«Lawns are the most grown crop in the U.S.—and they're not one that anyone can eat; their primary purpose is to make us look and feel good about themselves.»
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Seasons are shifting: winters are shorter, spring is earlier, summers are longer and fall arrives later. Moreover, the intermediary seasons as f.e. sprinter or sprummer might become regular phenomena. Disruptions in the timing of these events makes a variety of impacts on ecosystems. Environmental changes cause many trees and flowers to bloom earlier than typical, an earlier spring might lead to longer growing seasons. Unusually warm weather in late winter can create a “false spring” that triggers the new growth of plants to begin too early, leaving them vulnerable to any subsequent frosts. Gardens as ecosystems are impacted as well. When buying a plant from a nursery its important to know that every plant is marked with a number indicating its hardiness zone. A hardiness zone is a geographic area defined to encompass a certain range of climatic conditions relevant to plant growth and survival. Because of warmer global temperatures planting zones are shifting further north. Lithuania is in zones 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a and 7b. Analyzing the plants map leads into discoveries like f. e. territories of zone 7 include parts of Lithuania as well as part of France, meaning that the same plants can grow in both countries. https://www.plantmaps.com/interactive-lithuania-plant-hardiness-zone-map-celsius.php
Lithuania Interactive Plant Hardiness Zone Map
After your plant steps out from the apartment into the balcony which continent it appears in? If indoor micro-climate conditions suggest proximate temperatures of Southern Africa, so the balcony brings the plant into Asia. To be more specific- a high cliff of Himalayas -your balcony actually is. The reason of this lies in a difference of low and high temperatures which are ranging in a micro surrounding of a pot the plant is in. The harsh conditions are challenging because of the sun which is heating up the surface of pot to the ultimate highs, because of the winter rains which results the soil substrate to become a pglacier, because of the strong drought winds which ruffle the plant. And yet, there are plant which thrive in such natural setting- Sedums and Bergenias -once established they do not need any extra care from their human neighbor - lushly evergreen all year round.
The apartments are often to be suspected to be too hostile for plant growth, as the indoor environment conditions are too warm and too dry. Can plants grow healthy and luxuriant in a space designed for human accomodation? The World Health Organization's standard for comfortable warmth is 18 °C for normal, healthy human adults who are appropriately dressed. The optimal room temperature usually depends on its use. Usually its around 18 to 22 degrees Celsius. A usual range for indoor humidity generally falls between 30 and 50 percent. Is where a natural place on Earth with the similar natural conditions which are constant all year round? Yes. For example, it is Swakopmund in Namibia. The place gets just over one cm of rain every year, with a consistent six to seven hours of sunshine every day. Average minimum temperatures are between 10 and 16 degrees Celsius, while the average maximums are within the 18 to 23 degree range. As a conclusion- we all do enjoy “Namibian” climate in our apartments, so do the plants originating from Namibia. All forms of crassulas, aloes, stapelias- are the perfect cohabitants to choose. They would feel happy they are back home and fine with no expected rain.
The movie about the plants to be recommended is definitely “Adaptation” directed by Spike Jones. Incredible cinematographical work about the struggle to adapt a book- "The Orchid Thief”- a story of Laroche, who clones rare orchids and sells them to collectors.
🎥 ADAPTATION (2002) | Full Movie Trailer in Full HD | 1080p

Gabija GrušaitėAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta
I'm watching this on Saturday 💚
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The secrets from daily life of tomatoes might surprise both a gardener and a vegetarian. Intresting fact to learn is that tomatoes are carnivorous plants Research showed that they capture and kill small insects with sticky hairs on their stems and then absorb nutrients through their roots when the animals decay and fall to the ground. It is thought that the technique was developed in the wild in order to supplement the nutrients in poor quality soil – but quality soil – but even domestic varieties grown in your vegetable patch retain the ability. So is exciting to learn and the other fact from more receint study - they are not just serial insect killers- tomatoes make the herbivorous catterpillars eat each other-cannibalize themselves. 🍅🐛🌱
The Very Hungry Caterpillars That Turned to Cannibalism
Hairs on stems and leaves of tomatoes are called trichomes. Trichomes do reflect excessive light and heat, also slowing down evapotranspiration. Also trichomes are a deterrent to crawling insects. A covering of trichomes is called indumentum. In this photo, from my garden, you can notice a specific variety of tomato and its furry fruit enjoying the sun. 🌞

Thomas DesimpelAngel Investor, Polyglot, Real Estate Investor
Always nice to learn completely new things from completely new unknown fields👌. Thanks for sharing Linas Lapinskas and very nice picture of your tomatoe in your garden. Very probably cultivating tomatoes in once garden relaxes/is a form of meditation?
Quite possibly - my favourite cookbook so far! If you want to start eating a more plant based diet, there is no need to think of haute cuisine or limit yourself to salad! Plenty of gorgeous ideas here and it ticks all my favourite boxes: 💃🏻 products are easy to find in local supermarkets 💃🏻 cooking is easy and quick, no super skills required 💃🏻 most importantly - DELICIOUS meals! Forget trying to eat more plant based foods - think EATING MORE DELICIOUS FOODS ;-) The author also keeps a cool blog if you care to try before you buy: www.cookieandkate.com

Justas JanauskasCEO @ Qoorio
Any favorite veggie meal of yours?
Justina Grušaitė on CookingFood & wilderness enthusiast3 months ago
Wild gourmet dinner experience While most of us love relaxing walks in the woods, still many don’t know what are the surrounding plants or other greens.. While on the contrary, Lithuanians are famous for bringing mushroom picking next level, but did you know that now is a prime time to gather all those fresh spring goods? It may seem that foraging is a risky thing if you aren't educated in which plants are edible and which are poisonous, so here’s a link to start with everything about now in season spruce tips and recipes to try https://foragerchef.com/spruce-tips/
Spruce Tips

Danielius VisockasSoftware Engineer @ Qoorio; Burger geek; Sound processing
This is a gem! Thank you!
Gabija Grušaitė on Creative writing & publishingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
Fungi is the original network of planet earth way more complex than what humans ever created. It transmits food both and information between different species of plant/fungi/animal kingdom. Main question should be: why are we not connected to this network? "Animals tend to find food in the world and put it in their bodies; fungi put their bodies in the food. To do so, they must ceaselessly remodel themselves, weaving their bodies into relation with their surroundings. This entanglement—with themselves, with their physical surroundings, and with other organisms—is their staple mode of existence. "
Fungi’s Lessons for Adapting to Life on a Damaged Planet
6 things I did regularly during the MCO and CMCO period to stay sane. a) Learned how to cook. Can't believe it took a forced measure to stay at home to actually learn how to make my mum's cooking. Excellent mother-daughter bonding time and they get a helping hand too which reduces their stress of cooking everyday. b) Binge watch stand up comedy and rom com movies and series on Netflix. I was very much intrigued and impressed by spanish based shows as they had a strong independent and women empowerment based storylines which was refreshing. No topic was a taboo for them be it same sex relationships, sex before marriage, never feeling the pressure of being married as a woman which I think a lot women today need as inspiration to focus solely on themselves. c) Went on long drives in my car. We are not chickens meant to stay cooped up at home. Just get in your car and go for a long drive with your fav music on. You will feel 100% again :) d) Regularly scheduled zoom night hang outs with colleagues and friends. This gives you something to look forward to on a weekly basis while checking in on each other and keeping each other sane. e) This one is my favourite. Use the time at home to mask and love your skin. Put on a face mask while you're working. Your skin will love you and your mood will be lifted with the results. f) Gardening and plant shopping. I know almost everyone on my social feed has taken this up as a hobby but the reason is very clear. Plants are pretty, provide oxygen and they are highly therapeutic :)

Justas JanauskasCEO @ Qoorio
Looking forward to hear more rambles from you:)
Hi Qoorious people! I have received the following question from Justas: When I was refurbishing my first apartment with the help of an interior designer whom I chose almost randomly, it turned out to be a horror story. Can you explain when people should work with an interior designer and how to choose one? First of all, I am so sorry to hear this sort of situation occurred, but as we know - 𝓢𝓫𝓪𝓰𝓵𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓸, 𝓼𝓲 𝓲𝓶𝓹𝓪𝓻𝓪! (it. one learns from mistakes) I would like to explain why it happens and how to avoid situations like this in the future for those, who are seeking the help of 𝓘𝓷𝓽𝓮𝓻𝓲𝓸𝓻 𝓓𝓮𝓼𝓲𝓰𝓷𝓮𝓻 So, when should one concider working with a 👤? The reasons are as follows: ▪︎ When one seeks 𝕀𝕟𝕕𝕚𝕧𝕚𝕕𝕦𝕒𝕝𝕚𝕥𝕪 ▪︎ has 𝕃𝕒𝕔𝕜 𝕠𝕗 𝕚𝕞𝕒𝕘𝕚𝕟𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 ▪︎ wants to save 𝕋𝕚𝕞𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕄𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕪 ▪︎ 𝔸𝕧𝕠𝕚𝕕 𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕤 𝕒𝕟𝕕 making 𝕞𝕚𝕤𝕥𝕒𝕜𝕖𝕤 If you are indecisive given the abundance of choices the market offers these days or simply because you got the money but don't have the time at all - it's time to consider hiring an 𝓘𝓷𝓽𝓮𝓻𝓲𝓸𝓻 𝓓𝓮𝓼𝓲𝓰𝓷𝓮𝓻 👤 can protect you from making mistakes regarding your finances, individuality and, especially, help you solve particular questions you got. Remember that beautiful interior?🥰 The one you saw the other day on Pinterest in one of those luxurious hotels with huge horse-like-sculptures as a torchere? 🤓 Well, first! Let's discuss the opportunity of having one in your apartment, if you should have one at all?🤷🏻‍♀️ Or even worse - bringing that wall down, which supports the whole construction?🤯 How about getting rid of that enormous hallway, because it cost you the same money as your living room but it's just remains empty?🤔 To sum up, 𝓘𝓷𝓽𝓮𝓻𝓲𝓸𝓻 𝓓𝓮𝓼𝓲𝓰𝓷𝓮𝓻 will always go an extra mile to introduce you the very best setting for your place, if he or she is the ℝ𝕀𝔾ℍ𝕋 𝕆ℕ𝔼 Now, you would probably ask - "How can I find the ℝ𝕀𝔾ℍ𝕋 𝕆ℕ𝔼, Athena?" My answer would be to choose the most suitable with these 2 criteria(obvious and not that obvious): 1. Obvious criteria ▪︎Portfolio What can we derive from it is the expertise: Refurbishing a countryside villa is completely opposite from arranging one bedroom apartment, just like designing residential from public spaces. On the other hand, portfolio makes it clear the 𝓑𝓻𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓼 ( luxurious or not) and a financial segment designer is working with. Aim for what you really need. Myths‼ The 𝓢𝓽𝔂𝓵𝓮 interior designer works in shouldn't be the main criteria. It's rather secondary, because professional 👤 are flexible in their work. Despite the fact, that the professional you would love to work with has majority of his objects designed in Classical style, he or she will be able to adjust the space exactly to your needs and preferences. That's what professionals do. However, there are also 👤, who work with one particular style or colour and they usually work solo. If you don't like 👤's vision and expression via space, then it would be best to work with interior design studio, who are predominantly focused on helping their clientele solving individual problems, rather than pushing one and only type of character. 2. Not that obvious factor ▪︎Social status Browse through 👤 social media and find the ℙ𝔼ℝ𝕊𝕆ℕ, who meets your expectation. In fact, choosing 👤 is similar to having new short-term family member! You must feel yourself comfortable sharing secrets with the particular 👤 you choose. ▪︎ Reviews Yes, reviews! They tend to be very subjective and you should trust only those written by the 👤 you trust, or at least know. That said, it might sound as a cliche but personal recommendations work the best. I could go like this forever... However, in conclusion I would love to emphasize that prior to choosing organisations, designers, professionals in general - choose them by the ℙ𝔼𝕆ℙ𝕃𝔼 they are, simply because there's just a ℙ𝔼ℝ𝕊𝕆ℕ staying behind every name. Who am I? First of all, a ℙ𝔼ℝ𝕊𝕆ℕ you can read about from Qoorio profile. Secondly, I am what I say without pretending and if we are on the same page, I would gladly help you create the space you desire. Below, I have attached one of the floor plans I made. I believe that in the first place, 𝔼𝕍𝔼ℝ𝕐 design project starts with space arrangement which functions just perfectly!
𝕆𝕟𝕖 man, 𝔽𝔼𝕎 tools, 𝟞𝟘 days... A hard work requiring dedication, but as a result - lots of decoration and very little of a function... He barely can swim in that pool, regardless all the effort he had put into building it. My only question to the world is - maybe it's time to make better, functional design? This is exactly what designers are for ⋆
60 Days Build Millionaire Underground Swimming Pool House
Let me show you my 𝓗𝓸𝓶𝓮 𝓸𝓯𝓯𝓲𝓬𝓮... Yes, it's basically it- just a PC is everything you need in the 21st century. Besides, it's everything we draw our attention to nowadays, so when you're working from home: ◇ Try getting close to your window and enjoy the sky or nature view, instead of your fellow workers desks. ◇ Leave space around in order to avoid feeling cramped. More space - the better you breathe. Things around you create unnoticeable impact on your emotional state. ◇ Choose light and mobile furniture. Believe me, you'll wanna move around before finally discovering the perfect spot for you😁 I am using an easel as my desk and chrome armchair from IKEA,( both are super comfy to move in case of few amendments to the space) decorated with fluffy snow-white plaid from Jysk🖤

Atėnė Strazdas DrozdaitėInterior designer/Survivor/Thinker/Forever learning/ Enthusiast
Rūta, there are far too many beautiful sunsets in the West 😊 Thank you!
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What is the most important thing if you want to get into Harvard Law School? Nobody knows for sure, but one thing is certain. If you never try because you keep thinking it is for “other more special people” - you never will! My thoughts on the legal profession, working in a fintech, legal education, my journey to Harvard Law School and my gratitude to all the people who helped me get there (in Lithuanian) - http://www.teise.pro/index.php/2019/11/21/revolut-lietuvoje-reguliacines-atitikties-specialiste-r-mrazauskaite-mus-apibrezia-ne-nesekmes-o-stiprybes-ir-ismoktos-pamokos/
Revolut Lietuvoje reguliacinės atitikties specialistė R. Mrazauskaitė: atitikties funkcija verslui naudinga tiek bandant suvaldyti rizikas, tiek siekiant tvarios verslo plėtros – Teisė profesionaliai
Andrew Lim Mao Tung on Planning your Finances, for rainingWindows System Admin with a passion to motivate and likes Technology.3 months ago
https://www.advantageccs.org/blog/how-to-save-money-for-a-rainy-day-2 Being layed off, is the worst experience anyone could have. Being financial independent is a must for everyone, as it gives us a peace of mine, and not tied up to the job you hate.
How to Save Money for a Rainy Day - Advantage CCS
Justas of Qoorio asked me: "Thomas, what's your story of becoming an angel tech investor ?" Short answer: "The totally different and new network of founders and co-investors and the continuous learnings and new insights that break you outside of your social bubble" Very Qoorious ☝️😊🤗 of filosofy, (part) of the reasons I am on this network to have my daily Qoorious coffee/readings .. Longer answer (and as a bonus I will let you know how I ended up as the only Belgian, so far😊, until this moment on Qoorio, at least to my knowledge.) "As a Belgian living in Brazil where I set up my own real estate investing company from scratch (as foolish as this looks in hind sight when writing this down, in the beginning I couldn't speak even Brazilian Portuguese- but that's another story), I worked almost day and night while also had to give a lot of attention towards my family whom I had brought over from Belgium with me and they also faced the same problems (new school, new language, new house, totally new social environment etc). "My work universe was (and still is) a network of trusted Brazilian real estate lawyers, brokers, real estate developers, my accountant a few free lancers (real estate scouts, architects). With this people I have worked very closely during a number of years." "While doing so, after some years, some Belgians from my 'old' home country started to contact me and asked spontaneous help to introduce them to and help them with things like setting a local company themselves, referring to have a good accountant, commercial introductions, helped them to translate (meanwhile I became quite fluent in Portuguese) .... I started to realise I had something to offer...and the seed of becoming a business angel was planted." "Also doing so, broke my old social network and I met totally new people from outside of my network with different/other views/insights/experiences....and that was the second seed of becoming a business angel" "After a failed first investment in a start up, I realised I lacked training/education in the business angel world." "After moving back from Brazil to Belgium I decided to follow a number of angel investment classes where at the same time I learned how syndicates were working" "I couldn't find the specialised trainings in Belgium so I found a course in the Netherlands. I very much liked it and learned a lot. I asked the organizers how did they start. They learnt it them selves from other investors/copied the program from Estonia. So I took lessons online/offline from Estonia." "In Estonia I asked the organizers from the Nordic Angel Program why/how they decided to launch an investor program...seemed they learnt it themselves/copied from Fiban (association of Finnish business angels) and some angels of FIBAN in Estonia invited me to Helsinki to "learn from the source"... "And so I ended up in Helsinki...taking lessons and networking /investing together in one Finnish start up. (The idea/filosofy of those programs is not only learning in theory but also Do-ing it, making a real due diligence /vetting process)" "In Helsinki I was approached by a Baltic VC who wanted to learn more from my Brazilian experiences as one of this start-up's started to get active over there and checked if I could help them potentially...Offcourse✌️😉..." " I liked his investment approach and learned he was launching a new fund...the first investment turned out to be....,🙌🤗 Qoorio" And so Justas that's how I became an angel investor and enthusiastic supporter of Qoorio 👌👍 and the first Belgian on your network. Hereunder a picture of Brazilian art, it's a group of people going in group from one place to another and that's how I feel about life and angel investing.

Stephen BrooksEntrepreneur & Acapella Singer
Great story, thanks Thomas!
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating matters16 days ago
Straipsnis. Įdarbinkite savo pyktį. Nuslopinamas, netinkamai reiškiamas pyktis - vienos problemos. Bet tinkamai įdarbintas - gali būti labai naudingas: - pyktis mobilizuoja, visos jėgos sutelkiamos į vieno tikslo siekimą - pyktis gerina rezultatą (pašokam aukščiau, reaguojam greičiau - krepšininkų tyrimų duomenimis) - pyktis didina tikslumą (irgi krepšininkai) - pyktis leidžia greičiau įveikti nesėkmės sukeliamą nusivylimą - pyktis paskatina kūrybiškumą (kai bandote išspręsti, nesiseka, pradedate erzėti, pyktelite - ir randate atsakymą, tai ir yra šis mechanizmas) - saikingai pyktį demonstruojantys derybininkai pasiekia geresnių rezultatų Kaip pakinkyti pyktį savo naudai? - stebėkite save, mokykitės pyktį pastebėti ir atpažinti - kol dar nepykstate, konstruokite produktyvius pykčio panaudojimo scenarijus - repetuokite tinkamą pykčio panaudojimą galvoje - kai pyktis vėl jus aplankys, ir jį atpažinsite - didelė tikimybę, kad prisiminsite savo planą, ir galėsite jį vykdyti - dažnai vykdomas planas tampa įpročiu, ir jums būdinga reakcija. viskas :) Čia kažkada rašiau apie pyktį, kaip jis atrodo man: https://www.facebook.com/notes/monika-kuzminskaite/apie-jas-visas-pyktis/10154761334451507 Straipsnis: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200723-how-anger-can-be-put-to-good-use Mano psichologinei konsultacijai užsirašykite čia: https://fb.com/book/saukstasproto/ ||| Visi ilgi rašiniai su gera paieška ir galimybė laimėti nemokamas konsultacijas čia: https://www.patreon.com/saukstasproto
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Justas JanauskasCEO @ Qoorio
Agree wirh Povilas, English if possible 👌👍💪
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Lina Kvizikevičiūtė on Non-formal educationDigital Marketing | PPC | Google & Facebook ads spec2 months ago
Facilitation methods and techniques 🙋🏻 I used to volunteer for Erasmus student network and mentor foreign students in Vilnius. That experience brought a lot of great things to me. During that time I started to organize mentors, have bigger meetings and deliver workshops. I wanted to present a technique to plan a meeting/workshop that I still remember. It is called NAOMIE that is why it is so easy to remember it 😅 Whole great explanation of this technique is down below taken from OBESSU Toolbox. My two cents here - imagine if a responsible person would come to any work meeting, brainstorm or planning session prepared like this 😍 would meetings be more or less productive? Great preparation requires time and sometimes people do not understanding value of preparation and importance of planning, so I am still doubting how to use such knowledge in real life (or work) situations ✌️
Gabija Grušaitė on TravelAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
Not sure why but I found this article about recent flying experience really funny. Flying is not hell, hell is encounters with other people trying to block you out of your seat. Kindness is the only way out of this 💺😅
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