Yup. Thats right! Growin stuff IN the kitchen, not just for it. This picture shows a couple types of seeds i sprout - usually ends up into between seven and nine trays or pots in various stages of growth. Also are the two types of keifer - water and dairy, and kombucha tea. All these have some variants of probiotics, live active enzymes, polyphenols (fights free radicals), glucuronic acid (a powerful detoxifier), and many other nutrients all associated with health. These are very expensive to buy at health food stores and with little more than 15 min a day for time commitment can all be grown at home.
Its all about Life Force and putting it back into our diets. Plus it still feels like gardening- especially in the winter!
Wealth and Getting to Point B and Gardening:
I measure my wealth by how i travel between destinations. Similarities on how food is grown can be made using similar yardsticks. I consider myself the most wealthy when i walk to point B. It means i have time to get there slowly (time is priceless), whilst smelling the flowers on the way. I am not in need of any hard core cardio and in great health. Next wealthiest would be jogging to point B - fortunate enough to have enough time to get there via feet but needing cardio exercise to maintain health. Riding my bike is still pretty good but usually time constraints and/or the need to carry heavy groceries over greater distances. Poorer is using personal auto - less time to point B but now using fossil fuel and leaving a much larger carbon footprint. Poorest of poor is when i need a big gas guzzling work truck to move big things fast to make money and my time would now be used doing things much less environmentally friendly.......(unless you find my tractor sexy).
Gardening can be looked at similarly replacing the time factor with the size of the garden space.
Walking to point B Is like having a large garden. I also have the time and means to plant, water and maintain, thus super wealthy! - I have much more produce to share with friends which is about the most i can do.
Going down the wealth scale - running, biking, economy automobile, and lastly, a work truck, is another way of looking at it. Like eating fast food as being poorest of all! No time, space, or ability to grow/make ones own, plus the lack of life force left In the processed food. And having to work by joining the rat race. Definitely the bottom of the ladder and furthest from being a whole human being living harmoniously with the earth.
Its all about being in Zen and changing priorities. On a hospital bed the time you used and food you ate to get you there cannot be changed. Best change now and avoid the end result of living like sheeple.
An a peas ing Ides of March was had by getting 8 flats of peas started. Each flat consists of 40 tapered holes previously used for growing small tree plugs used in reforestation. And i put two peas per plug so thats 640 plants, half short bush type (2ft) p and he rest mixed 6 ft tall plants. The flats i fill and lightly pack with my freshly sifted magic compost soil, i seed, then firmly pack another inch of peat moss/perlite starter soil i call "fluff". There is no life in it but also no random seeds, thus no weeding will be required whilst the seedlings will have a full spectrum of microbial nutrition rich growing cradle. The tapered shape allows the roots to go deep when replanting through the compact blanket of mulch. YIPPIE! I think i finally started them early enough!!!
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This was a cool idea to make my first blog on the smartest smart phone in the known universe until i found the screen wont go sideways and my thumbs cannot type comfortably in vertical mode on my spanky white 64GB I5 which makes for incredibly long runon sentences like this one.
And if there are speeling errors i dunt care. Free is free. If Weebly makes me type with one fat thumb uncorrected, then that just makes me a whole lot tougher, cause other than hand cancer from phone radiation it wont kill me.
WELCOME TO MY GARDENING BLOG!
Sorry that this blog appears in reverse chronilogical order. Read from the bottom up if you want to make better sense.
I thought about calling a series of instructional garden movies i made "The Naked Gardener". Real catchy name....but nobody thinks about the kazillions of tiny bugs that end up covering ones body when prancing around with your doo das dingling. For a garden of Super Life to grow many variables are required, but generally nature and the universe has a way of providing all. The adage "if you build it they will come" seems to hold true so the more life forms (bugs) you have, the better your chances for a good eco system to flourish. I have found the good bugs win in all cases. I have helped with hand picking caterpillars off plants and spraying water on aphid colonies on the occasion, but never had to go to war against anything for long. If you merely use your eyes to see whats going on its pretty cool. Caterpillars early in the season were mowing down my chives so i found they come out at dusk and were easy to pick off. Ants create aphid colonies high up on plants by transporting aphid queens and eggs. Ants just love sucking the bum juice from the aphids and carry colonies away from low crawling beetles and earwigs that eat them. Spraying off with water is extremely easy with a fan nozzle. Grow a few sunflower plants in key areas, give the ants a place that is easy to spray off. Broccoli blossoms get quite tall and host aphids as well. Much harder to keep clear, as well as some other tall kales. And when the big white butterflies land get ready to check under broad leaves for egg clusters which will turn into caterpillars if not squished. Or squish the caterpillars later...
Work harmoniously with the bugs - watch them and understand them - never fight them.
Daniel's Belief on plant life and Beyond, or "How to Grow Good Food".
I just love analogies because I think its so cool to make things as simple as possible-any fool can mystify & dumfound so here is my take on Life. Lets say you have two glasses of water, one of which has a tablespoon of honey diluted in it. To anyone tasting it it would be obvious which one has the calories, but what if someone had no sense of taste? The two look so similar and yet one would give us so many more benefits if we were shipwrecked on a desert island (one without a coconut tree). So you ask what would something tasting sweet on a hot sandy beach have to do with my belief of life and how i grow food? Nothing and everything!
Going back to the analogy lets replace honey with something we cannot easily see/feel/taste or measure - lets call it Life Force. Lets also replace the glass of water substituting some kind of plant life or food we are to consume into our bodies.....smell what i am cooking? I bet its getting you not thinking about sweet hot coconut taste on hot sunny beaches. Did I mention its still winter in Canada when i am writing this? And that memories of my coconut oil dripping hands caressing hot silky skin - freshly sun toasted, are so easy to distract myself with......
Oh yes, plants and Life Force....I believe plants should be grown in and around the maximum amount of other life forms. I believe the easiest way to achieve this is to observe the natural way of nature - food goes in one end, and poop comes out the other, and we all know who the Boss is (remember the punchline of what body part is most important?). This goes all through the food chain starting with sub microscopic particles from DNA string segments right up in size to cells and ameba and elephants! And those coconut trees growing on the edge of those light white coral sandy beaches......stop that!
So, i believe, anything we grow to eat should be grown in soil that has the most amount of life forms and amongst other plants because, after all...everyone loves some company sometimes. Like, just lying there in the sun letting sweat fill ones belly button until sides of belly and back are tickled by rivulets of sweat is always nicer if you can smell tanning oil cooking on other bodies nearby.
There. In a nutshell. Is my basic principal for growing stuff. Good poop for the roots (lots of leaves, and we all know worms just LOVE to eat them, and plants love worm poop), and cover the soil ( like, where in nature is the soil bared off to high UV, fast temperature and moisture changes, and possibly bad bacteria?). This is enough to think about for now. Back to beachy dreams......long sleek arms and legs to stroke.....hmmm...ZZzzzzzz