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Even the most effortless of practices, like saving seeds, can be beneficial for you and the environment. And though I’m guilty of ordering my seeds a lot more often than I should, I must admit this habit costs me a considerable sum of money. Now, the trend of harvesting seeds is all the rage, and it can do you better than just helping you save a couple of bucks. It’s a good way to live off the planet in a way that’s sustainable and responsible. Not to mention, it makes you feel like a crafty farmer.

Get Precious Seeds

There are certain seed varieties that aren’t as readily available now as they used to be. This is mainly due to them not being as profitable as other varieties. The corporate thought process allows hybrid seeds to take the place of natural ones.

While many corporations think a certain variety of seed won’t be as profitable to grow, the environmental conditions in your area can prove otherwise. Once you start saving your own seeds, you become reliant upon your sources and self-sufficient to a great extent.

Better Quality

It’s highly likely that you’re giving more love to your mall garden of crops than a farmer who has thousands of acres worth of crops to tend to. This gives you the benefit of getting better seed varieties that are healthier, resistant to disease, and produce better yield as well.

Also, since your crops will have thrived from the environment and temperature in your area, it’s probable they’ve adapted to the surrounding conditions as a variety. This can be beneficial because you won’t have to take a risk with new seeds that might not adjust to the environment you plan to grow them in.

No More Hybrids and Genetically Modified Organisms

Genetically modified organisms are highly common among seed varieties that you find at the local market, and even if you try to make a smarter move by purchasing organic types, it won’t be the most affordable decision.

By harvesting seeds from your own crops, you can avoid having to buy mediocre seed types developed to adapt to a wide range of climates. While this may seem beneficial, crops that stem from such seeds won’t be immune to attacks from pests.

When it comes to seed harvesting, you need to know that seeds from each crop category are derived differently. It also depends heavily upon the crop’s composition. Seeds that are often surrounded by dense membranes of pulp have to be dried before they can be stored carefully. Dry seeds just need to be dried a little more for good measure before storing. (more info here – also see My Homestead Planting Guide)

This is just a heads-up as to what’s about to come. I’ve grown interested in seed harvesting recently so I’ll be sharing how you should save each different type of seed. Until then, you can prepare to invest a little more effort in the farming process. 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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