Simple Solutions for Small Space Gardening

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Small Space Gardening

Jonathan Vrban grows much of the food he cooks with in his own gardens. To make his own pesto, Jonathan Vrban grows fresh basil at home. He enjoys home improvement projects, and has created his own perfect gardening setup around his home and pool.

It can be challenging to garden without an actual garden, but botanically inclined apartment dwellers need not worry. Here are three easy ways to start a garden in your office, apartment, or other small space.

1. Go vertical. Hang plants from handrails and ceiling hooks, or buy a vertical planter. You can even use a hanging shoe organizer to grow herbs and small vegetables.

2. Buy or make windowsill boxes. These are perfect for basil and other herbs with shallow roots. If your landlord will not permit them to be attached to the building, try the kind that clamps over the windowsill.

3. Grow indoors. As long as plants have the right humidity, soil pH, and light exposure, it is possible to grow large plants and even citrus plants indoors. Recycled five-gallon buckets make great indoor-outdoor planters.


Tips for Experimenting When Cooking

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At his home in Hawaii, Dr. Jonathan Vrban enjoys a number of creative pursuits. For instance, Dr. Jonathan Vrban likes to cook and come up with new recipes.

While cooking, many people rely on following recipes exactly as written, which can be enjoyable and produce delicious results. However home cooks can combine their creativity and cooking skills to improvise in the kitchen to build new recipes.

When first getting started with improvising or giving your own twist to recipes, it’s a good idea to take baby steps. You might try using a different seasoning for one component of a tried-and-true recipe, for instance, or replacing one ingredient for another one with a similar texture and consistency. Having plenty of basic cooking ingredients and seasonings on hand can make the selection process easier and afford you plenty of options.

Additionally, try a new approach when you have plenty of time to experiment with no pressure, such as on weekend day. Doing a cooking experiment when are very hungry or tired after work or when you have guests coming over that you want to impress isn’t the best idea. With practice comes increased confidence and know-how.

Tips for Making a Cooking Video

Jonathan “Jon” Vrban lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he spends his days gardening and cooking. With a desire to publish his own cookbook, Jonathan Vrban looks for new opportunities to share his skills as a cook with others, and he is interested in making and launching cooking videos on YouTube.

When developing a cooking video, preparation of the cooking area, as well as presentation, are key for making an engaging show that encourages people to cook a dish. The following are tips to keep in mind when filming.

1. Take time to source fresh ingredients to showcase vibrant colors and add interest to a dish throughout the recording. Fresh tomatoes, for example, are more visually appealing than a can of tomatoes. Potted herbs are also nice to have on hand since they will not wilt.

2. When cooking with meat, discard the original packaging and place the ingredient on a clean plate or piece of parchment paper. This translates well on camera.

3. Select the proper dish size to hold ingredients and the final product. Plates and bowls that add height are great.

4. Make sure to take close-up shots of the ingredients being prepared and always favor the camera when chopping, dicing, and executing any cooking technique.

5. Because the audience cannot smell or taste the food, the cook should be very descriptive about the preparation and final dish. Offering measurements that are easily understood by viewers, like “a pinch of salt,” and vocalizing the doneness of products gives the viewer a better understanding of the overall recipe.

6. Remember to take a still shot of the dish at the end to be used as a thumbnail when uploading a video. Attempting to take a photo from a video may result in a low quality picture that will not pique people’s interest.

An Introduction to Botany

Based in Hawaii, Jonathan Vrban is an avid gardener. His interest in gardening has led Jon Vrban to study various areas of botany.

Botany, in its most basic form, is the study of plant life. The plants botanists study range from tiny bacteria to sequoia trees and redwoods, some of planet earth’s largest living things, and can be found in all parts of the world. Additional plants a botanist may study include algae and fungi, lichens, and mosses, and of course a number of flowering plants.

The term botanist is equally as diverse, as plant biologists can conduct their research in any number of ways. Many botanists focus their studies on how plants interact with animals, other plants, and various environmental factors. Field botanists, meanwhile, search for new plant discoveries, while others are interested in how certain plants grow under extreme or atypical circumstances. A person considering a career in botany should know that a number of additional concentrations exist, including the study of plant structures, chemical conversion systems, and plant development as dictated by DNA.

Tips for Managing Your Online Reputation

A cooking and gardening enthusiast, Jonathan Vrban also enjoys many other activities. As a contributor to video-sharing sites such as YouTube, Jonathan Vrban believes in maintaining a good online presence.

Thanks to the Internet, lots of information about a person is typically available with a simple search. While this information might be general or positive in nature, it can also be negative and have a potentially damaging effect on a person’s business, career, or personal life. Therefore, it’s often recommended that people take a proactive approach to online reputation management and establish a good online presence.

For example, you might consider buying a domain name that features your full name in order to establish an official website for yourself. Likewise, you can further establish your online presence by joining social networking websites and spending some time building your profile. Facebook and LinkedIn are obvious contenders for such sites, but Pinterest and YouTube are among additional possibilities. While you don’t have to be on such sites daily, it’s best to add content and otherwise participate periodically. You can also link certain sites together and make portions of your profiles public. However, it’s important to understand your privacy settings, thereby ensuring that the only information you’re making publicly available is that which you in fact don’t mind sharing with everyone.

How to Upload a Photo to Instagram

An avid cook and baker, Dr. Jonathan Vrban has uploaded a number of cooking videos to YouTube and Vimeo. Jonathan Vrban also regularly posts pictures to Instagram. He is in the process of writing a cookbook of the many delicious home recipes that other home chefs can prepare and be proud to share with friends and family

In recent years, Instagram has established itself as one of the premier photography-sharing applications for iPhones and other mobile devices.

When uploading a picture onto Instagram, a user with an Instagram account first needs to ensure that Instagram is installed on his or her mobile device. Upon selecting the Instagram icon from the device’s app menu, it is possible to snap a picture within the app using the camera icon. Once a picture is taken, the user can edit the image as desired, add a caption, and share both with selected individuals and on different social media networks. Users navigate through these options using arrow and check buttons in the top-right corner of their device’s screen.

Alternately, users can select photos from their device’s image gallery or photo library. After the device’s photo library has been accessed, users simply need to tap the desired picture and confirm the upload to Instagram using the icons that appear in the top-right corner of the device’s screen.

Instagram cannot accept pictures from desktop computers.

Tips from a Hawaiian Gardener: Protecting Your Plants and Saving Money

Hawaii resident Dr. Jonathan Vrban, DNP, pursues a number of pastimes outside of his professional life as a family medicine practitioner. One of his passions is gardening. A cook in his free time, Dr. Jonathan Vrban grows his own herbs and vegetables and maintains several tropical gardens around his property.

Hawaii, with its even climate, offers an ideal place for year-round gardening. At the same time, however, this presents challenges, including 24/7 pests that can threaten plants not properly protected. Hawaiian gardens often need fencing to keep out wild pigs, mice, and other animals. Natural and environment-friendly insect repellents and/or insect-repelling plants also have their uses.

Gardening in Hawaii also requires carefully picking cultivation spots. Not every place in the Aloha State boasts nutrient-rich soil ideal for planting. Property owners may have clay, sand, or even volcanic ash or rock to contend with. Gardening beds may need preparation with good soil before planting.

Lastly, gardening anywhere often requires time and money. While we all usually enjoy the time we spend gardening, the cost can diminish that excitement. To pursue gardening without breaking the bank, gardeners can create their own compost and use self-seeding plants, like perennials.