The free bee keeping classes where taught by the Western Arkansas Eastern Oklahoma Beekeepers Association. Which vegitate is now a proud member of. http://arbeekeepers.org/index.html
The class was free with a donation of a can good.
Also we picked up a new grow light for my garden seed starts and transplants. We purchased the Sunleaves Pioneer 4. The light puts out some major
light on to your transplants that it even give my Carolina Reapers a nice sun tan. http://www.sunleaves.com/detail.asp?sku=SPG104
I was looking for a temporary way to add more light back on to my plants. Using Mylar Film, or Sunfilm is a nice way to reflect more light back on to you budding seedlings. After looking at the prices of the Sunfilm 1 mil Film and the price was reasonable but I want to know if I could find a product that was cheap in price but still reliable and reflective as the named brand products.
After cruising down the automotive section of a Dollar General Store. I found exactly what I needed for my new grow light system. The Auto Sun Shade bounces back 99% of the UV light back on to the plants. This was a exactly what I was looking for: Price, Size, and Light Reflection.
Now the Sunfilm is cheaper if you are building a larger grow light system. If you have single light setup the sun shade is the cheaper alternative.
Here are some websites with products that you might want to research when you are investing into a nice grow light setup.
During the winter of 2014, the U.S.A was hit with a strange weather phenomenon called the Polar Vortex. The polar vortex has dropped temperature in the US to -60C. So in honor of the Polar Vortex and for reaching 500 subscribers vegitate is having a prize giveaway.
On Thursday the 5th of December 2013, an Ice Storm named Cleon by the National Weather Service hit the Natural State of Arkansas. The state dropped temperatures by over 50 degrees from the previous day. The freezing rain built up to over 1 inch of ice in some places, causing power-lines and trees to buckle under the extreme weight.
Over 31,000 Arkansans were without power that night from Cleon. A lot of roads became impassable from the ice and later over 6 inches of snow. The snow and ice stated for many days afterwards due to the Arctic blast from up in Canada and the temperature never got above freezing for up to a week after the initial weather event. This major ice and snow storm was a record for the day for everything from temperature to perspiration.
This update showed just my small moment of what the storm did to us and our greenhouse and garden from Fort Smith, Arkansas during and after that major weather event Cleon.
We lost a few limbs and and internet for a few hours and the greenhouse suffered a bigger event and losing heat for a few hours freezing some of the plants. Most plants were not damaged by the lost of heat.
We were lucky with this event many citizens from the United States were not as fortunate and lost property, lives and some their homes.