Saturday, December 29, 2018

The FragranT Garden

Gardening is an ancient pastime and profession. Maybe not the oldest profession but people have been growing their own flowers, herbs, trees, shrubs and vegetables for thousands of years.
Successful gardening does require skill and knowledge. Fortunately, this knowledge is readily available from a wide variety of sources. From the local library, to the local plant nursery, to the Internet, the new or long-time gardeners has a wealth of information available.
This week, rather than focusing on specific flowers or vegetables, I will explore the fragrant garden. The only reason a garden does not appeal to all the sense is bad design.
The garden can, not only stimulate the eyes and the mind, it can bring a wealth of delights to that often-neglected organ, the nose.
There are a number of plants that can enhance a garden not only with their physical beauty but with a fragrance that capture our attention.  An evening stroll through the garden will be enhanced by the gentle but heady aroma.
The first step is to consider the physical site, how much sunlight is available; how much shade?
The second is to consider your time; how many hours per day or week do you have to spend in the garden? Be honest. You do not want to have a garden that you cannot look after. It is better to place one pot of basil near the kitchen door where you can reach it and enjoy its spicy aroma when you touch it than to put in a ten-foot bed that you cannot tend.
Next you need to consider what special needs that the garden will have to meet. As we age, often our physical agility decreases. This does not mean we give up gardening. The garden can be adapted to meet our needs.
 Problems in bending or kneeling down then raised beds, flower boxes or containers on a table top may be best.
If you have problems with your vision, perhaps, placing your beds along a well-defined pathway that is easy to navigate will make it easier for you to cut flowers for your table. Keep the beds narrow so that you can readily reach to back without stepping into the garden.
Do an internet search for fragrant plants suited for your gardening zone. Take a visit to a local plant nursery and ask them.
Do you have any fragrant plants? Take a list of what you already have with you so the person assisting you will know what is already growing in your garden.
Fragrance is a very strong sense and can bring back many memories; it can also help you develop memories of the present that you can recall on a cold winter night when you are enjoying some rosehip jam or a cup of mint tea.
An important note, if you plant to grow mint do so in a container, mint loves to take over and will spread quickly but the container will help you keep in under control.
Locally, lilacs are a great choice for both beauty and fragrance

Monday, December 24, 2018

Thriving Communities: Please Read

"At the scale of local communities, abundance and human thriving are not exclusively based on the availability of material resources and energy but on human creativity and relationships. Community and individual prosperity depend on how we collaborate to create win-win-win solutions for all. Jackson and Victor identified four enablers of thriving communities: “the role of enterprise, the quality of work, the structure of investment, and the nature of the money economy” (p.6)."


Saturday, December 22, 2018

Carrying Capacity

Today, we begin a discussion on carrying capacity. First, a definition:
"In ecological terms, the carrying capacity of an ecosystem is the size of the population that can be supported indefinitely upon the available resources and services of that ecosystem. Living within the limits of an ecosystem depends on three factors:
  • the amount of resources available in the ecosystem,
  • the size of the population, and
  • the amount of resources each individual is consuming."


"equally important to community sustainability is living within the carrying capacity of the community's human, social and built capital. Carrying capacity is much harder to measure for these types of capital, but the basic concept is the same -- are the different types of capital being used up faster than they are being replenished? For example:
  • A community that allows its children to be poorly educated, undernourished, and poorly housed is eroding its human capital.
  • A community that allows the quality of its social interactions to decline through lack of trust, respect, and tolerance is eroding its social capital.
  • A community that allows its buildings, roads, parks, power facilities, water facilities, and waste processing capability to decay is eroding its built capital. Additionally, a community that is creating built capital without considering the future maintenance of that capital is setting itself up for eventual decay."

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Food is a Human Right

The  Universal Declaration of Human Right states food is a human right. It is time to create a world that incorporates this right and also respects the rights of all beings.

Article 25.

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Marijuana Honey & LemonTea Recipe

Marijuana can be legally purchased in Canada. In Ontario, where we live, an online store handles the purchase and Canada Post delivers. You must be over 19 and sign for the delivery. 

I bought 3.5 g of Reddecan, mainly because of its CBD content. I'll talk about that in another post. 

A must read before baking, 

Marijuana Tea With lemon and honey.

Determining how much pot to use is tricky. I decided to make two cups of tea using the same amount of marijuana as I do to roll a joint.

Step One. If you have not already done so bake pot on cookie sheet for 20-29 minutes at 220 degrees F. 

Two: place pot in a teapot.

Three: Add 1 tsp of honey, organic is best.

Four: Add a tablespoon of lemon juice.

Five: Add hot water.

Let steep for 5-10 minutes.


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Cannabis Could Be Reversing Damage to Arthritic Joints

“People living with arthritis pain are looking for alternatives to improve their quality of life,” said Janet Yale, president and CEO of The Arthritis Society. “We need research to help answer the many important questions around medical cannabis and its use. Our goal is to give Canadians the ability to make informed choices about their treatment options and to give physicians evidence-based guidelines to make treatment recommendations for their patients. This project is an important step to achieving these goals.”


Carbon Gardening

Gardening does more than give us food and flowers. It also can combat climate change. How so?

 A saying worth repeating is this: “A successful gardener grows soil, not plants.” Why, because in order to have healthy plants, healthy soils are vital. Carbon gardening builds healthy soil.

Carbon gardening is growing plants in a way that reduces greenhouse gas emissions or captures and holds carbon in vegetation and soils. The plan is to remove excess carbon from the atmosphere. Why?

Carbon is a major contributor to climate change. Gardening stores carbon in the soil and the plants benefit from this as they require carbon to flourish.
Plants use carbon dioxide during photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the way a plant converts the energy from the sun into a chemical carbohydrate molecule. Plants use this carbon chemical to grow.

Photosynthesis removes carbon dioxide from the air and pumps it through the roots of plants and into the soil. In addition, as a plant decomposes, it adds, organic matter to the soil.

There are a number of ways to aid this process. Adding compost to the garden bed at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the gardening season is one. Composting is a great way to recycle household vegetative waste.

A second way is to use the compost and make compost tea. Compost tea can be employed as a foliar spray, that is applied directly to the plant leaves, or can be used to water the plant itself.

The third and my personal favourite way is to create a garden that requires no digging or tilling. The no-till approach begins just like any other garden does. 
Begin the process by deciding where the garden will be placed than use string to measure out the bed. The garden bed does not have to be square or rectangle, a subject we will explore in a future article.

Mulching Tips:
1- Mulch is spread on top of the soil around the plants and along pathways. You can use wood chips, leaves from deciduous trees and shrubs, lawn clippings and sawdust as mulch around perennial plants.
2- For your vegetable garden use nitrogen-rich green materials, for example, lawn clippings and other green garden trimmings.
·         To mulch your lawn, leave the grass clippings in place after mowing as this add nutrients and reduce water loss.
·         Annuals, perennials and vegetable seedlings can benefit from mulch which you move aside at planting time and then pull back around the plant as it grows.
·         You do not put mulch too close to tree trunks or near the base of heat-loving vegetables and flowers (mulches cool the soil). Spread the mulch trees out to the drip line, which is the outer perimeter of the tree’s branches.
·         Remove mulch or turn it under in the Spring as slugs and snails will see it as an ideal lace to lay eggs.
Choose the method that works best for you or consider using all three which is what I do., so until next week, happy gardening.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Colon Cancer Tests Results

A happy day. My test for the presence of colon cancer was good news, no sign of a problem, yes and thank you.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Blood Tests Results

If you've read my earlier posts then you know I have Type 2 diabetes. I got the results from my recent blood tests and overall all is well. My kidney functions is good but may bear watching, well, of course, it needs watching. anyway, more soon. Have a great day.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Marijuana and Diabetes. An Article

Good day, if you are looking for information on the possible benefits, if any, marijuana can have on diabetes. Visit here.

Podcast Coming soon

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