What a blast learning more about building low hoop houses. Josh Singer Community Garden Specialist got us cutting wires and bending them into the community raised beds before the frost hits this weekend. Then we covered it with semi permeable fabric so air, water and light can still come through. 4 mil plastic is another option if it gets real cold. But you need to be careful because the plastic covering can heat up your garden too much and accidentally cook your greens. YIKS!

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Looking forward to seeing you at the  Autumn Seed and Plant Swap this Saturday  Please click registration for event.

 

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Sustainable Juicing and Urban Gardening

Sustainable Juicing and Urban Gardening

We’ve all heard the term “Sustainability“. But how does it apply to gardening?  Living sustainable as it pertains to my vegetable urban garden is reducing the carbon footprint. Increases in the carbon footprint, increases climate changes.

The EPA states, An urban farm or community garden can:

  • Improve the environment
  • Reduce greenhouse emissions
  • Improve access to healthy, locally grown food
  • Promoting health and physical activity
  • Increasing community connections
  • Attract economic activity

An article on this issue:  http://www.livestrong.com/article/183436-the-importance-of-reducing-a-carbon-footprint/ gives an example of the damage an increase in the carbon footprint causes. According to the Nature Conservancy, it causes economic losses due to our increasing carbon footprint. Here is an example “the resulting climate change has threatened the lobster industry in New England as catches have plummeted. In addition, the increase in ocean temperatures is threatening the survival of coral reefs, a $375 billion per year industry. This is only one of many examples.

Why is reducing the carbon footprint so important?

It has been documented how damaging the increase in greenhouse gases affect the planet, humans and vegetation negatively. In 2008 China and the United States rated highest in high carbon footprint. This was not a position you want to be number 1 and 2 in.

You can be part of reducing negative environmental impacts with every bite of food raised from urban gardens.

 My personal story

Sustainable Juicing and Urban Gardening DEENICE IN GARDEN JULY 14 2013

Sustainable Juicing and Urban Gardening

When I started purchasing organic produce for my juicing, the cost was much higher than the commercial groceries. And don’t get me wrong, I am worth spending more money on my organic journey. However, with juicing several different types of greens (Kale, Collards, Swiss Chard, etc.) it became quickly apparent that I needed my own garden.

I started my garden in May of 2013.

Beginning an Urban Garden May 2 2013 in Washington DC Blair Road Community Garden

Beginning an Urban Garden May 2 2013 in Washington DC Blair Road Community Garden

I love getting up in the morning, to pick my own organic veggies, juice and/or eat them fresh. I have been doing this for almost 2 years.  It is a lifestyle journey for me. My passion is to share this journey and build raised bed gardens for neighbors and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are other friends I have assisted in building and growing their own urban gardens.

Helping a friend start her journey into an urban garden in her backyard

Helping a friend start her journey into an urban garden in her backyard

Helping a friend start her journey into an urban garden in her backyard

Helping a friend start her journey into an urban garden in her backyard

Dee Taylor Jolley First Harvest from her Urban Garden Washington DC

Sept 2014 Watermelon from backyard garden

Sept 2014 Watermelon from backyard garden

Dee Taylor Jolley Shares Garden Watermelon for Labor Day Gathering

Dee Taylor Jolley Shares Garden Watermelon for Labor Day Gathering

JUNE 12 2014 CLARENCE AND JAOLA GARDEN PLOT (2)

3 - 12 ft by 6 ft Raised Beds for friends Backyard

3 – 12 ft by 6 ft Raised Beds for friends Backyard

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Raised Bed One:  August 14 2014 Beans, Cucumbers and Tomatoes Urban garden

Raised Bed One: August 14 2014 Beans, Cucumbers and Tomatoes Urban garden

Raised Bed One: August 27 2014

Raised Bed One: August 27 2014

Container Tomato Plant June 2014

Container Tomato Plant June 2014

Tomato plants in containers about the garden June 2014

Tomato plants in containers about the garden August 2014

Who Knew there are so many delicious vegetables that could be grown in the late fall and winter.  After a harsh snow ice storm, I venture out to see if any of my plants survive in my garden. And boy I was thrilled to see how my Chinese Cabbage had thrived. Give it a try — Winter Gardens go organic and sustainable all year round!

OMG spent a long day weeding, tilling, transplanting. And what was fun is I swapped my veggies for zinnias with one gardener and cantaloupe, cucumber and sage seeds with another gardener. Swapping is really fun!!

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Friday June 27 2014

Looking over my seedlings and plants, I need to swap my excess. Just can’t bear to throw them away.
I have poc choy, 3 types of kale, tomatoes, corn, a couple watermelons, some swiss chard and radishes that I am weeding . I would prefer to swap with someone and share the love. I am in Takoma Park DC.and love to meet other urban gardeners. Looking for cantaloupe,cucumbers, squash, zinnias and anything else to swap.

DeeNice
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http://www.BlaiRoadCommuntyGarden.com

http://www.SeedandPlantSwap.com

http://www.JuiceVeggiesHealth.com

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Of course there is not “cure” for the common cold, however when I got sick a couple of years ago and the doctor seeing me said to come back in three weeks if I was still sick. I realized I would have to take action on my own.

So here is the produce that worked so well on my body and my cold was over in 3 days. Also, I made sure I got a lot alkaline water and rest.

turmeic-plantTurmeric Root

 

 

Ginger

papaya-leaf-india-illness-juice-veggie-health1/4 of a papaya (with skin)

 

 

1/4 of  pineapple ( no skin)

2 cucumbers

3 leaves of the following:

Lacinato Kale (dinosaur)

Green Curly Kale

Red (purple Vein) Kales

Swiss Chard

 

personality test

Relax, look at the pictures and see which you are most attracted to. Results posted below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Freedom loving Freedom is important to you – nothing is worse than when you feel tied down. You may find you move jobs or location frequently because the idea of staying in one place too long unnerves you. The same can apply to relationships! People see you as fun loving, and you are. You attempt to enjoy life to the full, in accordance with the motto: “You only live once.” You tend to attract less energetic people as friends or partners, like moths to a flame, they see you as the light. Careful they don’t drain you! You are very curious and open about everything new and thrive on change. Quite simply, you are a breath of fresh air.

2. Independent and unconventional Your lifestyle is highly individualistic. You do not follow the crowd, on the contrary, you seek to live according to your own ideas and convictions, even if this means swimming against the tide. You need a free and unattached life that allows you to determine your own course. You have an artistic bent in your work or leisure activities. Your urge for freedom sometimes causes you to do exactly the opposite of what is expected of you. You are rather unique, so don’t bother comparing yourself to anyone else. Live life your way.

3. Sensitive and reflective You are comfortable spending hours alone with your thoughts and rarely become bored. You dislike superficiality; you’d rather be alone than have to suffer through small talk. Your relationships with your friends are very strong, which gives you the inner tranquillity and harmony that you require. You love deeply but if someone betrays you it is next to impossible to forgive. You are an old soul, someone who has lived many times before and has seen it all. All you crave now is simplicity and the chance to focus your attention on a meaningful existence.

4. Down to earth and charming You have a natural authentic charm, what you see is what you get. People admire you because you seem so ‘together’. You have both feet planted firmly on the ground and they can depend on you. While others complicate their life with ifs and buts, you know your own mind. You provide security and space to those close to you. You are a rock, and although others may not tell you, you are the sun around which they revolve. You dislike superficiality and tend to be skeptical toward the whims of trends. Where others crash and burn, you motor on, quietly achieving all you need to do. You are a woman (or man) of substance.

5. Professional and self-assured You take charge of your life, and place less faith in your luck and more in your own actions. You solve problems in a practical, uncomplicated manner. You take a realistic view of things in your daily life and tackle them without fuss. You are given responsibility at work, because people know that you can be depended upon. You project self-assurance to others. You are a born leader and organiser. Although you work well in a team, ideally you should be the one giving the orders. After all, you are usually right!

6. Peaceful and timeless You are easy-going yet discreet. There is a timeless elegance about you (think Audrey Hepburn). You make friends effortlessly, yet enjoy your privacy and independence. You like to get away from it all and be alone from time to time to contemplate the meaning of life. You need space, so you escape to hideaways, but you are not a loner. You are at peace with yourself and the world, and you appreciate life and what this world has to offer. You have a strong life purpose and when you discover it, you project your personal brand of magic on the world.

7. Cultured and classical Cultured and sophisticated you value the things money can’t necessarily buy – good conversation, original ideas, music and the arts. You have a fair mind and can see both sides of an argument. You rarely let emotions get the better of you, preferring to assess situations rationally. Calm, logical and yet compassionate and kind. You have ‘old-fashioned’ principles, which at heart make you a real lady (or gentleman). A timeless, vintage classic – the sort of person everyone secretly admires and likes to copy.

8. Sensitive and spiritual You are a highly sensitive and spiritual person. You refuse to see life only from a rational view point. You have great intuition and trust your feelings. You must have dreams to aspire towards or you won’t feel happy. You like to improve yourself, and in so doing make a difference in the world – even if only in little ways. You find it hard to understand people who are only guided rationality. You form true relationships with open souls, people who know there is more to life than we can touch, see or hear. Your psychic sense is highly evolved, trust it and work with it.

9. Dynamic and sparkly You are a mover and a shaker! You are willing to take risks in return for interesting and varied work. Routine tends to have a paralysing effect on you. Being stuck behind a desk 9-5 would destroy your soul and enthusiasm for life. You need to be given the chance to express your ideas and put them into action. You have a rainbow personality, and can cheer others up, even on the gloomiest of days. If you ever feel you have lost your sparkle it is because the situation you find yourself in is not right for you. Follow your enthusiasm, even if it means you chop and change for years. The journey is as important as the destination.

Gardens are hard to maintain generally, but in the Winter most folks wait past the cold weather until the spring. But look at all the wonderful produce you can grow during the cold rain, sleet, ice and snow. This video shows you want can thrive in the cold seasons.