Monthly Archives April 2018

Romaine Lettuce Warning

CDC in the United States posted a warning on an outbreak of E.Coli on romaine lettuce grown around Yuma, Arizona. The warning say all consumers should throw away all romaine lettuce originated from Yum and it includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine. When visiting a restaurant, do check with the establishment if they are using any from romaine lettuce grown in Yuma. If in doubts, do not order any dish that uses romaine lettuce as an ingredient. How bad is it? Apparently, 53 people have been infected (dated 20th April) with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 from 16 states. 31 people have been hospitalized, including five people who have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. No deaths have been reported yet. In a nutshell, if you are living or visiting the US this period, please stay away from romaine lettuce grown in Yuma.
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DIY Hydroponic Starter-Kit

One of the most effective Do-It-Yourself (DIY) hydroponic starter-kit systems you can build at home with minimum tools and DIY skill is the Deep-Water Culture system. To build this system, you need the below-listed item. Materials A Plastic container. It can be of any shape with a stable base. Start with a decent size around a square foot. A circular or rectangular container does not really matter for this project. Do you have a pail or some extra storage container lying around, you probably can reuse/recycle it for this project.DWC need to be able to inject bubble into the reservoir (container). To achieve this, we need to have an air pump with an air stone. You can head to your nearest aquarium shop and get one. You don't need a powerful pump, something around the range of 6 to 10 watts is sufficient. Remember to grab a few feet (depending on the height of your container) of air tube while you are there. Air tube is needed to hook up the air pump to the air stone.  While you are in the aquarium shop, do check with them if they have any spare net pot used to hold the aquatic plant for sale. If you
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Categories: DIY and How-to.