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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Tomato Plants

This was supposed to be my plant shopping week-end.
A time with old friends that I look forward to.
A tradition.Due to a blown out knee and terrible side affects from the pain meds, I didn't go visiting or to the markets this week.

Please tell me who has still got some locally grown plants.

Joy- I still have yours! But what was its name. Green Zebra??

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

LAVENDER GRILLED SHRIMP

I READ AN ARTICLE ONCE ABOUT GRILLING WITH LAVENDER SO I TRIED IT WITH SHRIMP ON THE GRILL YUM YUM !
I JUST PUT JUMBO SHRIMP PEELED AND DEVEINED
MELTED BUTTER, AND A BUNCH OF FRESH WHOLE LAVENDER (LEAVES, STEMS, AND FLOWERS)   SKEWER SHRIMP AND BRUSH WITH SOME MELTED BUTTER PLACE LAVENDER RIGHT ON THE GRILL RACK, THEN LAY THE SHRIMP OVER THE BUNCH OF LAVENDER GRILL ABOUT 5 MINUTES ON EACH SIDE.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

PEACE WITH SEASHELLS

I am bringing a lot of shells home from the coast to put in one of my gardens, I found this post a few years back!

  • Posted by Donn_ Z 7, seaside,NY (My Page) on
    Sat, Jun 26, 04 at 16:25
There are lots of uses of seashells in the garden. A bunch of large half-shells, like scallops and surf clams, make an attractive mulch, and don't leach too much calcium into the soil. Place them upside down, and they do a good job of suppressing weeds without keeping moisture out. Crushed shells shouldn't be used as mulch, unless the soil is extremely acid, in which case crushed shells will sweeten it up a good deal. Be careful with shell pathways in your garden, though. Unless you know you need to be liming your soil, they will easily over-sweeten adjacent soil. Another interesting use for seashells is as a decorative veneer on just about anything. A modern version of "tabby," the ancient blend of lime, sand and shells as a building material, can be made with quick set mortar covered with crushed shells. You'd be amazed at how nice a concrete block can look when it's coated with such.
Another hardscape material that I gather nearby is beach gravel. It's nicely polished by tide and sand, and, once the salt is washed off, has lots of uses.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Ginger root for motion sickness!

Did you know Ginger helps motion sickness, I chew on some when going out on a head boat so I don't get sea sick! I also used to chew on it many years ago for morning sickness when I was pregnant with my daughter.   Ginger is also good for preventing or lessening the severity of the most common cold, the rhino virus.  Chemicals in ginger, help to reduce pain and fever and reduce coughing.  I found wild ginger root in Darlinton while looking for mushrooms before we left for the coast! 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

GREAT SPRING TONIC!

RECIPE FOR GREAT SPRING TONIC, FROM THE BOOK "FLAT BELLY DIET"    IT  IS A DETOX,  WILL GIVE YOU MORE ENERGY AND  WEIGHT LOSS DRINK .    RECIPE....
8 CUPS WATER
1 LEMON WASHED AND SLICED
1 MED CUCUMBER PEALED AND SLICED
1 TEASPOON FRESH GINGER GRATED ( DO NOT USE POWDERED)
ABOUT 12 MINT LEAVES
PUT ALL IN A PITCHER 
DRINK THOUGH OUT THE DAY
DRINK IT ALL
 AND MAKE MORE AT NIGHT 
FOR THE NEXT DAY DO FOR 1 WEEK AND EAT (HEALTHY FOOD) AS USUAL!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

TIP OF THE DAY

Mesh From Veggie Bags: If you buy veggies that are bagged in nylon mesh, you can use that mesh for various cleaning jobs around the house and yard. Just wad up the bag and use it as a scrubber.
http://tipnut.com/20-things-you-can-use-twice-before-tossing/

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Joy is helping me with keyhole gardening

We are supporting each other with our blogs .

Joy is teaching me gardening stuff & I am excited........

go to everyday choices laughter/tips page
she even has a fan page on facebook

Monday, March 29, 2010

MOON GARDENIG

Gardening by the phases of the moon is a technique that can speed the germination of your seeds by working with the forces of nature.

How does lunar planting work?

Isaac Newton established the laws of gravity, which proves the tides are affected by the gravitational pull of the moon. The pull of the moon is stronger than the sun because, even though the sun is larger, the moon is closer to the earth. The strongest effect is felt when the moon and sun pull from the opposite sides of the earth, at the full moon phase, although it also creates high tides when they are on the same side (at the new moon) as well.
"The gravitation of the passing moon pulls the nearest body of water a little away from the solid mass of earth beneath it, and at the same time pulls the earth a little away from the water on the farthest side. In this manner the moon sets up two tidal bulges on opposite sides of the earth." 
These same forces affect the water content of the soil, creating more moisture in the soil at the time of the new and full moon. This increased moisture encourages the seeds to sprout and grow.
Dr. Frank Brown of Northwestern University performed research over a ten-year period of time, keeping meticulous records of his results. He found that plants absorbed more water at the time of the full moon. He conducted his experiments in a laboratory without direct contact from the moon, yet he found that they were still influenced by it. 

Rudolf Steiner was the founder of the anthroposophical movement, which sees a correlation between science, nature, universal laws and spiritual concerns. Out of this movement the Biodynamic methods of planting were developed. He established a relationship between the elements of earth, air, fire, or water that corresponded to specific parts of the plants. Earth corresponds to root, water to leaf growth, fire to seed production, and air corresponds to flowers. Hence, when planting crops for their fleshy roots, you would plant them in an earth sign, and so forth. 

Biodynamic methods are based on the heliocentric, or astronomical, position of the moon. This system is more complicated and also takes into consideration eclipses, trine, apogee and perigee as well as descending and ascending moons. John Jeavons, author of "How to grow more vegetables…" adds the influence of the increasing or decreasing moonlight on the growth of plants. When the moon is in it's waxing phases the " increasing amount of moonlight stimulates leaf growth", and " as the moonlight decreases the above ground leaf growth slows down. The root is stimulated again."

Friday, March 26, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

naturalized gardening

I like to experiment with gardening and finding ways to use nature's own processes with as little interference from me as possible. It's all trial and error for me but it's really interesting. It's made me rethink lots of things.

Why spend so much money buying spring mix at Giant Eagle when I am working so hard to get rid of the natural salad plants that want to grow for free my yard and garden?

Why spend so much money for herbal teas and remedies when I am working so hard to get rid of the herbs that want to grow for free my yard and garden?

Why spend so much money raking up and removing all the foliage [natural mulch] that falls from the trees, shrubs and other plants and then spend more money and effort buying bags and spreading store bought mulch?

Why buy and spread grass seed in a lawn that has a natural evergreen ground cover that they sell at the nursery for big bucks?

Our little green space in the world has become a long project of creating island natural gardens with perennials and shrubs added that like the light and soil. The end goal is that these garden areas will continue to expand until one day there will be no lawn but instead walkways and smaller green areas that require no mowing since they will be covered by that luxurious evergreen natural ground covering that just wants to grow there.

In the meantime, I leave all the leaves where they fall in the gardens and we still remove the fall leaves from the lawn but we save them in an out of the way spot just in the woods. Over the years, as this wonderful vegetation rots, it creates a rich compost that I add back into the island gardens.

Now as I walk around the gardens each evening, I snack on the berries, rose hips, flowers, salad leaves, whatever is in season and all of the eatable snacks grew there for free.

Monday, March 22, 2010

keyhole garden


this is a great link to see how to build a keyhole garden!
I am trying one

Saturday, March 20, 2010

WILL WE HAVE ANOTHER BAD WINTER? FOLKLORE WILL TELL


Folklore tells us that the wooly bear caterpillar (the larva of the Isabella tiger moth or Pyrrharctia Isabella) can predict how harsh a winter is in store.  If the brown band in the middle is large, it will be a mild winter; if narrow, a severe one. Severe winters are also forecasted by:
  • an abundance of acorns
  • very dense feathers on chickens or thick coats on raccoons
  • Very thick skins on onions or corn husks
  • Crickets in the chimney or on the hearth
  • Frequent halos around the sun or the moon.
Old timers swear that winter weather can be forecasted by the shape of persimmon seeds.  Seeds are cut in half, and the shape inside predicts the weather.  If the cut seed has the shape of a knife, the winter will be so cold that the wind will feel like it’s cutting through you.  If a fork shape appears, the winter will be mild with light dustings of snow, but if the seed looks like a spoon, the winter will be harsh with much snow to shovel.

I LOVE GINGER ...SNUGS DON'T!

GINGER IS EXTREMELY POTENT SNAIL AND SLUG REPELLENT, ONE THAT IS NOT TOXIC TO PETS, PEOPLE OR THE ENVIRONMENT. ITS SPICY SHARP BURNING TASTE SERVES TO PROTECT PLANTS FROM INSECTS. SPREADING GINGER POWERED SPICE ON THE GROUND AROUND PLANTS CREATES A BARRIER BEYOND WHICH SNAILS AND SLUGS WILL NOT TREAD.

Padded Handles...

For a more comfortable, blister-free grip on garden tools, slip 3/4 inch plastic- foam pipe insulation over your hoe, rake , spades and shovel  handles. the insulation eliminates the need 
for wearing hot bulky work gloves.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Time Has Come

to pay attention to ourselves..our habits and our habitats. I think this blog will be exceptionally helpful! I know you have knowledge and skill in this area.

Thank you Joy, for taking things in hand; and thank you for inviting me to be a part of your blog.

GOOD BOOK I AM READING

HOW TO GROW MORE VEGETABLES BY JOHN JEAVONS
THIS IS A VERY GOOD BOOK ABOUT BIOINTENSIVE GARDENING WWW.GROWBIOINTENSIVE.ORG

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

learning is growing

Donna is a supporter of Our Good Earth. We both blog if you eat well then you are taking care of yourself.  


I am working on it:  join me in my staying healthy blog



Wednesday, March 10, 2010

No creature is fully itself till it is, like the dandelion, opened in the bloom of pure relationship to the sun, the entire living cosmos.  ~D.H. Lawrence

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I am thrilled!

I am thrilled to be invited as a contributor to Our Good Earth.  I'm so looking forward to learning more and sharing tales of the soil.  Thanks!!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

We are Slow but that comes with GROWTH

Joy- I love that we are friends and she is helping me with my personal garden this year adding to my life  ~love ya

Monday, March 1, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

started seeds today

started 6 kinds of heirloom tomatoes today made it feel like spring!

Saturday, February 20, 2010