Category: Garden

As you know, anything has its errors, none of them can be 100% accurate. So does the best moisture meter

Three factors affect the measurement results of a hygrometer:

  • The position where you measure
  •  Hygrometer conditions (dirty, clean or out of calibration)
  • The temperature of the area you measure

The first issue is easily controlled and different hygrometers will often have tips to determine the most suitable location included in the owner’s manual to help you avoid problems.

Digital Moistur Meter
Digital-Moisture-Meter

As for the second issue, this depends largely on how often you maintain and care for the meter. You can bring out reputable facilities for monthly warranty. Or simply clean it often when you find the machine dirty or unclean. If the sensor system of the device is contaminated too badly, you cannot fix it yourself. Let’s replace it.

However, the third problem, the temperature of the surrounding environment, is an issue that many carpenters may miss when checking the accuracy of a moisture meter. They thought it did not affect the measurement results of the device. But not? It has a great influence. You can’t accurately measure the moisture content of objects and put out temporary preventive measures. 

 Therefore, In this article, I will discuss the impact of temperature on measurement results and the ways to solve this problem for you who want to learn to know. Let’s get started,

How do different types of temperatures affect measurement results

In winter weather, you will encounter many challenges when trying to accurately predict moisture. The temperature of the air directly affects the amount of water vapor that air can hold. If temperatures drop, the air can hold less and less moisture. In contract,  the air temperature rises, the air can contain more water molecules and its relative humidity decreases. As the temperature decreases, the relative humidity will increase. When the temperature drops to 20, the relative humidity will double.

Specifically, temperature affects the quality of wood as follows:

In hotter climates, it’s a good time to preserve the wood. Because the amount of steam from the wood will be sealed, which balances the temperature between the environment and the moisture of the wood and make it drier.

In colder environments, the moisture in the air tends to decrease, also known as condensation. The moisture will not evaporate but will collect on the wooden surface. That makes the wood moist and adds moisture.

Therefore, it is important to check the moisture of an object with the temperature of the air. It directly decides the analysis result and the quality of the material later.

How to solve the problem of humidity error due to temperature

There are several ways to deal with the problem of high or low temperatures when performing a humidity test:

Control the temperature of the environment: You need to check indoor humidity values and climate control of the environment. It’s quite simple, you need to set the room temperature to the optimal level for your hygrometer and let the room temperature stable before reading. This assists to completely avoid the problem of the effect of temperature on the determination results.

Measure many times: In case, the ambient temperature changes constantly throughout the day, try to measure it many times, for example when the temperature is high, low and in the middle. You can check humidity when it is cool in the morning, at 2 or 3 pm when the temperature is high, and in the evening when the temperature is mild.

Check dew point: If your humidity meter is set to a dew point function. Then you should change the feature from measuring humidity to measuring dew. This feature set tells you the temperature that air needs to reach saturation. The dew point is sometimes considered a more reliable estimate of the actual humidity of the air because it is not affected by temperature.

In conclusion

I have expressed to you about the great effects of temperature on humidity measurement results. Therefore, before measuring something, Let’s remember to check the temperature of the environment and air first.  To make sure that the measurement results are the most accurate. Finally, Hopeful, the issue I mentioned today is useful for you. Thank you for taking the time to read.

Today I will tell you about my boyfriend.  My lover named Hung. He is 5 years older than me. He works as a carpenter. He and I have been in love for 5 years. I can’t forget the first day I met him. That day, my mother told me to bring a wooden box to the furniture store to repair. My mother’s box could not be opened. When I went into the store, I did not see the mechanic who normally repaired the furniture for my mother. I just saw a young man. He was using a hand saw to cut a log. His actions are extremely fast and professional. I started to judge this man. He is about 1m90 tall. I have never seen such a tall man. Moreover, he is extremely handsome with wet skin, solid arms, a balanced face. Its face is my favorite type. While I watched him not blinking my eyes(really embarrassed). He approached me and asked if I needed any help with a friendly smile. Oh my God. He looks very handsome when looking closely. He is like Song Joong ki my favorite actor. I kept looking at him like that for about 3 seconds. When He saw me not answer. He asked again. At that time, I realized and smiled shyly at him. I told him about the problem of the wooden box. After that, he took the box from me and started to find the cause. After about 3 minutes, looking carefully at the box. he found out the reason for not opening it. Cabinet lock is broken.

Before starting to fix. He took me a glass of water and told me to sit in the chair.(He is so kind)  First, he used a Marita drill to break the lock of the box. After that, he took another piece of wood to replace the discarded plate. Finally, he changed the new lock for my box. Time passed quickly, he had repaired the box for me. When I pay you, Because. I want to see him again. I asked him if he could teach me to make a wooden bookcase.  He was surprised to see me say that. But he was still willing to help me. He told me to read in Best woodworking books for beginners to learn about the previous carpentry. and told me that the next day he would start teaching me. That night, I tried the website what he told me. That page is great. It has a lot of useful things for beginners like me.

The next day I woke up very early. I chose the most beautiful dress in the closet to meet him. He taught me a lot about carpentry.  First, he gave me a small wooden board. He teaches me to use the Wood chisel to carve simple shapes. I want to make a rabbit. But I forever carved it into a fish. He looked at the product I made. Laughing and rubbing my head and saying: “No problem? You made it so beautiful”. Because of his comfort, I tried to do better.

The next day, he also taught me to use the Dewalt Drill. When I was trying to drill a piece of wood. suddenly it didn’t work. He made sure the bit of the drill was broken. He replaced me with another bit of the drill. He also taught me to use a hammer to frame the edges of the log together. We talk and get closer to each other. He told me that since he was young, he likes to take logs at home to do a lot of things like bookshelves, pen boxes, … I admire his passion. I can only follow him for about 5 days. Because next week I have to start the new semester.

The last day, when I prepared to greet him home with a sad face. I think it will be a long time before I can meet him. He told me to wait for him a bit. Then he ran into the store carrying a small box to give me. When I opened the box. I was surprised in the box is a wooden hair brooch. He also carved a butterfly with a hair brooch. The brooch is extremely beautiful, I had never seen anything so cute and unique like that. Especially, on the inside of the brooch. I saw a line of words “I Love You”. I was deeply touched. Turns out, he also likes me as I like him.

That’s all the story about my love. So cute, isn’t it? Why don’t you try a carpentry class? You can find the love of your life like me.

My house has 5 mango trees. I heard my mother tell that my dad planted these mango trees when I was born. These mango trees grew up with me. When I was 5 years old they were just as tall as me. Now they are 3 times as tall as me. They were associated with my childhood  Each summer is coming.  I often asked my neighbor’s friends to climb mango trees to take mango fruit.  We often take unripe mangoes to eat with soup. Its taste is so delicious. My parents and grandparents often wait for ripe mangoes to eat  On days of power outages. I often brought a hammock tied to a mango tree to sleep.The light breeze blowing when lying under the tree makes me feel more comfortable. Moreover, I often play a lot of games around mango stumps with my friends like mandarin square capturing, Hide and seedling man’s buff,…  Although, I don’t have a lot of time to play and talk with my friends as before. We are becoming more and more distant  But I will never forget that innocent time.

Unfortunately, My father plans to cut down 5 mango trees. He wanted to build another house for my brother. When he gets married. I don’t want my father to cut them.  They are full of childhood memories that I don’t want to forget. But I don’t know how to do.  Seeing me sad, my dad told me that he would use the wood of the tree to make me a new desk. Heard I am very happy. I comforted myself. Mango trees will always be with me. My father also intended to use the remaining wood to make necessary supplies for my brother’s new home.

The process of cutting wood and soaking wood wasted a lot of time. So, after one month, my father just started making them. My father asked me to work with him. My father said there was a lot of work to do. He will not be able to complete on time for my brother’s wedding. I am very willing to help him. I love this woodwork very much. I used to make myself a wooden pen box. I have known how to use some woodworking tools and equipment.

My father and I work together very effectively. For example,  When my father is cutting wood with hand saws. I will stand by and read to my father on the Woodworking books for the beginner the easiest way to cut wood. Therefore, my father only took about 30 minutes to cut the wood into sections. The next stage, when my father used a Makita Drill to keep the edges together. Moreover. He also uses a hammer to make the edges stronger and more beautiful.  I will use sandpaper to rub the wood. In the final steps. I found these items quite simple. Therefore, I used wood chisel (I have known how to use it from my carpenter friend) to decorate more patterns for the furniture becomes more delicate and lively.

After exactly one month. My father and I finished a desk for me, a dining table, a kitchen shelf, a wardrobe for my brother. Although it was hard, both my father and I were very happy. Wood from mango trees helped my family save some money. With that money. We can buy other necessities things for my brother’s wedding.

On my brother’s wedding day, most attendees complimented the furniture that my father and I made. They were also surprised to hear that we only made them only for a month. Some people even suggested my father make them some furniture like my brother’s. But my father did not agree. My father told my father not to have much time to do it. And I will test in grade 10. My father wanted me to focus on studying. But when seeing me sad. My father added after I finish the exam, my father and I will work together to make wooden furniture for them.  I was extremely happy when I heard my father say that. I will try my best to complete the test well.

The more I learn about carpentry. the more I love it . It helps my father and I become closer than before. Above all, it helped me reduce a lot of stress after hard lessons. Why don’t you try making any things you want? You sure you will love making it like me

Look at all those spikes!

I’ve had my eye on this spooky-looking plant in my parents’ front yard for a while. It finally bloomed!

This flower looks like it might be carnivorous.

These pears make me think of big ol’ grapes.

The pear trees out front have been weighed down with these tiny, sweet pears for the last couple of weeks. The limbs were almost at the breaking point when I finally got out there to pick them.

Have you ever had a pear cake? If not, you’re missing out.

These spotty little apples are some of the sweetest I’ve ever tasted.

Thanks to my Nana and our neighbor, Granny, I’ve recently come into a lot of apples. There’s no way I could eat or bake them all into something, so I decided to can them. Come October when the four of us are 500 miles away and getting homesick, maybe pie made with these apples from home will make us feel better?

We’ve also got lots of figs.

Our neighbors and family members (the ones with the cows that Chowder and Maxine love to watch) have a couple of fig trees covered in figs they aren’t going to use. We couldn’t live with ourselves if we let all those beautiful figs go to waste!

We’re drowning in baby figs.

As well as big ass figs–this is not a pear.

We will more than likely be packing and moving next week, but hopefully I’ll still be able to share the sweet treats I’m making with all this beautiful fresh (and local, and free!) fruit.

Yesterday I had a wonderful visit with my friend Alexa. Among other things, Alexa and I discussed her bare porch, and she asked me to recommend some plants that would do well in pots. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and it’s based solely on the plants I’ve had success with. Since I’ve lived without a yard for the past four years, I’ve had quite a bit of time to experiment with growing plants in pots. I’ve come to look for and appreciate certain characteristics in potted plants, and there are a few varieties that I can recommend with some confidence. Many of these plants fall into more than one category.

Plants that smell good:

I love anything in the mint family, but I’m especially fond of spearmint, peppermint, and lemon balm because they’re really hard to kill and smell wonderful. They’re especially nice when placed in a high traffic area; guests get a nice-smelling surprise when they brush against them had mixed luck with lavender.  Up until this summer, I’d never been able to get it to bloom despite my best efforts.  I’m not sure what exactly I could’ve been doing wrong other than trying to start it from seed rather than buying plants, but I can say it’s definitely worth the effort.  These sweet little blooms smell so wonderful, and their bright purple color adds visual interest as well.

Plants that look or feel  interesting:

I posted about the mother of millions (alias bryophyllum crenatodaigremontianum, in case you were wondering) a couple of weeks ago. These are some of the most visually interesting plants I’ve seen yet, and as it turns out they’re nearly impossible to kill. Again, I want to stress that these are very aggressive and probably shouldn’t be grown outside of pots. They’re also toxic when consumed, so keep animals away from them as well! These factors make them perfect plants to grow in pots because you have total control over them.

Lamb’s ear is a really fun plant because it’s fun to look at and touch. Make sure and water the dirt and not the plant itself, however, because the leaves really don’t like to get wet.

For a long time, I didn’t know that chrysanthemums and mums were the same things, but apparently, they are. I learned the spell the word chrysanthemum in second grade, and I remember being furious that my teacher expected me to learn to spell a thirteen-letter word. Nevertheless, I still remember how to spell the word and they’re some of my favorite flowers nowadays. I’ve had a lot of success with growing mums in pots. They come in tons of fun colors, bloom late in the summer, and are available at most grocery stores and greenhouses.

I’m crazy about all ferns, including the boring Boston ferns you can pick up at any grocery store. My favorites, however, are the ones that are a little harder to find and more visually appealing. I have a maidenhair fern and an asparagus fern in hanging baskets on my porch, and I love the unexpected variety and volume their leaves provide. Their leaves are more beautiful than a lot of flowers I can think of–to me, there’s something kind of woodsy, Elvin, and wild about ferns. I’m always on the lookout for newer, more rare varieties.

Plants that are Useful:

Catnip is another member of the mint family (which is why it looks so much like mint and lemon balm), and it’s good for more than just cats. Although we do love watching Chowder and Maxine go crazy after eating catnip, I would never keep this plan inside because they’d likely devour the whole thing within a day or two. Catnip, like other mint plants, is easy to grow, hard to kill, and comes back year after year. Catnip can be made into a very soothing tea for anxious types like myself (and you, Alexa). It’s cousins mint and lemon balm also make tasty teas.

Chamomile is another plant that fits more than one category. I love the way these delicate flowers look and smell, and chamomile can be used in a number of soothing beauty recipes (more on that later). My first encounter with chamomile was drinking it as a calming night-time tea, and that’s still one of my favorite uses for it. A lot of people confuse chamomile with the milkweed that grows in ditches around here, but I like how chamomile is a little stringy and wild-looking.

There are probably more that are slipping my mind, especially considering the circumstances. The plants that survived our move from Columbus are hanging out on my parents’ rarely-visited front porch, and the only time I fool with them much is to water or harvest them. As I said before, this list is in no way comprehensive–these are only the plants I’ve had luck with growing in pots. What about you guys, are there certain plants you prefer when it comes to potted plants?

(all images are links to the original source, and I also realize I’m neglecting one of the most important aspects of container gardening–the containers themselves. But that’s for another post.)

One of my favorite sources for gardening/simple living inspiration is Not Dabbling in Normal.  Earlier this morning I read a post over there titled It’s Time to Think About the Fall/Winter Garden, and that post did indeed get me thinking.

If things go according to plan (fingers crossed!), within the next month we’ll be moving into our first real house with a real yard suitable for a real garden.  Our last apartment, where we were for two years, was great and had a decently-sized yard.  However, the gardener (who was hired and paid by the landlord) had a really bad habit of weed-whacking everything that wasn’t growing in a pot–even if it was in the flower bed with a plant marker next to it.  I lost sage, basil, dahlias, daylilies, and even a tomato plant to his lack of discernment.  Needless to say, I’m excited about having complete control over a (pretty sizable) front and back yard, and I’ve got big dreams for next spring–but I don’t want to wait that long! I’ve started doing a little research as to what I can include in a small fall/winter garden that won’t require too much maintenance, but will hopefully knock out a considerable portion of our grocery bill (not to mention the health and environmental benefits of growing your own food).

In the spring, I plan on taking advantage of the chain link fence in the backyard by planting climbing varieties of beans, cucumbers, melons, and tomatoes.  Until then, I’m thinking of going ahead and building some raised beds against the fence and trying my hand at fall and winter crops.  According to HumeSeeds.com’s Fall and Winter Vegetable Planting Guide, “the soil in a well made and maintained raised bed can be between 8 and 12 degrees F. warmer than the same soil in the surrounding garden areas.”  That should be really beneficial in fall and winter gardening.

I checked the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center’s website for zone-specific advice (we’re moving to South Louisiana), and of the plants they recommend I think we’d really enjoy broccoli, garlic, onions, spinach, lettuce, and radishes.  I’m going to get to work planning planting and harvest times, and hopefully by the time we’re moved in I’ll be ready to get started.

So, I was slightly wrong in my previous post about this mystery plant.  My Nana pointed out that Granny actually referred to this as a teardrop plant (and not a tear plant), and upon googling teardrop plant I quickly found the information I was looking for.

this looks just like my teardrop plant to me

In my online research, I’ve also seen it called the mother of millions (or thousands), Mexican hat plant, and chandelier plant.  The forums at gardenweb.com were especially helpful in pinpointing the exact plant that I have.  They directed me to bryophyllum.com (which has some very informative pictures!), where I learned that my plant is called bryophyllum crenatodaigremontianum.  It’s a cross between b.crenatum and b.daigremontianum.   I’ve discovered that the mother of millions (the name I prefer, naturally) is a particularly invasive succulent that’s been known to grow on almost any available surface (including bare bricks and pine straw).  Many people consider this plant a weed, and it should be kept out of reach of pets as it’s leaves and especially its flowers are toxic when eaten.  Apparently, this plant won’t think twice about choking out another plant it happens to share soil with.  Because of this, it’s wise to keep these away from other plants altogether.  The rosettes on the leaves are indeed the baby plants, and they can fall into neighboring pots and take them over if you aren’t careful.  Therefore, total isolation is recommended for the mother of millions.  A windowsill by itself or a big pot on the porch both seem like good places to me.  I have yet to see them, but according to both Granny and the internet, the mother of millions produces pretty lavender flowers.