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We’ve already established peppers as a staple for your home garden and even though they have enough flavors to add to your dishes, there’s still room for improvement. For a real garden treasure, you can try growing some jalapeno peppers.

These are delicious and adding just a bit of these will give your home cooking a burst of rich flavor that’ll have everyone asking for seconds. Aside from the basics, you’ll need seed trays, differently sized pots, and compost.

The seeds you’ll use can be bought from a farmer’s shop, or you can remove them from jalapeno peppers themselves. If you must remove jalapeno pepper seeds yourself, make sure you do it from a local variety that can thrive in your area.

Planting

Take the jalapeno seeds and plant them in a small pot or seed tray so that they can germinate. Don’t plant them too deep under the soil and water them enough to keep it slightly moist. At this stage, it’s best to keep your tray or pots in a dark area because excessive sunlight can cause trouble.

Transfer The Seedlings

Once the seeds have germinated and have grown out their small pots or tray, you can move them to a bigger pot that’s more suited to their size. Gently pick the seedling along with a little soil that surrounds the roots and then carefully plant it in a pot, making sure that it fits well. You’ll have to continue moving your plant to a bigger pot until it has almost become an adult-sized.

Transfer Your Plant

After your plant has reached a sub-standard size, it’s time to move it to your garden. Dig around the plant area carefully to avoid striking the roots and then plant it in your garden. Remember to keep a distance of at least 12 inches between each jalapeno pepper plant so that their roots don’t get tangled and hinder growth.

Water Them Well and Give Sunlight

Just like with all your other crops, you should be watering your jalapeno peppers well, at least once every day. If it’s too hard to keep up with daily watering, you can choose to do it every other day. As for sunshine, you don’t need to do much since they’re already in the garden, but just so you know; they need six hours of sunlight every day.

Add Compost and Weed The Soil

You’ll need to keep the soil weed-free and add a little organic matter to it as well if you intend to get ripe and spicy jalapenos for your harvest. Compost from mulch provides the root systems and soil with essential nutrients and gives the soil good texture as well.

Harvest Them

In about four months after the initial planting, your jalapeno peppers will be ready for harvest but it still depends on how hot you prefer them. If you’re looking for a real punch, pick them when they’re bright green as they’re very hot at this stage. However, if you prefer something a little mild and maybe even somewhat sweet, wait a little longer till they’ve gone red to pick them off.

Let’s just say that growing jalapeño peppers isn’t all that hard and now you won’t have to run to the store to get a pack when they’re growing in your garden. Happy Farming!

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6 Ways to Keep Your Hair in Top Condition – Totally Naturally

Your hair is one of the first things anyone notices about you, but if it’s in poor condition, it’s extremely difficult to style it successfully to achieve the look you want. Many products are available which claim to give your hair’s condition a healthy boost, but even if these are actually effective, they’re usually expensive and prevention is always better. Here are six totally natural ways to keep your hair looking healthy, undamaged, and full of shine and body.

Avoid Heat

It might be tempting to straighten your hair for a more stylish look, but excessive heat damages hair and makes it brittle. If possible, avoid using a hair dryer by allowing extra time when getting ready so your hair dries naturally. However, if you must use a dryer, use the low-heat setting for the lowest risk of damage.

Wash in Warm Water

Hot showers may feel great on your body, but keep the hot water away from your hair. Washing and conditioning your hair should be done in cold to lukewarm water to prevent unwanted damage to the ends, and also to avoid washing out your hair’s essential, shine-giving oils.

Don’t Comb Wet Hair

If you’re in a rush, you may be tempted to comb or brush your hair while it’s still wet, but this is best avoided. Hair is more brittle and prone to damage when it’s wet, so hold off on styling for a while until it’s had the chance to dry a little.

Vitamins

Vitamins are essential for your hair to grow and stay healthy, and one of the most important varieties is vitamin A. Green, leafy vegetables are an excellent source of this vital nutrient, along with carrots, dairy products, and dark meats. If your diet is lacking in these foods, taking a multivitamin or a supplement designed specifically for hair growth is better than nothing, but paying attention to healthy eating should always be the first choice.

Stay Away from Chemicals

Avoid the temptation to dye or bleach your hair. The chemicals needed to do this are harsh and damaging, and frequent use can even cause long-term or irreversible harm to your follicles and scalp. If you do use chemical treatments, always opt for mild shampoos and conditioners afterward, or ones specifically designed for color-treated hair.

Regular Deep Condition

Lastly, a regular deep conditioning will keep your hair looking and feeling great whatever the ravages of your daily life. There’s no need to use expensive products for this – any mild oil such as castor, coconut, olive, or even baby oil will be perfect. Simply warm it a little then massage it into your hair roots and scalp. Leave for half an hour, then wash gently using warm water to give shine, elasticity, and super-soft locks.

Your hair is an important beauty asset, but it’s very sensitive to rough treatment. Taking care of your hair naturally will keep it in the best possible condition, removing the need for expensive treatments to restore shine and body, and making it easy to style into the look you want.


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