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Growing Spinach For A Healthy Lifestyle

Growing spinach is perhaps one of the most preferred activities for a garden lover. As a matter of fact, spinach can be grown without having garden too. Isn’t it amazing to know that you can easily grow spinach right inside your apartment in a container? Here is how you can do this.

Having spinach in your daily routine makes a healthy living. When we can easily grow fresh spinach at our own place, then why go out and get them. Here is the way to grow spinach right inside your home even if you don’t have a backyard garden.

Spinach can be grown in small containers. Decide on the type of spinach you wish to grow before beginning. You can either go for the small and smooth spinach or Savoy spinach, which has big, wrinkled leaves. If you are just learning how to garden and/or grow, you best choose the smaller option. Choose a place where there is adequate sunlight for at least 6 hours per day. If not, find a place where artificial light is available for at least 8 hours.

The container which we choose for growing spinach should be 8 to 10 inches in depth and 12 inches wide for one plant. If there are more saplings, then there should be a minimum space of 10 inches between each of the saplings measures from the middle of each plant. The containers can be of plastic, terracotta or you can even use wooden boxes.

A plastic container which is light colored is preferable as it absorbs less heat. If it is you’re first hand at growing spinach go for one crop and the container should have few holes so that the water does not get clogged. Before sowing keep the seeds in a refrigerator for about a week. Place them on top of the soil and cover it with soil.

The seeds will take about 10 days to start growing. Be sure the spinach plants are getting enough sunlight and water. In all, the spinach will take about 4 to 6 weeks to grow. The leaves are ready to be picked after this point.

Soil needs to be purchased to keep your plant health, ensuring it gets enough nutrients and minerals. This soil meant for growing plants is a mixture of sterile soil, prelate, mature compost and vermiculite.

Growing spinach is an enjoyable experience and it is a healthy practice too.

Alan has experimented with growing various fruits and vegetables, and as an amateur gardener, has overcome many problems, ones that you probably may face. Whether it is growing broccoli, spinach, squash, leeks, radishes, rhubarb, eggplant or even growing watermelon, Alan has tried them all. Check out what Alan thinks and learn from his mistakes.

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A Quick Look into the Uses of Canada’s Salt Caverns

Salt caverns are giant enormous cavities inside large salt deposits. These underground salt deposits are able to maintain consistency in both temperature and porousness, making them ideal storage solutions for many things, particularly where moist and humidity are common enemies as exposure to such deteriorates their molecular structure and binding elements. This includes valuable materials like priceless goods, artifacts, paintings, data archive, and even books. While salt caverns may be ideal storage places for these materials, there are actually larger-scale uses of salt caverns that easily turn them into industrial proportions.

canadian salt cavernsIn Canada, three major salt formations have been identified that have very large salt deposits – Western Canada, Ontario, and the Atlantic Provinces. The development of salt caverns for industrial storage use and solutions are ideal for these areas where large deposits of salt can be found. These Canadian salt caverns have salt beds that extend to different territories.

The immense salt deposits found in Canada are estimated to be over billions of tons. The drilling of salt deposits to develop salt caverns requires intensive skill and knowledge in the geography of the salt deposit as well as chemical analysis of the salt contained in the area. Aside from this, engineering solutions that helps to ensure the integrity of the cavity is essential as the seeping out of the materials that will be stored there can be catastrophic, not just on the part of those living above, but also on the environment.

One of the most common uses of salt caverns is using it for storing hydrocarbons – both liquid and gas. Since salt caverns are expected to be water proof and able to withstand pressure, it makes them ideal storage ground for liquid and gas hydrocarbons. These volatile materials can be very dangerous if the salt cavity is not able to maintain its structure. This is the very reason why each developed salt cavern is thoroughly checked by groups of expert panels. By doing testing like mechanical integrity test (MIT), scientists are able to determine if the created salt cavern cavity is strong enough and can perfectly suit its intended use.

Another use of salt caverns is waste disposal. Since salt cavern cavities are able to self-seal and provide very secure repositories tucked underneath the surface of the earth, salt cavern proves to be useful in storing hazardous chemical wastes. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are legal requirements as well as legal concerns in the use of salt caverns for waste disposal. Most regulations limits the storage of waste to only the nonhazardous type.

These days, new research is showing that scientists will be able to theoretically store excess wind energy and use salt caverns to store the compressed air that can be used for future electricity production. Although the project is likely to materialize within the next couple of years, salt caverns provide a promising way of being able to store nearly anything you want. Power storage using salt caverns is something new and is seen by many scientists as one that has very large potential. The impact of such development will greatly help many communities within Canada.

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