Food Is Fuel, Let’s Grow It Ourselves

Food Is Fuel, Let’s Grow It Ourselves

Anyone can easily grow their own food

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Over the last century, we've been exposed to changing our eating habits, with our diets becoming almost unrecognizable, we can understand why people would like to eat better and try to grow their own food again.

We can recognize that the diet that we have nowadays can consist of highly processed foods. That is why people are getting sick and tired of the nonsense around different types of foods.

Not everyone has room for a full garden. Growing fruits and vegetables may seem overwhelming for/to? most people, but it's actually much simpler than it sounds. Here is a guide on a quick and easy way to grow your balcony garden.

What Can You Grow In Your Balcony?

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The easiest way to start is by growing herbs. Herbs tend to like full or partial sunlight, so consider positioning them on the sunniest part of your balcony, some herbs that you can easily grow are Basil, Cilantro, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary and much more. Lose the fear of gardening by starting easy, but if you are up to the challenge here are some plants that most likely will grow easily on your balcony, most greens can thrive in the shade as root vegetables, because of the little space they will grow vertically, some of them are:

Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Peppers, Zucchini, Celery, Broccoli, Spring Onions, and lots of greens (Kale, Lettuce, Spinach).

Getting Started...

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The best way to start your garden is: By just starting. Don't wait until next month or year, it's really not that scary. Get yourself some seeds and sow them. This is not a hobby that requires a lot of money to start, on the basic level you'll need seeds and something to grow them in.

Choosing Your Plants and Vegetables

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Almost anything can be grown indoors, as long as they don't get too big that you may need to transfer them to an outdoor garden. However, consider growing plants with similar lighting, humidity and watering needs. Some choice that can be grown together are:

Vegetables:

- Peppers

- Salad Greens (Kale, Lettuce)

- Carrots

- Onions

- Tomatoes

Herbs:

- Basil

- Parsley

- Cilantro

- Chives

- Mint

Fruits:

- Strawberries

- Apples

- Blueberries

- Citrus (lemon, Lime, Oranges)

Growing Your Plants and Vegetables

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Make sure you choose plant seeds that grow vertically to make the most out of the space. Here are some tips to take into consideration once you have all you materials to grow in your indoor garden.

1. Always prepare your containers before you pour the soil.

2. Use organic produce, organic potting and organic fertilizer.

3. Read seeding instructions.

4. Add more soil around the base of the seedling, once the plants are in place.

5. Add water until the soil is wet, but not completely damped. Make sure to keep the leaves of the plants dry for them to grow.

Maintenance

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It's very important to take care of your balcony garden, they tend to get dusty and things may blow over. Take a few minutes twice a week to sweep around and care for your new crops.

Plants grown in containers tend to dry out quicker. If you don't have enough time to water your plants every day, pot trays used under the containers will hold the water which means that you don't have to water them as often. Test if you've got it right by poking with your finger into the compost. It may feel slightly moist just below the surface that's when you know it's perfect.

Grow It Yourself

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Potatoes

Sow seed potatoes from March on. Seed potatoes are usually saved from the previous year. This seed can be grown in deep grow bags, containers or raised beds.

Tomatoes

Sow seed in February and plant out in May to have some delicious tomatoes by July. Grow in soil, pots, or grow bags, but the best results will be inside a greenhouse.

Salad Leaves

This is the easiest to plant from February to August sow a small number of seed every two weeks. Salad leaves will require a deep 6" tray or pot.

Watch Out For These Mistakes 

Once you started growing your balcony, they can easily become overly busy and overcrowded, this is why you need to take these tips into consideration to avoid easy mistakes.

1. Even if you have a small balcony don't feel that you only need small pots and small plants. Big, bold, structural planting will still look and work beautifully.

2. Don't overestimate the lighting of your balcony. Even though it's important for plants to get enough sunlight, they can get too hot too quickly and eventually not seeing any crops.

3. Planting can turn out differently than you expect. Try planting in different patterns, go for taller plants in the corners of the balcony to shorter along the front. This will give balance and a feeling of arrangement.

Once you start growing your crops, different benefits will present by themselves. It is a purposeful, optimistic, mindful activity that gets you out of your head and connects you with whole foods grown in the living soil. It gives you access to the best of the best, seasonal organic produce. Food growers eating habits go through the season and, as a result, they are eating the most nutritious foods and the most delicious. By definition, people who grow some of their own food tend to be healthier, so what are you waiting for? All you need is a few square feet on your balcony, a water source and a little time.

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These Are 4 Proven Ways That Vaccines Cause Autism

Stock up on those essential oils.

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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The Power Of The Butterfly

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity" - Ecclesiastes 3:1

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April, coined as a rather "bipolar" month, in which the weather in London is either cold or warm. It is a time of transition where summer slowly but surely encapsulates winter. As a result, rain is the norm and may be viewed as a byproduct of the seasonal passage. One might be lucky to witness a rainbow with its arches passing above each side of the River Thames. A jaw-dropping display of multi-colored flowers blooms all throughout London's parks. Out of all things London has to offer in April my favorite would be the entrance of the butterfly.

When I was a little girl I lived minutes walk from Primrose Hill Park, a grassy hill with terrific views of London. I enjoyed dog walks, picnics, and trips to the playground at this park, but nothing made me more excited than the sight of the butterfly. This intricate creature had a certain charm to it which fascinated me! In fact, I was so awe-struck by it that upon my eighth birthday I was gifted a butterfly catching kit. I recall spending numerous hours whether it be on my street or at Primrose Hill trying to catch these speedy critters. However, I never quite could so eventually I gave up and found another form of entertainment.

All in all, as the transition from winter to spring, individuals will start to notice the arrival of the butterfly. Although as a child, I never was able to catch one of these magnificent creatures I am now reminded that their sense of lightness and joy represents freedom. Their free spirit and individualism is a reminder to not take life too seriously; and that one should, ultimately, embrace the changes thrown at them. Ultimately, the butterfly flourishes with transformation metamorphosing from a caterpillar to a beautiful winged species. And yes I recognize humans cannot go through metamorphosis, but the butterfly should inspire us to ensure growth in our own lives by accepting change. So go forth and remember it is ok to feel vulnerable as all good things come with time and perseverance.

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