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Posted 01 December 2015 - 07:44 PM

What’s a Little Alfalfa Between Neighbors?
 
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Posted 09 December 2015 - 12:02 PM

How to use Honey for Rooting Cuttings 
 
Honey is a great substitute with rooting hormone gel or powder. Honey lasts for hundreds o years and you barley need any for each cutting. In this video I demonstrate the method of using honey for rooting cuttings. Why should you sue honey? Well what it does is create a protective barrier around the cutting to reduce the amount of diseases and rot entering the wounded part and killing it. 
 

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 02:48 PM

Before the days of local and online nurseries, farmers and gardeners traditionally propagated plants to increase their stock, carefully treasuring cuttings and seeds to have and to share. Home propagation remains an efficiently cost-effective route to garden expansion. Getting cuttings to root, or “strike,” is an easily mastered technique. Both home-rooted and nursery plants transition to the garden better with the aid of natural homemade products that contribute to rooting and transplanting success.
 
 
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Posted 09 December 2015 - 05:28 PM

Rosemary and Oregano, for example, are staples of many kitchens, but scientists have recently discovered that they’re also packed with cancer-fighting anti-oxidants — and the fresher you can eat them, the more nutrients they contain. Many herbs, such as Chamomile, Sage and Thyme contain high amounts of flavoniods (plant pigments responsible for the colors in flowers, fruit and leaves), which in studies have been shown to act as anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor agents, as well as providing immune support.
 

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 05:58 PM

 

How to use Honey for Rooting Cuttings 
 
Honey is a great substitute with rooting hormone gel or powder. Honey lasts for hundreds o years and you barley need any for each cutting. In this video I demonstrate the method of using honey for rooting cuttings. Why should you sue honey? Well what it does is create a protective barrier around the cutting to reduce the amount of diseases and rot entering the wounded part and killing it. 
 

 

 

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Attract honeybees into your yard by planting a bee friendly garden. Your

vegetables will thank you.

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 07:06 PM

Winter is setting in. Start planning your spring gardens now with some indoor projects...

 

How to Build a Garden Tuteur

Do you have vines growing all over your garden? If so, why not build your own tuteur, so that you can control this problem? That’s right, a tuteur gives your vines a structure that it can wrap itself around, all while keeping your garden looking well-maintained.

 

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 08:37 AM

With some patience, you can even grow a new pineapple from this plant. It takes about two to three years, though, and even then some plants are difficult to get to produce new fruit. However, I've searched the web and have provided below the best techniques for improving your odds of harvesting a ripe & delicious pineapple that will fill your house with its aroma. To make full-sized pineapples, the plant will ultimately need to get about six feet across and six feet tall. But, you can grow it as an interesting indoor plant and even get it to produce fruit (albeit small fruit) without letting it take over the living room :-)
 
Here is some interesting trivia about your pineapple. The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. As such it is related to Spanish moss and some interesting ornamental plants sold in many nurseries. These ornamentals are interesting in that they absorb water and nutrients from a water-tight reservoir formed where the leaves come together, or by interesting absorptive hairs which cover the Spanish moss and similar bromeliads, allowing them to draw water and nutrients from the fog and dust in the air. The pineapple, however, uses its roots like houseplants with which you are familiar and should be easy to grow if you treat it like a normal houseplant that needs bright light.
 
 
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Posted 10 December 2015 - 09:26 AM

Herbs for High Blood Pressure

 

1. Garlic - Garlic contains allicin, a substance which has antibacterial, antioxidant, lipid lowering and anti-hypertension properties. In a pilot study made at Clinical Research Center of New Orleans on whether garlic could lower blood pressure, nine patients with severe hypertension were given a garlic preparation containing 1.3 % allicin. Sitting blood pressure fell with a significant decrease in diastolic blood pressure only five to 14 hours after the dose. Moreover, it was proven in a 2009 study that fresh garlic has more potent cardio-protective properties than processed garlic.

2. Cinnamon - Cinnamon not only prevents heart disease, it can also prevent diabetes. The Center for Applied Health Sciences in Ohio conducted a study of 22 subjects, half of which were given a 250mg of water soluble cinnamon daily while the other half were given placebo. It was discovered that those who drank cinnamon had a 13 to 23 percent increase in antioxidants connected with lowering blood sugar levels.

3. Onions - Onions contain quercetin, an antioxidant flavonol found to prevent heart disease and stroke. In a research study published in the Journal of Nutrition, subjects with hypertension experienced a decrease in their blood pressure by 7mmHg systolic and 5 mmHg diastolic as opposed to those who were taking placebo.

4. Olives - This herb is a significant part of the Mediterranean diet, recognized to be one of the healthiest in the world. Oil made from olives has been found to reduce blood pressure. In a study conducted on the importance of olive oil, Dr. L. Aldo Ferrara, Associate Professor at the Frederico II University of Naples in Italy discovered that the daily use of 40 grams of olive oil reduced the dosage of blood pressure medication in hypertensive patients by about 50 percent. Polyphenols in extra-virgin olive oil was credited for the significant reduction of blood pressure.

5. Oregano - This herb contains the compound carvacrol which has been proven to be effective against blood pressure. In a study conducted on animal subjects, by researchers from Eskisehir Osmangazi University in Turkey, carvacrol was found to reduce heart rate, mean arterial pressure as well as the systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

6. Hawthorn - This herb has been traditionally used to treat high blood pressure. In one study conducted in Reading, UK, 79 type-2 diabetic patients were randomized to receive 1200 mg of hawthorn extract while another group received medication for high blood pressure. Results revealed that patients taking hawthorn by the end of the 16th week showed a reduction in their mean diastolic pressure.

7. Cardamom- In one study published in the Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 20 subjects newly diagnosed with primary hypertension were administered 3 g of cardamom powder. After the end of the 3 months, all the subjects experienced feelings of well-being without any side effects. Moreover, the study was able to demonstrate that blood pressure was effectively reduced. It also improved antioxidant status while breaking down blood clots without significantly altering blood lipids and fibrinogen levels.

Taking advantage of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of spices and herbs is an excellent way to boost your body's health. Herbs have low calorie content, increase the medicinal value of your food and allow you to use natural forms of lowering blood pressure. Mix them up with your soups, salads, fish and meat and vegetable dishes. It's a healthier and cheaper alternative to keeping bottles of prescription drugs and synthetic supplements.

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10 Best Herbs for High Blood Pressure

Adding herbs in your diet will enrich your medical value of your food and spice up your life. Sometime we don’t have any idea about the benefit of simple herbs that always stays in our kitchen or table. Now let’s have a look to those neglected precious things.

Garlic
Garlic is one of the best herbs for high blood pressure as it contains substances like anti- hypertension properties and antioxidant. Some research shows that it helps to lower blood pressure significantly. So try to add more garlic in your everyday diet.

Celery
Some doctors and medical assistance consults to take this herb as supplementary food item for high blood pressure. You can also take this helpful herb by juicing with apple.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon is very useful for reducing high blood pressure. One study also suggests that it also helps to lower blood sugar level and increase glucose metabolism process.

Onion
Onion is one of the significant herbs for high blood pressure and preventing much heart disease. Quercitin is the most helpful ingredient that controls blood pressure.

Soybeans
soybean is great choice for controlling blood pressure as it contains magnesium and lots of potassium. This is also a very healthy snack. Eat it with vegetables or by boiling one cup.

Dark chocolate
Oh I am sure about this one; nobody has any excuse. You will be happier to know that a study conducted and published in American Medical Association – suggested that chocolate helps to lower blood pressure. But be careful about the quantity as it also has high level calories.

Beans
Beans are full with nutrition, fiber, and valuable ingredient that work for lowering blood pressure and improve overall heart health.  You can add bean salads, soup in your daily meal.

Spinach
Spinach is always a good herb for high blood pressure with low calories.  Eating spinach with sandwich or just mix with salad can add extra herbal value in your meal for controlling blood pressure.

Rosemary
Rosemary is another good alternative medicine used for lowering blood pressure. It also use as home remedies for muscle pain and improving memory.

Banana
Yes you heard right. This fruit is rich with potassium which is a great ingredient for managing blood pressure. This regular fruit should be in your diet list with other effective herbs for high blood pressure.

 


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Posted 10 December 2015 - 10:18 AM

GARLIC GROWING TIPS
 
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How many times have you reached into your pantry and pulled out a bulb of garlic that’s sprouting?
 
Have you ever heard or read where we’re not suppose to eat the green shoot inside our garlic cloves?  Well, it’s true what they say, that premature green shoot produces a bitter flavor when it’s cooked.  Now you can remove that premature shoot and use the remaining clove as intended, if you don’t have fresher garlic.
 
However, before you start cutting, try growing your own garlic sprouts.  They are super easy to grow right from your kitchen window with just a little water in the bottom of a cup or bowl.
 
Garlic sprouts are very mild in flavor.  Initially, the bite of garlic that hits your palate is unmistakably garlic but it doesn’t hang long, compared to eating a fresh garlic clove that will stay with you for hours and hours, even after you’ve brushed your teeth.
 
HOW TO GET STARTED
Place the budding clove or whole bulb in a small cup or bowl.  Using a clear container really helps you see when the water needs to be changed and you can watch the roots grow.  Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the cup and touches just the bottom of the cloves.  Do not submerge the cloves or the water will become cloudy, smelly and the cloves will begin to rot.  Not good.
 
The garlic cloves will begin producing roots very quickly after a few days.  It’s good practice to change out the little bit water in the cup or bowl when it begins to look slightly cloudy, which is every couple of days.  Soil is not required because the green shoots rising up are getting all their nutrients from the individual cloves.  Plenty of light and fresh water will do nicely.
 
You can begin harvesting garlic sprouts when the shoots are 3-inches tall; there could be 2 to 3 shoots growing out of each clove.  Try not to remove more than a third of the growing blades.  The green blades capture energy from the sun to grow taller.  Much like a green onion, garlic sprouts grow from within the a single sprout.  Cutting the main sprout back down to the clove will not produce more shoots.  sprouts will grow as tall as 10-inches if left alone.
 
HOW TO HARVEST
Use sharp kitchen scissors to snip off just what you need for your recipe. Two-inches of a sprouts blade can roughly make 1 tablespoon of sprouts.
 
HOW TO USE GARLIC SPROUTS
Ideally, their flavor is best appreciated eaten fresh.  Garlic sprouts are excellent on top of baked potatoes, green salads, vegetable salads, or stirred into egg salads, pasta salads, dips, and as a quick garnish over hummus or guacamole.
 
ALTERNATIVE WAY TO GROW GARLIC SPROUTS
Choose a sunny spot, if you have it, a little shade is okay.  You can plant garlic cloves directly in the soil about an inch deep and see sprouts growing up after a couple of weeks.  If you want to move the sprouted cloves from indoors to the outside, they should transplant into the soil just fine.  Plant each clove 4 to 6-inches apart.  Keep the soil moist, not soggy, for a couple of weeks, allowing time for the roots to adjust to taking up water from the soil on their own.  Garlic is tough and easy to grow. Harvest the sprouts the same as directed above, removing only a third of the blade tops or remove one whole blade, if other blades are growing out of the same clove.
 
Just have fun growing them.  It’s more fun than painstakingly removing small sprouts out of each clove and it’s way better than tossing all that potential in the garbage.
 
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Posted 10 December 2015 - 10:34 AM

For those that may grow their own herbs or buy fresh from the grocery store, some of them can be re-grown as well!! Plants such as basil, mint, and oregano are incredibly easy to reproduce from cuttings — and a heck of a lot faster than growing from seed. So easy in fact, that it is practically criminal how quickly you can stock your entire garden from one small plant. I save time and money every season multiplying my basil crop in this way.

Herbs to Start in Water:

Basil
Broadleaf Thyme/Cuban Oregano
Mint
Oregano

Herbs to Start in Soil/Coir:

Broadleaf Thyme/Cuban Oregano
Lemon Verbena
Rosemary
Sage
Savory (Summer and Winter)
Scented Geraniums
Stevia
Thyme

 

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