August 2014 Time to plant the Fall Garden

6 Aug

6' tall Parsnip Plant in seed

6′ tall Parsnip Plant in seed

Ok, everyone. It’s time to plan and plant the fall garden from July 15-Aug 15 in Carolinas. There may be some variation of these dates esp. if you can cover the crops with a mini-greenhouse or row cover. Good crops are lettuce, kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, turnips, beets, and onions as well as collards and other greens. I also plant parsnips from seeds I have from a parsnip plant in seed in the garden right now. They are especially good in a stew and keep in the ground like carrots do all winter. I will attempt to take a picture of the huge parsnips plant on this blog.
I have let organic onions go to seed this year and have hundreds of seeds. Today I will plant them in a container and will move most of them a bit later. Gardening is great and although lots of work, is a lifeline for us. The Fall Garden extends the growing year and keep posted here on how to do it. Thank you. Also, thank you new follower of the blog, J.J. Good to have you aboard. Don


In The Garden Thank YOU very much and no buts

28 Jul

It was in the garden this morning that as I walked along picking a blueberry here and there a red raspberry, a kale leaf that it struck me about my conditional “thanks”. Here I was in just about the perfect situation of life with time to eat what God had provided and these two big hands had worked for, and amid my thankfulness was a Big But. It was all so great and the weather was nice, nice, but it would be even nicer and I put in a big “but”. So, now in the garden I’m noticing after an attitude change that I’m just thankful and no “buts”.

First week of February Plant Garden?

9 Feb

Green Peas, Lettuce, Chard, onions all can be planted indoors soon.  I’ve found that in the Carolinas green sweet peas have a difficult time growing because they don’t get planted soon enough, then the warm weather comes before they can really produce.  There are several ideas out there that are good.   I have planted pea seeds, then moved/transplanted them when nicely sprouted and in leaf.  Also, some gardeners plant in rain gutters, then slide the growing plants out into a shallow garden ditch.  I tried and think it would have worked better for me if I had lined the gutter with either paper or rolled plastic. Let’s start early and get those welcome Spring crops.

12volt dc applications how to

4 Feb

New to using low voltage for practical applications?  We hope these workshop videos are helpful.

Kale is looking “peek-ed”. Lots of cold. Anything grow?

29 Jan

Our kale fought a fight against the cold but looks really rough.
I’m hoping if we get some nice warmer days it will grow again.
There aren’t many crops that will stand the cold like kale. It has become quite popular and good to have for juicing during the Winter. What do ;you have in the garden that might survive until we can plant?

When snow is on the ground a pic from Spring

22 Jan

100_1711This pic is for all of us whose garden is frozen over or covered with snow today. It is green and growing. Let’s plan today to have the best garden we have ever had this year and use it more.

January 20th. 2014 Beginning daily blog for gardening, food prep, nutrition New Year’s Resolutions

20 Jan

ImageIt is the Need that demands me to write to help others with their nutrition and health. Most people don’t know what to do this New Year to get healthier.   I study much to learn how we can live a more healthier and more simple life in the middle of a confusion around us. Please don’t let these steps I suggest overwhelm you.  If you want to do better and live better, you did not get out of condition overnight,  You will not get where  you want to go overnight either.  Don’t get overwhelmed.  Take a baby step.  DO.   The steps I recommend are these:  get moving at the  gym or a walk at the mall or at least mute the show, get up between commercials and get some fruit to eat.  Just get off your duff and then begin to eat healthier. If you want to see a change more quickly then, Juice.  The difference juicing makes can be felt within days I think.  It is not the answer but part of these steps and part of the answer.  You will possibly want to garden in some way so that you can  juice your garden.  Gardening is a great way to get moving, to get profitable exercise and see the difference.  I get a lot of peace in the garden but have found some either hate it or love it.  I love it.  For those who hate it, you may have had a bad early on experience and will need to buy your fruits and vegetables but that’s okay.  That helps all of the others of us who garden who have extra.  Right here, we have an opportunity to help others and  help ourselves by blogging.  Please join me and don’t just send attachments.  Share where you are at and what you need help with in the areas or related areas I have mentioned.  Please give relevant input of what you are DOING, what you are thinking.  I will not allow negatives to be published unless there is a benefit to our blog group.    Thank you. Don