2013/05/29

A Good Head On My Shoulders




Head of cabbage anyway - gift from the couple who work the land across the street from us  (behind me in the picture).


My main garden plot.  I made three 1 meter wide rows with two narrow paths between them so I can reach everything without walking on the beds.  Far right bed has a low tunnel with broccoli, then potatoes at the far end and carrots and radishes at the near end.   In the middle bed is chingensai (bok choy), spinach, zucchini (where the towers are), and corn.   On the left is a 2nd kind of potato and four varieties of lettuce.  A potted eggplant is in the corner.   Beyond the garden on the right is our mikan (tangerine) tree, and 5 small blueberry bushes, 3 of which are loaded this year. 
Containers hold mixed small leafy greens, peas - starting to climb the net that is there for them, three colors of bell peppers, and some basil.   The peas should also provide a little shade for the window.   Not shown are other containers with tomatoes, strawberries,  our cumquat tree, purple basil, parsley, and other herbs and K's humongous rosemary bush.

Momo TWD (the wonder dog) resting in the shade of our pomegranate tree.  She is the reason for the little fence at one end of the garden - she used to like to lay in the soft, freshly tilled earth (can't say as I blame her) and would get her tether caught up on garden stakes and lettuces and have to call out for help.  

There are more chingensai, spinach and corn in sprouting trays to plant later so we don't get all of them at once.   I also have seeds for kale (the super food) and beets to plant in a month or so for fall/winter harvest.

So much to grow, so little room.  That's why I concentrate on what we like and what is most expensive or difficult to find in the stores as well as what has the best nutritive value. 

Note: links are provided throughout this post so that you can see the latest science on the amazing health benefits of eating these foods and a plant based diet in general.

2013/05/06

Health Lessons from the Marshall Islands




Brenda Davis is a Registered Dietition in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.  She was part of a team that went to the Marshall Islands to create a program to reduce the high incidence of type II diabetes through lifestyle changes.

Brenda is co-author of seven books - best-sellers, Becoming Vegan, Becoming Vegetarian, The New Becoming Vegetarian and Defeating Diabetes, Dairy-free and Delicious and the newly released, Becoming Raw and Raw-food Revolution Diet