Gardening, the great adventure A gardener needs a lot of faith…and imagination to get the job done … Read More
Moringa was a new addition to my garden last year and I’m continually impressed with its health benefits. I received a root cutting from Blue Yonder Urban Farm at the end of March last year and it has come back as a healthy plant this year. I’m excited to begin using Moringa in my herb garden. Here’s what I found about the benefits of Moringa Oleifera:
- Moringa seeds are high in Oleic acid, the same fatty acid that Olives are known to be high in.
- Other nutrients found in Moringa are; Vitamin C, A, E, B-Complex; Folates, Pyridoxine B-6, Thiamin B-1, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Niacin. Calcium, Selenium, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, and Magnesium.
- Many countries use the seeds, bark, sap, seeds, oil, leaves, roots and flowers in making traditional medicine.
- The leaves are the most widely used parts of this plant. They are edible and contain three times more iron than spinach.
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I have a collection of Tostitos Queso Dip glass jars that I’ve been saving for quite some time. In fact, I love to use them for storage so much that I moved them all the way from Oregon to Texas. Today is the day that I’m going to repurpose those glass jars into something spectacular.
What I like about those jars
- They are wide mouth so it’s easy to get supplies in and out of them
- The 15 and 23-ounce sizes are fantastic for storing dried herbs and spices
- They stack well in the cupboard
- They clean up nicely, wouldn’t you say?
In this post, you’ll learn how to repurpose glass jars into something spectacular for your pantry storage. After all, why have a boring cupboard? [Read more…]
This year while I was busy creating a new garden I got lazy with my tomatoes. They were planted on time and given nutrients. I even spent a few weekends pinching out suckers to give them plenty of room to grow. What I did not do was purchase tomato cages to contain them. Now this lazy gardener is struggling to cage her tomatoes before it’s too late.
Why did I wait so long?
Partly, it was money. I didn’t want to spend $5.99 each for 16 sturdy tomato cages. That’s almost $100 for tomato cages that will probably buckle under the weight of the plants anyway.
And, let’s be honest, my big garden dreams got in the way. I had visions of creating sturdy cages from cattle panels. I even did a bunch of research on putting them together, but rainy weather and daily life got in the way of completing the project. [Read more…]
Planning Your Garden Crop Rotation Schedules
One of the easiest ways to prevent disease in the garden is to practice crop rotation. Basically, it means that you should not grow the same kind of crops in the same place every year. Best practices call for rotating related crops through your garden beds on a 3 or 4-year cycle.
I rotate my garden by the vegetable families on a four-year rotation schedule. For example, tomatoes are highly susceptible to wilt diseases and the next year’s crop will grow best when it is planted in a different place each year. The key is, that area should not be replaced with another family member, such as peppers since the Solanaceae group can be infected by the same fungus. That’s why I practice crop rotation by vegetable families. [Read more…]
Lifesaving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster.
Communication is one of the most important things that is missing during a disaster. If we become separated from our loved ones, the stress of not knowing can be intense. We also need information about the disaster and what to do next. The new book, Prepper’s Communication Handbook by Jim Cobb, gives a wealth of information designed to help you stay informed.
Several years ago, when we lived in Oregon, I took my Ham Radio operator test and became licensed. I was excited about learning a new way of communicating and joined a local group. Then we moved to Texas and I let my skills slip. As a matter of fact, I haven’t thought about emergency communication at this level for a while now.
After reading Jim’s book I realize that my family is not prepared in the area of disaster communication. We have only a basic plan in place and one that will not serve us well if there happens to be a major event and my family is scattered over several miles.
This book really is a must-read source if you are serious about being connected during a disaster. It explored the best options for using satellite radio, shortwave, NOAA receivers, GMRS and FRS radios, citizen’s band, ham radio, radio scanners, and MURS radios. [Read more…]
Overcoming rocky ground
This year in eager anticipation of my new garden being tilled, I purchased Red Lasoda seed potatoes from a local nursery. I had dreams of a luscious harvest summer and began sprouting them so they would get a good start.
Tilling day arrived and I learned the awful truth about how rocky my garden soil REALLY is! The tractor man said, “I had no idea there were so many rocks in this part of the country.” Me either!
On to plan B.
Potatoes and other root crops need loose soil to be successful. If you do manage to get seeds planted, once the emerging roots hit rocks, they will produce poorly shaped tubers. The best soil is a sandy loam and soil that is well drained. Very sandy soils may require extra watering to maintain adequate soil moisture. Fine‐textured soils that are high in silt and clay may not be well drained and are not suitable. [Read more…]
An essential preparedness skill.
Editor: Welcome back, Tyra! We’re excited to have you as a monthly contributor for the “Prepping With Kids” series.
First off, I have to say how excited I am to be back at PreparednessMama! Oh, how I’ve missed y’all! Thank you for being such supportive and fantastic readers! We are so blessed by you!
I’m also excited to be jumping back in on my favorite preparedness topic- preparing our kids. Since my last post I’ve had one more kid (now totaling a proud family of 6 littles) and spent some time practicing preparedness and coping in a variety of stresses. Practice makes perfect, even if the practice is messy. I’d like to share some of what I know and what I’ve learned over the last two years to help your family be better prepared. Please shoot us an email if you have any areas you’d like us to address. Our main goal is to help your family and we do that best when you let us know what you’ll need.
To start off our new series, Prepping With Kids, I’d like to ask you a few questions. Do your kids know how to use a telephone, landline, and cell? Have you taken the time to teach your kids how to call 911 or discussed when to call? Teaching children how to call 911 could make a huge difference in the life of your family members. [Read more…]
How to make your own herbal bath salts….and other homemade products
I collect recipes. Useful recipes for soaps, lotions, creams, and cleaning products. I have too many to count and I’m sure there are more to collect. These recipes often give me the inspiration to create my own variations and I love seeing what creative things I can come up with. So it goes with the new book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Skin, Health & Home by Jan Berry. There are 100+ recipes to give you the inspiration to create your own herbal treasures.
I decided to tackle herbal bath salts for my first project from the book. Easily put together, this refreshing soak incorporates a variety of fresh herbs from your garden and there really is no wrong combination. Jan suggests choosing several strong aromatics as the base. I chose chocolate mint and spearmint for mine because I have an abundance of mint in my garden. [Read more…]
Planning and practice are the keys.
Emergency drills are one of the most important ways to be prepared. You’ve worked hard to have all your food storage, emergency plans, and bug out kits together, but it mean little if you haven’t practiced enough to put them into action.
We all remember the fire drills from grade school days. Everyone calmly exited the building, your teacher guided you down the hall, and you continued to chat with your friends over the piercing scream of alarms. Yes, we were conditioned to act in a disaster… like we were going out for a loud and boring recess.
Emergency drills help make something instinctive and natural that would otherwise require direction and thinking. Having regular effective emergency drills replaces panic and fear with a reflex for action, it’s the glue that holds all our other preparations together. [Read more…]