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Tips for growing turnips successfully

Turnips are a great choice to add to your spring garden. What makes these veggies so awesome is that they can either be planted in the spring or in the fall and eaten cooked or raw. Turnips are easy to grow so adding these to your garden will be of great benefit.

So what are the steps in growing turnips?

Steps for planting, growing and harvesting turnips.

1. Location is so important, turnips require full sunlight although partial shade will do.

2. Using an organic soil or compost will help your plants to establish easier thereby helping you to yield a good harvest.

3. Level and smooth area before sowing seeds.

4.Wet soil lightly.

5. Sprinkle seeds and gently rake 1/2inches into the soil.

6. Next, gently water don’t overwater or soak the soil. The goal is to wet the soil enough for proper seed germination.

7. Turnips should develop a good root system therefore as the plant begins to develop thin plants to about 3-5 inches.

Planting, growing and harvesting turnips

Care of turnips

When to harvest turnips

Turnips can be harvested anywhere from 5-10 weeks after planting. The leaves taste best when they are tender and young.

For fall harvesting should be done after frost before it becomes very cold.

Turnip pest control

There is nothing like having uninvited guests that seek to make a meal of your plants. The good news, however, is by following these steps will help to eliminate these pest problems.

  • Aphids are pear-shaped insects that have piercing-sucking mouthparts that suck the juice from turnips. Signs include welt or leaf curl. Aphids can be eliminated by spraying plants with a strong spray of water knocking them off and killing them or by applying insecticidal soap sprays when the weather is 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Flea beetles can either be tan, black or another color, there are many species of these beetles. Flea beetles are best to identify by there ability to hop as they move from plant to plant.
  • Flea beetles eat plant parts making holes in your tender growth of plant leaves. Symptoms include blight and wilt of the plant. Using insecticidal soap or an organic spray will bring these beetles under control.
  • Whiteflies are another problem of turnips. These flys once disturbed will fly quickly from the infected plant but will return just as quickly. Whiteflies have piercing-sucking mouthparts that are injected into the plant extracting plant juice.
  • The secretion of the whiteflies will cause sooty mold to form on plants. To control white flys either use horticultural oils or insecticidal soap sprays.
  • Cutworms live in the soil and damage plants by feeding on the lower hanging leaves and stems. Signs of these pests are when seedlings are cut down to ground level. To eliminate the eggs and larvae plow soil 10 days before planting seeds also applying diatomaceous earth around the base of plants offers help.
  • The seed corn and cabbage maggots are both small legless and white. These larvae live in the soil and feed on turnips roots and younger plant. To control apply diatomaceous earth around plants base.

Disease of turnips

Turnips are also susceptible to disease and therefore identifying and treating these disease will ensure that you yield a good harvest.

  • Downy mildew is caused by a fungus, it appears on the underside of turnips and is a fuzzy white patch. Applying fungicides early in the season and until the time of harvest may be the best option.
  • Powdery mildew is also caused by fungus. The sign that your plant has this fungus appears as a circular white appearance on the surface on plant leaves or it may appear as if your plants were dusted with white flour.
  • This fungus may also spread to the stems and fruits of plants causing the leaves to become distorted or twisted. Treat this disease by applying neem oil, sulfur or lime.

Turnip nutritional facts

Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folate, Niacin, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Fiber and Pantothenic acid.

Health benefits of turnips

Turnips have been known to help prevent cancer.

Aids in weight loss.

Helps to lower blood pressure.

Promotes good digestion.

Are good for diabetic patients.

Help with good bowel movements.

Final word

Turnips are great to plant in the spring or late fall. Growing turnips in your home garden can be very rewarding and the benefits that they offer is very amazing. So get started on those turnips and yield a harvest.

Unclogging your arteries and prolonging your life with these Superfoods

High cholesterol has been linked to so many diseases that cause millions each year either to pay visits to the doctor’s office or having to be hospitalized.

In is some case, many have died because of cholesterol levels being out of control. But how does high cholesterol affects our bodies and what can we do to avoid having high cholesterol or bring our cholesterol count to a normal level.

What is cholesterol?

Our bodies need cholesterol to build healthy cells. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is found in our blood. Our liver is responsible for producing the majority of cholesterol that is found in our bodies.

To be more exact cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) that is found in our bloodstream, that is produced by our liver that was mention earlier. But when there is an excess or buildup of cholesterol it hardens in our arteries

Our arteries are responsible for the flow of blood, but when the arteries are clog because of a buildup of cholesterol it restricts the normal movement of blood.

Our blood is responsible for carrying food, Vitamins, and oxygen throughout our bodies but once the blood is restricted and a lack of oxygen is not being supplied as it is supposed to

then what happens is that heart attacks, the stroke and health-related issues pertaining to our heart can set in which spells trouble BIG TIME.

Controlling cholesterol with foods

Signs of high cholesterol

  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in chest
  • Stroke
  • Feeling continual pain in your back, legs, neck, headaches
  • Feeling fatigue has also been linked to high cholesterol
  • Loose stools

These are just a few of the signs to watch out for. Now I know that these signs may be because of other health-related issues but at the seem time don’t rule out high cholesterol at least not until your checked out by your doctor.

What other factors contribute to high cholesterol?

Certain foods also contribute to having a buildup of cholesterol, therefore, it is of great importance that we maintain a healthy diet.

Foods to avoid

  • Fatty foods
  • Bacon, sausages, hotdogs
  • Butter
  • Foods that are prepared with an abundance of oil or grease
  • Donuts

These are just a few of the foods to avoid.

Other causes that contribute to high cholesterol

  •  Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Lack of exercise
  • Stress

I now realize that no matter how good it may taste, if it keeps you or causes you to go to the doctor’s office stay away from it, it is not worth your health besides having to find doctor’s fees

and as we all know those fees can add up in no time causing stress which is also not good. But the good news is that there are foods that we can embrace with open arms that

can help reduce or keep our cholesterol level normal that spells GOOD NEWS.

Foods that reduce cholesterol

Controlling cholesterol with foods

Try these foods for a normal cholesterol level

1.Eggplants have low calories and is a good source of fiber and will help to give you a good bowel movement.

2. Apples are rich in pectin that helps to lower LDL.

3. Beans have a great fiber content that helps to lower cholesterol.

4. Garlic is best known to get rid of infections. But garlic can also reduce cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.

5. Avocados contain monounsaturated fatty acids that help to promote heart health and lowers cholesterol.

6. Oats are famous for lowering cholesterol.

7. Studies have shown that a diet in nuts is great in lowering cholesterol.

8. Spinach is rich in lutein. Lutein is good for the heart by helping to lower cholesterol.

9. Cooking with olive oil can help to lower cholesterol because olive oil is rich in healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.

10. Okras are a good source of fiber and has the ability to lower your cholesterol.

11. Grapes are also rich in pectin that aids in lowering the cholesterol.

12. Including veggies in your diet can also help to lower cholesterol by helping to control weight.

13. Herbal teas are great for lowering cholesterol because of the chemical compounds that make up these natural healers.

Final word

Bringing your cholesterol under control is so important therefore we should take our health seriously and do all that we can to maintain proper health and to have a cholesterol level that is normal.

SUPERCHARGING your diet with this SUPERFOOD

Our health is one of our greatest investment, therefore, we should do all that we can to maintain proper health. In fact, studies have shown that those who live a healthy lifestyle live an average of 10 or more years longer than those that have a poor lifestyle when it comes to diet.

Each year millions are in the doctor’s office or are hospitalized because of health-related issues due to poor diet. While it is true that some person although living a poor lifestyle live way into their 70s and beyond it is still good to cultivate a healthy lifestyle because the percentage of persons that falls in this group of living an unhealthy lifestyle is small.

Over the years I have seen many people from the young, middle age to the old that have health issues due to poor diet. In fact, I know of a lady whose son is about 12 years of age and weights about 2oo lbs which aren’t good for this kid.

However, this article will be covering a superfood that is so popular and has gained worldwide attention because of its many benefits. Some may call it bird food but adding this bird food to our diet is so beneficial for our health.

Sunflower seed history

Sunflowers have a very interesting history, this plant originated from North America then travel thousands of miles to Russia and then return many years later back to the place where it all started.

Sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds is a SUPERFOOD that can SUPERCHARGE your health. The seeds of the sunflower have lived up to its name and have proven to deliver a POWER PACK PUNCH that has been very beneficial to so many peoples health.

Eating sunflower seeds as a snack

Sunflower seeds make a great snack and can be eaten as is or can be added to raisins and nuts for a delicious nutritious blend. I prefer mixing them with raisins and nuts for a taste that is so amazing besides getting the extra Vitamins and benefits from these other foods.

Benefits of sunflower seeds

Here are some awesome benefits of the sunflower seed

1. Sunflower seeds are a good source of antioxidants that help the body to get rid of free radicals that can cause cancer.

2. Promotes heart health by reducing the bad cholesterol level that can clog the arteries leading to heart attacks and strokes.

3. Promotes bone health because of its rich source of calcium, magnesium, and copper.

4. Sunflower seeds have a soothing effect on the nerves and can help to keep you calm because of its abundance of magnesium.

5. The rich Vitamin E content in sunflower seeds helps to promote healthy skin.

6. The Vitamin E content along with Iron in sunflower seeds is great to promote healthy hair growth.

7. Sunflower seeds are rich in fiber that aids in a good bowel movement.

8. Sunflower seeds help to promote good cholesterol.

9. Sunflower seed oil is rich in Vitamin B1 and B6 that promotes good digestion.

10. Sunflower oil is been shown to help in the fight against rheumatoid arthritis.

11. Sunflower helps to promote the immune system because these seeds are high in zinc.

12. A diet in sunflower seeds helps with the proper function of the thyroid gland.

Benefits of sunflower seeds

Vitamins of sunflower seeds

Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Copper, Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, Thiamine, Selenium, Niacin, Zinc, Folate, Dietary fiber.

Final word

Sunflower seeds are so awesome and adding this superfood to your diet can give your health the boost that it needs. Giving this superfood a try can benefit you in so many ways as you SUPERCHARGE your HEALTH with this SUPERFOOD.

Activities for seniors

As we grow older our bodies begin to slow down and we become less active.  At this stage in our lives it so important that we not only eat healthily but involve ourselves in activities that will keep our heart rate up contributing to our overall health.

Who says that those golden years should be spent laying on the couch or sitting down day after day watching our favorite television programs, and while there is no harm in doing this, it should be done in moderation because there is a saying that “a body that is in motion stays in motion” and by engaging in physical activities will ensure that we maintain good health.

My mother in law is in her 70’s and she is always in her garden working, water or planting something and she has so much energy. She really enjoys her garden.

Connecting with nature

There is just something about the garden and connecting with nature. What I love about gardening is that we have an awesome part to play by giving nature a helping hand as we watch our gardens transform into a thing of beauty.

And this can be very exciting for seniors as they see the effort they put in each day begin to pay off in big ways. What is also great about garden activities is the mental effect it has on the mind and for seniors, this to can be very rewarding keeping their brains sharp and alert not to mention the many wildlife to watch in their habitat.

Gardening for seniors

Some ideas for garden projects for seniors

1. Flower gardens- Starting a flower garden is great because flower gardens tend to paint such a magical picture with its array of colors in full bloom.

2. Butterfly gardens- Creating a butterfly garden is worth having as you will not only providing a home for wildlife but watch them as they fly so gracefully collecting nectar.

3. Hummingbird gardening- Hummingbirds are really fun to watch as they go from plant to plant collecting nectar. This is a garden that will provide lots of fun and excitement to seniors as they go bird watching.

4. Herb gardens- What better way than to spend the time by creating a herb garden. Herbs can be used to flavor foods which are so great and also as a medicine to bring natural healing.

5. Vegetable gardens- What brings such delight is to be able to eat veggies that you grew your self. This experience is so rewarding as you eat the fruits of your labor.

6. Urban Gardening- What I love about this type of gardening is that it brings the whole community together both the young, middle age and seniors that promotes togetherness and friendship.

7. Raised bed gardening- Raised bed gardening is another twist to gardening that is really cool. Graden project like these can really add flavor and style.

8. Container gardening- Don’t have the space, no problem. Container gardening can ensure that you are still involved in some garden activities while connecting with nature and enjoying these portable gardens.

There are much more garden designs that can be added to this list. Get creative think outside the box, this is good for brain exercise.

Gardening for seniors

Garden safety tips

1. The first rule to remember at all times and that is safety first this is where proper planning comes in no matter how small the job may be.

2. Have a plan on where you are working exp… working on slopes, working near overhead power lines or electrical lines in the ground can be dangerous.

3. Be mindful of waterlines as well as irrigation lines.

4. Watch out for uneven grounds you don’t want to trip and fall.

5. Wait until the grounds are dried from rains or heavy dew. A former co-worker went out on the hotel grounds one morning making his regular checks, slipped on the grass that was wet and broke his leg. Talk about a freak accident. 

6. Wear long clothing to protect from sun or use sunscreen to protect skin.

7. Wear the proper footwear such as Gardening boots.

8. Gardening gloves.

9. Goggles to protect your eyes.

10. Ear muffs or ear plugs when using power tools such as lawnmowers, gas-powered trimmers etc…

11. Safety belt to support your back especially if the project requires some lifting.

12. Carry tools in a wheel burrow for ease and comfort.

13. Get help if the project requires more hands.

14. Keep body hydrated by drinking lots of water.

15. Eat a healthy meal before starting work and wait for 10-15 minutes before working.

16. The best time for seniors to garden outdoors is in the morning when it is cool or late in the evening when the sun is about to set.

17. Wearing a hat can help keep you cool when working in the heat.

18. Have a first aid kit close by.

19. Keep insect spray close by for, exp. wasp. hornets etc…

20. Never leave tools laying on the ground you might trip on them which may cause injury.

21. Paint garden tools with bright colors, this will make it easier for seniors when it comes to looking for the right tools.

22. Use a nice low chair if bending is a challenge.

Final Word

Gardening is a great activity for seniors as it can both contribute to their physical and mental well-being. This is a great way to get outdoors connecting with nature and getting those creative juices flowing.

So let’s help our senior citizens have this kind of experience by engaging in this fun-filled activity that is so rewarding as it brings, peace and relaxation as they reap the rewards of their labor.

A treat that is simply delicious

I fell in love with apricots a few years ago when the manager where I work arrange for my coworkers and I to have lunch at a 5-star resort. One of the desserts that were on the menu was dried apricots. When I tasted it, it was simply so delicious that I ask the cook in the restaurant what they were and that was how I was first introduced to this most amazing fruit.

Apricots have such an interesting history and the journey of this fruit have been long cultivated and harvested from generation to generation.

The history of apricots

According to historical records, apricots were cultivated in China about 3-4000 BC and many years later made its way to Armenia and Europe. The tree later was introduced to Virginia in 1720

and then in 1792 this tree graced the continent of North America. There are several species of apricots that belongs to the stone family.

Apricot desserts

Many delicious desserts are made with apricots that it is really mind-blowing from pies to cake many other pastries and drinks. but what I love is to eat them when they are dried.

dried apricots like in this photo are simply mouthwatering and very delicious. I can just taste them now yummy so good. What I love about this superfood is that they are not only delicious but very healthy so we get the best of both worlds.

Their sweetness and their many benefits they contain.

What are some of the benefits of a diet in apricots?

Apricots health benefits

Here are a few apricots health benefits that I believe will really interest you.

1. Apricots are great for our health. Apricots are rich in Vitamin C that helps to support heart health. A diet of apricots keeps the arteries clean by removing a buildup of cholesterol that can contribute to heart disease.

2. Promotes a good bowel movement. Because of its high fiber content apricots does a great job in making it easier when in the bathroom.

3. Apricots are loaded with antioxidants that help the body to get rid of free radicals and toxins that can cause much harm to our bodies.

4. Because of its good Vitamin A content source, apricots promotes eye health.

5. The healing properties that are found in apricots can give healthy skin.

6. Apricots are great when fighting cancer because of its ability to get rid of free radicals that contribute to cancer.

7. Apricots improve our metabolism because of its great potassium content that supports our metabolism.

8. Apricots improve bone health

Apricot Vitamins

Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, Fiber, Iron, Calcium, manganese, and Phosphorus.

Final word

So there is no mystery as to why this fruit has made it on the list of superfoods. Apricots are pretty amazing because of its taste and healing properties

I encourage you to give these fruits a try and benefit in a great way from all they have to offer.