater the plants, by reducing the intensity of your irrigation, especially when switching from HID lights.

  1. Reduce the nutrients

When you water your plants less, it means that you also need to lower the amount of nutrients you will add to the plants. Consider that with less heat, and then less water movement, your plants with tend to use up lesser quantities of their food. As such, you might want to feed your plants with fewer nutrients, to avoid a situation whereby your plants suffer from an excess build-up of nutrients, resulting to over-fertilization. This also implies that you will have saved some cash.

  1. Pick LEDs with the right spectrum

One unique thing about LED lights is that they have a wider light spectrum variety when compared to HID lights. In other words, LED lights can produce more of a certain light spectrum, and this is ideal since cannabis may require different spectrums at various stages of growth. With LED technology, you can use blue and white LEDs during the vegetative stage, while various red spectrums are used during flowering. Besides, some of the LED lights even have UV and Infrared, which will penetrate the plants to ensure that they produce as many cannabinoids as they can.

In conclusion, the tips above should be ideal for any cannabis farming beginner, since they cover the most important practices to consider as one is growing cannabis. If you are a beginner in this field you might as well want to intensify your research by consulting a few professionals to increase your chances of success. You can by the way find way more information on this topic at healthy handyman. They have a whole guide on it.

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Spotting Scope and Travels

The debate of whether binoculars are better than spotting scope or vice versa is undeniably still ongoing. Most birdwatchers would say binoculars are better, while most hunters don’t have to answer the obvious. Apparently, both scopes are helpful in various ways.

Today, however, we’ll focus on why bringing a spotting scope with you when traveling is beneficial. What can you do with this mini telescope anyway? Aside from being used in photography, hunting, animal races, and even concerts, what more could these lightweight scopes offer? Let’s see.

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Taking a closer look at a bird’s plumage has never been a fun experience! A spotting scope can give you sharp images of birds you never thought you’d come across. Observing their beak, feathers, face, and claws is not out of reach anymore. Other birds that don’t fly in the skies of your country might fly over you in another one, so why not take the opportunity to behold their beauty? A spotting scope makes birdwatching worth your time.

A for All Animals

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You can also observe other animals with this powerful scope too! If you happen to be in a zoo or an exhibition show, your spotting scope can help you get more details with your eyes. Seriously, this tool will make other people envious of your genius decision to carry a scope with you.

Seek, and You Shall Find

Looking for a particular shop, restaurant, or building? No problem! With a spotting scope by your side, you can easily find what you’re searching for. This scope eliminates the need for you to get closer to a building just to confirm if that’s what you’re looking for by requiring you to simply zoom. You can just stay in place, and check that faraway edifice! You can also use it to look around if ever you have extra time for one more destination to visit that isn’t on your list.

The Nature-Loving Eyes

Birding_naturschutzgebiet_wenger_moor_E_OrtnerLet your eyes set upon the beauty of nature. There are numerous things to appreciate in nature, and I’m not just talking about flowers and trees. I’m also speaking of the skies, the ocean, the glorious sun, and the captivating moon. These elements were made to give warmth to our hearts through our gift of sight, which is why it’s only proper to gaze at their magnificence and care for them using a spotting scope.

 

Spotting scopes give us new perspectives; they allow us to see beyond what we normally see. Ironically, however, they teach us that there’s more to everything than meets the eye.

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4 Bread Machine Recipes You Must Try

Think you’re ready to bake? Make sure you have one of the most talked about bread machines today! To find out more, check breadmakers: which are the best?

Portuguese Sweet Bread

Nothing’s sweeter than Pão Doce!

You’ll need:

  • 1 c. of whole milk, skim milk, or half and half
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c. of white sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. of active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp. of margarine
  • 3 c. of bread flour
  • 3/4 tsp. of salt

Steps:

  1. Put all the ingredients in your bread machine pan based on the order recommended by the manufacturer. Usually, wet ingredients go first, then the dry ingredients, then the yeast.
  2. Choose the sweet bread cycle and press start.
  3. After the cycle has finished, remove the bread, wait for it to cool, and slice!

Peanut Butter Bread

Fall in love with this delicious recipe that will leave you wanting more.

You’ll need:

  • Homemade bread1 1/2 tsp. of active dry yeast
  • 1 c. of warm water (110 °F or 45 °C)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. of white sugar
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • ½ c. of crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. of honey
  • 3 c. of bread flour

Steps:

  1. Follow the order suggested by your manufacturer while you’re putting the ingredients in the pan.
  2. Choose the White/Basic cycle then press start.
  3. Wait patiently for the cycle to complete.
  4. Remove the bread and let it cool before slicing it into 12 equal parts.
  5. Enjoy!

Cheese with Herbs Bread

Get ready to enter the world of cheese and herbs after 3 hours!

You’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp. of active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. of dried basil
  • 1 tsp. of dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp. of dry milk powder
  • 2 tbsp. of softened butter
  • 2 tbsp. of white sugar
  • 3 c. of bread flour
  • 3 tbsp. of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp. of dried marjoram
  • 1 1/2 tsp. of dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1 1/4 c. of warm water (110 °F or 45 °C)

Steps:

  1. Place the ingredients in the pan of your bread machine as instructed by the manufacturer.
  2. Choose the Basic/White cycle and press start.
  3. Wait for it to finish.
  4. Take out the delicious, healthy-smelling bread and let it cool.
  5. Cut it into 12 pieces and savor every bite!

Garlic Bread

You’ll need:

  • 3/8 c. of water
  • 1 tsp. of coarsely ground black pepper
  • Garlic bread1 tsp. of dried basil
  • 1 tsp. of minced garlic
  • 1/4 c. of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 1/2 tsp. of bread machine yeast
  • 2 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. of salt
  • 3 tsp. of chopped fresh chives, basil, parsley, or oregano
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. of white sugar
  • 4 c. of bread flour
  • Optional: Bread dough enhancer
  • Optional for a more garlic taste: 2-3 small garlic bulbs, roughly chopped

Steps:

  1. Add all the ingredients into your bread machine pan. Make sure to follow the instructions of the manufacturer regarding the order.
  2. Choose the White/Basic cycle, select the color of the crust, then press start.
  3. After the cycle, take the bread out and let it cool.
  4. Cut into equal pieces and serve!
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American States That Allow You To Smoke Weed for Fun

Alaska

If you’re 21 and over living in Alaska, we have news for you! You can smoke pot legally even if it’s not for medical purposes! You can possess, use, and transport an ounce of marijuana in the largest state in the U.S., and that’s one big news.

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As the first state to approve the use of medical cannabis in 1996, California had become even more weed-friendly since 2016 when the state made it legal to carry and use up to an ounce of marijuana even if you have no prescription. However, you won’t be able to purchase pot legally yet until the year 2018 begins, so how will you smoke? If you have a friend who uses medical cannabis you can share with them, or if you’re a medical marijuana patient.

Colorado

You can acquire up to an ounce of marijuana here, and purchasing a pack won’t be a problem since there are more cannabis dispensaries than McDonalds and Starbucks in this state.

Maine

Just like in California, retail stores won’t be open until 2018 in Maine, but what’s great about it is that Mainers are allowed to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana—that’s double the limit in most states.

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Massachusetts

If you’re a resident here, you can carry and consume little amounts of marijuana. You can even cultivate up to 12 cannabis plants at home! However, it will be a sin not to use products from Grow For 420 so make sure you visit their page before you do start planting.

Better start growing up marijuana crops than wait for retail stores to open doors in 2018, right?

Nevada

Possess an ounce of pot legally in Nevada! If you want to cultivate your own, however, you have to reside 25 miles outside the nearest dispensary to be authorized.

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Oregonians were allowed to carry up to one ounce of weed last 2015. They can also grow up to four plants at home, even give marijuana edibles as gifts! Just be sure not to ingest them in public.

Washington

Since 2012, dispensaries in Washington have collected over a billion dollars just for selling nonmedical cannabis. A person can carry up to an ounce of marijuana, but if he wants to grow the drug, he must be a medical marijuana patient to be licensed.

Washington, DC

Last November 2014, residents of Washington, DC voted to legalize nonmedical cannabis. Now, they can possess up to two ounces of pot and give an ounce as a gift.

 

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Reasons Why Your Books Need a Jigsaw

If you’re a book lover and you don’t own a jigsaw yet, I’m pretty sure your books are disappointed with you. Why? Because the jigsaw is the master of cutting—it can cut straight and odd shapes, allowing you to be as creative as possible. With one in your hand, you can make the greatest, unique book shelves, book covers, and library decorations. The possibilities are endless!

 

This versatile tool is perfect for cutting complex shapes and can even make bevel and compound cuts in wood and other materials. It’s the simple answer to your imaginative and innovative projects.

 

Compared to a hacksaw and a handsaw, a jigsaw can cut faster, enabling you to save a lot of energy and time. This is why it’s perfect for experienced and beginning woodworkers.

 

A jigsaw is even recommended for tiny workspaces because of their small size. They work similarly with a band saw and a circular saw when cutting pine boards and plywood. However, unlike the two, a jigsaw can begin cutting in the center of a board allowing you to drop the blade in after drilling a starting hole. Indeed, it’s small but terrible.

 

Don’t upset your books in the library any longer! Own a jigsaw right now and give them the home they deserve. To help you choose, here are some of the best jigsaws on the market.

 

Once you’ve purchased a jigsaw, you can try one of these library projects below:

 

Build a simple bookshelf. You can mount it near the living room or dining area, so you won’t miss a chapter of the book you’re currently reading. It’s the perfect project to start with.

Wall mount book shelf

Print out letters or numbers, cut them out, and use them to guide you as you trace the wood with your jigsaw. You can even print out the name of your favorite book or author. It’s also an excellent idea for labeling your bookshelves by category.

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If you think you’re up for a bigger project, you can do the one below. Looks pleasing and distinct, doesn’t it?

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Remember These When Purchasing Books In Another Country

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Visiting another country is truly exciting, especially for book lovers.

You get to see places, as well as experience things you’ve only read about. You even get to discover rare gems like the bookshop featured in the recently concluded Korean drama, Goblin. Even more so, you get to find hidden gems like the books found in the oldest literary American institute, Library of Congress.

That being said, remember these when purchasing books in another country:

Take it easy.

Depending on the country you’re visiting, the number of bookshops spread all over the place can be overwhelming; hence, you need to take it easy.

Do your research. Call for inquiries.

This will not just help you easily locate the bookshop you’re looking for, but also easily find the book you’re searching for. Some of the most common types of bookshop include traditional bookshops, modern bookshops, antique bookshops, and spiritual bookshops.

Take your time.

Depending on the bookshop you’re visiting, the number of books found all over the place can also be overwhelming; hence, you need to take your time.

Check each title. Ask for inquiries.

This will not just help you easily find the book you’re searching for, but also easily purchase the book you’ve chosen. Some of the most common types of books include young adult books, science-fiction books, horror thriller books, and self-help books.

BONUS: Do not buy book dust jackets.

Going for the paperback version of a book might be the best decision you’ll ever make. The reason for this is quite simple. Going for the hardbound version of a book – or more specifically, books with dust jackets – will only make it prone to devaluing, which is more likely to happen if a dust jacket gets ruined by certain situations (e.g. spilling coffee on it).

Any other reminders you might want to include in this list? Share them with us below!

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A Foodie’s Guide for Seoulful Wanderings

Seoul’s culture, design, food, and technology scenes are just some of the city’s biggest draws. The tech-savvy and design-oriented city is home to world-renowned brands like Samsung, LG, and Hyundai to name a few. It boasts of several cultural attractions including well-preserved palaces. And experiencing the local food scene with its delightful traditional cuisines is one thing you would not want to miss.

Bibimbap
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What is it: Mixed rice dish with ingredients that include beef, chili pepper paste, fried egg, mushrooms, namul or sauteed vegetables, and soy sauce

Bulgogi
bulgogi
What is it: Grilled marinated beef, cooked in a traditional way, often grilled alongside garlic and onions for added taste, some prefer eating it wrapped in lettuce

Japchae
japchae
What is it: Traditional Korean stir-fried noodles with ingredients that include beef, thinly sliced vegetables, sweet potato, soy sauce, and a little bit of sugar. Other ingredients may also be added or used.

Kimchi
kimchi
What is it: Traditional fermented vegetable, often serve as a side dish but may also be used as ingredient for other dishes, prepared using a variety of seasonings, cabbage and radish are often used to prepare this delicious dish

Pajeon
pajeon
What is it: Korean pancake-like dish made with green onions and other ingredients, haemul pajeon is another variety of jeon which adds seafood like squid and shrimp among others

Samgyeopsal
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What is it: Grilled unseasoned pork meat (usually the belly part), diners typically grill the slices of meat and eaten wrapped in lettuce, best enjoyed with sidings of kimchi, grilled garlic or onions

Samgyetang
Samgyetang
What is it: Ginseng chicken soup; cooked using whole young or tender chicken with fillings that include Korean ginseng, garlic, rice, and other flavorings, a hearty and healthy meal

Seolleongtang
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What is it: Korean bone soup with milky-looking broth, prepared using ingredients that include ox bones and meat as well as other choice of ox meat cuts, some of the seasonings commonly used are garlic, ground black pepper, red pepper, and spring onions

Soondae
soondae
What is it: Korean blood sausage, made using a cow or pig’s intestines that are boiled and filled with various ingredients including barley, pork blood, soybean sprouts, and more; ingredients may vary by region

Tteokbokki
Tteokbokki
What is it: Spicy dish, fusion of sweet and spicy, popular Korean dish that is also widely available in street food carts or stalls, ingredients include rice cakes, fish cake, vegetables, and sweet red chili sauce

7 of the Best Food Cart Treats to Try When in New York

There are many food carts across the city that serves scrumptious treats. But when you have limited time to try everything, you may want to narrow down your options to a few. Here are some of the must-try street foods when in New York.

NY Dosas
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::: Delicious vegetarian crêpes, located at Washington Square Park

Red Hook Lobster Pound
Red Hook Lobster Pound
::: Lobster or shrimp rolls and more

Sabrett hot dogs
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::: Scrumptious hot dogs, can be found in multiple locations

The Halal Guys
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::: Halal cart famous for its white sauce

Uncle Gussy’s
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::: Traditional Greek food, delicious pitas and other scrumptious dishes

Veronica’s Kitchen
::: Trinidadian cuisine; try the jerk chicken, roti, or the short ribs

Wafels & Dinges
::: Glorious Belgian waffles; chocolate fudge, speculoos cookie spread, strawberries, Nutella, and whipped cream fillings are to die for