Category Archives: Gardening

Gardening Could Help You Live to 100

It is well-known that an outdoor lifestyle with moderate physical activity is linked to longer life, and gardening is an easy way to accomplish both.

“If you garden, you’re getting some low-intensity physical activity most days, and you tend to work routinely,” says Buettner.

He says there is evidence that gardeners live longer and are less stressed. A variety of studies confirm this, pointing to both the physical and mental health benefits of gardening.

Source: Gardening could be the hobby that helps you live to 100 – BBC Worklife

Great Peach Crop in North Carolina for 2019

After several hit-or-miss years, peach growers across the state are celebrating what is shaping up to be a solid peach growing season. “Consumers can expect peaches to be in good quantity and quality this year,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

“Many growers began picking in early June with plans to continue through the end of August.” Unlike surrounding states, most of North Carolina’s peaches are sold directly to consumers at roadside stands and farmers markets. In fact, consumers can find peach orchards in about two-thirds of the state’s counties.

Troxler encourages consumers to check with their favorite peach grower for availability and timing of their favorite varieties.

To celebrate the season, the department will host Peach Day events at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh on July 11 and the Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax on July 12. Both events run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and feature a peach recipe contest, free samples of peach ice cream and an appearance from the N.C. Peach Queen.

Peach lovers also can enjoy the N.C. Peach Festival in Candor July 19 and 20. The 23rd-annual event includes a parade, music, carnival rides, food vendors and lots of fresh, local peaches.


There’s nothing more wonderful than a perfectly ripe peach fresh off the tree. Of course, peach pie a la mode is delightful…

Start Your Garden Revolution Today

Came across this one. As Charles Hugh Smith says, “A home cooked meal is a revolutionary act.” So too is producing your very own food. There’s nothing like an amazing tomato, or the crunch of fresh lettuce. Yum!

Sometimes I think that the next Revolutionary War will take place in a vegetable garden. Instead of bullets, there will be seeds.  Instead of chemical warfare, there will be rainwater, carefully collected from the gutters of the house. Instead of soldiers in body armor and helmets, there will be back yard rebels, with bare feet, cut-off jean shorts, and wide-brimmed hats.  Instead of death, there will be life, sustained by a harvest of home-grown produce.  Children will be witness to these battles, but instead of being traumatized, they will be happy, grimy, and healthy, as they learn about the miracles that take place in a little plot of land or pot of dirt. Every day, the big industries that run our nation take steps towards food totalitarianism.  They do so flying a standard of “sustainability” but what they are actually trying to sustain is NOT our natural resources, but their control. (to read more, click on the link)

Source: 10 Ways to Sow Revolution in Your Back Yard – The Organic Prepper

Survival Medicine: Cayenne Pepper

Prescription meds and over-the-counter medications may or may not be available in a given economic collapse, but you can always grow your own medicinal herbs or even source them in the wild. If you could only have one medicinal herb in your survival bag it should be cayenne pepper. It’s an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and a sterilizer. It’ll warm you up, boost your metabolism, and energize you all at once. Cayenne pepper adds spicy heat to improve the flavor of all foods. It’s even beneficial, not harmful, for your digestive tract. The active ingredient, capsaicin, is what’s responsible for all the benefits. Lately, even the medical world is giving credit to capsaicin. A product called “Sinus Buster” is a popular over-the-counter sinus medication that is capsaicin based. As an aside, Sinus Buster even claims to chase away headaches. But you don’t need to buy Sinus Buster to chase away headaches or clear your sinuses. Grow your own cayenne peppers and make your own medicine!

Source: Grow You Survival Medicine: Cayenne Pepper – The Organic Prepper

The Age of Asparagus

It’s the dawning of the age of asparagus went the old cartoon.

Every year our asparagus patch wakes up and starts to shoot out tasty nutritious sprouts. Our little patch has been producing now for over 7 years, and every year like to return of the warblers, the asparagus returns with the first warm days.

Box of Lettuce

We always start our seeds at the beginning of January, so that tomatoes and peppers can get an early start.  Especially with tomatoes, we want to get the going early, so that we get a tasty crop before the excessive heat causes them to stop producing.

This year we took and old plastic container and grew lettuce. We’re using Burpee Bibb lettuce. It’s been very successful indoors. (See pic.)

Right now, we have three kinds of lettuce, cilantro, two kinds of tomatoes, tobacco, Aji peppers, basil, parsley, and kiowa growing. Today, we’ll be in the 70s, and finally the roaring winds of the last few days have turned to a delightful calm.  Lovely…

Rainy Saturday at the Ranch

It’s a rainy Saturday morning, so that means gathering up every available 5 gallon bucket, pail, and even a plastic garbage can or two in the hopes of collecting the coveted premium –  rain water.

Although our well water tastes great, it does have about 350 parts per million of mineral content. This tends to give the water a slight alkalinity. For the most part it hadn’t seemed to hinder growth, but we were amazed at the difference that filtered or rain water made with our indoor plants.

In addition to rain water, we’ve been using a Berkey filter for the times when there is no rain. We also add a balanced liquid supplement varying between more nitrogen based, and adding potash & phosphorous as well.

At the moment inside, we have Black Krim & Yellow Pear tomatoes started, lettuce, Aji peppers, Peruvian Kiowa, Turmeric, Cilantro, and tobacco.

In the garden, we have three kinds of lettuce, cilantro, asparagus (soon!,) and I hope to start peas, spinach, and arugula this weekend.

We have a lot of seeds, and my darling spouse is always complaining that I buy too many seeds, but if we had to live off the garden, they would be a Godsend.

Yesterday, the Yucca food bank had big bags of spinach, so today it will be pureed and frozen for later use. Spinach is excellent and makes a great part of many ranch meals.

Here’s some pictures of last Falls’ indoor Yellow Pear tomatoes: