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Even though I’ve described the process of farming and tending to a vegetable garden to be rewarding, I never said that it would be easy, or free from problems. It’s probable that you came across a lot of problems while growing your crops and I’ll be discussing a few common ones for which a solution will also be provided.

No Seedlings

A very common problem faced by first-time farmers is that seedlings don’t emerge after they sow seeds. Here’s why this is happening:

  • It’s likely that they still need some time, so you should wait it out.
  • The weather’s cold: wait for it to get warmer and if they still don’t sprout, then replant
  • Your soil isn’t moist Water it.
  • If you can’t find seeds at all, it’s possible that insects or birds ate Replant them but keep them protected with netting.
  • The last possible reason could be that you’re using an old seed that won’t sprout Try purchasing fresh ones.
Lifeless Seedlings and Dead Plants

A frequent complaint I hear from home farmers is that their seedlings and young plants die very soon after they’ve sprouted. If not that, they appeared wilted.

  • Not enough moisture: water your soil evenly.
  • Too much moisture: overwatering your seedlings causes damping. Sow your new seeds in a clean seed-starting mix and give your soil a dose of fungicide before planting.
  • The roots or stems rotted: this can happen due to overwatering so add some healthy organic matter i.e. compost to your soil before replanting.
  • They appear burned due to fertilizer. If you intend to use a fertilizer with seedlings, then mix it well into the soil before planting.
  • Otherwise, it’s due to pests. You can keep them away by using row covers or keeping your garden clean and free from weeds and plant debris.

Plants are Wilting
  • Your soil is either too dry or waterlogged. Water if dry, drain out in case of excess water.
  • Your plants may be affected by a disease, so replant varieties that are disease-resistant and keep your beds free from weeds and plant waste.
  • The plant may be suffering from a type of vascular wilt. Fix this by re-growing disease-resistant varieties, practice crop rotation or soil solarization before you plant.
Weak Plants
  • They’re not getting enough sunlight: relocate your plants in an area that gets plenty of sunshine.
  • You’ve overwatered the soil. Practice better drainage.
  • It’s probable that you’re growing all your plants in close proximity to each other. Make sure to give them enough room when you replant.
  • You’ve added too much fertilizer. Excess nitrogen can weaken a plant so quit it with the extra fertilizing.

These are just a few of the problems that you’ll come across in your garden, that I’ve given solutions for. I know there are plenty more; I’ll tell you how to fix those issues too. Till then, happy farming!

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Simple Ways to Tame (Frizzy) Hair

Curly hair that is prone to frizzing can be difficult to style and often feels dry or straw-like. Changes in the weather, harsh ingredients found in some hair products and even your diet can all make your hair more prone to frizz. Fortunately, there are ways to tame frizzy hair.

Glycerin Shampoo and Conditioner

Frizzy hair is often the result of dry hair that is unable to retain moisture. Unlike many shampoo ingredients, glycerin is able to penetrate the hair and deliver moisture directly to the hair shaft. Glycerin can also help to strengthen hair and protect it from damage. Choose shampoo and conditioner that contains glycerin to help keep your hair hydrated.

Use a T-Shirt to Dry Hair

Towel drying your hair is one of the worst things you can do if your hair is prone to frizzing. The material used in towels and the friction created by rubbing your hair will cause frizzing and could potentially damage the hair follicles. When you’ve finished washing your hair, squeeze the excess moisture out gently with your hands, then wrap your hair in an old t-shirt. The t-shirt will soak up any remaining moisture without the need for friction.

Allow Hair to Dry Naturally

Blow drying hair, particularly when it’s soaking wet, is another major cause of frizzing. Allow hair to dry naturally, or at least wait 20 to 30 minutes after washing before blow drying your hair. Use the coolest setting and hold the blow dryer as far away from your hair as possible. If you intend to use other heated appliances to style your hair, make sure you blow dry your hair first, as straighteners and curling irons can be particularly damaging to wet hair.

Use Oil Treatments

Regular oil treatments help to keep your hair hydrated, soft and smooth. You can use commercial products, or you can make your own oil treatments at home. Coconut oil, argan oil, olive oil and avocado oil are all good for taming frizzy hair. Apply your chosen oil to the full length of your hair and leave for up to an hour for an anti-frizz hair mask that will leave your hair smooth and shiny.

Find the Right Products

Products to prevent frizz come in many different forms, including serums, creams and lotions. Finding the right products will depend on your hair type, as there is no single product that suits everyone. Experiment with different products to find the right ones to suit your hair.

Frizzy hair can be difficult to manage and is often the result of dry, dehydrated hair. Choosing shampoo and conditioner containing glycerin, drying your hair with a t-shirt, allowing hair to dry naturally, using oil treatments and finding the rights products will all help to tame frizzy hair.


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