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Who knew you could grown Corn in a container!

Check out these Container Gardens!

I had to share these with you to give you some inspiration (and give me a little too!). 

There is so much versatility in container gardening and I plan on getting very creative this year. 

From vegetables to herbs to annuals (the flowers that only bloom for one long season). We can mix and match to our hearts content. And space issues and maintenance challenges are virtually nonexistent with container gardens.

You will be amazed at the harvest that can be obtained from container gardens. They may be small but they are incredibly fruitful, depending on the types of crops you choose.

Imagine going outside to pick fresh peppers from your container garden? Talk about rewarding! And the taste....it just doesn't get any fresher than "fresh picked."

Even spreading crops like zucchini can be successfully grown in containers. I will show you how! 

And guess what? You won't have to go out and...

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What is an Heirloom

Try to think of Heirlooms as seeds that your Grandma and Grandpa used to sow and grow in their garden.

The photo above is a picture of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Store in Mansfield, Missouri.  How cool is that? 

Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds dating back to the 19th century. They offer nearly 2,000 varieties, from over 100 countries, of vegetables, flowers, and herbs - the largest selection of heirloom varieties available in the United States.

They are - by far - one of my favorite seed companies. But why do I love them so much and why am I so passionate about heirloom seeds?

Because.....

Heirloom Seeds are:

  • True to Type - they have the same characteristics as their parent seeds
  • Non - Hybrid - not crossbred with other varieties; more pure 
  • Non - GMO - not genetically modified
  • Open - Pollinated - pollinated only through natural means
  • Pesticide - Free - no chemicals are used to to grow them
  • High Germination Rate - 85% germination = more...
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You Are What You Eat - Part Two

Do you understand the differences between organic, conventional and genetically modified foods? 

Last week I touched on the importance of making healthy choices at the grocery store. This week I want to explain, in a practical manner, the variations associated with organically, conventionally, and genetically modified foods and crops.

Organic

Organic is quite the buzz word these days, and rightly so. As people become more educated about the common agricultural practices adopted by our country, they are able to make more informed decisions about the quality and nutritional value of food that's available for purchase.

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows:

Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic...

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I Am So Excited

After setting aside some quiet time and genuinely seeking much needed heavenly inspiration, a strategy, or "format," for what I need to do with my blog was delivered and received.

Don't you just LUV when your ideas and inspirations are able to meld together into one grand scheme?

Anyhowsers, my latest plan which will start taking effect TODAY is as follows:

Mondays I will be posting on inspirational messages, intentional thoughts, spiritual ponderings...topics such as "Purpose and Plan" "Goal Setting" "Taking Inventory" and "Are You Doing or Actually Living Happy" will be some of the subjects that come up. 

Mondays will also include a Soundcloud Audio Recording. Now if you still don't have Soundcloud, it's free and very easy to use. Having an audio to listen to is so convenient while you're driving or working in the kitchen :-)

Thursdays I will be posting on gardening and landscape topics. These will include beginner lessons on seed selection, easiest vegetables to grow in a...

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You Are What You Eat

 

 

If you aren’t reading labels and paying attention to ingredients on the food you purchase and intend to eat, you need to start.

NOW.

Last week I shared with you some commonly misunderstood gardening terms. This week I feel led to share the importance of making healthy choices at the grocery store.

Considering the epidemic health crisis that is blanketing our nation, it is vitally important that we take immediate steps to improve our eating habits. Because what we eat directly affects our health and wellbeing.

Did you know that according to Harvard Men’s Health Watch,

Estimates suggest that less than 30% of a person's lifetime risk of getting cancer results from uncontrollable factors. The rest you have the power to change, including your diet. Your dietary habits can promote cancer or protect against it.

And, High anti-oxidant foods are important for cancer prevention…choose different colored fruits and vegetables (oranges, beets, tomatoes, etc.) to get the...

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