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Archives for March 30, 2017

MahaVastu tips for an auspicious ‘griha pravesh’

The real estate market experiences a boon during the auspicious season of Navratri and Diwali. People buy new homes and offices during this period so that prosperity and happiness last forever. The imbalance in the five elements – space, sky, air, fire, water and earth leads towards sickness of mind and body. Mahavastu helps in propagating the five elements in all directions in our living spaces. But what is Mahavastu and how can it help in making positive decisions related to buying new spaces or renovations? We got in touch with Dr. Khushdeep Bansal, founder of MahaVastu, whose ‘MahaVastu Philosophy’ is based on his extensive research on vastu shastra and yoga philosophy.

What is ‘Mahavastu’?

It is an upgraded, tested and bug-free understanding of vastu shastra that I have distilled from more than 12,000 case studies in the last 25 years. A rational understating helps to maintain equilibrium with nature; with simple yet powerful remedies without demolishing buildings. MahaVastu propagates that five elements are present in directions in our living spaces and the imbalance in these elements leads to the sickness of mind and body. It basically balances all these 5 elements for harmony in life.

Few MahaVastu tips to keep in mind before purchasing a space that you would like to recommend?

Before buying a home or an office one must check the location of entrance, e.g., an east or a north – east entrance is very auspicious, it brings in money, profits and success. On the contrary, an east entrance of a house leads to fire, accidents and unexpected losses for the inhabitants. According to MahaVastu, south or south – east entrance brings immense prosperity whereas entrance from south creates negative effects on the kids specially the boys of the family.

In general, houses and buildings facing north-east, south and the west are considered good for the residence.


Ideal directions

Toilet

Toilets in the north-east direction should be avoided completely.

Kitchen

The fire place / kitchen should ideally be located in south east zone of the house. An underground Water tank should ideally be placed towards the north, north – east, east and west zones of the house.

Bedroom

Bedroom should ideally be located in the south zone; however, for a newly wedded couple the north or north – west is the ideal direction.

Kid’s room should ideally be in the east, north – east, west or south – west directions.

Office

An ideal location of entrance(s) is north, north – east or north -west zones. This would bring good luck and positive energy. The main door of the entrance should be facing the north or the east. The reception should always be in the east or the north – east.

Location of toilets should ideally be in the south or south -west vastu zone of disposal. The toilet seats should ideally be placed in either south to north or west to east direction.

Location of Pantry ideally should be in the southeast corner or zone of the building

If a house is not built according to
vastu
, what should they do?

Simple remedies can help you to correct vastu flaws. Mahavastu has some very simple yet effective remedies like changing the colour of the main entrance, painting a particular portion in a colour to balance the five elements, e.g., the elemental strip technique proves instrumental when it comes to removing the bad effects of entrance locations and toilets.

Hanging green sceneries towards north attracts growth and new opportunities. Mahavastu believes in giving you proven vastu formulae for instant results without any demolitions and reconstruction.

What is the most important thing to retain happiness and harmony in the house?

A clean north-east zone in a home gives absolute clarity about life and farsightedness. I feel that’s the most important understanding to maintain harmony and happiness in every domain of life.

Keeping love birds in the south-west zone enhances all relationships, bringing in happiness and harmony.

Any tips for Diwali puja?

Clear the north-east zone of the house and make sure there are no red-coloured objects in this part of your premises.

Businessmen should place a statue of ‘Kuber’ in the north vastu zone on Wednesday, November 22, 2016.

Place fresh flowers in a green flower vase in the North area.

Place silver statues of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha in the west zone to remove hindrances and enhance financial prospects.

Article source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/home-garden/MahaVastu-tips-for-an-auspicious-griha-pravesh/articleshow/54672553.cms

April gardening tips for the Fort Smith region

April will bring more time in the garden with more sunny days and that extra hour of daylight. Plants are already leaping out of the ground. But don’t be too complacent because the predicted last frost day for this region is April 15. So have a plan to protect your plants if temperatures dip.

Here are some tips to help you maintain a beautiful and productive garden:

• When purchasing bedding annuals, choose properly grown plants with good color. Buy plants with well-developed root systems that are vigorous, but not too large for their pots, and lots of unopened buds. Plants that bloom in the pack are often root bound and can be set back for several weeks after being transplanted. Plants not yet in bloom will actually bloom sooner, be better established and grow faster.

• Begin to plant warm-season seedlings such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. You can also sow beets, beans, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, corn and radishes.

• Divide perennial herbs such as mint, chive, tarragon and creeping thyme.

• Plant thyme, sage, parsley, chives, basil, dill and rosemary.

• Prune spring-flowering shrubs and trees after bloom.

• Mulch soil to save water, smother weeds and keep soil cooler. Spread 1-3 inches of mulch or compost around shrubs, perennials, annuals and vegetables.

• Start feeding potted plants every two to three weeks with half-strength liquid fertilizer.

• Lawn grasses do best if mowed at the correct height. Check your lawn mower blade. It should be sharp to prevent tearing the grass.

• Don’t toss the little gladiolus cormlets you dug out with the larger corms last fall. Plant them in a row in the garden this spring, and in two years, they will reach blooming size.

• Plant clematis where it will receive at least six hours of sun. Shade the roots by covering with mulch.

• Cut flower stalks back to the ground on daffodils, hyacinths and other spring flowering bulbs as the flowers fade. Do not cut the foliage until it dies naturally. The leaves are necessary to produce strong bulbs capable of reflowering.

• Attract hummingbirds by planting red or orange flowers, such as beebalm.

• Hydrangea is one gift plant that transplants well into the garden after its flowers fade. When the weather warms, plant in well-drained soil in partial shade. Next year’s flowers may be a different color because color is dependent on the pH in the soil. Alkaline soil produces pink flowers; acidic soil produces blue flowers. White is not affected by soil pH.

• Keep an eye out for aphids and catch them early by using a strong stream of water or safer soap products.

Lance Kirkpatrick is the Sebastian County Cooperative Extension agent. Have questions about lawn, garden or other horticulture related issues? The Sebastian County Extension Service can help with offices in Barling and Greenwood. Call (479) 484-7737 for answers to horticulture questions.

Article source: http://www.swtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20170330/april-gardening-tips-for-fort-smith-region

Garden Tips and Soil Testing

Whether you’re growing lettuce or lupines, it’s important to know who to turn to for advice — the URI Master Gardeners are here to help! Bring in a soil sample from your home garden for free analysis.

On the first Sunday of the month, these garden pros will speak on selected topics ranging from pest management to heritage plants.

April 2: Soils and Soil Testing

May 7: Spring Edibles

Herb and vegetable garden walk identifying culinary perennials and discussing how they are grown.

June 4: The Mighty Pollinators

Gary Casabona, State Biologist for NRCS, talks about pollinators and plants to attract them.

July 2: From Compost to Compost Tea

Demonstrations on how to build a compost pile and use the compost in the garden.

August 6: The Three Sisters Growing Techniques

The history, legend, and practical use of the system.

September 3: Growing Cover Crops

October 1: Feeding your Family from a Colonial Garden

How to collect a soil sample:

Using a clean trowel, take and combine several smaller samples in each separate area of your property that you want to test. Take a sample at a depth of 3-4″ for lawn, 6-8″ for vegetables and flowers and 12 -18″ for fruit trees. Do not sample recently fertilized, limed or very wet soil. You can take the sample from different parts of the lawn or garden.
Take approximately one cup of soil and spread it on a piece of paper to dry overnight.
Transfer the sample to a small zip-lock bag. Write on the bag your name and the type of plants you plan to grow and bring it with you.

Article source: http://www.rimonthly.com/event/garden-tips-soil-testing/2017-03-29/