Organic Gardening – Watermelons Are a Summertime Favorite

Sweet, succulent watermelon grown in your own home garden are a summertime favorite. There is nothing better than there sweet, cool, refreshing and delicious taste on a hot summer day. This warm climate crop thrills with the growing growing seasons in warm climates, but there are varieties for cooler areas that will preform just fine and as tasty.

When planting, choose a location that will get full sunlight and with a good air circulation. They can grow in many different types of soil, but prefer a good healthy soil structure that is light, loose, fertile and well drained. Working in a generous amount of compost, composted manure or composed leaves into the soil will greatly benefit the soils structure for your watermelons to thrive. A soil that keeps moisture well is very important when growing watermelons, they like a steady supply of water.

Sow seeds directly into the garden once all dangers of frost have passed, soak the seeds for a half hour before planting in compost tea will help the seeds germinate. Plant on hills with 4 seeds per hill and space the hills 8 to 10 feet apart for vine type or 3 to 4 feet apart for bush type. Once the seeds have germinated remove 2 of the seedlings leaving the 2 best plants.

Watermelons are heavy feeders and need a steady supply of water, giving them a feeding of compost tea every two weeks will add the nutrients needed for your plants to thrive. Do not overdue it with nitrogen, especially once the flowers form.

Harvesting your watermelons can be a tricky task. There are three methods that can be used in figuring out if a watermelon is ripe. Look, listen and feel are what it takes to check for ripeness in a watermelon.

First sign is visual, the underside of the fruit that rests on the ground will turn a gold color or yellow straw color. Next look for the curly tendril that is attached to the vine closest to the fruit, it will be dry and brittle when a watermelon is ripe.

Second is the thump test, tap the watermelon with your knuckles and it should make a hollow sound when ripe. This method will take some practice, but once you get the feel for it you will most likely you this method the most.

Third is feel, if you run your fingers around the center of the watermelon you should feel ridges on the rind when it is ripe. This is done around the center and not from end to end or from stem to blossom. A watermelon that is not mature will be smooth.

Why Internet Marketing Videos Are Leveling The Playing Field In Internet Marketing

This article outlines a popular video marketing strategy and also discusses how average people are becoming internet superstars through the power of internet marketing videos. Part 1 of this article discusses how internet marketing videos are enabling many people to grasp concepts that they normally would not be able to assist. Part 2 of this article goes into detail about an effective video marketing strategy

What could be more enticing to the aspiring internet marketer than to look over someone's should while watching an internet marketing video tutorial? That's why video tutorials are fast becoming the most popular way to learn any subject matter. If you use screen capture video recording software like Camtasia, then you can make as many video products as you want.

More and more offline businesses are using video tutorials to support their customers and train their work force. When it comes to online marketing, it just makes sense to have videos to help your customers and clients understand the concept you're trying to teach as an information product creator. The reason that internet marketing videos are leveling the playing field for the aspiring online marketer is that that makes it easier to rasp some new concepts. The understanding and understanding is now attained simply by watching a video.

There's no shortage of these internet marketing videos out there now, and people are actually selling master resell rights and private label rights to their videos. That's a pretty clear sign of how popular the videos are becoming, when people can make them so quickly and easily that they're selling the rights to them for not a lot of money. To learn as much as you possible can about internet marketing in the shortest amount of time, I highly recommend these internet marketing videos . And that's how these videos and lifting the playing field. It's a visual style of learning that is the closest you can come to step-by-step training.

Part 2 of this article deals with an effective video marketing strategy.

You have heard of YouTube before, right? Well, that site is extremeley popular right now because of the entertainment value it brings to thousands of people every day. If you look in the How-to section, you'll see some internet marketing videos there. The reason that many marketers put their videos up on YouTube is not just for the traffic from YouTube viewers. They put their videos up there to use YouTube's bandwidth instead of their own. Here's what some enterprising marketers are doing:

They make a video sales page and put it up on YouTube, then have as many people as possible comment underneath it so that it looks like it's getting good press. You'll see this in action when you go to a sales page and there's a video on there playable from YouTube's site. Putting a video up on YouTube for a product launch is a smart video marketing strategy. This means you do not have to use use your web server's bandwidth to play video, plus YouTube allows comments to be made underneath the video player. These comments can add credibility to the video and product it's selling.

The best thing for you to do as an aspiring marketer is to watch as many internet marketing videos as possible in order to get up to speed quickly. As a product creator, using Youtube's bandwidth is a good idea for now, since it helps your videos load quicker and you can get more expsoure for your sites this way. Just be aware of the fact that YouTube is starting to change their policies a little.

Choosing Ringbearer Gifts Does Not Have to Be A Bear

The significance of wedding rings is best illustrated in people's fear of losing them. There are people who boast of having never removed their wedding ring since their wedding day, though this is sometimes due to changes to their weight since they said, "I do." But really, how important are wedding rings? Moreover, how many times have we heard of what a nightmare it is to lose your ring? We hear stories of people losing their rings in the labyrinth of pipes underneath the kitchen sink. Then, there was the movie "American Wedding," in which wacky Steve Stiffler accidentally feeds the bride's wedding ring to a dog. Clearly, wedding rings are very important. Consequently, even though the ringbearer is one of the shortest members of the bridal party, his is the task of the tallest order. So, when you choose ringbearer gifts, keep in mind the critical role that your ringbearer plays.

The Ringbearer
The use of ringbearers is fairly modern. They tend to be young brothers or nephews of the bride or groom, and usually range in age from 5 to 10. In weddings that are formal, the ringbearer, or pageboy, has one of two different functions. First, the ringbearer might carry the bridal party's rings on a huge white satin pillow. Boys will be boys, and almost anything could happen during his waddle down the aisle. Usually, the best man himself secures the rings, or thread is used to attach the rings onto the ringbearer's pillow.

Another function of the ringbearer is to carry the bride's train, if it is lengthy.

The Basics
Whether the ringbearer totes the rings or holds the train, make him feel special through your choice of ringbearer gifts. For example, consider what your ringbearer likes. Here are some ringbearer gifts that might ring well with him.

Ring Bearer Fun Box Gift: This is decorated to look like a Ringbearer's tuxedo. Inside it is fun games, cookies, and candies.

Ringbearer Baseball Cap: This will remind the boy that he was in the starting lineup of the wedding ceremony.

Space Magic Cookie Pot: This is a bouquet that is packed with cookies and candies. What kid says no to sweets?

Ringbearer Activity Tote Bag: This is a fabric bag with several gift items inside.

Personalized Gifts
Aside from the obvious height difference, kids and adults are not too different from each other. Like adults, kids want to feel special, too. Personalized ringbearer gifts help you do just that. Here are a few personalized ringbearer gifts to consider.

Personalized Baseball: This will make any little leaguer feel like a big leaguer. The ball is mounted on a walnut-finish stand.

Ringbearer T-shirt: This will let your mini lord of the rings remember the special day. How could he not with his name is printed on the shirt?

Personalized Silver Plated Yo-Yo: Give a new twist to the old toy! Each time your ringbearer uses this ringbearer gift, he will remember his walk down the aisle.

Being the ringbearer in a wedding can be daunting for any youngster. Help your ringbearer enjoy the task by giving him a well-thought out ringbearer gift. Carefully chosen ringbearer gifts will make your wedding day one that will always ring a bell in your little ringbearer's mind.

Can You Really Lose As Much Weight As a ‘Big Loser’ Each Week – And Would You Want To?

With shows like the Biggest Loser getting massive reviews and viewer numbers, clearly its hitting a chord with the general public. The show encourages massive weight loss on a weekly basis. How do we know how much is a reasonable amount of weight to lose? Is it true that you can only lose half a kilo per week. Let's take a look at what is realistic – and achievable – for you …

First off, is it really possible to drop fat as quickly as the contestants on The Biggest Loser? Can the man on the street (or you :) take these kind of losses without a team of trainers, nutritionists and camera men following their every move? Or are the massive and speedy losses on the show nothing more than clever marketing and a not-so-subtublic manipulation of the viewer?

I did a little research to find out just how much weight some of our contestants have stacked up. At the time of my research the show was airing Week 11. Here's a summary of total weight loss for the final four contestants at that time:

Sam: just over 40kg (88 pounds)
Cosi: close to 48kg (105.6 pounds)
Alison: around 36kg (79.2 pounds)
Gary: close to 59kg (129.8 pounds)

The weekly weight loss (divided by 11 just to keep it simple, although obviously they would have lost different amounts each week) is shown here:

Sam: 3.63 kg p / week (7.9 pounds)
Cosi: 4.36 kg p / week (9.6 pounds)
Alison: 3.27 kg p / week (7.2 pounds)
Gary: 5.36 kg p / week (11.8 pounds)

Just in case you're interested, this averages out at a body weight percentage loss of around 2.8 weekly. If you matched this to the 'average' 70kg woman, that would equate to 1.96kg per week, and for a 90kg man it would be around 2.66kg per week.

Does not sound like too much, really, does it? I'm sure many readers out there would be thrilled to lose this amount of weight each week, and not necessarily consider it extreme.

But let's think about that. In my experience most of you have heard over and over that healthy weight loss is around 0.5-1kg per week. In fact, every health expert, resource or study I've mentioned that a 'healthy' (as in mainly fat, and sustainable) amount of weight loss is just that – around half a kilo per week for women, and 1 kilo for men. Extremely overweight people are said to be able to lose 1.5 kg per week.

If we take this as a gospel (for now), then clearly the BL contestants are losing weight much faster than they should be in order to keep it off. According to Anne Collins, fat loss expert extraordinaire,

'When we lose weight we do not just lose fat. We lose a combination of body fat, and muscle tissue. Studies show that when we diet, the weight we lose is on average 75 percent fat and 25 percent muscle. (Also) remember water accounts for about 70 percent of the total body weight of an average person, with muscle tissue containing roughly 75 percent water (plus 20 percent protein and 5 percent minerals), and body fat containing roughly 50 percent water. '

How is this relevant?

When you lose weight quickly, your body will shed muscle and water before it lets go of fat stores. This is because your body views rapid weight loss as a threat to your survival – your physiology assumes that you must be low on resources (food), or on the run. Why else would you starve or over-exercise yourself?

In order to preserve life (yours!) Your very intelligent body gets rid of the less important stuff – like muscle. Yep, that's the metabolism boosting stuff in case you forgot. After all, fat stores will keep you alive for longer.

So the long and short of it is that losing weight too quickly will not only mean you lose muscle and water over fat, but you will also (at least semi) permanently lower your resting metabolic rate, meaning that the same amount of food you used to eat will cause you to gain more weight.

This is where the concept of the 'yo-yo effect' comes in to play – the idea (reality) that most diets result in a bounce-back effect that leaves the sorry soul in question more overweight than when they started.

NOT good.

But that's not really the full story. Here's where it gets even more confusing (or interesting, for the thinkers among you).

o If your body is under a lot of stress, you can not safely lose weight. Basically, your body will not allow you to. This is because stress is a threat to your survival – and your body can not distinguish between our modern day stress of a demanding job or unsettled relationship, and the stress of a threat on your life. Therefore, your body views all stress as a threat to your survival – and attempts to give you a fighting chance by keeping a protective layer of fat that will not go away regardless of what you eat or how you exercise.

o According to William W. Wolcott, author of The Metabolic Typing Diet, 'It is not uncommon for people to gain weight in response to stress. Weight gain literally represents a protective layer, an insulator, against the pain and suffering of the stress. In such cases, diet, nutrition, and exercise are powerless to resolve the problem '. Solution: put steps into place to detoxify stress. This includes eating correctly, but also taking time out.

o Ironically, cutting back calories to an extreme or doing high amounts of cardio exercise can also prevent you losing weight.

o Even if you are losing weight at the 'safe' rate of, you will still find your lean muscle mass decreases to some extent. In the long run this means you will lower your metabolism and possibly gain weight back. The only way to counteract this is to perform resistance exercise. I'd recommend at least 1-2 half hour sessions per week, for maintenance, or more if you're looking to gain a significant amount of muscle.

o A final spark of hope – Over the years I have known clients to 'lean up' in an incredibly fast manner. Without losing a significant amount of muscle – and I'm not just talking abut extremely overweight people. I'm going to finish this article with my hot tips for maximizing weight loss from fat.

MAXIMISE YOUR FAT LOSS

1. Eat correctly. Trust me on this – pill popping is NOT how the human body achieves true health and weight loss. Choose natural, minimally processed sources of carbohydrates, fat and protein.

2. Sleep correctly. Numerous studies have shown that building up a sleep debt will result in rampant stress hormones that cause your body to store fat. Regardless of how you eat or exercise. I've written many articles on the topic myself.

3. Think correctly. I do not care how 'airy fairy' this sounds – your thoughts do have power. If you believe and tell yourself that you can not lose weight, you WILL NOT lose weight. Positive thinking on its own may not cut it, but it sure is not going to hurt. Build confidence and promote positive action by telling yourself that you can and will improve your health and weight.

4. Reduce stress. We've spoken about how stress hormones cause you to store fat. If you really can not change your lifestyle, put steps into place to relax and recuperate. Using your one free hour pounding the treadmill is not always the best option. But ask yourself this. Can you REALLY not change your lifestyle? If your life depended on it I bet you would walk out of the job, relationship, situation or whatever it might be. Guess what? Your life does depend on it.

I guess when all is said and done, the rapid weight loss of Biggest Loser contestants may not be possible or ideal for most people. This next I believe the show does a brilliant job of inspiring people to reach, to fight, to do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams. I think if you asked them, the BL contestants would tell you that they had definitely been living life.

How 'bout you?

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