A greenhouse in my future ?


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another “big ticket” item.  Compared to a package of vegetable seeds, or planter soil, it is “big ticket.”


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a valuable asset for my organic garden.


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rational purchase?


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Shelter Logic GreenhouseIn late February, on the Garden Training Project Facebook page, there was discussion about greenhouses. I was, therefore, inclined to search the Internet for sizes, construction details, and prices. The model pictured has superior qualifications (imho). I’m thinking “How nice to continue growing veggies in the Winter.” We’re still in Winter 2015/2016 so it’s drastically premature to buy a greenhouse for 2016/2017. Or is it?? This one is currently “on sale.”

Greenhouse I’d love to own.


And this site has a better price.

7 foods that you’ll never find in my refrigerator

To repeat something I wrote in an earlier blog message: I receive many, many newsletters regarding health, nutrition, and gardening. The following is interesting.

It’s late at night, which obviously means I’m making frequent trips to my refrigerator.  Truth be told, I am literally standing here with the refrigerator door open, typing this newsletter on my phone as I look for a healthy snack to satisfy my every craving.  Hmmm, what to eat?  I think I’ll go with strawberries tonight (low-calorie, high fiber, low glycemic, and quite filling), but for now, probably much like you, all this refrigerator talk has got me in the mood to TYPE SOME NEWS!

Having said that, did you know that refrigeration can actually cause certain foods to spoil faster?  It’s true.  In fact, here are  seven foods that you’ll never find in my refrigerator (mostly because I store them somewhere else):

1. Bananas – Storing bananas in the refrigerator can actually disrupt the ripening process.  In fact, once refrigerated, a banana may never be able to resume the ripening process even if returned to room temperature.  Just think of how devastating that is for the banana 😦

2. Sweet Potatoes – When exposed to cold temperatures, starches found in potatoes will turn to sugar, disrupting their flavor and texture, not to mention increasing their sugar content. If you prefer tasteless potatoes that cause weight gain, however, please refrigerate.

3. Tomatoes – Ever had a really amazing tomato right out of the fridge?  Me either.  Tomatoes actually lose their flavor and become mushy when refrigerated.  Yumn’t.

4. Apples – Same as above, apples lose their texture and flavor when refrigerated.  Instead, place an apple in the fridge about 30 mins before eating if you prefer your apples cold.  That’s what I always do anyway.

5. Onions – If you love soggy onions while also causing the rest of your food to taste and smell like onions, then you’ll definitely want to refrigerate your onions immediately.  Otherwise, try storing them in a paper bag (within a cool, dark cabinet) for maximum shelf-life.

6.  Avocados – Much like the banana, refrigeration shuts down an avocado’s ripening enzymes.  If you want guacamole next month, this may be OK, but if you’re like me, you probably want guacamole today.

7. Coffee – Contrary to popular belief, coffee is best stored at room temperature to allow the natural oils within the coffee bean to activate its pungent aromatic scent.  My brother Big Jim, who savagely loves all things coffee, let me in on this little secret.  On the flip side, refrigeration can actually cause coffee to absorb odors from other foods in your fridge.  Onion flavored coffee anyone?  Don’t make that mistake twice guys…

Speaking of refrigerators, did you know that there’s a new way to burn belly fat that has been shown in more than a DOZEN research studies to help you burn fat and slim your waist at an accelerated rate.

Not surprisingly, the remainder of the email newsletter was an advertisement boasting the benefits of their product. (But I thought the above information worth sharing.)

Spice up your life !!


CilantroHow did I miss this valuable “natural” health aid? I’ve practiced health and nutrition for almost forty years–and just learned about cilantro and coriander. Well, truth be told, I’m head-over-heels into organic gardening for the first time in my life.


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cilantro / coriander


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for diabetes?


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essential oils


Cilantro defined

The health benefits of cilantro

Cilantro nutrition facts

Cilantro and Coriander Seeds

Cinnamon revisited


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for plants and


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Really interesting!!

Eager to try it.

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Garden gloves are seldom used; I neglect to look for them when I’m in the yard. Consequently, I frequently get ant bites. I have pus welts all over my right hand because I recently removed mulch (pine needles) from many planters.

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Cinnamon on antsStill moving at four PM


Still moving at six PMNo movement at seven AM


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