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I know that I have been away from this site for far too long. I have written many thoughts that I would love to share but just never could seem to find the time to get them into coherent sentences. As usual, life got in the way.

To catch you up, the detox was great and I should probably do it again. While it was hard to give up caffeine, I bravely fought through the cravings to emerge victorious on the other side. The easy drinks were tasty and fun to concoct and I have  continued to create these types of meals.

Now that summer has arrived, I am excited to tell you all about my garden. I am growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, and many varieties of herbs. Because I don’t have much land for cultivating, some tomatoes are in pots,  but are growing like crazy. I love being able to use the fresh herbs in many summer dishes and am very excited to start posting these tasty creations on here for your enjoyment. In the meantime, feast your eyes on some of my handiwork.

Pepper plants, basil, and rosemary dominate this view. Oregano is just starting out.

One tomato plant growing happily with basil.

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Think spring- compost

Well, it actually is kind of hard to think spring when the forecast always has some snow in it, but if you wait until it looks and feels like spring, then it will be too late to harness the entire growing season. Some plants can go into the ground after the last frost, so if you start some seedlings indoors, you will be able to enjoy the baby plants during the final winter weeks and have hardy plants to start off your garden.

Part of what makes a great organic garden, is the type of soil you plant your seeds in. A great way to have fresh dirt, full of nutrients for your plants, is to compost. I know that composting is a scary thought for some, because of the idea of smells. However, a properly done compost pile doesn’t stink. If yours is giving off unpleasant odors, use this trick from The Daily Green. “Add more dry carbon material (leaves, straw, or sawdust) and turn it more frequently” and this should eliminate any smells coming from your compost pile.

During the winter, composting can prove to be problematic if you live in a climate the gets ice and snow often. One solution is to keep your compost in a sealed bin, that has ventilation for creating the proper mixture, but that is shielded mostly from the elements. You can use these bins year-round, so while the inital cost  investment can be high, you will get many seasons out of it.

Another idea comes from Organic Gardening. He describes how he insulated his outdoor compost pile with hay and snow to keep the heat in and used hot water when adding food to the pile. Read his description here.

Finally, you can go to your local co-op and see if they have any soil that you could buy from them. A few specialty green houses do have organic soils in bags for purchase, but think of the satisfaction you could get through making your own. In what ways do you compost? Any tricks to share with those of us just starting on this endeavor?

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Digestion aid

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After starting the detox program that I wrote about earlier, I wanted to have something that I could continue to put in my diet to keep the digestion track clean (without having to detox all over again!) I did some research and found this article from 1978. Now before you roll your eyes at me, let me say quickly that it is posted on a well-known site–Mother Earth News.

The premise is to use natural methods to keep your body healthy and strong and as we have gotten into the 80s and 90s, we saw a movement towards drugs as our salvation, instead of the traditional herbs that had been used for centuries by native peoples. One of these ancient medicines was Lemon Grass, a tall grass that grows in a warm climate (think CA or Mexico) and is used to make a tea with many healing properties. One of the selling points (for me) is that it aids in digestion and it is something that can be grown easily indoors in a pot (for those of you living outside the ‘warm’ climate of CA) or outdoors. With spring just around the corner, I am starting to look for what I will be planting  so that I can begin starting my seeds and planning my layout of my garden. I will keep my eyes out for Lemon Grass and try my hand at cultivating this ancient herb…it should be an adventure!

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Natural-Health/1978-09-01/Lemon-Grass-Tea-Benefits.aspx

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