Cucumbers Bitter?

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Latin Name:
Cucumis Sativus, a part of the gourd family. In the Middle Ages the plant was called the Cowcumber.

Many people will not eat or grow Cucumbers since they’re bitter to the taste. This is true of older varieties and results from a bitter gene which is part of the make up of Cucumbers.

Just about all the research that has been devoted to the Cucumber has been in and aimed at attempting to remove this bitterness. The result of this research has been a range of new varieties that don’t contain this bitter gene, or very little of it.

If you are harvesting bitter Cucumbers, the most likely explanation is that you are growing them incorrectly.

On no account allow your Cucumber become stressed (lack of water, for instance), they tend to bitter up.

If you grow the ideal sort of Cucumber, and maintain the plant free from whatever may check their growth then you will have perfectly healthy cucumbers that are crisp, refreshing pick-me-ups on a hot summers afternoon.

However, if you want to be on the safe side, there’s a trick for removing bitterness. If you remove 1 inch of the cucumber’s stem end and peel back the skin to a thin layer of flesh directly beneath the skin.

I have also discovered that scoring cucumbers with a fork makes the difference between faintly sour and palatable cucumbers. You can try this out yourself. Take two centre section. Cut a piece from each and flavor. You will find that the slice that has been scored is less bitter.

This is aimed at making the cucumber less bitter, however you might like sour ones, in which case grow old varieties.

In the main there are three kinds of cucumber: field or standard ones, which grow very large with a bright green colour; smaller pickling ones with a more yellowish tone to the skin; and greenhouse forced varieties, which are bred to grow fruit in somewhat lower temperatures like the UK. I find in a good summer here in Oxford I can grow all three. In cool summers the outside ones do not do so well.

You can sow cucumber seeds directly to the ground, however I would rather start my off in seed-trays and them pot them on until they are big enough to be planted out in the open or glasshouse.

I could list types here, but the best is to find out what your neighbors are growing or which plants are for sale in the community shop.

Cucumbers are very heavy feeders so grow them in enriched soil with well-rotted manure or compost. Watch out for the standard pest and cope with them.

The cucumber should be harvested frequently because otherwise they get large and seedy.

If your gardening space is limited, you can plant next to a wire fence or trellis and they’ll grow right up it. CallĀ West Melbourne Bat Removal if any unwanted pests get into your garden!


They Sing Too?

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Music history is rife with siblings who work together, even if at some point they have a falling from 2 along the way. Fortunately, the majority of the family acts have avoided publicized inner turmoil, like the brother-sister tandem of the Carpenters, the brothers in Van Halen, and the Taylor brethren of Duran Duran.

There are also a trio of brothers, the Finns, in the Eighties New Wave Band Split Enz, who has hits like “One Step Ahead” and “I Got You.” Making strikes around that same time were the sisters of Heart, Ann and Nancy Wilson.

Still in any musicians who aspire to form a ring with Sis or Bub may want to take cautilon, for there are a lot of family groups that have nearly torn each other emotionally or in litigation. The Beach Boys with the Wilson brothers could be the most famous example, along with the highly publicized conflicts between the Davies siblings from the Kinks or the long standing rivalry of Liam and Noah Gallagher of Oasis.

If such familial spats scare you from taking the stage with someone who shares your parents, you can a!ways opt for a separate career from him. Here are seven examples of musical siblings who have not performed in a band together.

Jim Seals and Dan Seals
Each one has a singing partner, the younger (nicknamed England) with John Ford Coley and the older with Dash Croft.

Andy Gibb and the Bee Gees
Barry, Robin and Maurice had been around for a decade before peaking with Saturday Night Fever, and their little brother hit number one around the exact same time with “Thicker Than Water.”


Coal Miner’s Daughter made big sis a big star, but Crystal topped the charts with “Half the Way”
Julian Lennon and Sean Lennon
They shared a father who was the genius behind The Beatles, so it is not surprising that the two sons have experienced diverse recording professions West Melbourne Rat Removal.

Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright
Loudon, their folk-singing father, wrote tunes about these two offspring before each pursued careers in various musical genre.

Shaun Cassidy and David Cassidy
In his role as Keith at The Partridge Family David sang many hits before little brother left his enduring cover version of “Da Do Ron Ron.”

Johnny Van Zandt and Ronny Van Zandt
Lynyrd Sknyrd dropped Ronny in a plane crash, only several decades later to employ Johnny at the use of lead singer.


Step Away From The Cookies!

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Does thinking about food so much ultimately become a binge eating session to you? Does this sound like you?

You are sitting at home and you can’t stop thinking about food. You don’t understand what you’re interested in, but you feel preoccupied with food, like you need to eat it because you’re at home. You try to not eat it, because you know what will happen. It’s the same cycle as always: A little bite of something will become a binge eating session.Malabar Raccoon Removal

This happens to many men and women. Harmless snacking initially becomes a gigantic binge eating moment and they feel like they just cannot stop. It is true that most of the time people do turn to food for comfort and due to some sort of emotional issue that happened to them previously, but what about the people who can’t relate to that? These kinds of people just know that they really enjoy food and feel as though they can’t stop eating, which always turns into a binge for them.

So when you want to learn how to stop binge eating and curb any cravings, what do you do?

1. Chew gum. Many times we are bored and eating sounds like just what to do to pass time. Rather than leading to a possible binge using a trigger food, try chewing gum. The constant chewing gum will trick your brain and you won’t find that you’re drifting off to snacking. You will find satisfaction with picking a gum which has a long-lasting flavor.

2. Do something. Working out of home I find myself in the kitchen just as it’s convenient. It’s the same thing with people working at an office. The community candy bowl or the kitchen seem to only be convenient, and before you know it, you have consumed food that you were not even hungry for. Rather than falling victim to advantage, why not remove yourself from the situation. If you’re at home and the kitchen keeps calling your name, leave the house. Making the kitchen imperceptible to you will really help you to not snack as much and will definitely curb future binges.

3. Find motivation. What motivates you to stay on track? Is there a site that you visit frequently or a website? Do you have a friend that will keep you on track? Think about your motivation towards not binging and get it done. Not only will you become motivated not to binge and snack, but it (hopefully) won’t even be in your mind anymore.

4. Find the alternative. This tip really worked well for me. If you begin to crave a food, do not deprive yourself of it necessarily; simply find a healthier version of it. If you are craving tacos, make them at home since they’ll be healthier. If you can’t get sweets out of your mind, instead of reaching for the bag of chocolate, try an apple or another sweet fruit. Many times you will feel satisfaction because you are still fulfilling your sweet tooth… just in another way.

The next time you can’t seem to stop obsessing over food, or if a craving only seems like it is too much, try some of the tips. They worked for me when I was thinking how to prevent binge eating for myself and hopefully you will have success with them as well.