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Introduction:To start with it is advisable to check out the USDA whitefly knowledgebase.Visit:http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/fasulo/whiteflies/wfly0002.htm
When researching the white fly , it is mandatory to refer to the research done by experts at the University of Florida web :Qoute:"
""During the 1920s whiteflies were considered the most serious citrus pest in Florida. The University of Florida imported several fungi parasitic to whiteflies in the early 1930s. Since then, whiteflies have declined in importance and today groves are seldom sprayed just to control them."Unqoute.Not until ten years ago ,where the white fly infestation has resurfaced impeding a renewal of efforts to control this serious threat to S.Florida Agriculture.
There are numerous ways to engage the white fly.1-The chemical pesticide way including the systemic treatment by chemical injection .2-The prevention natural way.We are interested in tackling the prevention natural way that includes but is not restricted to:
a).Cold Water Spray: Repeatedly and Aggressively Hose the affected leaves with cold water early AM and PM
Keep in mind that the whitefly evolves in 4 stages, from eggs to nymphs, to pupa, to the adult fly. The method used will not kill all stages. So if the method targets the adult fly, repeated application will be needed until all eggs have matured. Moreover, frequent application will be needed to ensure that the newly formed adults do not lay new eggs. For the best application timeframe you should check the life span and stages of the whitefly of interest, as the Silverleaf, Fig, Greenhouse, and Bandedwing have each a different lifespan.
- b)Soapy Water (This method may also help improve the success from other methods as it will decrease the whitefly population to be eliminated):
- Spray wash your plants with a soapy solution, especially the underside of the leaves where the insects live.
- Color me yellow: Whiteflies can’t resist the color yellow, and so most garden centers and catalogs sell packaged yellow sticky traps for houseplant and greenhouse protection. These are great for all indoor situations, and even for a few potted plants outside. But if you need to protect large areas outdoors, you might want to make your own bigger ones. Paint sheets of plastic or cardboard bright lemon yellow and coat them with an “insect trapping adhesive” (sticky stuff), like Tanglefoot. Hang the traps around the affected plants and the adults will get stuck to them.
This method only kills the adult insect. Repeated application every 3 or 4 days to eliminate the new whiteflies emerging from pupa. Continue for several weeks depending on the type of whitefly.
- Plant marigold, except pot marigold or calendulas,complimentary herbs like sage,lemon grass,rosemary etc... These are companion plants that tend to repel whiteflies.
- Use a natural predator. The right predator will depend on the type of whitefly. These predators include green lacewings, lady beetles, bugs, minute pirate bugs, big eyed bugs, wasps, and damsel bugs.
- Use a natural tree oil as spray, such as Neem oil.Please refer to my latest blog refering to NEEM TREE solutions for combating the white fly:http://www.localharvest.org/blog/20618/entry/basic_alternatives_to_chemical_fertilizers
- Spray earthworm castings at the base of the plant.
Posted by Tony
@ 05:55 PM EDT
Once again chemical fertilizers Take the NEWS headlines after the WEST FERTILIZER -Texas Factory explosion .More lives were lost this time as chemical fertilizers explode .Most of us are aware that chemical fertilizers cause carcinogens in humans and pollute acquifers and pottablewater supply.The problem of ingesting chemicals sprayed on our food as pesticides or indirectly induced into the plants through chemical synthetic fertilizers now has a solution:Alternative Organic Non-Chemical Fertilizers and Pesticides.
A-Organic Alternatives to Chemical/Synthetic Fertilizers for N-P-K:
1-Animal Manure:Rabbit ,goat ,chicken and horse manure are rthe best alternatives for a good source "N" NITGROGEN .Cow manure is a controvercial issue as most of the commercial cows are injected with growth hormones,antibiotics,steroids and other vaccines .No one want a MAD COW Disease contaminated manure on their plants.Caution must be taken when using animal manure as it must be AGED, otherwise it will burn the roots of the plants.Chemical sources of nitrogen are AMMONIUM which is a hazard that causes explosions when improperly utilized.It is safer to use alternatives to chemicals that do not cause explosions from within (the cells of our body) or without offcourse.Example Rabbit manure which is considered as a COLD manure that doers not burn the plant roots even when used fresh and unaged!
2-Non-bovine sources of Bone and Blood meal.Vegeterians can opt to use alfalfa,cotton seed meals as an alternatives .An alternative source for "P"Phosphorous from mother nature and back to mother EARTH.Another alternative source is ground phosphate rock powder.
3-Green Sand is another alternative for the chemical fertilzer "K" POTTASSIUM ..
Alternatives to Chemical pesticides :
1)NEEM:Neem tree is a native to INDIA and soutj east Asia.It grows in FLORIDA AND CALIFORNIA.NEEM OIL is widely and universally used as an alternative to chemical pesticides.Also the NEEM leaves and poder arwe used to combat bugs like the APHIDS and NEMATODES.The farmer attack the areal part of the plant while the latter attack the root system.There are so many names of dredators that are divided among both categories.What you need to remember is NOT the name of the dis-ease or Predator rather , it is PREVENTION that must be the alternative to PEST KILLING CONTROL!Neem will prevent the predator from multiplying .I personally grow NEEM trees around my garden so I have experienced less predators attacking my organic garden.You can do the same ...Neem trees are resistant to 150 predators and pests...Besides NEEM leaves could be used as tea,added to rice pillaf and curried recipes among others.They are edible and have no side effects.For more" POP EYE" details :Google:"BENEFITS OF NEEM"!I have used neem oil to combat the white fly among others and won the battle after so many rounds and repetetion of treatments.
3)Insecticidal soap.Check out Dr Bronner too...It works !
4)Complementary Herbs:Basil,sage,oregano etc..
5)Essential oils.Example:TEA TREE OIL ,Citrus oil ,Cedar oil etc..(Use few drops in a gallon of water and spray in combination with some of the above .Experiment!
If you live in S.Florida:You are cordially invited to attend my next FREE class:Alternatives to Chemical Fertilizers and Pesticides on May 4th. For RSVP and more info,please visit:localharvest.org/farms/M20618
Posted by Tony
@ 07:32 PM EDT
How many of us drink coffee to stay alert or wake up from a nights sleep deprivationOR A HANGOVER OR WHAT HAVE YOU!.How many of us daily are aware of being awake as they are rushing to a job while half awake half asleep or rushing to catch a bus,plane or an event half dressed or half finished their lunch or breakfast or what have you?.The answer lies in MILLIONS ..
Welcome to the human commerce calender life or time as money( one more day one more dollar).Thinking of a new year taking away one more year of my life on earth or just adding one more year of a HAPPY TIME,I remembered my MOTHER who passed away this year!
Numbers just made to NAME AND NUMB US may be this is why they called them NUMB-ERS!Deprive us of who we are REALLY by shutting our feelings down:Free Spirits we are .. COUNTABLE dwellers of EARTH in Body and COUNTLESS dwellers of the HEAVENS in SPIRIT!
The DAYS and LIVES on EARTH are numbered! We count :MONEY,YEARS,AGE,EVEN FOR MUSIC NOTES WE GAVE THEM NUMBERS . We have social security,telephone,insurance,home address numbers..STILL RYHTEMS ARE NOT NUMBERS BUT RATHER BIOLOGICAL VIBRATIONS like rymes echoing our spiritual paths as we walk in steps not fly in miles.May be we are now experiencing a chaotic crazy you name it from ecconomy to relationships that are ending in death, depressions or better pronounced recessions or you name it ?!The countdown for our age span on earth is by slowing down not speading upTherefore the creation of the garden where we get grounded farming and growing food or roses!..SO,rather than rushing to finish what we have started.Taking a silent step to stop and SMELL THE ROSES and connect BACK WITH our MOTHER nature .Meaning let us get back to basics and live as simple as we did millions of years before where we lost to keep calenders or timetables.Being slaves to the clock of commercial life on earth that gives meanings in numbers like we have a penny then we are wortha penny , right?What a life???/We WORK TO LIVE RATHER THAN LIVE TO WORK.
Learning from the ancients who used BIODYNAMICS farming methods ...they harvest according to certain lunar phases and observe how the fruit reacts to its environment and the gallaxies and the HEAVENS!!! But ,instead.....What do we do in our modern life as farmers ?Take the the Agri-Business for example that uses farmers as well , do they pay attention to the laws of BIODYBAMICS or check out the charts of the heavns?.Money talks and in numbers!!!!
Back to Mother Earth..Back to Basics..This year I lost my mother.She passed away at 98 years old.She was a passionate farmer.Had chicken hatching,had a backyard and roof garden.She gave birth a a big family..yet when the time came..we all were scatters on the face of earth.I missed the last moment of seeing her while she was breathing , I was away.Yet..I have the rimes and rythems that she incubated in my heart..the lub dubs and the LOVING memories.I remember her as if she did not leave.I will keep her memory by tending the earth and growing gardens .Life is a cycle and we are recycled spirits that keep reincarnating.I love you MOM..May your spirit rest in peace.
Finally:I want to mention birds as a witness of Rymes .They stART THEIR DAY WITH SONGS AND RYHTEMS AND TUNES .WE HUMANS START OUR DAY WITH NOISES FROM A RADIO OR PLANE OR CAR OR STREETS BURSTING WITH TRAFFIC POLLUTION!wHAT A DIFFERENCE?Wonder why you have a headache or feeling angry ????
Posted by Tony
@ 06:57 PM EST
Water water to find no where ,
while the food prices run a scare!
Jobs jobs to find it's .. rare ,
while lands in draught are barren bare
Old Farmer Jhon has lost his farm
after crop got ruined by snow ,n storm .
Now Peak oil is pushing up ..gas price
doubles the costs for fertilizers .. twice
Small farmer Joe does farm organic
GMO ,s. no kidding:It makes him panick
Some "farmers market" are lacking local growers
Instead they have summoned jewellers and grocers
Its all about trading : To buy and sell
For its business usual.Does It ring a bell!!?
Posted by Tony
@ 02:17 PM EST
As an urban farmer who battled with draught and recently with the white fly ,I like to share with you a lesson from history "The potato Irish Famine and some tips from my experience as an urban farmer in the Tropics.
First, here is a story for farmers to learn from .I Qoute it from HEIRLOUM SOLUTIONS ,FYI :
Qoute:"Here in the United States, we're spoiled. Food is cheap. I know it's hard to believe, given what you've probably been paying for groceries lately. But it's true. Even with rising food prices, we still pay a smaller percentage of our income for food than residents of just about any other country in the world. But the farming system that helps keep our food costs down also puts us at great risk. It's the same farming system that caused the Irish Potato Famine. And we all know what the result of that was -- 12 percent of the Irish starved to death. Millions more suffered the debilitating long-term health effects of severe malnutrition. If an event of the same magnitude happened in the United States today, we'd be talking about over 37 million lives lost.
What is this farming system -- and why did it cause the Irish Potato Famine? One word: monoculture. In case you're not familiar with the term, it simply means growing a single crop over a wide area. That's the very picture of how we grow food here in America today. Just take a drive through Idaho, and you'll see what I mean. You can drive past potato fields for hours on end until you want to scream from the monotony.
Today's monoculture farming put us at risk for major crop failure just as it did in the days of the Irish Potato Famine.
Next time you're at the grocery store, count how many varieties of potatoes you find. In mine, there are only three. Russets, Red, and Yukon Gold. Why so few? Because those are the three varieties that grow well in today's industrial agricultural operations. It's an economic decision. By planting just one variety over wide swaths of land, growers can streamline their operations and make more profits.
In Ireland in the 1840s, two thirds of the Irish population depended upon agriculture for their very survival. They lived on the land but didn't own it. Instead, they worked for their landlords in exchange for a plot of land to grow their families' food. Working the land demanded long, hard hours, and they needed a crop that was easy to grow in quantity. That crop was potatoes. In 1845, the Irish planted over 2 million acres of potatoes.
Potatoes were actually a New World crop brought back to Europe in the late 1500s. They caught on very quickly, and it's no wonder. Potatoes are, for the most part, pretty easy to grow. You dig a hole, drop in a potato, throw some dirt on it, and walk away. Occasionally, as the potato grows, you throw a little more dirt on it. Three months later, you've got a potato harvest. Potatoes originally started out as a delicacy grown in the gardens of the gentry. But by the early 1700s, they were a staple food of farm laborers and the poor.
For over a hundred years, potatoes were a staple crop and formed a major part of the diet for a huge portion of the population. By 1840, potatoes were the only significant source of food for 3 million Irish. Until 1845, that is. That was the year potato blight struck. Potato blight was actually Phytophthora infestans, a fungus-like infection that attacked the plants and actually caused them to ferment. First, the leaves turned black and curled up, and then began to rot. The tubers often looked perfectly normal on the outside, but were rotten on the inside. The disease spread quickly through windborne spores. One infected plant could infect thousands more in a matter of days. The blight spread at the rate of 50 miles a week or more. The whole countryside reeked of rot.
In 1845, up to half of the entire country's potato harvest was lost. In 1846, three quarters of it was lost. The Irish population fell by almost 25 percent as a million people died from starvation and over a million left the country.
Today, with all our technology and scientific advancements, we're making the same mistake the Irish did almost 200 years ago. We practice monoculture. Wheat, corn, and soy are the 21st century equivalent of yesteryear's Irish potato. We plant over 60 million acres of wheat each year, and over 70 million each of corn and soy. We're making the same mistake with potatoes too; U.S. potato production encompasses over a million acres. It would take just one disease with the same kill rate as Phytophthora infestans to cause a major collapse of US agriculture.
Eight Potato Varieties That Reduce Your Risk of Crop Losses
At Heirloom Solutions, we are the very antithesis of monoculture. The Bible tells us "Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth." (Ecclesiastes 11:2) If the Irish had heeded this wisdom and planted several varieties of potatoes, history would tell a very different story. " Unqoute.
Now back to the White Fly.There is an infestation that is endangering agriculture and vegetation in general in South Florida.It is the WHITE FLY .I have seen it and battled with it.There are infestations and more than just a white fly some name it as a spiral white fungus .
We need to drastically address this challenge in a way different from what we did with the CANKER disease that wiped out plenty of citrus trees and mainly ended up eradicating many of HEALTHY CITRUS trees as a collateral as well!!!
Here are some green solutions for defearting the white fly:
Hose the area affected with WF infestation early morning .Spray with an incecticidal soap.Spray with NEEM oil water solution .If infestation is SYSTEMIC, cut down tree or vegetation.NEED More solutions? Pls visit :
Posted by Tony
@ 01:11 PM EST
Most of us will roses for a loved one this Valentines day.Before you rush to the flower shop ask yourself this question: Are the roses treated with herbicides,pesticides ,fertilizers and are they safe to SMELL them?
More details and info at:
Rose water ,rose oil ,essential oil of roses make an alternative gift to your loved one if you opt to say no to GMO and pesticides treated roses..
Happy Valentines day
Posted by Tony
@ 01:54 PM EST
1-New comers to S.Florida first common mistake is to garden as if they are still home up north.Wake up call:Please forget about using a fork to dig out the SAND.Your soil HELLO is SANDY.So , start to learn how to prepare yopur own SOIL FREE of NEMATODES!
2-Upon deciding to grow plants in containers: Please refrain from adding STONES at the bottom of the container like you do UPNORTH.The stones will bake the root system of your plants!
3-Do not grow the usual crops as you do up north.Florida has a different HARDINESS Zone .Follow the guidlines of the new USDA Agiculture zones issued recently and learn to grow what is locally acceptable crops and not what you used to grow at a different zone.
4-Do not water your plants when sun is at peak or temperature so HOT.Water will evaporate soon.Learn to irrigate before sun rise and after sundown.More tips at our ongoing Organic Gardenning Classes , visit:localharvest.org/farms/M20618
Posted by Tony
@ 02:44 PM EST
It is not too late to learn how to grow your own food and medicinal herb garden.
Now people are rushing more than ever to learn the process of being self sufficient after being hit hard in their pockets.
We have ongoing organic gardening classes that suits your budget and we can help you jump start a garden from scratch !
Are you still procrastinating and hybernating ?
Here is one reputable web site to WAKE YOU UP and convince you why it is important to start a garden and grow your own food: http://www.naturalnews.com/038782_self-sufficiency_collapse_preparedness.html
Take it from a horticulturist expert .It take time ,effort,space,budget,and LEARNING to start a garden.Rushing to the garden center to buy accessories and materials will not be enough.First you need to learn the Organic Gardenning Process of growing food in the TROPICS , especially if you live in South Florida.
Here are the basics that you need to consider:
1-Start small , preferably growing in containers from seeds.Shoose HEIRLUM seeds or buy seedlings from a local Urban Farmer or a reliable source that does not use chemical fertilizers .If you have no access for land check out a community garden near you.For a listing of community gardens in Palm Beach County contact us for suggestions and advice.
2-Sign up for an organic Gardenning Class offered by a local urban farmer near you.We offer ongoing Organic Gardenning Classes .More details at "Mark Your Calender" -Natural Awakening Magazine-PBC edition , or simply visit:
3-Look for recycled containers before you buy new ones.Here are the best recycled containers to choose from:Municipal old recycling bins-used nursery pots-old bath tubs-old terra cotta.Best purchased containers are: Half wine barrels or natural non treated wooden boxes-Remember thatS. Florida is a tropical region with exessive heat and best for your root system plants are wooden containers that retain moisture and cool the root system.
4-Prepare your own soil:Use mainly composted manure,compost recycled from your yard and kitchen.Add ammendments to enrich soil and add nutrients from Organic sources like:Bone and blood meal.sea weed,horse manure ,coffee grounds ,fish emulsion,worm castings etc ..
5-Soil testing for proper Ph:Plants usually prefer a nutral Ph to grow between 5.5 and 6.5.Usually the soil at the coastal areas are acidic .Add calcium and lime to offset the acidity and make the soil more alkaline .I beleive that we need to focus more attention on TRACE MINERALS like Magnesium,sulfur,boron,zinc stc..What we have learned from the mainstream horticultural schools and Agri-business is to utterly deal with N-P-K formula of Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potassium.In Europe they have been paying more attention to minerals and we need to heed the new approach by the Europeans!
6-The Golden Rule usually is :Those who have the gold Rule??Right..Well, it does not work that easy when you want to follow the Organic Gardenning process which rules that Natural Laws Rule.Among these laws are to use Organic sources especially to keep adding ORGANIC MATTER...The rest is keep MAINTAING the garden and never abandon it .Plants are like people.They demand ATTENTION and TLC.Try to neglect a loved one and see what follows???
Posted by Tony
@ 03:49 PM EST
From an experienced horticulturist point of fiew(20 years of community urban farming in S.Florida), I asum up the Pros and challenges as follows.
1)Urban Farming as a THERAPY:I have been interviewed by the Sun-sentinel back in 2008 and the topic was :Gardening as a THERAPY!People who grow their own food have access to fresh food which supports nutritional health, decreases susceptibility to illnesses and overall reduces the burden on the health care system ,inhancing IMMUNE SYSTEM and offcourse shrinking the doctors and grocery bill by reducing STRESS.
2)Spreading GREEN AWARENESS and SUSTAINABILITY!I have fascilitated classes on Organic Urban Farming at colleges(Palm BeachState College-Green Expo 2011,Cities,Churches,Wellness centers,Firefighters group,Scouts,Homeowners etc..).I am indebted to Natural Awakening Magazine and localharvest.org for their support .You may find out about ongoing classes by visiting:localharvest.org/farms/M20618.Or by checking out the Natural Awakening Magazine-Palm Beach edition"Mark your calender".The community garden has inspired me to reach out for those who want to grow their own food and did not have access for land , just like myself.Swinton Community Garden is the latest community garden I am involved with and it has been a great experience for the last four years and going.Thank you SCG!
I fascilitated Composting classes at the city of Lake Worth from 2010-2011.The composting program was was created to reduce waste especially coming from the kitchen and the GARDEN INTO THE lAND FILL AND RECYCLE IT INSTEAD INTO COMPOST AT THE BACKYARD GARDEN .
3)Community Urban Farming can create GREEN JOBS:I personally MADE A LIVING FROM 2001 TO 2008 from ONE OF MY LARGER COMMUNITY GARDENS and created a network of CSA back then , before it was turned into a LAND FILL in 2009!
Community gardens can be a significant source of food and income for members. This is especially helpful for families and individuals without JOBS or land .
4)Community Gardens are a venue for cultural DIVERSITY and PRODUCTIVE community social interaction between local officials and the public.
Community garden projects give community members the opportunity to work side-by-side, regardless of cultural background ,ethnicity,nationality,religion etc...
Studies show that legal immigrants produced traditional crops that are otherwise unavailable locally.Community gardens does not have a generation gap ,mixing youth and adults together.
Community gardens bring officials and local residents closer.In a recent volunteer work ,two weeks ago ,at the Hollywood community garden project, I met a local commissioner Mr.Pete Hernandez.Upon explaining to him that the soil is lacking nutrients and full of pebbles and debris , he invited me to accompany him to chose a fertile soil which he donated into the garden as a good will gesture to help improve the status of the community garden under construction. Studies have shown that areas with above average green vegetation have less graffiti and littering, and lower crime rates .People caring for their neighborhoods learn how to care about each others from growing their own food to beautifying their community with flowers and greenery.I personally experienced that while volunteering at the Chief Sitting Bull garden in Lake Worth and Carver Community Garden IN Delray.Both gardens do not exist anymore unfortunately!
5)Community gardens can turn neighborhoods infested with crime, into safe communities.They can be a good food source for soup kitchens.I personally donated crops from my community garden to the Caring Kitchen from 2001 till 2008.Giving back to our community through volunteering at community garden and donating crops to soup kitchens help enrich our community spirit and nourish so many who are in dire need for food.
1-Out of 10 community gardens I tended for the last ten years two are still existing while one was available for sale and the other one has already downsized!Many reasons among the short term life of community gardens among which:Sale for developers,repocession by owner,failure of members to maintain the garden,lack of funding ,convert site into landfill,abandonment,etc..
2-Community gardens being used as platforms for political agendas.Some join to boost their community Organization resume references,others to assume and boost a socialist profile,and many just to experiment their green nostalgia then quit after finding out that it takes sweat and gets their hands dirty...
Posted by Tony
@ 05:17 PM EST
Locally speaking:This is the first time I come across so many sneezing and coughing , may be because I am taking more trips on the bus and the train..How about you and the Flu?Have you noticed that there is a scare going on GLOBALLY ,but not locally!!!.
With the absence of health insurance to many especially farmers and the unemployed or underemployed, one needs to gaurd his or her health .Knowledge and courage play an important role by spreading the AWARENESS and stressing the HERBAl SOLUTIONS.The fight or flight response to sustain life naturally directs us to look for NATURAL solutions ESPECIALLY USING herbal medicine .FARMERS , GARDENERS AND HERBALISTS NOW can educate the public from their experience with growing herbs and using them as FOOD that help the immune system,beside vaccination offcourse!.Disclaimer:The information listed here is for educational purposes only and not to treat ,prevent or diagnose any disease .Consult with your health provider who is the only authority to help you incase you seek treatment for any medical condition.
To start with the EDUCATIONAL AWARENESS:Here is what the MedWeb tells us about the Symptoms of the Swine Flu FYI: I qoute:"
H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) - Symptoms
The symptoms of H1N1 flu are a lot like the regular seasonal flu. They can include:
- Fever or shaking chills.
- Sore throat.
- Body aches.
- Extreme tiredness (fatigue).
alan="http://xml.apache.org/xalan">Some people also have vomiting and diarrhea. Most of the time, the illness is not serious. But in some cases, H1N1 flu can be severe and can lead to pneumonia
, serious lung problems, and death
.Swine Flu FAQ
The H1N1 swine flu virus appeared in the U.S. in April 2009 and never went away. After sweeping the globe, U.S. H1N1 swine flu cases surged as schools opened in the fall. What is H1N1 swine flu? What can we do about it? WebMD answers your questions. What is swine flu? What are swine flu symptoms? Who is at highest risk of H1N1 swine flu? Help! I've been exposed to swine flu. What should I do? If I think I have swine flu,...
Read the Swine Flu FAQ article > >
Some people are more likely to have serious problems from H1N1 flu, including:
- Pregnant women. The developing baby also is at risk for problems if the mother gets H1N1 flu.
- People with long-term (chronic) health problems such as asthma or diabetes.
- People with a weak immune system.
- People who have serious heart or kidney disease or some diseases that affect nerves and muscles.
- People younger than 25 years old.
Incubation and contagious periods
The time between getting infected with H1N1 virus and feeling sick (called the incubation period) is usually about 2 days but can be from 1 to 7 days.1 You can infect others starting 1 day before your symptoms start. And you may infect others up to 12 days after you get sick, although most people are infectious for about 6 days.1
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
Last Updated: June 02, 2010." Unqoute
The Solution: There are controversy about vaccination so I will leave it up for each individual to decide on their own.Personally ,I choose HERBAL FOOD solution for building up IMMUNE SYSTEM .It is affordable if you do not have medical insurance and RELIABLE too!!.Here are some HERBAL SOLUTIONS to consider :
1)The China (TCM)solution:
2)The India (Ayeurveda) solution:
Check out localharvest.org for many herb growers and herbalists who offer locally grown herbs that are helpful as well.
Posted by Tony
@ 03:24 PM EST
I am an ardent reader of the Old Farmers Almanac and The Natural News.Com.To take the preventive way to avioid the flu and prevent it, I am loading my diet with on Calamantine citrus,vitamin C,Chiken soap,Lemon grass,GARLIC,Rose hips and carrot juice!!!
I read The New York Times today and they were reporting about how they are MONITORING ,screeening visitors from Chicago at the South Korean Seaol Airport for gues what?Not illegal drugs,not arms...Simply THE FLU?
An ounce of prevention is worth more than a ton of merdications as they say in old..We farmers have no luxury for insurance so we take our medicine from the garden and the food we grow organically offcource!By the way this information is presented for educational purposes only and it does not intend to diagnose or treart any disease and in doubt please check with your health practitioner and conside rall this educational material presented as science fiction or old folk medicine that has been labelled as QUACKERY before ...and may be still considered so!But it is good to know anyway!!
Have you seen ,touched or smelled a flu near you?Noticed someone sneazing or coughing? Are you concerned and do not favor a flu shot because you are allergic to needles and hate pain feeling of needles penetrating your body, and would consider some Natural Remedies so easy to swallow or ingest instead?.Here are some flu fun suggestions from the OLd Farmers Almanac:
More to know about combatting the flu?
Posted by Tony
@ 07:14 PM EST
For the new comer Organic Gardener Beginnners, South Florida has its special approach .It is different but not difficult.What to expect from the learning process is to be prepared to implement "HANDS ON"what you learn.
1-There are new USDA zones now in place of the OLD Hardy Planting USDA zone ...Thanks to the climate change we have new guidelines of USDA Hardiness zones .Check them out at:
Remember to list and locate what are the best options for the draught tolerant plants,temp,etc..for your S.Florida Hot Zone garden and not to look for or apply an out of state USDA zone like where you come from say for example UPSTATE NEW YORK!!!??
2-Plan a location in your garden and divide it into different parts like for fruit trees,vegetables,herbs etc...Remember to apply the XERISCAPING the right plant in the right place..like for example do not plant a water loving tree in an area that is so dry or prone to draught and no access for water !!
3-Make an educated choice in choosing the type of garden:Raised beds with frames-Raised beds without frames-Container garden-Trenches-Hydroponic etc..Remember to adhere to Natural Laws in gardening.Natural laws are not man made or mandated.Get close to nature with an open mind to learn what is best as determined by the plants,climate and your location.
4-Be creative.Experiment.Ask questions.Work with other farmers and exchange experience and knowledge.
5-Check out the SOIL Ph of your garden..Most soil in South Coastal South Florida is Sandy and acidic...Leaern more about preparing your own soil if you do not want to struggle against nematodes and fight soil diseases or soil lack of nutrients.
6-SOIL.SOIL .SOIL:Make your own.Add organic ammendments.Add humus and organic matter.Add beneficial worms like mellipedes etc and keep your soil ALIVE .
7-Use PREVENTION in combatting plant disease rather than chemical and synthetic PESTICIDES.Remember to apply LIVING methods of AGRI- cultur .After all CHEMICAl fertiliZERS AND PESTICIDES HURT THE ENVIRONMENT AS WELL OUR HUMAN BODY.BE AWARE OF USING GREEN WAYS IN GROWING YOUR GREENS!
8-Sign up for as many classes with a LOCAL URBAN FARMER who teaches classes OUTDOORS in the garden and not just in a classroom.Gardening is a HANDS ON approach , so learn it the hands on way..and be prepared to get your hands dirty into the SOIL .
9- Start small.Check with a health practioner before you do any pysical work.Hydrate.Wear garden gear.Be safe.LEARN and UseGARDEN ERGONOMICS
10-Volunteer in community gardens.Donate food to soup kitchens.Share the harvest with neighbors and the needy. Support local urban farmers. on any way you can.
NB:If you live in S.Florida and you need help to learn the Tropical way of gardening or start a backyard garden, check out our classes and web blog at: localharvest.org/farms/M20618
Posted by Tony
@ 05:16 PM EST
How many of us drink coffee to stay alert or wake up from a nights sleep deprivationOR A HANGOVER OR WHAT HAVE YOU!.How many of us daily are aware of being awake as we are rushing to a job while half asleep, or rushing to catch a bus,plane or an event half dressed or half finished our lunch or breakfast or what have you?.The answer lies in MILLIONS ..Welcome to the human commerce race calender of COUNTED NUMBERS or AGES counting LIVES! That brings some sense for the motto:"life or time as money"( one more day one more dollar).Thinking of a new year taking away one more year of my life on earth or just adding one more year of my age TIME ?!Numbers are they added to NAME or NUMB US??( Think:social security number) !Do they :Deprive us of who we are REALLY:Free Spirits?! WE COUNT DAYS,MONEY,YEARS,AGE,EVEN MUSIC NOTES .WE GAVE THEM NUMBERS . STILL RYHTEMS ARE NOT NUMBERS BUT RATHER BIOLOGICAL rymes echoing our spiritual steps as we walk in steps not fly in miles.(Think Cyrcadian rythems).May be we are now experiencing a chaotic crazy time you name it ,from ecconomy to relationships that are ending in depressions or better pronounced recessions!The countdown for a new year is by slowing down ..rather than rushing to finish what we have started.Taking a silent step to stop and SMELL THE ROSES and connect BACK WITH nature .Meaning let us get back to basics and live as simple as we did millions of years before ,where we lost count of years and manmade calenders or timetables.Being slaves to the clock of a commercial life TIME on earth that gives us meanings in numbers ,like we have a penny then we are worth a penny , right?Imagine life without a clock or a calender or even age...I think most of us mortals would love it to live a life and feel it PRESENT NOW and forget about for a moment , life after this life ...I found this life: It is in NATURE.Give it a try and go out and live part of your life outdoors as close to Nature and you will find out for your self, at least you will feel younger and you will look younger as well without dyes added to the hair or plastic surgery needed for your face!Love is in the AIR..Well,go and get some!It is FREE .Most valuable things in life are FREE just like :Freedom,Air,water,wild grown medicinal herbs, earth ..and... LOVE!!!Put a price tag on the above and witness what happens????Remember the story of Methusala and how long he lived on EARTH..More than 600 years...also other stories of Adam and the early fathers who were centurians...The secret :They lived in accordance with the Rythems of Nature and close to Nature.They were farmers and gardeners .They grew their own food. I want to mention one example from NATURE:Plants and birds .They cope and follow the RYTHEMS of NATURE .They wake up with sunset and they go to sleep with sundown...most of them.Look at MAN in contrast!!! o .They START THEIR DAY WITH SONGS AND RYHTEMS AND TUNES .WHERAS WE HUMANS START OUR DAY WITH NOISES FROM AN ALARM CLOCK or RADIO OR Engines of a PLANE OR CAR OR STREETS BURSTING WITH TRAFFIC POLLUTION!WHAT A DIFFERENCE?Have a Happy Healthy unhurried New Year ..No numbers in mind!!!One more thing to think about the impotence of our strife to amass gold as another value for our Time on EARTH.There was a man who was reported dead for a month inside his house.He had a heart attack and died alone.When the neighbors called the authorities complaining of a HORRIBLE smell coming from the house , they found in his garage beside his decomposed corpse all kind of GOLD COINS that are worth of 2.7 MILLION $.They found out a distant cousin to allocate the inheritance...Someone penniless became a millionaire overnight while the one who collected the fortune died alone at home and his corpse decomposed until it rotted..What does man benefit if he" wins all the gold of the world but loses his life the next day"...? Have a Meaningful Bountiful,Healthy LONG Life ...and a Happy New Year... Thank you for supporting your local Urban Farmer. Tonylocalharvest.org/farms/M20618
Posted by Tony
@ 03:26 PM EST
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This is another day gone in the countdown ,before we celebrate Christmass and the New Year Eve..For some ,another day is another dollar and for ALL of us another drama ,like the shooting of school children yesterday in Connecticut..
When will we learn our lessons on violance? Preventing and fighting violance by NON-Violance programs like going back to nature gardening bringing more of our stressed out lives into NATURE?
Here is a recent study that links exposure to nature can replenish our cognitive reserves when they are worn out.How many of us feel tired and worn out these days especially with an ecconomy that is driving people out of their homes and minds?From bankruptcies to suicide and rampage massacres..(not to mention wars ..another form of legal and accepted violence according to some !)
Exposure to nature now is catching our eye ..Did we forget the Emmerson books on nature and Thourou's?WE tend to forget as gardeners and farmers that our bliss is not in the "Green Bucks" that we make but reather in the "GREEN Crops" that we create and harvest!
Back to nature is back to the life in Nature .Back to the garden and the farm.Back to the "Open front yard" rather than the "Fenced backyard".
Technology and gadgets are now running our lives .Shall we spend our life enjoying a virtual security which is actually ruinning instead of running it!!!!?
Check this recent study to find out more about the Nature effect on boosting brain health...and power!!
I have been interviewd in 2008 by a local newspaper and in that interview I documented the reality :"Therapy Grows in a Garden"...There is nothing new under the sun.What is new is our own awareness:How long will it take us to understand that There is a Flower Power and a Therapy out their in Nature.One just has to BELEIVE and Be Live IT!
Another day before we celebrate christmass and new year eve..May year days be all merry and full of CHEAR!!!Go garden!
Posted by Tony
@ 05:18 PM EST