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A BEGINNER'S VIEW OF ORGANIC "NATURE'S WAY" GARDENING FOR BETTER HEALTH
BACKYARD GARDENING ESSENTIALS
  • Soil
  • Sun
  • Water
  • Tools
  • Plants
  • Weed
  • Feed
  • Protect
  • Patience
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Maintain Healthy Joints While Your Garden Grows by Dr. Jacqueline Moore Evans





The following posture pearls can be used to sustain muscle and joint integrity while creating and maintaining your garden:
Stretching before the work to strength your body
 for the work.
Sit and rest for 10 minutes when your joints get         tired.
Stand/shift positions after kneeling or crouching
(use knee pads). 
Straighten your back and neck after bending for
20 minutes.
Slide or wheel barrel your mulch and fertilizer
rather than carry it.
Support your spine/body with a soft stabilizer if
needed.
Soak in mineral salts to soothe your body at the
end of the day.   
Finally, enjoy the fruit of your labor!” .....more

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Tip Of The Day
  • Add a small amount of vinegar to a bowl or bucket of water and wash all of your garden harvest immediately, to remove any bacteria and small insects from the garden.
  • Also, wash your tools and gloves after use.  Wash them in your bowl of vinegar.

Correct (for white clothes): Don't trash the white shirt and blouses that get stained working in the garden. Get rid of the yellowing armpit and other spots. How?  Mix 1 part water, 1 part baking soda and 1 part hydrogen peroxide in a container.  Apply the paste to the yellowed blotches with a soft toothbrush. Let it sit for about 25 minutes before washing as usual. Third, accept that you've become your mother.  http://www.ontheglam.com/2010/04/problem-perpetual-pitstains.html

PROMOTING HEALTHY LIVING BY EATING ORGANICALLY, FUN EXERCISING, SOCIALIZING AND SPIRITUAL LIVING 

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Guacamole is another fantastic way to use harvest from your garden; onions, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, and lemons.  I planted an avocodo tree this summer, it will take a while but will be worth it. My lemon tree starting producing lemons in about 3 years and they are great!  You can do this too.
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Good Health is about Prevention!   Prepare your body to last as a strong, healthy, temple.
30 Minute 
Sautéed Vegetable Recipe

Cut the following veggies into bite size pieces and sauté in coconut oil.
Fresh from the garden, in this order, add the following to your hot skillet or WOK;
  • Onion, garlic, bell peppers, red potatoes, carrots, and green beans,  sauté until veggies are tender (1 to 2 min).
  • Add a few fresh gulf shrimp, a sliced Banana and  jalapeno pepper, season with a dash of sea salt and course black pepper, cook 1 more minutes.
  • Add spinach, sauté for about 1 minute.
  • Turn the heat off, cover for a minute.
  • Good Eats!
WHY RAISED GARDEN BEDS?
Al's Veggie Garden
Houston, TX

We favor Al's garden because of it's structure, beauty and content.  We are especially fond of his red cabbage from his winter garden and that gorgeous row of lettuce in his summer garden.  Tell us how you did it Al. (Click a picture for better viewing)
It is Time to PLANT Your Fall/Winter Garden
  • Till the soil; remove grass, rocks & weeds. Create a border around the garden.
  • Feed the soil to promote healthy soil (Molasses, Epson Salt, Seaweed)
  • Install a watering system (Gardens like consistent watering). We recommend low watering of the roots vs the top of the plants
  • Plan, research the veggies that you like to eat & determine where each item should be planted.
  • Use a root starter in the soil before you insert your seed or plant. 
  • Follow the directions of the seed provider or see the typical directions provide herein.







Gardener's Supply Company

  • ​SO ATTRACTIVE IN YOU CITY BACKYARD
  • CONVENIENT FOR MAINTAINING
  • ​LIMITS ACCESS FOR PETS
  • BETTER CONTROL OF YOUR SOIL
  • See the samples below, of how a new backyard, city garden may look. The boarders may be; a layer of brick along the walk way, a wooden raised bed, a 2 stack block with a flat paver on top,  against the fence boarded with wire fencing, just to name a few.  It does not have to be a large area. (go to gardening 101) Click on Home Depot below, order 36 concrete blocks to create a raised garden that is 8' long x 4' wide x 16" high.  A raised bed of this size can feed a family of 4 each season. This is a great size.  You can plant herbs, lettuce, onions, carrots, etc. in the block's holes.
"Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of healthful products.
To name a few:  antioxidants-onions and garlic, beta carotene-carrots, sweet potatoes, and leafy greens, folic acid-dried beans, oranges, and spinach, indoles-broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, lutein-kale and spinach and lycopene-tomatoes and watermelons" 
Produced by AgriLife Communications, The Texas A&M System
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Epsom salt, Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including reducing inflammation

by City Girl Gardener on 07/06/14

Epsom salt, pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits (*1). Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.


http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/epsom-uses-benefits.asp

CityGirlGardener featured in Texas Gardener Magazine

by City Girl Gardener on 04/29/14

See  the CityGirlGardener backyard gardening story told in the May/June issue of Texas Gardener magazine.

Plant According to Space Requirement

by City Girl Gardener on 04/28/14

Golden rule:  Plant according to the spacing as directed from your plant or seed provider.

My first year or two, I didn't realize how important space was to production/harvest.  I plant 6 cabbages in a 4' wide space.  They were so cute, they grew but tiny.  Plants need space to grow.

 

Epson Salt is a favorite in my organic garden

by City Girl Gardener on 04/23/14

Yesterday, I diluted a tablespoon of Epson Salt in a gallon of water and poured the solution around the bottom of the vegetables in my garden, the roses and the shrubs in the backyard and today they are all looking good! 

The "Epson Salt Council says; "Studies show that magnesium and sulfur, two naturally occurring minerals that are major components of Epsom salt, may help plants grow greener with higher yields and more blooms. Magnesium creates an environment conducive to growth by helping seeds to germinate, increasing chlorophyll production and improving phosphorus and nitrogen uptake.

It works for me, so I am passing it on.

 

Love those Green Containers and Bags

by City Girl Gardener on 03/27/14

I picked Arugula, Romaine and Black seed Lettuce about a month ago.  Washed and Drain until dry, placed in a green storage bag and every time I open it to get lettuce for my salads I am amazed at the fresh state of the lettuce.  Just thought I'd share.