Tips for Health

Steph

Should You Go “Wild”?

By on June 20, 2017 in Lifestyle with 0 Comments

There is a large segment of the population that needs (or thinks they need) self-help books. Maybe they lack relationships with friends, family or other community members (like teachers or religious figures) where they can receive advice that they trust and would actually follow, or maybe they don’t feel comfortable confiding in the people in their life that could help. For whatever reason, they seek outside guidance. However, it’s not very cool to confess to reading a self-help book, is it? It looks lame and desperate if you tell people you’re making life decisions based on something a stranger wrote and published fore money. Enter the trend of people using memoirs as self-help. Instead of working through their problems in a way that works for their specific situation, they read about what someone else did, and basically steal their idea and try to recreate those life experiences in the hope that they will obtain a similar outcome (whether this is a better understanding of their own life or their own book deal is unknown). They think they are being deep by drawing inspiration from a memoir instead of something more explicitly intended to improve your life, but really, this co-opting of someone else’s story is playacting at best, and the actions of someone who wants to have some kind of cool, sexy problem when really, they’re mostly bored and uncreative. Like many things that appeal to people who don’t want to think too hard, we can blame Oprah for starting this trend by promoting Eat, Pray, Love. The most recent embodiment of this trend is Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of hiking the Pacific Crest Trial in the early 1990s, “Wild.” The much-maligned Gilmore Girls revival did a pretty good job of skewering this type of person, but I’m not sure they went far enough. I think it’s a damn shame that there are people who, instead of appreciating the beautiful writing and unique voice of someone tackling a personal crisis with grit and grace, pressing through physical and emotional challenges to emerge a fuller person more at peace (though not completely healed), decide that they can do it too, and go about replicating her journey expecting the same clarity and kudos at the end. The bottom line is, no, you should not go “Wild” you should forge your own path and find your own answers. By all means, be inspired and be thankful to be made a part of the author’s world, however briefly and however small a part of it they choose to share, but don’t try to follow it step by step and make it your own. It’s someone’s life, not a blueprint for your own.

Tips for Happy, Healthy Sandwiches

By on June 19, 2017 in Diet with 0 Comments

Oh sandwiches! They get a bit of a bad rap, what with soggy bread or uninspiring fillings, the same old same old club sandwich or caser wrap offered at every restaurant ever (probably). Not to mention they can be unhealthy bundles of fat and processed carbs. But done right, there is nothing more glorious than eating a meal that you can hold in your hands, with every bit nicely balanced. To up your sandwich game, here are some easy tips to follow:

  • Balance is everything. The best sandwiches combine several taste and texture sensations to create a party in your mouth that everyone is invited to. Your sandwich should have something savory, sweet, sour or tangy, fresh, spicy, creamy, and crunchy. If you have something from every category, you’ll be amazed at the difference. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, fig jam makes a great sweet element when paired with cheese or meats like salami. Apples can provide several elements with their crunch texture and sweet to sour taste. Avocado is a good (and healthy) choice for creamy. Basically, go nuts (nuts are good too, especially nut butters)
  • Bread! If you have a gluten free one that works then yes, go ahead and use it, but also consider a  breadless sandwiches with ingredients layered between sweet potato slices, or lettuce wraps-sandwiches, these are great ways to add more nutrition and remove empty carbs. If you don’t think it’s a realy sandwich without “real” bread, get a nice, scratch made baguette, sourdough, or seedy multigrain. Make sure your bread or bread subsitute makes sense with your filling: don’t make a Bahn mi on cinnamon raison bread (but do try that with asiago, arugula, and prosciutto). The bread is a hug for your fillings, it can either be a blanket of warmth that makes everything better or an awkward encounter that you are desperate to end. Choose wisely.
  • Don’t be a Dagwood: sure, we’ve all been so hungry that we would spread our own leg with mayo, put it between two slices of rye and go to town, but there’s no real excuse to load up your sandwich with everything in the fridge and making some kind of monsterwich. Your filling should be about equal to the amount of bread, otherwise you’ll not only be a sloppy falling apart mess, but all the effort you put into picking the right bread will have been for naught.

Bonus tip: if you’re packing one of these bad boys up for lunch and worried about soggy sadness come noon, make sure there is an oil based spread (such as avocado or peanut butter) on both sides cheese is also a good barrier to limp bread syndrome (use in moderation though). No go forth, and happy sandwiching!

Lunch For a Week: My Easy Guide and Tips to Tasty and Time Saving Meal Prep

By on June 16, 2017 in Diet, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Stuck in a rut with your work lunches? Maybe the same old ham and cheese everyday is getting stale, or your pocket book is getting stretched by eating out too much (not to mention your waistline). Not to worry, with just a little bit of planning (and I mean little!) and what’s probably already in your pantry, you can make a week’s worth of healthy, cheap, and easy lunches.

First let’s start with what you (should) already have: mustard, honey or maple syrup, olive oil, salt and pepper, pasta, peanut butter, hot sauce such as sriracha, balsamic vinegar

Know what you’ll need: 4-5 chicken breasts, a cucumber, pint of cherry tomatoes, two bell peppers, your favourite herbs (I used basil, but cilantro and parsley would work just as well), a nice loaf of bread, or a baguette, hummus

On Sunday night, simple poach the chicken, leave it to cool and shred either by hand or with two forks. Now you have the base for all your meals this week. the night before, or the morning of if that’s your thing, you can choose what kind of sandwich or salad to make, from this list and voila! Rut over!

  • Bahn mi: spread bread with peanut butter and hot sauce, layer on chicken, cucumber, basil and strips of bell pepper
  • almost a shawarma sandwich: spread hummus on bread, layer with chicken (toss it with balsamic first for a nice hit of acid), cucumber, tomatoes, and basil
  • Honey mustard salad: mix chicken with salt, pepper, mustard, and honey (about a tablespoon or each). Layer in your favourite Tupperware with diced veggies from the list.
  • Sweet and spicy sandwich: mix honey and hot sauce (about a table of honey, hot sauce to taste) and toss with chicken, layer on bread with cucumber and sliced bell peppers
  • Italian salad: toss chicken with salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic, add diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil.

And there you go, a world of flavours for about 10 minutes of work a day. Keep in mind that you can make the salads sandwiches and vice versa if you have dietary needs or preferences. Include easy healthy snacks like nuts, apples or other fruits, and yogurt to keep you full all day. Happy lunching!

Counterfeit Viagara Increasing Problem

By on June 15, 2017 in Health with 0 Comments

Viagra has been one of the most widely touted pharmaceutical breakthroughs  of recent years and has been very successful around the world. However, like virtually all products that find an enthusiastic market, unauthorized copies have appeared. While buying a Rolex or Louis Vuitton knockoff handbag will simply leave you angry when they fall apart, fake pharmaceuticals can badly compromise your health or even kill you.

The issue of counterfeit Viagra made the news again recently following Health Canada’s seizure of more than 5000 packages of the drug not produced by licensed sources. Sexual enhancement drugs are especially vulnerable to copying. According to a National Post report, 98% of the drugs seized at the Canadian border in one week’s time allegedly helped sexual dysfunction.

The report indicates that these fake pills often contain some of the components of the actual drug, but are also cut with other substances that can be harmful.

As always with counterfeit products, cost is the main attraction. A legitimate Viagra pill costs about $15, while a knockoff is as little as $1.

Discussing sexual dysfunction often comes with feelings of shame and/or humiliation, so people are reluctant to reveal this issue, even to doctors. Buying drugs over the internet allows them to avoid this embarrassment, but puts their well-being at risk.

Maintaining your health should be a high priority. Would you buy drugs from someone on a street corner? Probably not because who knows what they contain? Unfortunately, buying drugs on the internet is really just the same thing. You don’t have to drive down to a seedy part of town, but the risks are otherwise virtually identical.

If you are experiencing any kind of sexual dysfunction, talk to your doctor. The conversation is confidential and properly trained physicians will offer you a number of safe and effective treatment alternatives.

Are these real or fake Viagra? Don’t take the chance of buying drugs online.

 

Study: Chocolate Can Make Diseases More Deadly

By on December 9, 2016 in Diet, Health with 0 Comments

Research suggests that eating chocolates, biscuits and bread can make diseases deadlier – especially to cancer patients. This is because chocolates have an ingredient that can stimulate a protein called CD36 in humans. Palm oil, which is in more chocolate, cookies and sweets,  stimulates the production of CD36, that is responsible for the tumours to metastasize or spread throughout body. Also, standard dietary fats consumption stimulates CD36, permitting cancer cells to spread to the body.

chocolates

Recently the Institute for Research in Barcelona performed a test on mice where they injected them with cutting-edge human mouth cancer and fed them with either low-fat or high-fat diet. Once the cancer mice were exposed to the CD36, the metastasis developed. However, only half of the test subjects ended up without their tumours spreading.

New research found that antibodies, when used, will block the protein and will completely prevent the metastasis in mice. While in mice with existing cancer which already spread, the progress was stopped by a fifth. Researchers are now working to develop anti-body-based therapies suitable for humans that will target the CD36. According to the lead researcher Professor Salvador Benitah, he said: “In mice inoculated with human tumour cells, there appears to be a direct link between fat intake and an increase in metastatic potential through CD36.”

The hope is to stop it before it spreads to vital organs.

More studies and research about the relation of the consumption of saturated fats and sugar that harm  cancer patients is needed.

Which is also alarming is we consume these products unknowingly as a result of  what we eat. Fat has its own function to our body, but we need to control the intake of it or else it will soon affect our health.

Iron Deficiency Anemia – Problem No More

By on July 14, 2016 in Health with 0 Comments

healthIron deficiency anemia is considered as a public health problem according to World Health Organization (WHO). The more severe stages of iron deficiency are related with anemia. That usually affects nearly 3.5 billion people, mostly are the pregnant women, lactating mothers, children and people that don’t have access for health centers or doctors in their area.

Without the proper knowledge about the iron deficiency anemia, the result is we ignored this problem until it’s too late to prevent it. As we all know, it is important to take care of our body and be healthy. Taking for granted the means of having a healthy lifestyle will get you in a bad situation. Like suffering with iron deficiency anemia.

We need to take it into consideration and believed that prevention is better than cure. To avoid or prevent this kind of condition, you can correct iron deficiency anemia with iron supplementation. Lots of hospitals, doctors, health workers and other health providers, recommends to have alternative iron supplements for kids and women, pregnant or lactating ones. They have the high risk of getting iron deficiency anemia. Iron deficiency anemia isn’t something to self-diagnose or treat. You need a health expert to that for you. So it is important that you have yourself check by the doctors.

One that is so effective to use as prevention is the Lucky Iron Fish. It’s a carefully formulated health innovation that has been shown to substantively reduce instances of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia. A substitute medicine for iron deficiency anemia that really looks like a fish and so fun to prepare. To prepare the Lucky Iron Fish, you need to wash it with soap, water and a soft cloth. Then boil in 1 liter of water or broth with 2 to 3 drops of citrus juice (apple cider vinegar) for 10 minutes, then remove. Last is add ingredients as normal and enjoy your iron rich meal!

The Process of Filing for Bankruptcy

By on January 31, 2014 in General, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

bankruptcyprocessBankruptcy affects many people, from all different walks of life. Going bankrupt doesn’t mean your life is over, simply that you need to hit a reset button, figure yourself out and keep going.

The thing that causes more stress is not really knowing what the process for going bankrupt is. It can be so overwhelming and the mind is often filled with ‘what if’ scenarios that make a person breakdown before they get through it. HOWEVER, that’s when the research wasn’t done and the right trustee wasn’t hired.

It’s more simple than one would think. However, If its done wrong there can be detrimental effects on a persons financial situation.

I’ve put together a quick list of things to know and what to do for Chapter 7 filing (see the difference between Chapter 7, 11 and 13 Bankruptcy here) :

  1. Qualification Checklist: Do you pass all Chapter 7 requirements? Filling out the ‘Federal Means Test’ form will allow you to figure overwhelmingthis out. If you don’t then you’ll really only have the options to go for Chapter 13.
  2. Find the right Trustee/Attorney: It’s really tough to find a good person for a good price, knowing these steps will help you understand what to look for in an attorney. I wouldn’t suggest doing it without a lawyer, but you could.
  3. Credit Counseling Appointments: You will need to go to credit counseling before you file.
  4. Paperwork Galore! Make sure you finish all the other paperwork that goes along with this. File a schedule of assets and liabilities, current income and expenditures, all debts in the bankruptcy, contracts and any leases or exempt assets you have. There are free bankruptcy forms online, however they are not perfect.
  5. File the Petition, Paperwork and Proof of Counseling You must file this with the area where you live. Once you file, most of the people you owe money to must stop calling you or stop lawsuits against you. Tip: apply for a fee waiver so you don’t have to pay the $299 fee when you initially file.
  6. Attend the meeting with creditors where they will ask you questions about what you owe and anything regarding your financial affairs and property.
  7. Complete a Personal Financial Mgmt Instruction Course after your case is filed (but still within 45 days of the meeting with your creditors)
  8. Wait to hear back and then get your life back on the right direction!

The Power of Power Naps

By on January 9, 2014 in Business, Health with 0 Comments

productivityandsleepAlthough napping generally has a negative connotation in the workplace, more and more companies are moving toward mid day napping breaks (or opportunities). Scientists are now saying that napping for 10 to 30 minutes during the day will significantly contribute to people’s alertness and productivity. This is why companies like Google are encouraging people to get the rest they need, no matter what time of day it is.

Businesses have figured out that the time an individual loses by taking a nap is actually made up by their increased productivity (and overall happiness in their job).

By definition, a nap is a brief amount of sleeping, which often happens in the middle of the day. It was first popularized by Hispanic countries, specifically in Spain, where people used to take afternoon naps (Siesta), often after lunch. This tradition was passed on to other Hispanic American countries, were field workers take few minutes from their work day to sleep for thirty minutes to one hour. Currently, more and more countries are adapting to this tradition of napping including European countries like Greece and United Kingdom.

However, with the hectic lives that most people live today, napping seems to be an underrated practice, especially in corporate offices. Hard work is now measured with the extended hours spent in the office. Scientist continue to challenge this recent norm by encouraging business owners and managers to include nap time as part of the basic breaks given to the employees. With work demands identified as the top causes of stress, the mere inclusion of nap becomes more relevant. Studies support the role of naps in reducing stress levels among the people who did it regularly. A possible reason for this is the minutes of break that the mind and body gets from napping, which likewise makes the person feeling revitalized. This kind of effect from naps may not be immediately felt, especially by people who are new to such activity. Nap researchers contend that it is completely normal to feel groggy right after a nap, and the positive effects will often be felt at least an hour after waking up. Naps are also believed to improve memory and comprehension in the long run.

napatworkFor those who are struggling to exercise, napping might just be the easiest and cheapest energizer. With its revitalizing effect, it has also been linked to providing sufficient energy to people for other physical activities, aside from fueling work productivity. with this, naps prove to be a good preparation for after office workouts, with the guarantee o feeling less exhausted after. All these simple but significant benefits establish that nap is not just a thing for children, but is even much needed by adults.

Unfortunately, napping does not come easy for everyone, especially when it needs to be done in public places like offices. Ironically, normal sleepers seem to find it easier to nap during midday than those who constantly lack sleep. For starters, it is best to do it over the weekend or any specific vacant time where there is an opportunity to sneak in a nap. It is crucial to commit to including nap as a part of the daily routine. Eventually, nap can be the healthy alternative to energy drinks and coffee just to stay alert during the day.

Four Treatments to Consider Before Your Christmas Party

By on August 29, 2013 in Lifestyle with 0 Comments

christmas partyIt’s September already! It surprises me each year when the X Factor starts, the summer draws to a close, and the Halloween decorations begin to line the seasonal aisle of the supermarket.

I like to think of Halloween as a small distraction for my kids as it keeps them preoccupied for a short while until Christmas rolls around; saying that the festive season in my household is popular is a definite understatement – it’s massive to us!

Both sets of grandparents come around, the kids have great fun opening their presents and then we sit down to a big meal.

However, for me, the season actually kicks off a bit earlier than Christmas day itself, as I always look forward to the work party we have at the beginning of December. I love getting prepped and primed ahead of the big day, and always spend a long day in the shops finding the perfect outfit and accessories. I would say that I enjoy the beauty treatments even more though as it is a chance to enjoy some “me time”. Here are a few of the things I get done, which you might want to consider ahead of your own party this year…

Haircut and style

My favourite treatment is simply having my hair seen to. I don’t think there is anything quite as relaxing as letting my stylist get to work, first washing my hair (with an added head massage) and then banishing my split ends to the floor. It helps that I get given a glass of wine and a magazine to pass the time; it’s absolute bliss! Some sessions in the hairdressers can be pretty long if you need to get a conditioning treatment or hair colouring so make sure to book your appointment before the party day itself.

Manicure and pedicure

Something that shouldn’t take much more than an hour is a manicure or pedicure. Even in December, I’d still prefer to wear my party frock without tights, which means that my toes would be on show with peep toe heels. I love to get these done in a deep red which reflects the seasonal theme; for my hands I’ll tend to choose a classic French manicure done with shellac gel polish.

Leg wax

As my legs will be bare of stockings, I make sure that they are nice and smooth as well. It’s not always easy fitting shaving into my shower routine before heading to work, and I certainly don’t want any razor cuts ruining my outfit. I book my waxing appointment for a few days before the event just in case I experience any irritation as this leaves enough time for it to subside.

Skin peel

I like to get my makeup done at a beauty counter in a big department store, but first I want to make sure my skin is looking as healthy as possible. I cut certain foods out of my diet and book a succession of appointments at Skinviva to get a skin peel – I find it helps to achieve a certain glow, as well as targeting fine lines.

What is an Acquired Brain Injury?

By on May 11, 2013 in General with 0 Comments

An acquired brain injury (ABI) is the way of referring to injuries that the brain suffers after a number of occurrences, including road traffic accidents. An ABI cannot be used to describe an injury that occurs at birth or as a result of birth trauma. Most commonly ABIs are due to RTAs and other tragic accidents.

Every ABI is completely unique but if it is due to an accident then there is scope for a brain injury claim. This is a personal decision and something you’d need to decide with the help of family and friends. Many of the long term problems associated with ABIs are cognitive which makes living with one even more difficult.

Acquired Brain InjuryWho’s affected?

There are no official statistics for the number of people currently living with ABIs but plenty of people are suffering and every time an RTA takes place there’s the risk of another injury occurring and therefore the possibility of another individual having to adapt to a new way of living. Of course there are different degrees of injury but many long-term problems are felt by those who suffer from one.

Types of Brain Injury

There are two main types of brain injury:

  • Traumatic
  • Non-Traumatic

A traumatic brain injury can then further be classed as an open or closed injury. A closed injury occurs when the brain is bounced against the skull due to a blow such as in an RTA. A closed injury can cause severe tearing or stretching of the brain tissue. These are the most common type of traumatic injury. An open injury is when something impacts with the skull, fractures it and enters the brain. Specific damage in a localised area is more common in this type of injury.

Non-traumatic brain injuries don’t have any impact or trauma involved, therefore are usually the result of things such as strokes, oxygen starvation or tumour growth.

Severity of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are usually categorised as mild, medium or secure. The length of the post-traumatic amnesia or coma is usually used to gauge the severity of the injury. It’s believed up to 90% of brain injuries are thankfully classified as mild, often due to a minor collision and loss of consciousness that lasts less than 15 minutes. A severe brain injury can usually be diagnosed when the patient has been in a coma for at least 6 hours or has a post-traumatic amnesia period of over 24 hours. These cases often need surgery or significant time spent in intensive care.

Consequences of Brain Injury

The consequences of brain injury are far reaching. The longer the person is unconscious the larger number of consequences and symptoms they may have to deal with. There is a range of cognitive, physical and behavioural after effects of a brain injury including memory problems, long-term fatigue and in some instances bouts of inappropriate behaviour. There are unfortunately all sorts of unwanted symptoms people need to learn to live with.

Brain injury can be life changing and is something that thousands of people have to live with. Considering compensation when you realise the significant changes that can be needed to live a full life is something to keep in mind.

Wendy Ruth is a brain injury solicitor from Lewes. She specialises in severe brain injury claim cases usually after serious road traffic accidents.

Top options for extra medical care

By on April 25, 2013 in Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

Medical care can be a pretty controversial topic in the UK these days. What with the country’s strained finances, care scandals and long waiting periods for appointments, tests and treatments, most people have something to say about it. Regardless of what your opinions are, though, it’s worth shaking off any preconceptions you have and taking a practical look at the various options for extra medical care.

extra medical careBy extra medical care, I mean services provided outside the NHS. For many of us, private healthcare often feels like an unnecessary and excessive expense.

But, there are plenty of situations when the additional support of private health companies can definitely come in handy – if only for peace of mind – and when the cost of harnessing it could be lower than you expect.

How to save money on private medical care

Private health insurance is something of a luxury, but there are ways to turn it into a more feasible expense. The first place to start is by checking whether your place of work has any deals to offer you; these days, more and more companies throw private health insurance into their employment packages, so it’s definitely worth looking into!

Meanwhile, some sectors give you the opportunity to take advantage of decent deals. For instance, anyone who either currently works in or who has worked in the civil service can join members clubs that offer a host of great savings.

You can find out more about these here, but typically they’re very varied, offering things like savings on family outings, car cover and much more, alongside services such as private health insurance. Of course, deals will change over time, so I can’t tell you exactly how much you can save or what extras could be thrown in, but examples include getting around two-thirds off private road ambulance services, or receiving the first two months of your health cover free of charge.

If you don’t want to go down the path of budgeting for private health insurance, you can always consider paying for the odd service out of your own pocket as and when you need to. For example, when I get a running injury I tend to head straight to my local physiotherapist for advice, because this means I can sidestep long NHS waiting periods. Since I only need to do this very occasionally, I don’t mind the additional one-off expense.

Types of cover

OK, let’s take a quick look at the types of cover available. The good thing about getting private insurance through something like a members club is that it often means you’ll have the freedom to personalise your plan, which means that it’s more flexible both in terms of fitting in with your budget and the type of services you need.

Usually, you’ll have to at least purchase ‘essential cover’, which includes fairly standard services like consultations, as well as things like surgery and special scans, such as MRI and PET scans. On top of that, you can choose from a range of extras.

These include things like heart and cancer cover, which provides full financial protection for the care you’ll need to tackle these kinds of conditions. Another interesting option is expert diagnostics, which means that you’ll be able to skip all those long queues associated with the NHS and have fast access to specialists and investigative tests to get the bottom of any health problems you’re having.

Simple ways for novice gardeners to grow their own

By on January 8, 2013 in Lifestyle with 0 Comments

For many people, growing a supply of vegetables in the back garden to pick and eat as you fancy is something they think is out of reach. The perceived cost and time needed can be off-putting, but the truth is that setting up a vegetable patch makes sense in more ways than one.

Of course, there is some initial financial outlay for a project of this scale, but the long-term benefits can far outweigh the upfront cost. Having a steady supply of homegrown vegetables is a shrewd move at a time when food prices are increasing and for families with young children, it can help spark an interest in gardening and make them take more of an interest in the food they eat.

Taking the plunge

So, once you’ve decided to go ahead and set up your own vegetable patch, there are a few things you need to consider. Firstly, you need to decide where to put it. Sunshine, along with water, is crucial to growing big, healthy vegetables, so opt for the sunniest spot in your garden. The soil already under your grass should suffice, but you may find you need to add an extra layer if what you’re working with is very shallow. Also, watch out for patches containing large stones and try to remove as many as possible.

Once you’ve selected a plot, the next step is to ensure you have all the tools you need. If you don’t own one already, now would be a good time to buy a garden shed, as these are great for storing spades, trowels, fertiliser, labels, seeds and anything else you may need to make your project a success.

novice gardeners

The next step is deciding what to grow. There are many options available, so try and resist the temptation to opt for an exotic form of lettuce and instead focus on the basics that you are likely to use most often – things like carrots, potatoes, onions and tomatoes. Of course, you will also need to take space into consideration, as you don’t want overcrowding to hamper your chances of producing a bumper crop.

A watchful eye

Once you’ve done all your planning and the project is underway, you need to make sure you are disciplined enough to give the plants the care and attention they will need. Plenty of water is crucial – without it you’ll find your crops die pretty quickly! – and you will also need to make sure you give your patch a steady supply of nutrients. Compost can help, but this generally only contains relatively small amounts of nutrients, so fertiliser is also usually needed to encourage growth.

The Royal Horticultural Society advises adding general fertiliser to the soil a week before planting most crops, noting some will need further feeding as they develop. This can usually be administered in the form of liquid fertiliser, but take care – crops that produce a fruit tend to need a solution that is higher in potash, as this will help boost the quality and quantity of the crop.

If you follow these steps, and do plenty of research before getting underway, there’s no reason why you won’t be taking a trip to the end of the garden, rather than the local supermarket, every time you need some fresh vegetables next summer.

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