Editorial Singapore

Why Not Gardening?

There are times that we have nothing to do but bum around. If we want to utilize our time well and be productive, there are many things that we can consider. Perhaps we can try gardening. Gardening is a fun activity because aside from helping Mother Nature (by cultivating flowers or vegetables), we can also profit from it. If we have a “green thumb”, why waste it?

There are many reasons why people are drawn to gardening. Some consider gardening as a hobby or a leisure activity. There are others that consider it as a profession and there are some that only want to plant fruits or vegetables to ensure the safety and reliability of what they are eating. Whatever our reasons are, we should be patient as we learn the craft. Here’s a guide:

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Prepare your tools

Since we are not planning to produce large quantities, hand or manual tools like spades, rakes, hoes and mowers should be present.

Preparing or understanding your soil

If we have healthy soil, we have healthy plants. Plants obtain everything they need in the soil. There are many ways to ensure that our soil is healthy, we can start by putting organic or synthetic fertilizers. Earthworms are important in the soil as well so when we see them, it is best to leave them.

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We should know if our soil is acidic or not. To know this, we need to check their pH level. Plants absorb the nutrients best in a soil with pH of 6.5 to 7.5.

Select your plants

Gardeners know that plants are different when it comes to their tolerance to the climate. So our choice of plant should depend on our location and climate.

Controlling pests

After planting, we will face another challenge. We should think of the weeds, pests and possible diseases our plants may get. It is time to consider herbicide, pesticide and fungicide.

What to Do When Fever Strikes

At some point in time, we get sick. It is part of life. But as much as possible if we get sick, we pray that it will come quickly and lightly. If in this case we are suffering from fever, we should find treatment immediately.

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Fever is characterized by a rise in the body’s normal temperature (above 37° C). Others simply let it pass but we should be reminded that fever is sometimes the body’s way of telling us that there are more serious illnesses coming. Fever can be a symptom of malaria, bacterial or viral infections (tonsillitis and influenza), arthritis and different brain and skin disorders. High fever can also lead to yellow fever, relapsing fever, scarlet fever, dengue fever, etc. For babies and older people, they tend to experience convulsions where their temperature rises to 41° C.

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The first thing to do is get the temperature. We can get the temperature under the arm, in the mouth, in the ear and in the rectum with the use of thermometer. After a few minutes, we will know the exact temperature of the body. If it is above 37° C, we should treat it right away. Fever is normally treated by lowering the body’s temperature. We can take Aspirins and/or apply cold compresses at least until the fever subsides. When we are suffering from fever, our body tends to sweat so we should replace the fluids lost by drinking large quantities of liquid to avoid dehydration. Though our appetite may be affected, it is always best to eat as much as we can.

If the fever still persists, it is time to see the doctor. If fever is recurring for a period of time, it should be brought to the doctor’s attention because it might be a symptom of other serious disease.