5 Earth-friendly hacks for starting your garden this spring

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Source: NaturalNews.com
Earl Garcia
March 27, 2017

The season provides an opportune time to revitalize your garden, and optimize its space for a more bountiful harvest this year. Television personality and lifestyle guru Martha Stewart shares 10 essential tips to jump start your spring gardening this year.

Revitalize your garden this spring with these easy steps

  1. Survey the garden – It is important to always start your gardening project by surveying and assessing your yard. Check the yard for tree limbs that need pruning or cabling, especially those that may hamper certain structural functions. Remove mulch from garden beds where bulbs were planted before they sprout. Survey the fences, steps, and other pathways for any disrepair caused by the previous winter’s freezing and thawing.
  2. Get tools and plants ready – Take note of missing tools and order new ones needed for spring gardening. Select new plants to be grown this season. Perennials, shrubs and trees are ideal for spring gardening.
  3. Mow away – Prepare the mower and the leaf blower to clear the yard. If available, use the right tools to sharpen the mower blades. Install fresh spark plugs and refill the mower with oil. It is also necessary to lubricate the mower’s moving parts when needed. Rid the yard of winter debris, and make note of areas that require reseeding before you start mowing.
  4. Start trimming – Clip dead, damaged, and diseased twigs and branches from woody plants. It is also essential that you trim summer-blooming shrubs including hydrangeas, butterfly bush, and most roses. Trees damaged by the cold should be pruned after plants resume their growth. Spring-blooming shrubs and trees should be trimmed after flowering.
  5. Get your soil tested – Take several soil samples from different parts of the yard. Use a home soil-test kit to accurately test the garden soil’s pH. Add the necessary ingredients to help the soil attain a healthy pH. Dolomitic lime can help raise the soil’s pH level, while elemental sulfur on the other hand can lower it.
  6. Make new beds – Prepare a new set of garden beds by clearing the yard of unnecessary dirt, weed and debris. Spread a thick layer soil amendments — including compost, well-rotten manure or others — to about four inches. Till the soil at about 10 to 12 inches deep using a spading fork. An article from the WUSA9 suggests that a combination of lemon juice and vinegar could effectively kill weeds, while coffee and tea grounds make for good soil amendment.
  7. Start planting – This season calls for bare-root trees, shrubs, and perennials. Commence planting under favorable weather condition. Container-grown plants can be transferred anytime during the growing season, but never during midsummer. Water the plants thoroughly. Spring would also be an ideal season to plant cool-season flowers and vegetables. Insect-repelling plants such as garlic and onion may help keep insects at bay, the WUSA article stated. Water plants in the early morning or dusk to save on water supply, the article added.
  8. Apply fertilizer – Your soil-test results should determine the appropriate fertilizer, fish emulsion or any other amendments that your garden requires. Apply these amendments around trees and shrubs when new growth appears.
  9. Compost essentials – Begin collecting plant debris and leaves for the compost pile. You may chop them up to speed decomposition. It is important to note that both brown and green materials should be equal in quantity.
  10. Disinfect bird baths and feeders – Birds are essential for your garden’s growth. Clean bird baths and feeders using a weak bleach solution, then rinse thoroughly and dry.

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Sources:

MarthaStewart.com

WUSA9.com

300 Word Memories #7 – Freedom

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TheBreakaway | BreakawayConciousness
Zy Marquiez
March 26, 2017

Freedom is arguably the most important idea humanity has ever ruminated upon and realized. Knowing this, then, isn’t it the least bit suspicious that the idea of Freedom isn’t talked about at length in the media, school, or nigh anywhere in society?

One would figure that if the very tenet of Freedom was so important, and the government and those in the upper tiers of society and politics really cared for Freedom, there would be something called the Department Of Freedom in America, ensuring people’s freedom’s don’t get trampled on.  For the record, preventing people from carrying out crimes, and ensuring Freedoms are two very different thing.  Some “crimes” people commit are nothing more than state overreach that ironically trample all over freedom, like say, feeding the homeless.  And no, that’s not a joke.

Since this idea is so vital, and arguably the main premise of our Democratic Republic, one could argue that because the very core of this ideal is central to our society myriad courses all over America would be brought about to bring this to light.  Predictably, such is not the case.

Ask yourself, why is that so?  Why is it that The United States, the so called paragon of Freedom, does NOT teach Freedom or hold Freedom courses in its school system or universities?  Sure, Freedom is mentioned here and there, and mostly in a historical context of the past, if it is taught at all.  It takes a rather percipient individual in order to come the terms with the possible truths of those questions.

The very tenet of Freedom runs anathema to Govern-ment, which literally means to govern the mind.  Another one of those notions that school doesn’t teach you.  Now isn’t that interesting…

Instead of the system of government and public schooling laying the foundation for which people may learn about Freedom, why it’s so valuable, what it took to secure it, and why hundreds of millions have died over time seeking it, the opposite takes place.  The system is all about forbidding freedom by the application of crushing conformity, as award winning teacher and researcher John Taylor Gatto has exhaustively shown in all of his books, each of which shows documentary evidence of this going back more than a century.

The system being about conformity, and not about Freedom, is not a theory when countless documents from institutions talk about molding the individual from the ground up.  If you want further information, please read:

The True Purpose Of Modern Schooling
Dumbing Us Down
A Different Kind Of Teacher
Weapons Of Mass Instruction

Regardless, its time individuals take cognizance that the system is how it is because it’s been molded to be this way, although it wasn’t always like that.  Likewise, if the conformity crisis that continues to grow with impunity unabated, the future world we will walk upon will be a perfect fusion between the iron fist George Orwell showed was possible in 1984, and the velvet first Aldous Huxley showed in A Brave New World.  And that, my friends, is a very scary position, because we are on those very tracks as we speak.

Freedom is indispensable, and the comptrollers know this.  The last thing the comptrollers wish to do is have people discuss what Freedom truly means.  Such conversations lead to people seeing the full potentiality of freedom and those pulling the strings don’t want people contemplating such far-reaching ideas.

The notion of Freedom challenges everything, from the ground up, in every single life, in every single country.

Ask yourself, when is the last time you ever had a conversation about Freedom – the idea itself.

The fact that such an important tenet is overlooked – and rarely spoken about in our everyday life – should go to show how easy it is to overlook critical components in our lives, even though it seems the ideals are ever-present.  However, as many folks who’ve had their rights infringed upon know, at a moment’s notice, any individual’s Freedoms may be trampled upon.

Where are we going as a society?   How far will the infringement continue before people draw their line in the sand concrete and say enough is enough?

Hopefully none of us ever have to find out.  Then again, many people think the same thing and  end up getting railroaded by the system.

Perhaps its best to heed those examples before our very lives become the next examples of infringement.

Be proactive.

Ponder Freedom, and ponder it quite deeply.  For most days, most people don’t think of Freedom at all.
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Containers, Quick Bed Amending, Peas & Broccoli, Rabbit Protection :Community Garden 2017 [Part 1]

Source:TheRustedGarden
Gary Pilarchik
March 26, 2017

This is video 1 of my 2017 Community Garden series. A quick introduction to my garden. I show you basic container use, an easy way to amend raised bed soil to plant transplants, ways to plant peas in containers. trellising, greens planting and rabbit protection. Lots of ideas for your gardens!

1.4 Acre Urban Public Park Grows Healthy Food & Empowers Community

Source: GrowingYourGreens
March 26, 2017

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ visits a 1.4 Acre Urban Farm Park in West Oakland, California that is a publically operated park complete with kids area but also a community garden, and production farm that grows food for the local community.

In this episode, you will learn more about city slickers farms, a nonprofit organization that operates this privately owned, publically operated farm park. You will get a tour of all the major aspects of the park including the different areas and learn how they are making the best use of their space to grow food.

Next, you will discover why this community garden is one of the best maintained, and best growing that John has ever visited.

Next, you will learn about many different areas of the City Slickers farms, and how they are being more sustainable on their land by catching water and producing their own compost.

You will then learn how City Slickers Farms improved the well-being of their chickens by using observation and the resources they provided without being harvested for the meat.

John will then take you on a mini-tour of the farm sharing with you some of the easiest vegetables to grow in the bay area as well as some helpful gardening tips along the way.

John will then share the #1 vegetable that you must grow that grows like a tree and will provide you with leafy greens to eat 365 days a year!

Finally, John will interview the executive director, Rodney Spencer of City Slicker Farms to learn more about the farm and how it operates.

0:34:11 Start of Interview
0:34:37 What is the mission of city slickers farms?
0:36:46 How are you able to Build a Raised Bed Garden for people at No Cost?
0:42:21 How does the farm make money if you’re selling food at a loss?
0:48:30 Who are some of your sponsors that have made this possible?
0:52:20 How did the City, County, and State Government make this farm possible?
0:57:33 How can someone start a public farm park without money?
1:02:56 What is the best tip you would like to share with my viewers?
1:07:20 How can someone learn more about the farm and volunteer?

After watching this episode, you will be empowered to grow and teach the power of healthy food to others, and maybe even be motived to start your own non-profit farm to help feed your local community.

Watering, Fertilizing & Transitioning Seedlings to Outdoors // $10 Garden Series #4 (Season 2)

Source:Garden&HomeDIY
March 26, 2017

Watering, fertilizing, and transitioning indoor seedlings to outdoors is important. Your seedlings need nutrients to grow healthy and strong, and should be transitioned slowly from indoors to outdoors (hardened off) before you plant them in your garden.