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Time to go back to our roots

17 Dec

Could this woman’s epiphany or ah-ha moment save American family? The simple lesson is go back to your roots, see the way your ancestors lived and the kind of life they had, how did they make ends meet in the toughest times without overwhelming debt, learn how to be content and the value, the true value of what it means to be fully human living a human life in the real world and not in a bubble of someone else’s fantasy namely the advertisers and entrepreneurs who make us throw away good stuff, buy what we do not need and pile on debts that eventually kill us with its burden.

Vision — Homemade Prosperity: How to Get Out of the Consumer Trap AlterNet

Indoor Gardening

14 Feb

Thanks to modern technology and the inventiveness of our scientists it is possible to grow some of the things we eat even if we live in an apartment without any fancy or expensive greenhouse apparatus.


I discovered indoor gardening a few years back when I received a gift of a set of very small pots, seeds and instructions.  This was like indoor gardening for dummies. The plants grew as promised on the package once I did my part in faithfully taking care of them as outlined on the package. That year I reaped wonderful, fresh herbs – chives, parsley and thyme – from my window garden. I cook with lots of herbs and no salt so having these fresh, delightful herbs added some zest to my recipes and saved me a few dollars as well.  I experienced a sense of accomplishment.


Since then I have tried other herbs using organic potting soils.  I especially like to plant basil as it is one of my most favorite herbs next to fine leaf thyme.


The added bonus of having indoor gardens is that you are surrounded by edible green year round.  Flowering and decorative plants are great but I feel much better about using space and time in a more beneficial way as well.


There are many compelling reasons to have greens indoor apart from their aesthetic value. They increase your oxygen levels in the home although they do give off carbon monoxide at nights but I understand you have to live in a jungle indoor for you to be poisoned by carbon monoxide from plants.  When I was a little girl growing up in the tropics my parents made us put all our house plants outside the home at night and bring them back in the morning. We did this routinely every day because of carbon monoxide and also because the dew drops apparently were good for plants.  Research shows that plants provide some protection against allergens and absorbs some of the natural dust found in homes.


Here are a few tips that I can share from personal experience about growing indoor plants successfully – placement of the plants, proper drainage and proper watering.  If you give each plant the amount of light required, if you ensure that there is a way for water to go through and saturate the plant and careful not to over water them in your eagerness to feed the plant to help grow quicker then you are on your way to a beautiful experience of accomplishment.


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