Category Archives: healthy living

Contents of a Small Container Garden

The small container garden is fully planted for the spring.  It contains: Lots of buttercrunch lettuce 2 or 3 radishes, left for bad bug repellent 12 garlic (they should keep the flea beetles off the eggplants) 2 eggplants 4 snap … Continue reading

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My Ideal House, Part 1

All of this is possible right now, just not possible for me right now. Here’s what I’d get: An energy efficient house Much higher than code for insulation, energy efficient appliances, etc. A solar powered house, off-grid. Forget turning off … Continue reading

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Why Are the Tomato Leaves Yellow?

In the vegetable garden, some of lower leaves on the tomato plants have turned yellow. Why? To answer that question, I researched and observed. Research indicates the possible causes, in roughly descending order of frequency: too little water too much … Continue reading

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Bug Repellent

Last year, I planted tomatoes and squash.  I didn’t get to eat many squash because the invasive stink bugs invaded.  (#*$&!!)   I planted marigolds around the tomatoes, and they were OK.  Turns out, marigolds discourage stink bugs… because the … Continue reading

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Cheap Therapy, I mean, Container Gardening

I was really frustrated earlier today.  No particular reason, even, just a collection of little aggravations at the tail-end of a great but long semester.  Restoring order to my little corner of the world helps, so I cleared some chores.  … Continue reading

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Path to Happiness

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion,” said the Dalai Lama. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines compassion as, “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” So if … Continue reading

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Warmed by the Sun

The sun still shines, and I’m okay. I understand why cats and dogs nap in the sunlight on chilly days. It’s peaceful. Sometimes we get so frantic working, trying, rushing. Maybe we need to take a few minutes, here and … Continue reading

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Ugh

Allergy season has jumped out and walloped me.  That is the correct medical terminology, btw, for what feels like a really bad head cold.  An alternate, less likely hypothesis is that I have a really bad head cold.  Ugh, either … Continue reading

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Wild Blackberries Blossoms

Underbrush. Filth. Useless vines, briars, and invaders of yards. Right? Every blossom in the pictures is a blackberry blossom. Every one is a potential berry. Vanilla ice cream topping, pie filling, preserve or jam ingredient. Other plants in the photos … Continue reading

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The Plants Do Most of the Work

Looking at my vegetable garden this morning, it occurs to me that the plants do most of the work.  I set up some conditions (rich, loose dirt took the most effort) and take a few minutes to water on days … Continue reading

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