Poinsettia Care Guide – How to Grow Poinsettia

Many people, myself included, will either give or receive at least one poinsettia plant during the festive period. Like the Christmas Cactus, this is one of the most popular and recognizable flowers of the festive period. Continue reading

Tips To Sterilize Potting Soil-Garden Soil And Soil For Seeds

Since soil can harbor pests, diseases, and weed seeds, it’s always a good idea to sterilize garden soil before planting [1] to ensure the most optimal growth and health of your plants. While you can go out and purchase sterile potting mixes to meet your needs, you can also learn how to sterilize soil at home quickly and efficiently. Continue reading

Tips For Saving Cold Damaged Plants

How much cold will kill a plant? Not much, although this is usually dependent on the hardiness of the plant as well as the climate. Typically, temperatures falling below freezing will quickly damage or even kill many types of plants. However, with prompt care, many of these cold damaged plants can be rescued. Better still, protecting plants from freezing cold [1] and frost [2] before damage occurs is generally a good idea. Continue reading

What Is An Heirloom Plant: Reaping The Benefits Of Heirlooms

There’s nothing better than buying some fresh tomatoes from the grocers and mixing up a batch of your famous homemade salsa — or is there? With the increasing popularity of farmer’s markets, the demand for not only organic, sustainable produce has leapt, but also the push for heirloom varieties of vegetables and fruits. Keep reading to learn more about growing heirloom plants. Continue reading

The Troubling Role of Glyphosate in COVID-19

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  • Your body substitutes glyphosate for glycine, and in so doing, poisons your body’s machinery for creating proteins
  • In normal physiology, processes in your mitochondria ensure deuterium depletion. If your mitochondria are damaged by glyphosate, they’re not going to be able to eliminate the deuterium properly and the buildup of deuterium may contribute to chronic disease
  • Glyphosate may play an important role in cases of severe COVID-19. If you’ve accumulated a lot of glyphosate in your tissues, your immune cells will be impaired, making it difficult to clear the virus
  • To avoid glyphosate exposure, the most important strategy is to eat certified organic foods whenever possible, and eat/drink more sulfur-containing foods, organic grass fed milk and butter, glacier water, animal fats, molecular hydrogen and probiotic foods
  • To help mitigate the toxic effects of glyphosate, you can take an inexpensive glycine supplement 

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Seedling Heat Mats: How To Use A Heat Mat For Plants

What is a heat mat for plants, and exactly what does it do? Heat mats have one basic function which is to gently warm the soil, thus promoting faster germination [1] and strong, healthy seedlings. They are useful for rooting cuttings. Heat mats are marketed as a propagation mat or seedling heat mats as well, but the function is the same. Read on for more information and learn how to use a heat mat for seed starting. Continue reading

Cactus Landscaping – Types Of Cactus For The Garden

Cacti and succulents make outstanding landscaping plants. They require little maintenance, grow in a variety of climates, and are easy to care for and grow. Most will even tolerate neglect. These plants are also well adapted to potted environments, making them excellent candidates for growing indoors as well. Continue reading

Flowering Indoor Plants: Good Houseplants With Flowers For Low Light

Low light and flowering plants don’t normally go hand in hand, but there are some flowering indoor plants that will bloom for you in lower light situations. Let’s take a look at the best options for areas with little light. Continue reading

Weed Management Mistakes – 5 Weeding Mistakes To Avoid In Gardens

Weed Management Mistakes – 5 Weeding Mistakes To Avoid In Gardens

We all have them – weeds. It’s how we handle those weeds that’s the problem. It is probably safe to say that weeding is a necessary drudgery. Most gardeners hate weeding, myself included, but we hate weeds more. Continue reading

Christmas Tree Alternatives: Learn About Non Traditional Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree Alternatives: Learn About Non Traditional Christmas Trees

It’s never too early to plan for the Christmas holiday! Maybe this year you want to express your creativity and are looking for non-traditional Christmas tree ideas or other alternative Christmas décor. Or maybe, you live in a small condo or apartment and simply do not have the space for a large, traditional fir tree and are wondering what other Christmas tree options [1] are out there. Whatever the case, this article will help. Continue reading

Information On How To Protect Outdoor Plants In Winter

Information On How To Protect Outdoor Plants In Winter
Fall is the best time to get out in the garden and secure your sensitive and tender plants. Protecting plants in winter can help prevent winter scald, frozen roots, foliar damage and even death. Cold weather plant protection takes a little pre-planning and some equipment in harsher zones. In mild and temperate climates, it usually just means re-mulching and dividing peonies [1] and other early spring bloomers. Fall maintenance should include a plan for winter protection for plants and winter plant covers. Continue reading

Raising Humidity: How To Increase Humidity For Houseplants

Raising Humidity: How To Increase Humidity For Houseplants

Before you bring new houseplants into your home, they probably spent weeks or even months in a warm, humid greenhouse. Compared to a greenhouse environment, the conditions inside most homes are quite dry, especially in winter when the furnace is running. For this reason, it is important that you learn and practice appropriate humidity houseplant care to ensure the longevity and health of your beloved plants. Continue reading

Hypertension Alert

Hypertension Alert

If you are anything like me, you better be checking your blood pressure. Mine blew sky high this morning, and lucky for me, I live in a natural hospital, so I received treatments right away. Stress is going off the Richtor Scale for millions, but my wife said, probably it is more like billions.

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Toxic DDT Dumping Ground Found in Ocean

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  • Rumblings of a secret DDT dumpsite in the deep ocean have been going on for decades, but now photos taken by a deep-sea robot show proof
  • Shipping logs show that thousands of barrels of DDT-laced acid sludge were dumped into the ocean off the coast of Los Angeles each month following World War II
  • The dumping was done by Montrose Chemical Corp., the largest DDT manufacturer in the U.S., which operated in California from 1947 to 1982; the plant’s site is still regarded as one of the most hazardous in the U.S.
  • In addition to being very persistent in the environment, DDT is known to accumulate in fatty tissues and has been linked to cancer and reproductive concerns
  • It’s estimated the deep-ocean dumping area may contain 336,000 to 504,000 barrels of acid sludge waste contaminated with residues of DDT

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Regrowing Kitchen Scraps – Grow Vegetables And Herbs Again

Regrowing Kitchen Scraps – Grow Vegetables And Herbs Again<

I have a compost tumbler that I make liberal use of; however, I got to wondering if I could grow food from veggie scraps [1]. Most of us have rooted an avocado pit [2] with mixed results, but can you take the tops of carrots and grow them? I had to try.

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