Posted in Home & Garden

It’s All In The Layout

Tips For A Better Veggie Garden

Picking the Ideal Spot

What a garden needs…

  • day-long sun (at least 6-8 hours)
  • good drainage
  • protection from the cold wind

If you choose the right environment for you plants, they will grow healthy & strong. If you see that a plant isn’t happy in one place, try moving it to another. Every yard is different and what works in one, doesn’t necessarily work in another. Try to stay away from tree, their nutritional needs are different than your average fruit or veggie plant. If you can manage to plan your garden close to the kitchen or the back door you will probably take better care of your garden because you won’t have far to walk and you won’t forget to water it. You’ll spend more time in a garden that is conveniently located and recognize a problem as soon as you see it.

Simply Put

Putting your tallest plants on the north side of the garden will insure that they won’t block the sun so that your smaller plants can get the sun they need.

The easier you make your frequently harvested crops to get to the more likely you are to harvest & use them. Put them towards the front so you won’t have to go trampling through the garden bed to get to them. The garden doesn’t like compacted dirt, so tread lightly and give yourself a landing pad that you can step on instead.

Companion Planting

Families like to hang out together. By planting veggie families together you will yield better crops & it will make it easier for crop rotation in the coming years..

  • Legumes: peas, beans, limas
  • brassicas: cabbage, kale, broccoli, collards, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts
  • cucurbits: cucumber, melon, squash
  • nightshade: peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant
  • root veggies: beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips radishes, onions, garlic
  • corn
  • leafy greens: spinach, chard, lettuce

Planting Methods

  • Vertical cropping: Train sprawling plant to grow up. Cucumbers, squash, tomatoes & melons.
  • Intercropping: Planting quick-maturing veggies such as lettuce & spinach between widely spaced rows of a slow-maturing crop like tomatoes or growing squash with corn.
  • Succession planting: Making a second planting like putting in beans where you just harvested early spinach. Just make sure you add some compost or fertilizer before you replant.

Saving Space Means Saving Time

Trying different methods other than the more traditional veggie rows may yield larger harvests with less work.

Wide Rows

You may want to broadcast your seeds, letting the plants grow closer together. To do this just rack a section of the of the garden. Then scatter your seeds within the width of the raked section. This will allow you to…

  • plant more quickly
  • weed less because plants will crowd them out
  • save on watering because the plants will keep the ground shaded & moist.
  • grow cool-weather plants like spinach & lettuce in hotter months without bolting.
  • grow more produce in less space
  • extend your harvest period

I wouldn’t recommend this method for potatoes, tomatoes, corn, melons, squash or cucumbers.

Raised Beds

For this system of gardening you will plant your  veggies close together on beds that are 10 inches or more wide and are built up 6-10 inches above the ground. Beds are separated by walkways for easy pickin’. People who use this method of gardening claim that they get higher yields, up to 4 times more veggies per acre!

Other advantages?…

  • improved drainage
  • warmer, drier soil for earlier spring planting
  • little to no room for weeds
  • plants will shade the soil keeping it moist
  • you won’t have to worry about trending on the soil so it doesn’t get compacted
  • no deep digging
  • you can form beds a month or two before the actual planting

Disadvantages…

There are 2 big disadvantages to this method of gardening.

  • the beds dry out faster
  • paths between the beds become overrun with weeds.

To combat these issues you can use a heavy mulch of dried leaves or hay. When you see weeds popping up or dry patches in your beds, just add more mulch.

Be creative with your planting. Look around to see what you can recycle into a planter or what you can use to make raised beds. I have used baskets, pails, coffee containers, old wheel barrels or a bicycle with a basket in front…the possibilities are endless. I’ve even used my banana tree trunks as planters!

Square It Up

4×4 sections with paths in between will make it easy to calculate your layout & get to your produce once it’s time to harvest. Read your seed packets to find out how much room each plant needs, then in your 4×4 planting space proceed to space them accordingly. Again, get creative, by adding a vertical vines in the center, surrounded by root crops.

The advantages?…

  • no compacted soil
  • get more harvest from less space
  • less weeding, watering & compost
  • no overplanting
  • looks cleaner & neater
  • no having to thin out
  • easier to plan crop rotation

The only disadvantage I see are that you may have to do more preparation of the beds at first and you may have slower planting in the spring.

That’s it for this month…

***Stay tuned, because my next garden post will be about: Landscaping: walkways, lawn & trees & edging. Also, flower & herb gardening. Until then…

HAPPY GARDENING!!

With love,

Sindy ❤️

 

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This post was inspired by the book, TIPS FOR THE LAZY GARDENER, by Linda Tilgner

Posted in Technology, videos

Plants Making Music

I found this on Facebook and needed to more research to find out if & how this was true. What I found out was truly amazing & profoundly beautiful. I cannot be more grateful to Simone Vitale for bringing us this mind blowing information & music. Please visit his website to find out much more information on his approach to life.

Published on Dec 19, 2012

 

How does the music of the plants work and more specifically does the sound in the recordings come directly from the pants?
The U1 device allows plants to produce sounds and to make music. It does so by measuring the electrical resistance of vegetable tissues and transducing it into a MIDI signal (Musical Instruments Digital Interface). The MIDI signal then controls a synthesizer that produces the actual sound.
At first, it might be difficult to assimilate the idea that, in the end, the music produced by the plant is not only an automatic outcome of this electrical connection, but also, a sort of “awareness” of the plant is involved. This is what the researchers in Damanhur (the developers of the U1 device) have found out in their forty years research. They say that after some time of being exposed to their own sounds, plants seem to become aware that the sound is coming from them and they start modulating it intentionally.
Simone Vitale witnessed this himself years ago, while rehearsing for a live performance. He found himself spending hours playing piano together with a plant and was witnessing the slow development of the process. The subtle changes in the plant’s music in response to the sound of the piano and its own sound was becoming more and more evident.
Music of the plants- Anthurium improvisation 432Hz DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE AT: https://soundofgoldenlight.bandcamp.c…

You can listen to over an hour’s worth of plant music here:

Music of the plants- Anthurium improvisation 432Hz

The music in the recording is actually being performed by a plant, Anthurium (anthurium andreanum), thanks to a specific electronic device mention above.

The plant is emitting signals in reaction to external stimuli and to communicate with everything. These signals are detectable as variations in the bio-electrical field of the plant and can be converted into a MIDI signal (Musical Instruments Digital Interface). The MIDI signal is sent into a synthesizer and programmed a soft, soothing sound tuned at 432 Hz.

After some time being connected to such device and producing sounds, plants seem to become aware of the process; they seem to understand that those sounds are coming from them… and they start playing with it.

IF YOU ENJOY SIMONE VITALE’S WORK YOU CAN SUPPORT HIM BY PURCHASING HIS MUSIC HERE: https://soundofgoldenlight.bandcamp.com/ http://thesoundhealer.org/

 

More information here: http://soundofgoldenlight.com/music-o… http://thesoundhealer.org/

More information on the U1 device here: http://www.musicoftheplants.com/en/

Hope you’ll enjoy  😄

With love,

Sindy ❤️

Posted in Good Eatin', lifestyle, videos

Green Potato Hash Omelette

This Green Potato Hash Omelette is so good you won’t even realize you’re eating healthy 😄

I usually grow my own produce, but when that’s not an option then I always try to use organic ingredients when I can 👍 To me, the food just taste much better & I feel it’s healthier & more sustainable.

So on to the recipe:

Green Potato Hash Omelette

  • 1 small to medium potato cubed
  • 2 eggs scrambled with salt & pepper
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • any veggies you like…I used broccoli, green onions & mixed greens
  • 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
  • any spices you like…I used sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric, nutmeg, ginger & gram marsala. (spices have micro-nutrients in them…micro-nutrients are essential for the proper functioning of every system in the body and are vital for good health.)
  • any cheese you like…I used blue cheese.

In a small to medium saucepan boil potatoes until tender. Meanwhile heat oil in a medium frying pan. Add potatoes to hot oil & fry until they just turn brown.

Meanwhile, scramble egg with salt & pepper to taste. Set temp. to low, melt butter in a small frying pan.

Once potatoes are brown, then add in your veggies & spices, toss to combine.

Add scrambled eggs to frying pan, when cooked on one side, flip & cook on the other side.

Assemble on a plate, omelette first, then hash & top with cheese.

Don’t forget to have some hot water ready to make some green tea to go with your Green Potato Hash Omelette 👍

CHEERS & ENJOY!

With love,

Sindy ❤️

 

Posted in Home & Garden, lifestyle, videos

Creating My Spring Garden

Any day that I can be in the garden is a good day. I love the smell, the sights, the sounds. I love the feel of the dirt in my hands & the anticipation of some juicy produce on the table. Life just feels bountiful when I grow my own food. Below is the video I took while outside doing the thing I love the most in the world….

There are some things I would like to point out that didn’t get mentioned in the video.

First thing is the soil I’m using is organic. I always try my best to use organic soil because, for me it yields better tasting fruits & veggies.

The second thing I’d like to mention is my dog Nina is a rescue from Puerto Rico and her name is Spanish for “girl”. The second “n” should have a squiggly line on top of it, but my keyboard wouldn’t give me that option. 😕

The next thing to point out is the cart I’m using is a fishing cart that my husband won in a raffle. He hardly ever uses it, I had to dig it out from underneath some a pile of stuff on the side of the house so I could use it for gardening. It works great, I’m so happy I thought of it 😃

Another thing that’s interesting to know is, when I made the bed for the squash & sugar snap peas, I dug a trench deep enough to lay a banana tree trunk in it. Once a banana tree trunk grows a bunch of bananas, it dies and a little one starts growing right next to it. Once the bananas are ripe, I cut down the trunk and put it in the trench and used my shovel to split it open so that it covers the whole inside of the trench, then I cover it with my organic soil and plant the seeds. It holds water, which is what I need here in Florida because we have such sandy soil, the water drains away fast. It also provides lots of nutrients for the young seedlings and it will continue to provide lot of food for the mature plants in the months to come.

A funny thing to note is Lavern is one of three chickens. I live in a regular neighborhood, just like most. But in our area we are allowed to have two chickens. We originally got three and sadly one of them died, leaving us with two. But, we really wanted to have three, so we went back to get another one. The lady at the feed store said we couldn’t get just one chicken, they needed to be in pairs because our other two wouldn’t accept just one chicken into their little click. So we told her we were really only supposed to have two chickens. She laughed and said, “believe me, your neighbors have ten.” LOL 😃 So we got two more, but unfortunately one of them died and the other two ended up including the single chicken into their group ❤️

At this point I should say that I’m working on using permaculture principles in my yard. This means that most of the plants in my yard are perennials that once established need little to no care. The goal of permaculture is to create a food forest, and just like in a forest you need layers. The first layer are tall trees, I have a Poinsettia tree, a Mulberry tree and I’m also growing some Coconut Palms, but they’re still quite small. The second layer down are smaller trees, like Banana and Moringa, then come the bushes like berries, tapioca & Cranberry Hibiscus. The next layer down would be even smaller plants like herbs & flowers, then ground cover like mint and then root veggies like Sweet Potato.

Thanks for dropping by…

With love,

Sindy ❤️

Posted in Home & Garden

Building A Sustainable Organic World

When I first started gardening on this piece of property, I just used a little patch of land on the side of the house….

 

Next we decided to add some chickens….

 

Compost & extending the garden….

One of our little chicks died 🙁

 

Lots of mulch!!

 

Lots more planting goin’ on….

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Crazy looking bug 😮

 

Adding some raspberries & bananas to the mix…

 

You reap what you S.O.W….

The whole yard has become the garden….

 

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Caterpillar to Butterfly

 

More Chickens!!

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Garden Love

 

Reaping what you S.O.W. can be so much fun!!

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Hope you enjoyed the progress & the tour <3 Keep checking back because a gardener is never finished…Have a happy day!! 😀