Five garden herbs to fight cancer

There are a number of reasons why a person might plant a garden. One of the most popular reasons for doing so is to have fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to use in cooking and at the table. For many people, their thoughts for planting a garden rarely venture beyond their taste buds.

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In addition to herbs being added to dishes of all varieties in order to amplify their tastes, they can also be used to fight some of the most prevalent diseases of today. The incidences of cancer continue to rise, leading many people to look at their own behavior and lifestyle to discover if there is anything they could be doing to increase their ability to fight it.

Parsley

Often dismissed as only a garnish by many in the kitchen, parsley is an herb that deserves further exploration. Apigenin is an oil that is contained within parsley. This oil has been shown to prevent the formation of the blood vessels that carry nutrients to cancerous tumors, a process known as angiogenesis.

Dill

Dill contains compound

Five reasons why you’re totally crazy if you aren’t growing your own food

As things get ever crazier in the world, there are more reasons than ever to grow at least some of your own food. In fact, I say you’re crazy if you don’t grow some food!

Here are five huge reasons why..

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#1) With food prices skyrocketing, you’ll save money by growing your own

Have you priced organic romaine lettuce recently? Or beautiful red peppers? With food prices continuing to skyrocket, the economics of growing your own food make more sense than ever before.

Growing food costs almost nothing in terms of actual dollars — it’s the labor input that represents the greatest input cost. But with container gardening, square foot gardening, simple hydroponics systems and even countertop sprouting, growing your own food doesn’t have to be a labor-intensive activity. You don’t even need dirt or a yard to do simple things like grow window sill herbs or countertop sprouts (alfalfa, mung bean, chickpeas, clover, broccoli, etc.).

Ever better, the much higher nutritional value of home-grown food (compared to processed factory foods you buy at the grocery store) actually saves you money

Want to cultivate a vegetable garden Here are some tips to get started

Creating a vegetable garden is not only about enjoying tasty foods in a convenient manner but about having access to foods that are safe for consumption. Considering all of the pesticides that are typically used in growing the many vegetables that are sold in markets, taking control by growing them from the safety of one’s own yard is the best bet for keeping health intact.
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After all, Monsanto’s herbicide known as Roundup, which is one of the most popular choices used to treat foods, uses glyphosate as its active ingredient. By now, many people are aware that glyphosate is linked to health hazards; in the last year, findings show that over half of food tested by the U.S. government for pesticide residues showed detectable levels of pesticides. Unfortunately though, testing for specific potential harms in foods is seemingly avoided; a USDA representative has even said that the test measures required for glyphosate are “extremely expensive… to do on an regular basis.”(1)

Interestingly, Monsanto has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase the levels of pesticides they deem tolerable and, therefore, safe

Garden Fencing That Will Established Your Garden best to Others

Picket secure fencing can vary tall. If you have a number of flowers that happen to be tall, including tulips as well as black-eyed susans, you might want to have a low picketer fence to ensure the flowers are easily seen. On the flip side, if you have plants and flowers of differing heights, think about installing a 3 foot high fence which has a gate. Keep the gateway partially available so passer-bys can hook a peek of your backyard. Picket secure fencing is usually created wood that is painted white-colored or vinyl. If you’re looking to get some privacy in your backyard area, subsequently consider choosing vinyl secure fencing. These walls ranged with four your feet to half a dozen feet upright. Each board consists of half a dozen or more content. Usually you will have choice of round, squared as well as pointed post tops. Softtop fencing is the best well in a large number of kinds of climate. If your backyard contains a compact pond or simply a water water fountain, then this may be a good choice. It will decrease animals as well as small children with entering the backyard. Trellis secure fencing is

Research Gardening fights depression naturally

It makes sense that cultivating a garden of any type can help one’s state of mind, even preventing or resolving issues of depression. Focusing on nourishing plant life takes one’s attention to nature and away from negative “stinkin’ thinkin’” that fosters depression.

The energy field of natural settings also helps calm the mind. Ayurveda practitioners recommend walks in nature, not malls, to balance and harmonize one’s energies. Then there’s the sunshine received while gardening to promote more vitamin D3, which also reduces depression risks (http://www.naturalnews.com).

Finally, there are the fruits of gardening food, the food itself. Most food gardening is done without synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides. So it’s organic despite not having the label!

It’s also very fresh and full of life. Agri-business products tend to lose nutrients while sitting around in warehouses and stores or in transit with long distance shipping.

Increasing food prices, increasing GMO infiltration, and increasing centralization of food sources that make the food supply more vulnerable to drought and other natural or man-made calamities can lead to losing confidence of how to eat in the near future.

A recently released movie, “Side Effects”, floats a definition of depression as losing confidence for the future. So if you’re

Down-to-earth Gifts Are Best Bet For Gardeners

How do you impress the gardener on your Christmas gift list? Take it from an old dirt dibbler, there`s no better way to cultivate his friendship or affection (as the case may be) than by choosing a gift with his own special interest at heart.

It may be a gift that promises enjoyment when the garden awakens in spring or can be appreciated indoors while the garden is asleep. It can be a lawn and garden tool, a gift that grows or perhaps garden accessories such as a bird bath or feeder.

Gift possibilites are endless, and within the range to fit any holiday budget. Shopping for them is as easy as a visit to your local garden center or leafing through mail order catalogues. All they need is a bright wrapper or ribbon to spark the Christmas spirit.

If the gift recipient is a close friend or family member, you may have some clues as to what would be well-received. Has he or she complained repeatedly about a leaky hose or wished for an extension to reach far corners of the yard? Struggled last summer with

You Can Have Your Garden and Eat It, Too

Somewhere, sometime, someone started a pesky rumor that growing vegetables is more work and trouble than growing flowers. Let us now lay that rumor to rest – it isn’t so. Keeping a vegetable garden is no more trouble than a flower garden and, for many gardeners; the rewards are even greater because (in one sense) you can have your garden and eat it too.

The Seven Joys of Vegetable Gardening

If you haven’t tried growing vegetables in your garden, you don’t know what you are missing. Not only does a neatly tended vegetable garden look great, but you can enjoy many of the fruits of your labors well into the winter months. Here are seven reasons to start or continue a vegetable garden

Exercise: Gardening does require some work, but this can easily be considered exercise. Stretch to pull that nasty crabgrass…dig to remove that dandelion root…breathe deeply to fill your lungs with fresh air. All of these gardening activities help to burn up calories and increase your physical well-being.

Food: An obvious benefit to vegetable gardening is that it results in good things to eat. And fresh vegetables always taste better than

Online herb gardening resource launched by University of Illinois

The University of Illinois Extension program has launched two new online services for Midwest gardeners: a website with advice on herb gardening and a mobile app with information on ornamental grasses.

Grow your own herbs

The new website is an expanded and updated version of an older Extension site. It offers detailed information on 31 separate culinary herbs, with each page offering a description of the herb and advice on growing, harvesting and using it, along with information on popular varieties. Some entries also include information specific to growing the herb indoors.

The herbs included on the site are basil, bay laurel, borage, caraway, catnip, chervil, chives, cilantro, dill, epazote, fennel, garlic, English lavender, lemon grass, lemon balm, lemon verbena, lovage, sweet marjoram, mints, nasturtium, parsley, Greek oregano, rosemary, culinary sage, salad burnet, summer savory, winter savory, scented geranium, French sorrel, French tarragon and thyme.

“In addition, the site contains information on how to harvest herbs for top quality and includes a variety of ways to dry or freeze them,” said Extension specialist Jane Scherer. “A bonus to the site is a link to a few tested recipes to help you start using fresh herbs in cooking.”

The harvesting

Field-proven tips for successfully raising a summer vegetable garden

Now that you’ve wisely decided to create your own nutritious, money-saving, organic, summer veggie garden, here are some basic gardening tips for your success.

(1) Check for first and last frost dates:

Location is a key factor when deciding to plant a garden; it determines when and what you plant. For example, if you live in an area with a short growing season (less than 120 days), it’s prudent to not plant vegetables that require a long growing season. Tomatoes, eggplants, green peppers, melons and winter squash need a longer growing season.

(2) Choose a raised bed garden if you have back problems:

Raised bed gardening is a method that requires no digging or tilling, and is also known as “lasagna,” “straw bale” or “square foot” gardening.

Click here for detailed information on raised bed gardens.

(3) Test the soil:

Testing the soil every three years is an essential diagnostic tool that a gardener should use to analyze the soil for nutrient quality and characteristics such as soil texture and pH.

Experts advise that there are 18 foundational nutrients necessary for productive plant growth. Additionally, each plant has a distinct profile of nutrient needs. A soil test enables one to accurately amend, fertilize and replenish the

Gardening key to helping cancer survivors heal emotionally and physically

In an effort to determine the role between gardening and the health of cancer survivors, experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) studied both survivors and gardeners, pairing them together and noting the outcomes. (1)

The study, Harvest for Health, concluded that cancer survivors who became involved in gardening were more inclined to eat the fresh foods that were grown in the garden, while also obtaining more physical activity and developing an improved outlook on life. All of these factors play a role in helping those stricken with cancer heal.

Fresh vegetables are important for cancer survivor self-care

Among the top suggestions for cancer survivor self-care, according to the Mayo Clinic, is exercise. (2) The Clinic explains that physical activity reduces anxiety and fatigue, which is common in such individuals, while also improves endurance and self-esteem. Furthermore, the Clinic advises eating a balanced diet that contains “five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day.”

The National Cancer Institute suggests that cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli, contain compounds known to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. (3)

Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., R.D., the associate director for cancer prevention and control in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, explains

San Francisco to support urban agriculture with new tax break zone

Everywhere in the United States, home owners who grow vegetables or fruit for their own families are hassled by local authorities and forced to destroy their gardens. But the trend in California is toward legalizing urban homegrown food supplies, even for commerce.

The city of San Francisco is on the forefront of legalizing food self-reliance. They have created a contractual system that allows home or land owners to grow their own food and sell whatever they can to others using a tax break system.

The original system was put into SF city law late July 2014 to grant a tax break for SF property owners who dedicate their land for agricultural use for five or more years.

Since then, new amendments have been proposed to ensure that the tax break doesn’t exceed $25,000 per parcel of land limited to five acres. Growers would have a contract with the city to allow inspections, and any violations could result in refunding the amounts granted as tax breaks back to the city. [1]

Soon, San Francisco’s lovely landscaping will have the pragmatic function of feeding people wholesome local veggies and fruits. A major force in this local movement has been SPUR (formerly the San Francisco

Consumer Wellness Center awards eleven grants to help teach food self-reliance, nutrition and healthy food choice to women and children

As the Executive Director of the Consumer Wellness Center (www.ConsumerWellness.org), I’m thrilled to announce the 2014 grant recipients who received grant funding from the CWC to promote food self-reliance and nutrition programs all around the world.

As Natural News readers know, the CWC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that works to empower consumers with information on wellness, disease prevention, nutrition, peak mental and physical health and more. The 2014 grant program is named the “Holly Moran Grant” in honor of this remarkable woman who brought tremendous light to the world and was one of the key coordinators of the grant program.

The Consumer Wellness Center spends 100% of donations on actual programs and spends zero dollars on salaries. My own position at the CWC as Executive Director is a non-paid position. If you wish to donate to the CWC to help support future grants, you may donate at this page. You can read about myself, the Health Ranger, at www.HealthRanger.com

How we selected grant awardees

In applying for the grant, each applicant was asked to describe their plan for using the grant funds to help promote food gardening, nutritional awareness or food self-reliance.

All applicants were asked to commit

Make your own antibacterial bandages with these garden plants

When most people accidentally cut or scrape themselves, the first item they reach for is a store-bought bandage. After all, they’re convenient; just pluck them out of a box, peel off the protective covering and slap them on. Plus, many of them come in bright colors or feature images of cartoon characters, making them appealing not just to children, but even to some whimsy-loving adults.

Now the downside.

According to self-sustaining expert Kendra Lynne, a great deal of these bandages are made in China. Most people know that products from China are questionable at best, spelling trouble for the health of people who come into contact with them. The decision by Petco to pull China-made pet treats from their stores, as well as the numerous warnings that exist about products exported from China, reinforce this. Even Chinese officials themselves have said, “as a developing country, China’s current food and drug safety situation is not very satisfactory.”(1,2)

In addition to bandages that come from China, other problems clearly tamper with people’s overall safety. The issue of a world gone awry has made many people turn to preparedness measures to ensure everything from food security to medical necessities. Of the latter, Lynne, who

Pallets make great garden planters – Here’s how to make sure they aren’t leaching toxic chemicals

Using repurposed materials for your home garden is a win-win. Not only are recycled materials more sustainable and better for the environment, but they also add a rustic-looking, decorative touch to your garden.

Currently, one of the most popular gardening trends are small vertical gardens, typically made possible using recycled wooden pallets. While an excellent, resourceful idea, it’s very important to verify your pallet’s background before planting flowers, herbs, succulents and other plants into it.

Recycled and restored wooden pallets can be used in a variety ways, including as a coffee table, wine holder, shelving, outdoor steps, chicken coop and gardening platforms, the latter of which we will be discussing here today.

Although in high demand due to their popularity, pallets can be found for free just about anywhere. The best places to look are small businesses, as they typically don’t have the resources or volume to hire outside companies to unload their leftover scrap and spare materials.

Small businesses are a great place to find wooden pallets for DIY projects

Large commercial manufacturing businesses are more likely to have pallet pick-up services, making it more difficult to access free pallets. These pallets are also known to contain more hazardous chemicals due to

Julia Parker-Dickerson to be featured speaker at ‘Home Grown Food Summit’

Julia Parker-Dickerson, who serves as the Director of Youth Education Programs with the National Gardening Association, will be a featured speaker at an upcoming, free online event called the “Home Grown Food Summit.”

The summit will include dozens of presenters who will provide information about how you can secure your own food freedom.

Parker-Dickerson, who is active with the helpful site, KidsGardening.org (a resource of the National Gardening Association), promotes family gardening activities and seeks to get children involved in growing their own food at an early age.

Additionally, the site provides abundant amounts of information and resources for schools, so they can become involved with students and encourage them to garden.

Striving for healthier communities though more gardening

“Healthy communities begin with access to nutritious food options and opportunities for physical activity,” Parker-Dickerson wrote in a recent post. “Community and youth gardens play a key role in supporting healthy lifestyle choices by providing people of all ages to get active by growing food locally.”

Her online presentation is titled, “Youth Gardening: Getting the Next Generation Growing,” and she will provide information for everyone — parents, school administrators, teachers and more — about how gardening early on in life can

Include these companion plants in your garden to help grow tomatoes

With spring in full swing, gardeners across North America have been busily tending to their gardens to prepare for another year of successful food production. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just planting for the first time, there are always some tricks that can help make your garden the best ever.

Depending on the plant, it can be a bit difficult to get the results you desire due to a variety of factors that can dramatically affect the harvest, including soil, weather, rotation and natural pests. Tomatoes can be one of those trickier plants to grow, but if you know some of the beneficial companion plants for tomatoes, you can increase your odds of a beneficial harvest.

Some of the best companion plants to consider growing in the same space as your tomatoes include basil, oregano, parsley, carrots, marigold, geraniums, petunias and any type of onion or chives.

  • Basil repels whiteflies, mosquitos, spider mites, aphids, and hornworms. It also improves pollination because it attracts bees and can therefore increase the yield as well. Bail also will help improve your tomatoes’ health and flavor. For best coverage, plant three basil plants per tomato plant and do not plant near

DIY solutions for natural pest control to allow your garden to flourish

Natural pest control is actually less expensive than using pesticides, and it’s safer for your garden, your family, wildlife and the environment. Each year North American homeowners use a staggering 136 million pounds of pesticides on lawns, gardens and inside their homes. (http://eartheasy.com/grow_nat_pest_cntrl.htm)The shocking reality is that homeowners use about three times the amount of pesticides as farmers. Most wildlife pest poisonings and most of the water contamination from pesticides actually comes from residential homes.

The best way to prevent insect damage in your garden is to discourage them from coming in the first place. A healthy garden is the best defense.

Garden pest control: prevention tips

  1. Weed out any weak or infected plants. Pull the plant and dispose of it away from the garden area.
  2. Use Seaweed mulch. Seaweed contains trace elements including iron, zinc, calcium, sulfur and magnesium, which grows healthier, sturdier plants. Seaweed mulch also repels slugs.
  3. Minimize the possible insect habitat. Clear your garden area of any debris and weeds as these attract insects and allow a perfect place for insects to breed. Use clean mulch.
  4. Water early in the morning so plants will be dry for most of the day. Wet leaves may attract insects

Learn how to plant a high-yield secret survival garden

When the SHTF, those with the means of growing their own food will have the best shot at survival. However, in a post-apocalyptic world or simply a society that has suffered an economic collapse, anything you are able to grow will be a tempting target for roving marauders.

If you have a traditional backyard garden with neat rows of plants, you will essentially be advertising the fact that there is food for the taking to anyone who happens to pass by with an empty belly. This is not an exaggeration; plenty of urban gardeners who have carefully tended a patch of tomatoes, peppers or corn have reported their crops being stolen in the dark of night just as the food was ready to be harvested. If that can happen in times of relative “plenty,” just imagine what things will be like after a real crisis.

Therefore, it is crucial that you find methods to camouflage your survival garden. There are several ways this can be accomplished. Some of them are a bit involved and require a fair amount of knowledge and hard work, while others are relatively easy.

Let’s first take a look at a somewhat complex approach.

Planting a

Planting a DIY vertical garden

There are many good reasons to grow your own food. You’ll save money while eating healthier, and you’ll have the unmatched pleasure of eating flavorful ripe vegetables, fruits and herbs that taste much better than anything you can buy in the supermarket.

You’ll also have control over the process, which means you can grow and eat organic food that is free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, plus you’ll have the sense of accomplishment that comes from successfully harvesting food you grew yourself.

But for many people who live in apartments or in homes with limited space indoors and out, this may sound like an impossible dream. That’s not the case, however, if you employ one or more of the methods known as “vertical gardening.”

Vertical gardening is a way to make the most of a limited space and can be a very effective approach for those who have small balconies or patios. The concept isn’t new — humans have employed vertical gardening techniques since the dawn of agriculture.

For example, the early ancient Mayan culture developed a vertical gardening method that is simplicity itself — they discovered that planting beans next to cornstalks (which, of course, grow vertically anyway) provide a trellis

Use these water-saving gardening techniques to survive a mega-drought

Whether or not you believe in man-made climate change, one thing is indisputable: that the Southwestern United States are experiencing a record-breaking drought that has lasted for around 14 years. This particular drought has the potential of becoming what is termed a “megadrought” — one which lasts more than two decades.

But even if you don’t live in one of the drought-affected areas, water conservation is still important. As the population increases, so does the demand on our water resources, and there is simply no excuse for wasting this precious commodity which is so vital to our very existence.

So in this article I’d like to give you some tips for drought gardening techniques and also some general methods of reducing water waste. Even if you have no water restrictions in your area, you’ll save money and help the environment by incorporating these in your landscaping and gardening routine.

You’ve probably heard the term “xeriscaping,” which doesn’t necessarily mean replacing your lawn and garden with cacti and rocks. Xeriscaping merely means employing techniques that reduce water waste and overall usage.

Here are a few useful water conservation tips that you can begin using right now, no matter where you live:

Early morning and