Grow Healthy, Eat Healthy, Live longer

Living healthy with this superfood

Asparagus-growing asparagus

Living healthy should always be our goal because as we take care of our bodies we will reap the rewards of good health and longevity. Adding superfoods to our diet can promote good health but to often these superfoods are rejected for that which is pleasing to our taste buds that can cause much harm.

What better way to give our bodies what it needs by growing these superfoods in our home garden. Asparagus is a superfood that is worth taking a closer look at.

Growing Asparagus

Asparagus is a perennial veggie which can grow year after year in your home garden this is an added benefit which can give you an endless supply of this superfood.

How to plant

  • Asparagus can be planted in early spring. Choose a location that gets about 6-8 hours of sunlight. Prepare the planting area by removing weeds. Adding compost or manure will give your garden soil a boost
  • Dig trenches 6 inches wide and 8-12 inches deep
  • Create a mound in the trench and plant the crown 16-20 inches apart
  • The roots should be spread over the ridge
  • Cover the crowns and roots with the soil about 2-3 inches deep
  • Give the plant a good soaking

Insect pest of asparagus

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Elimination weeds without weed killers

Eliminating weeds-soil-solarization

For many gardeners, one of the greatest challenges that can really be a killer and an eyesore is having to deal with the elimination of weeds. Weeds do not only take away from the beauty of a well-designed garden and landscape but weeds also present other problems which include.

Weeds compete 

  • With plants for water
  • Robs the soil of nutrients
  • Is a hiding place for insects pest
  • Can promote disease
  • Compete with garden plants for sunlight
  • Weeds are considered invasive and will take over your garden
  • Causes a drop in crop yield
  • Compete for garden plant space
  • Weeds are a resting place for mosquitoes

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Growing, Caring For And Harvesting Peas

Pigeon peas-Peas growing guide

Taking a trip down memory lane as we say I recall my childhood days of one day deciding to construct my very first home garden. I was so excited as I cleaned and prepared the planting site.

I still can remember lining the borders of the garden with stones, as I tried my best to make my little garden the perfect garden, my little hands with a shovel, rake, and other garden equipment working well into the evening very happy envisioning how wonderful everything would look.

I guess back then for most kids my age this would be the last thing on their mind but not me, I did what other kids do but at the same time, I wanted a garden of my own. I believe in part why I had this desire was because of my parents garden and also in my neighborhood, many families had a garden also.

Growing, Caring For And Harvesting Peas

A few favorite dishes that the natives enjoy here on the island where I live are peas n rice also peas soup which is so delicious. Just yesterday my mother invited me over for Sunday dinner and that is what I enjoyed some of her wonderful down home mouth watering peas soup. But how do peas get from the garden to the dinner table? I am so happy that you asked. This is what we will be looking at in this article.

But before we look at growing, caring for and harvesting peas what I want to say here is that peas are loaded with vitamins and other benefits which you can view Here. Peas one of natures health wonders.

Growing, Caring For And Harvesting Peas

1. A sunny location is ideal for the proper growth of peas.

2. The soil should be a good garden soil such as compost because this soil is great for its water holding capacity along with absorbing fertilizer.

3. When planting place 2-3 peas per hole at a depth of 1- 1/2 inch and 1 inch apart.

4. For the next several weeks keep the soil moist not waterlogged.

5. When plants reach 2-3 feet fertilizer with an organic fertilizer.

6. Optional but it is a good idea to mulch around plants. Mulches help to hold down weeds, retain water, keep soil temperature cool and adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down or decomposes.

Insects pest and disease of peas plant

One thing that the home gardener will face is insect pests and disease. Don’t let this discourage you because knowing what to do will ensure that you yield a good harvest.

Insect pest

 Green peas-Peas Growing Guide

  • Thrips
  • Aphids
  • Spider mites
  • Armyworm
  • Cutworm
  • Cucumber beetles
  • Pea weevils

Using neem oil, insecticidal soap or an organic insecticide will give good results. Remember to always follow direction when using chemicals because the label is the law.

Peas tree disease

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Jack and the Beanstalk

One of my favorite fairy tale story as a child growing up was jack and the beanstalk. This fairy tale had a very adventurous storyline that always kept me on the edge of my seat as to what was going to happen next.

For most of us if not all of us know how the story ends with jack slaying the giant, both him and his mother getting the golden goose of the giant that lays the golden eggs and in the end becomes very rich.

I believe that this is a good way to end this story of a boy and his mother that struggled until they arose from rags to riches. But if it had not been for those magic beans that Jack traded for their cow that his mother sent him with to market to sell even though upset when she found out what her son did jack would have never had those magic beans that grew into a large beanstalk overnight that lead to this adventurous journey.

How good it would be to have beans like these that suddenly sprung up overnight and lead us to our golden goose without the giant of course. But this article is not about seeking to get our goose that lays golden eggs even though that would be nice but about growing beans that are so beneficial to our health.

Tips For Growing Beans

I love adding beans to rice and soups because they are very delicious. There are many types of beans that it is just mind-blowing. The good thing about beans besides their taste is the vitamin content along with the benefits they have.

But what’s the process of growing, caring and harvestings beans?

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My long, short, bittersweet story

Carambola-Carambola health benefits

I have a story to tell about this fruit because I learned a  valuable lesson through this experience. I first was introduced to this fruit many years ago by my former co-worker working on a private estate. In the back of this property, there was a huge carambola tree that had so many of these fruits that it was just so amazing to see.

Now my co-worker at the time told me that my then boss loved these fruits but these fruits had a very unpleasant taste, therefore, I took him at his word and for the next 1 year and 4 months I would stay clear of these fruits but what I did was take care of this tree treating it for insects and making sure it was well watered. Also, there was a large fish pond across from this carambola tree so what I would do at times was take some of these fruits walk over to the fish pond and feed them.To my surprise, they

would swim back and forth very excited eating the pieces of fruits as I threw them in the water. I always wondered why these pond fish was so excited about this fruit that was so sour or at least I thought they were based on what I was told by my then co-worker.

After I resigned from that estate I went on to work for our international airport where I would see a different side of these fruits and come to love them. It was a beautiful day about 2-3 years ago when my former manager told me along with a few co-workers to go to one of the local plant nurseries to pick up a few plants and this is where I fell in love with these fruits.

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