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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?

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

Our New Friends to Live Simply

21 Sep

We have some new friends to our blog over the past few days. Please make a comment about something you are doing to be more self-sufficient or something you would like to see right here on this site. I’ve asked everyone to interact. It helps us all.

Let’s make something at our next Workshop

19 Sep

I think it would be great to make a project for self-sufficiency at our next workshop. We could get materials for 2 projects and entrants could have fun making a useful item as well as a tour of all that is happening at Asheville Aquaponics.

Back to the Blog Use 12volt

23 May

It is time for more articles and they will be a bit more informal. John’s l.e.d’s I connected at my house are working great. They light up the sunporch and are really bright with less than 4 w of draw. We have a restaurant wanting a set and are discussing with others. Let’s hear it for keeping to 12 volt.