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  • Soil
  • Sun
  • Water
  • Tools
  • Plants
  • Weed
  • Feed
  • Protect
  • Patience

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
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.


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.
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!
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)
Gardener's Supply Company
It is Time to Prepare Your Spring/Summer 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)
  • 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.  I recommend "Percy's Best" from MilliesBarn

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.
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"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


Love those Green Containers and Bags

by City Girl Gardener on 03/28/14

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.

Knock Out Roses are great for gardeners like me!

by City Girl Gardener on 02/23/14

I love flowers but, for the past 10 years I have had blinders on, focused on vegetables and healthy living, therefore, I planted Knock Out Roses. They don't take time away from my veggie garden. All you have to do to have gorgeous roses is to follow the basic instructions label that is attached to the roses when you buy them, or there are thousand of videos on the web. Then prune them yearly to meet your needs and theirs. The time is now, to plant a couple of KNOCK OUT rose bushes.


Winter will be over soon, spring is on the way. Are you with me buddies?

by City Girl Gardener on 01/28/14

I have all kind of excuses for not exercising and putting on weight, non-legitimate. I sprang my ankle, injured by back, worked 10 hr. days in Nov and Dec. But the truth is; no excuse. However, I have a plan of action:

  • Physical Fun Activity
    • Fun exercise always worked for me. 
      • I will enroll in a salsa class this month.
      • I will be at my favorite neighborhood spot, "Café 4212", for "First Friday" and enjoy some soulful dancing and socializing. 
      • I am going to dance for my valentine (smile).
  • Walk Daily
    • Dan, Davetta, Pearl, Val, neighborhood friends; get ready, we are going back to the bayou, for our morning walk.
  • Monitor Diet
    • No sugary juice, candy from the machine at work, and no, absolutely no soft drinks in my diet! 
    • I will eat a fresh fruit and vegetable every day
  • A Body that stays in motion.......
    • Okay spring garden, here we come!!!!!  Find something physical that you enjoy doing and make it apart of your life.   

You with me?  Tell me what you are going to do to stay in motion.

Spring Garden - Houston, TX

by City Girl Gardener on 01/18/14

We like to start working on our spring, vegetable, raised gardens in late January, early February.  We start by cleaning out our 3 raised beds.  That is so tough. Why, you ask.  Because the winter vegetables are still growing.  Then, why do we take them out?  We acknowledge that there is a season for everything and winter plants do not do well in Houston's heat (which can start in April). The leafy plants attract more pest during the summer months.  Therefore, we need to get our spring/summer plants in the ground in February/March.  So, winter veggies must vacate the space.  Note:  I know you seasoned gardeners grow greens, cabbage, broccoli, etc. year round, but I am just giving my 2 cents worth from a backyard organic gardener who does everything I can to keep the pest away while minimizing the work. So, there!

squah and zucchini dying

by City Girl Gardener on 06/06/13

Yes my plants beautiful squash and zucchini look as though they melted.  They are dying or dead.  Some recommend injecting BT in the stems, however I am not a fan of BT.  Instead I will remove the plants because they are filled with worms, bad worms, and just plant more.  I will dig up the whole area and treat it with DT and then plant again.  For those of you who don't mind using DT, follow the directions on the bottle.  See the comments on this forum.

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