Sunday, September 27, 2009

Are Today's Vegetables Worthless?

Fruits and Vegetables are Now Weenies!

In 1936, a group of doctors sounded an alarm to the US Senate. It was a dire warning that the mineral content of the soil was eroding. Vegetables were losing their power and people were at risk. Congress did nothing and today we're feeling the effects.

Just look at the loss of vitamins and minerals in fruits and vegetables today compared to 1975.

* Apples: vitamin A is down 41%
* Sweet peppers: vitamin C is down 31%
* Watercress: iron is down 88%
* Broccoli: calcium and vitamin A are down 50%
* Cauliflower: vitamin C is down 45%; vitamin B1 is down 48%; and vitamin B2 is down 47%
* Collards greens: vitamin A is down 45%; potassium is down 60%; and magnesium is down 85%

These are the USDA's own numbers. The vitamin and mineral content of our fruits and vegetables has dramatically plummeted - in just 34 years!


Notice that minerals like iron and magnesium have dropped by more than 80 percent. That's from commercial farming and powerful fertilizers that practically sterilize the soil - leaving it with little to no mineral content.

If the soil doesn't have minerals, there's no way for vegetables to absorb them. And that leads to the big question…

How Can We Get the Vitamins and Minerals We Need?

My two Cents:
  • Regardless of where you live, plan and plant your own Vegetables.
  • Part of your Planting Plan should include Natural Organic Compost
Even if your space is limited use containers, borrow a plot form neighbor..
But get out there and Grow

Those readers who live in Northern California have the opportunity to secure Quality Organic Compost from Compost Solutions and their Garden Center distributors.

Making you own Compost is a relatively easy task for any size garden.

To assure our continued Health and Wealth, let's grow our own and again be sure we have BUILT our Soil to allow optimum benefit form our Fruits and vegetables

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

How to Grow Ambrosia Melons for Health and Wealth also

Yes we have always enjoyed Growing Tomatoes for Health and Wealth,
but the time in the Garden would be too short if we just did Tomatoes.

Melons, of Several Varieties, have always been part of our Crop plan.

Melon Patch 2009 Ambrosia and Crenshaw

When we had our 20 acre Truck Farm our Mix was Ambrosia Melons, Crenshaws,
Honey Dews Icebox Watermelons, and Charleston Grays. Since we sold on site
and to Local Farmer's Market, Chico California in the 1970's,we always favored
the easily Vine Ripened varieties, which most consumers don't see in the Supermarkets,
because they don't ship well.

A 1/2 acre of each would NET of several Thousands of dollars. And our Neighbors were Happy

Today we grow the varieties in a small patch of Garden area approximately 20x30, and we do use Trellises (we use Horse Panels 12' long 4 rail, because they are Sturdy and portable).
Our yield still exceeds our need and we "sell" the surplus ( usually $3-5 per melon) to anxious neighbors who don't have time to Garden.

I usually start planting seeds 1st week in April here in Orland California and also start a few Plant sets at same time for earlier yield (Mid-July). The Ambrosia is an 84 Day melon (2 1/2 months)

I put 2 plants (or six seeds) on a raised hill of Organic Compost mixed thoroughly with the already Rich, well drained soil. (cost $3.75)

For melons, I encourage finding a well drained piece of ground, with adequate Sun.
Al of the seed catlogs mention full sun, but I have good luck with 70-80% sun which helps cool in our HOT 100+ summer days.

I set up a simple drip nozzle to each Hill and that helps in monitoring the water usgae and keeps the Vine area Drym, and mitigates Fruit dampening and Rot on Maturing Fruit. (cost $7.98 and usable for several years)

The rest is easy, addition of Annie's Green Manure Tea ( I apply with watering can on the hills) and a few application of Calcinate (Calcium Nitrate)

With the Ambrosia Melons they are Determined ripe when they,
almost overnight, turn from a green netted Color to a beautiful golden tan and slip from vine at a touch. The melons to the right were harvested 08-08-09. These make this years total to nine with 2 dozen still on the vine. Market value at $4.00 each ($36.00) so far a nice return on my Less than $10.00 Investment. Can't count my TIME because that is part of my Day and Growth in Mental and Physical Health

I will report later on the Crenshaw Melon. They are a few weeks always from being Ready. We harvest then at Full Yellow Color. Many in the stores are picked early so the melon can be shipped. A vine ripe Crenshaw is all Yellow and has a very Short Shelf Life

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Updates and a Creative IDEA, Three Sisters Gardening Works...

Back to Posting Again

I am glad to be Back to Growing Tomatoes for Health and Wealth
It has been a few weeks since my last post.

Our 250 square foot Garden has been Sustaining us Very well the past month, with tomatoes just starting to ripen nicely in the past few days. We only planted 12 Tomatoes and have posted a Video update on Pruning.

Our method of Pruning is focused on Yield and not pretty Plants. We have always gardened with the thought of providing Produce for our total needs and that of our selected Restaurant customers.

Decided to Start (a Bit late) a Three Sister's Garden using Annie Haven's Manure Green tea as the nutrient Source. I have experienced excellent results so for this year with my Tomato and Crenshaw Melon applications.

Annie Haven is blessed with knowledge, passed down through her family, about How To enjoy Sustainable Gardening and Agriculture. I remember listening intently to her Uncle Archie Haven explain to me in the 1960's How to Grow Fabulous Sweet Corn and Tomatoes.

I would Highly recommend to anyone growing Veggies, Herbs and Flowers on the patio, or in the garden to order some of Annie's Tea. Using this unique All Natural Organic
Soil Conditioner/Fertilizer will increase your production

Order Some Today

It is Available in Larger quantities for the Serious Gardener. Just Give Annie a call

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Pruning Tomatoes Revisited Again, 2009, Growing Tomatoes for Health and Wealth

Want to Grow Maximum Yield in you Tomato Garden?

A closer Look at Pruning your Tomato Plant for Optimum Yield. Pruning the superfluous Lateral branches forces Vigor to the New Budding and fruit set.

Our DVD following the 2008 season showing 24 tomato plants yielding 1,000 and earning $1,000 is still available
Drop me an email

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Take Care of Your Body Before You Take Care of the Garden

Take Care of Your Body Before You Take Care of the Garden

A Health Tip from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia -

Philadelphia, Pa.–If you have ever pulled and strained to remove that pesky vine, or twisted and stretched while kneeling in the flower bed, then you know that gardeners get their share of physical exercise. Spring is often the time when we plant gardens that will reap a summer of lovely flowers and healthy vegetables. But while this popular outdoor leisure activity has stress-relieving benefits, it can also be physically challenging.

Gardening requires a lot of bending, stretching, lifting, and moving in ways that we don’t typically do. It is important to think about good body mechanics and physical conditioning before you start getting that garden in shape.

“Gardening is very good for working various muscle groups and can even bring up your heart rate,” said Paula Kramer, PhD, chair and professor of occupational therapy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. “But gardening can be risky, and preventing injury or protecting a pre-existing injury is part of how occupational therapy fits in to every day life.”

Before you tackle those weeds, Dr. Kramer offers the following tips to safely tend your garden:
• Stretch, even for a few days prior, before you begin working in the garden.
• Use a fat, rubberized or padded handled trowel made from one piece of metal from top to bottom. This allows for a tight grip under damp conditions, less possibility of breakage in the tool, and less strain on the arms and joints.
• Tools, such as shears or clippers, with a spring-action, self-opening feature are helpful to prevent strain on the muscles and joints, but they should be well-oiled to open and close easily.
• Sit while working or take sitting breaks to conserve energy and decrease stress on your back, knees, and hips. Sitting doesn’t have to mean not working: you can dig holes while sitting on a stool using a shorter-handled shovel.
• When lifting potted plants or bags of mulch and dirt, bend your knees and lift straight up, keeping your back as straight as possible. Concentrate on using the leg muscles rather than the back muscles to lift, and avoid twisting and turning while lifting as this can strain your back.
• Do not try to whip your entire garden into shape in one day. This mentality leads to “over-doing it” and sore Monday mornings. Keep in mind that you wouldn’t play tennis for four hours on your first day of the season.

“Gardening is problematic, in that it is much more physical than it seems and is often underestimated. But with a few simple precautions and the right tools, you can take care of both your body and your garden.”

Dr. Kramer is a licensed occupational therapist and is available for interviews or demonstrations. To schedule an interview with Dr. Kramer please contact Marisa Olson at or (215) 596-8788.

At University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, students embark on a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in the healthcare-related fields. A private, coeducational institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the healthcare marketplace since its founding in 1821, including founders of six of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world. With undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs in such disciplines as pharmacy, bioinformatics, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy, the 3,000 students in the University of the Sciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving healthcare in their communities and in the lives of people worldwide.

I thank Brian Kirschner and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Thursday, February 12, 2009

More reason to Garden...Mood Enhancement and Sexual Energy

For Centuries people have found "Gardening" a pleasant experience.
Of course up until just a few decades ago in the US it was critical to GROW and Enjoy Fresh Garden Crops for survival. In today's Fast paced World of materialism many have lost the the Opportunity to Enjoy the few hours per week communing with nature and groveling in the Dirt.
( a much better place to grovel)

I have done some research that may encourage more "moderns" to enjoy the pleasures of getting Exercise and Providing Fresh food for the Table and quite possibly add to your Cash Flow.

Article ONE: Save on Psychiatric Bills

Contact: Chris Lowry
University of Bristol

Getting dirty may lift your Mood

Bacteria found in the soil activated a group of neurons that produce the brain chemical serotonin

Treatment of mice with a ‘friendly’ bacteria, normally found in the soil, altered their behavior in a way similar to that produced by antidepressant drugs, reports research published in the latest issue of Neuroscience.

These findings, identified by researchers at the University of Bristol and colleagues at University College London, aid the understanding of why an imbalance in the immune system leaves some individuals vulnerable to mood disorders like depression.

Dr Chris Lowry, lead author on the paper from Bristol University, said: "These studies help us understand how the body communicates with the brain and why a healthy immune system is important for maintaining mental health. They also leave us wondering if we shouldn’t all be spending more time playing in the dirt."

Interest in the project arose after human cancer patients being treated with the bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae unexpectedly reported increases in their quality of life. Lowry and his colleagues reasoned that this effect could be caused by activation of neurons in the brain that contained serotonin.

When the team looked closely at the brains of mice, they found that treatment with M. vaccae activated a group of neurons that produce the brain chemical serotonin. The lack of serotonin in the brain is thought to cause depression in people, thus M. vaccae’s effects on the behavior of mice may be due to increasing the release of serotonin in parts of the brain that regulate mood.

The new research supports this hypothesis, but future studies will be designed to determine if M. vaccae, other bacteria, or pharmaceutical compounds have antidepressant properties through activation of this group of serotonin neurons.

So what is Keeping out of the Garden?

Here is another Good reason

It has been Shown that a few minutes daily can really increase a Male Sexual potency up to 38%


For some reason, in recent times, it seems the Garden Clubs around the country are full of Women. Not a bad thing, but come on fellas, lets get away form the BOOB tube and on your knees out in the garden. (BOY that could be a double Meaning statement) and enjoy an increased appetite..(there you go again)

All kidding aside, we have been able to live a comfortable life for 4 decades Saving Money, staying Healthy and making a few extra Vacation dollars enjoying the wonderful World of Gardening

Before you leave, seriously consider getting our Exciting DVD

Growing Tomatoes for Health and Wealth

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

2008 Growing Tomatoes for Health and Wealth was a Success

Growing Tomatoes for Health and Wealth 2008

Well the results are In, Our 2008 Growing Tomatoes for Health and Wealth finished, as expected.

9 plants "quit" producing on me mid August, combination of Heat units and the surrounding soil. Should have piled more Shavings around to Insulate. But I am still pleased with the overall performance in relation to the Original stated Premise of 1,000 pound Yield from 24 Plants

The Stupice Plants were amazing. The two plants yielded in excess of Hundred Pounds and Vines were over 8' They also produce into December, ending with the first Hard freeze before

Stupice: 55-60 days, Indeterminate, red,
small fruit, potato leaf

Czechoslovakian Heirloom- One of the better early tomatoes
with darn good flavor for fresh snacking and salads

You can Order seeds here
The Ace Plants didn't get the Size as expected but I was very satisfied on Fruit Size and yield and the Early Girl were as always, vigorous growth and heavy Fruit set. I always liked the Flavor of Early Girl
Here are few Photos of the early, Stupice and Ace fruit set in June

As discussed and Shown on tour DVD, I prune heavily throughout the season and usually remove first flower set. I enjoyed conversation with the wonderful Members of So many of them are avid Heirloom Tomato Growers and are not as interested in Yield as much as the Quality of each Fruit.

This project was initiated as a Business Model for our Business Development Community Beginners Marketing Class So the necessary Business Plan, Budget and Goals were set and Massive Action applied.

Some final paper work before the Unveiling of the Final product.

Now for the Real Excitement. I have Video recorded the Progress of this Experiment on a weekly basis through the Growing Season. Sections are available on the Video Sites here on the Net, but we edited and Produced a high Quality DVD seamlessly following the progress.

It is now available shipped to Your Door for less than than the Price a of a Family Pizza,and I promise no Heartburn.

Start to Enjoy Fresh Tomatoes, more time Outdoors and Healthy Exercise, and of course, a few Extra dollars in your FUN Stash.

These 24 plants were in less than 250 square Feet.

Plan Now to enjoy a Fun-Filled 2009