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Think ObamaCare(s) About You? Think Again – Med Cost To Skyrocket

Med-insurance price-hike requests, range from 17 percent in New York, more than 20 percent in Virginia, 30 percent rate increase requests from Oregon’s largest insurers.

The underlying reasons for the big requests has to do with the expiration of the reinsurance program under the Affordable Care Act, which had served to offset some of the losses due to sicker customers who racked up high medical bills.
Without the program to offset losses, insurers are looking to reduce their risk and their losses in 2017.

It’s a big problem and it led to the exit of UnitedHealth (UNH) from 27 of the 35 states that they are in, and also Humana (HUM) has exited a handful of states.

Consumers on the lowest-tier “bronze” plans could see some of the biggest jumps in prices if preliminary requests are ultimately approved. In some cases, insurers are abandoning the low-premium offering altogether.

A unit of CareFirst Blue Cross in Virginia said it will transition all of its bronze plan members to mid-tier, or so-called silver, plans in 2017. The switch will mean a 70 percent price hike for those customers, according to the company’s rate request filing.

Know Your Weeds

There has been a bit of interest in weeds and what they can tell us. So here are a few tidbits you may not know about weeds.

Tap root (deep-rooted) Weeds have a long, deep, single root – a ‘tap root’. The deep root ‘taps’ into, or mines the rich nutrient pockets from deep layers of the soil. This is partially why they grow first, in unhealthy, ‘dead’ soil, they can reach the nutrients further down. The deep roots bring up nutrients from deep, stores them in it’s leaves, and when it dies, deposits the nutrients on the surface, making the available to other plants without the deep roots. When you pull the weeds, you loose all these nutrients! They also bring up deep moisture to the surface. Improves drainage.

Ground Cover, low growing dense weeds maintain moisture in your soil, moderate soil temperature, and prevent absorption of nutrients by the sun, as well as soil erosion. They prevent crusting from hot and dry conditions, hence allowing water and air to enter and move around soil more easily.

Too many of any of these plants taking over, acting as an invasive, is simply an indicator that your system is out of balance! These plants getting out of control are flashing warning lights that you are not doing a good job building your garden. A healthy, balanced, ecosystem will not be taken over by weeds.
Ask yourself, why are they taking over? Why are there so many here? Your weeds are trying to tell you something, whether it’s a comment on soil composition, quality, nutrition, hydration, bugs, other plants, something is out of balance.

Lambsquarter a prolific annual plant, with as many as 75, 000 seeds on one plant. Lambsquarter is one of the first greens to poke up out of the ground in spring and is available all through summer, best eaten when young. Sometimes known as wild spinach but regarded by many as superior to spinach. lambsquarter has 309 milligrams of calcium per 100 grams of raw leaves and 11,600 international units (IU) of vitamin A plus thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.

Purslane In North America, this low growing, edible green is one of the commonest of all weeds and one found most often as a garden “pest” throughout most of North America. A continuously growing plant, purslane can be enjoyed from June to October. Many people eat the seeds and preserve the stems by pickling them. It contains 2,500 IU of vitamin A in 100 grams of leaves, 10 milligrams of riboflavin and it is a great source of EPA, an extremely important long chain omega-3 fatty acid crucial for brain development.

Plant Can I eat it?! Is it Medicinal? How does it help my garden? What can it tell me about my soil? Notes
Canadian Thistle – Leaves can be eaten raw or cooked (remove prickles first)- rhizomes, stems, and roots can be peeled and eaten raw or steamed (like asparagus)- Leaves can be rolled up to smash the spines.- Source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals

– Young spring shoots are considered most tasty – a delicacy in Scotland!

– Use in salads, throw it in your green smoothie for extra nutrients, bake in a lasagna, try out Thistle chips, etc.

– Infusions and extracts of root were used for mouth diseases, infections, and a general health tonic.- Leaves can be chewed to relieve tooth aches or sore throats due to anti-inflammatory properties – An excellent source of nectar and pollen for honey bees (and given that they grow easily in poor soil, they do well in attracting pollinators to areas that need them!)
– Miner plant
– It’s incredibly deep roots help break up subsoil
– Roots bring up iron, in particular
– Balance*- Indicates heavier, compacted soils
– Indicates dry soils
– Roots contain inulin, an indigestible starch, so may cause bloating/gas- The thistle became the national symbol of Scotland after a Norwegian arm mounted a surprise attack, taking off their shoes to quietly cross the fields – their resulting cries of pain alerted defenders.
– In Norse mythology, the thistle is the lightening plant – those who wore it were protected by Thor, God of thunder.- “I pick them in quantity when the plant is under 1 foot tall, then rinse them to remove dirt and bugs. I find that rinsing (under a stream of water) tends to disable the prickles to a noticeable extent. I cut the plant’s stem with scissors via gloved hands, but rinse the leaves with bare hands. Then I cook them in water or stock (the latter is tastier) and the prickles are fully disabled”
Purple Dead Nettle – Leaves, stem, and flowers are all edible- Very nutritious, high in iron, vitamins, and fiber- Eaten as raw green, or cooked
– Best collected when in flower for fresh eating- Make a tea, sweetened with honey

– Salads, stir-fry, pesto,

– Bruised fresh leaves can be used to staunch wounds/cuts
– Used as a complimentary treatment for controlling and reducing allergies!
– They are significantly anti-inflammatory, and pain-reducing(inhibits the release of the hormone prostagladin-2, the main mediator for inflammation in allergies and chronic inflammatory conditions)- Has a range of antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
– Natural source of immune system building Vitamin C- Concentrated tea can be a laxative
– Important nectar and pollen plants for bees, as they arrive in early spring (have been known as “bee nettle”) – Balance*- prefers moist, well-drained soil
– Will grow just about anywhere!- Typically indicates less nutritious and shadier areas
– Consult your doctor before combing purple dead nettle with prescription medications- A beautiful plant! Use in flower bouquets an enjoy their bright colours and purple shine!- called ‘deadnettle’ in reference to the fact that they are not a stinging nettle
Sheep Sorrel – Delicious lemon taste!
– Used directly in cooking, salads, sauces, and soups
– Used across the globe
– Stewed leaves are popular with lamb and pork
– Used as a garnish
– Can be used to curdle cheese
– Provides flavour with it’s tartness
– Chop finely and cook on salmon
– Make a lemony cordial, champagne, or wine with the leaves
– Anti-inflammatory agent
– Diuretic
– Antibacterial
– Immune system booster
– Antioxidant
– Has been used in treatment for cancer, fever, and scurvy
– Vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E and K
– Can help reduce inflammation and pain in sinusitis
– Tannins in the plant help decrease mucus production
– Can be used to quench thirst
– Brings up calcium and phosphorus, mineralize that alkalinize the soil – *Balance
– Indicates acidic, low lime soil (pH below 7.0)
– EXCESSIVE use may lead to kidney stones if one is prone to them, due to high amounts of oxalic acid
– Generally recommended children/breast-feeding women avoid this herb, due to lack of research
– Called “azeda” in Portugal, meaning “sour”
Gout Weed – Was used as a main salad ingredient and pot herb in Europe- Older gout leaves are often cooked with cheese (think, spinach and artichoke dip? Gout and artichoke dip!)
– In Northwest Germany, Gout is made into grune suppe, or green soup
– Leaves eaten raw or cooked can have a tangy taste- For best taste, harvest before it flowers
– Use anywhere you’d use spinach
– This tends to be a love it or hate it plant, when it comes to taste! Give it a try!
– All parts are a diuretic
– Has been used to treat rheumatism, arthritis, and bladder disorders- People consumed and externally used gout, crushing the root and holding it at the join to fight the sickness gout
– Stimulates digestion and metabolism
– Good Source of Vit. C and A, iron, manganese, copper, and trace minerals such as boron and titanium
– Acts as a good ground cover plant
– Part of the umbellifer family, which are great pollinators!
– Will indicate that your soil with healthy moisture levels
– Balance*
– The veins of Gout weed leaf ends at the tip of a tooth on the underside of the leaf. Toxic hemlocks have veins that end between the teeth.- The genus, Aegopodium, is from the Greek words “agios” meaning goat, and “podion” which means little foot – the leaf shape resembles a little goat foot!
– A good early season green
Bindweed/ Morning Glory – Tea
– Steam the stalks
– In Turkey, leaves are used like spinach
– Long known for its properties to purify and cleanse the body and calm the mind
– Works to eliminate toxins/heavy metals from your body- A rich source of compounds such as tropine, aspartic acid, alanine, etc.- Indigenous Peoples used it as an antidote to spider bites
– It exhibits actions similar to anti-diabetic mediations, checking blood sugar levels
– Flowers are believed to exhibit antibacterial and antifungal properties
– Treating stress; can be used to soothe and calm mind and nerves
– Research is being conducted on Bindweed and fighting cancer tumors
– A strong purgative
– Can be used to purify and make cultivable chemical-laden, and overly used agricultural land (get rid of those pesticides, heavy metals, etc in your soil!)
– Specifically works well to eradicate chromium, copper, and cadmium from the soil
– works to restore the fertility and balance of the soil
– Acts similar to nitrogen-fixing plants, enhancing soil fertility
– Excellent ground cover plant
– Roots contain minerals that are returned to the soil when decomposing
– Attracts pollinators
– It thrives in nitrogen-rich areas, hence indicating high-nitrogen soil (a result of chemical fertilizers or natural causes)
– Balance*
– Indicates poor drainage, often hard soil with a crusty surface
– Grows in neglected areas, does not like cultivated soil
– *Balance
– Strong twining vine can be used for weaving or making good rope
(stems were commonly used as pack rope for carrying bird and marmots home after hunting)
– A green dye can be made from the whole plant
– Brought for medicinal and ornamental values
– Many European superstitions about the plant: if a young woman picks the flowers of Field bindweed, the object of her affections will die. If you pick the flowers there will be a thunder storm – often called “thunder flower” for this reason.
– Whole plant produces a green dye
Daisy – Leaves have been used as a cooked green, boiled or as a pot herb
– Flower petals eaten in salads- Typically more bitter taste
– Flower buds eaten in sandwiches, soups, stews,
– Pickle and use flower buds or green shoots like capers!
– It was a medieval delicacy to have a salad of young leaves with sorrel leaves and dandelion
– Flowers, before opening give a pleasant taste similar to that of walnut
– Leaves are especially rich in Vitamin C in early spring (comparable to that of lemons!)- Infusion of leaves can make a mosquito repellent
– In folk medicine, flowers are macerated in water to make a cough remedy
– Daisy preparations have been used to help heal wounds, and treat bruises
– Slows bleeding
– Tea has been used to treat asthma and whooping cough
– Attracts pollinators- Popular with honeybees and hoverflies – Loves well-drained soil – often indicate drier soil
– Tends to thrive in low nutrient soils – grows in ‘worn out’ soils
– Low tolerance for shade, so indicates highly sunny areas- Enjoys more neutral soils
– *Balance
– ‘Daisy’ is from ‘Day’s Eye’, meaning open only during the day- A daisy is not a flower but an inflorescence, being composed of many, tiny flowers, yellow, arranged in a flower head or floral disc
– Can be used to make a yellow dye
– Christianity told this flower came from the tears of Mary Magdalene- Found everywhere on Earth except Antarctica
– Introduced intentionally as an ornamental and accidentally imported
– Use in flower bouquets!
– In the Middle Ages, the knight who wore two daisies on his shield was the “Lady’s” choice. If a woman wore a crown of daisies, it meant she had not yet chosen her suitor.
Dandelion – Dandelion tea- Flowers make wine, cordial
– Leaves, flowers, and roots are all edible
– Can have a slightly bitter flavour, which is lessened by spring or fall harvest
– Cooking lessens bitter flavour
– Leaves / flowers make great addition to salads- Milk of the stem is incredibly bitter!
– Eat fresh, In food preparations, dried, in teas or other beverages, dried, crushed and used in capsules for health benefits, etc
– Roast and grind the roots as a coffee-like substitute
– Dandelion ice cream
– Rich source of beta-carotene (we convert into Vit A)
– Source of Fiber, Potassium, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Phosphorus, and more!
– Contains more protein than spinach
– Has been used to treat anemia, scurvy, skin problems, blood disorders, and depression
– Acts as a mild laxative that promotes digestion
– Stimulates appetite- Balances the beneficial bacteria in the intestines
– A diuretic that helps the kidneys clear out waste, salt, and excess water
– Has been shown to remove liver toxins
– Rich in antioxidants
– Helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels
– Contains fatty acids and phytonutrients
that reduce inflammation in the body (relieves pain and swelling)
– Tea to treat upset stomach
– A spring tonic, after lack of vitamins in the winter- A one cup serving has as much calcium as half a glass of milk- More nutritious that most of the veggies in your garden!
– Miner plant (excess numbers are typically a sign of nutrient-lacking soil)
– A pollinator plant – early spring flower
– Strong roots loosen hard-packed soil, allowing other plants to grow there more easily
– Roots aerate the earth, and reduce erosion
– They are natural fertilizers!
– If left alone, a plant can live for years, with the root growing deeper and deeper, up to 15 feet even! Imagine the wonderful nutrients being brought up for your other plants to enjoy!
– Roots in particular bring up calcium and iron
– Require sun and disturbed soils – where they grow, is likely to have good access to sunshine, and have a history of human disturbance- Typically indicates heavier, clay-y, compacted, acidic soil (however, true, will grow just about anywhere!)- Thrive in ‘sour’ acidic soil (pH below 7.0)
– *Balance
– Those allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemum, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, or daisy should avoid dandelion- Early colonists brought the dandelion to America from Europe- ‘Dandelion’ comes from the French ‘Dent de Lion’, meaning “lion’s tooth” – referring to the jagged points on the leaves reminding you of sharp lions teeth
– The French grow dandelions to eat as we would grow lettuce in our garden- Best flavoured dandelions are those not cut often – instead look for those where the grass grows long and freely
– Best time to gather is before the last frost of spring, before the flower blooms – the further in their lifestage, the more bitter they are
– Believed to be some of the oldest plants on the planet – have found fossils dating back 30 million years ago

– Have been used by ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and Chinese traditional medicines

– Famous for their beauty – a common subject for poetry!
– a one-inch bit of dandelion can grow a new dandelion
– They are among the most expensive items in the grocery store!

Clover – Try clover flowers sprinkled over rice, or cooked in soy sauce
– White clover is not as nutritious or flavorful as red, but just as edible!
– Every bit, from blossom to root, is edible, though flowers are the most tasty.
– Have a clover flower tea
– Pan roast the flowers until crispy
– Young leaves are good to supplement salads raw (1/2 cup or so)
– Older leaves should be cooked
– Typically seen as a ‘survival food’, as aside from the flower, it’s not particularly tasty, so why not add to a smoothie or soup pot to get their nutrients instead?
– Use leaves like spinach when cooked
– dried seed pods and flowers can be ground into powder and used as a flour
– dried leaves can add a vanilla flavour to baking
– Flowers are high in protein
– has beta carotene, vitamin C, most of the B vitamins, and more
– Red clover is more nutritious than white
– Red clover is a good source of calcium, chromium, magnesium niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine
– Obtains nitrogen from the air and fixes it into the soil when decomposed into it
– An excellent ground cover crop
– Brings lots of bees as a pollinator! (So many that in the US clover is legally discouraged in lawns and people might get stung from the bees. “Frankly, I think we need less lawyers than less clover.”
– Indicates low fertility soil, low nitrogen levels
– Indicates sunny areas and typically moist soils- Red clover indicates high potassium
– *Balance
– Clover is a member of the pea family, and its blossom is actually a bunch of little pea-like blossoms, called “wings and keels”
– Clover grows essentially everywhere in the world
– Careful if you are commonly allergic to plants.
– NEVER FERMENT AND EAT ANY PART OF IT. Either completely fresh, or completely dried. If too warm in climate, or in fermentation, can produce small amounts of cyanide.- Dried leaves have hint of vanilla aroma- Has much folklore and religious symbolism
– Remember to look for those four leaf clovers!

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Weeds – Friend Or Enemy?

A weed is any unwanted plant that grows in our gardens.

Most gardeners consider weeds to be unsightly, however these plants can have beneficial properties. Many weeds, like the dandelions are edible.
Some weeds also provide a food sources to garden pollinators. Clover is a favorite nectar source of bees. Bronze fennel and Queen Anne’s lace attract predatory wasps and flies, as well as ladybugs, which prey on garden pests.

Weeds can improve your soils health or indicate a soil problem that needs to be corrected.
Folklore provides some interesting information about what weeds have to say about our soil.

Weeds in the legume family, such as vetch and clover, are “nitrogen fixers.” They form helpful relationships with soil bacteria that make nitrogen, one of the most important plant nutrients.
Folklore has it, if you see a lot of leguminous weeds, it means that you have nitrogen poor soil where other plants won’t thrive. Over time, the nitrogen fixing properties of these plants can help to improve soil quality. In fact, clover and vetch are often grown as “cover crops” to improve soil.

Weeds with deep taproots, like dandelions, are often found in compacted soil. These weeds can indicate soil that’s in need of aeration.
Similarly, creeping (bind weed) buttercups often thrive in heavy soil that is low in organic matter.

To help prevent weed problems. Build a rich soil. Many weeds thrive in poor, compacted or disturbed soil, and enriching your soil can do wonders to reduce weeds.
For vegetable gardens, constructing raised beds at least 12 inches tall and filling them with high quality, weed free garden soil is one of the quickest ways to prevent the vast majority of weeds. When building a new raised bed, line the bottom of your planting area with a couple of layers of corrugated cardboard (flattened boxes work well) before adding the soil. This layer will help to smother most weeds.

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Best by – Use by – Sell by – Best if used by – Freeze by – Enjoy by dates have little meaning

Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America. 40 percent, 160 billion pounds of food in the U.S. goes uneaten every year.

91 percent of consumers occasionally throw food away based on the ‘sell by’ date out of a mistaken concern for food safety even though none of the date labels actually indicate food is unsafe to eat.

Chris Bernstein of the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said “products may have a ‘sell by’ date of, say, April 1, but they could be good in your pantry for another 12 or 18 months.

A lot of people mistakenly think there is some sort of government standard for ‘best by’ dates and that you have to throw out food once the date is passed. The truth is it’s the manufacturer who comes up with those dates, and much of the time the food is perfectly safe to eat well after the date has passed.

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Wendy’s now hiring – Humans need not apply

Wendy’s old-fashioned hamburgers chain throws a wrench in the $15.00 dollar and hour minimum wage plan being pushed by many cities and states.

Wendy’s, one of the world’s largest fast food chains, says it will replace human employees with automated self-service kiosks in many of its approximately 6,500 restaurants. According to Wendy’s CTO Todd Penegor, the plan is an effort to counteract minimum wage hikes.

Some Wendy’s franchises have raised food prices to combat wage increases, but, kiosk adoption could allow franchises to keep pricing consistent despite increases in minimum wage. Wendy’s has 258 restaurants in California, which has raised the minimum wage to $10 an hour and will be increasing it to $15 by 2020.

McDonalds has also been testing digital kiosks at a few of its restaurants.

CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, Andy Puzder, has also expressed interest in replacing staff with machines since he says the government is making it harder for him to hire employees.

McDonalds and all of Yum Brand’s companies — KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell have apps that allow ordering.

Liberal democrats have once again misjudged American business response to government ‘Forced’ policies that have doubled the cost of labor.

Score Whole Milk 1 – Coca Cola 0

Coca-Cola Nutrition Facts serving size 8 ounces (1-cup)
Not a significant source of fat cal., sat. fat, trans fat, cholest., fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.
Calories 100
Sodium 30mg
Total Carb. 26g
Sugars 26g
Caffeine Content: 23 mg
INGREDIENTS: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors, caffeine.

Pepsi Cola Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 8 fl oz (240 mL)
Calories 100
Sodium 20mg
Total Carbohydrate 28g
Sugars 28g
Not a significant source of other nutrients.

Note: Caramel: process of caramelization consists of heating sugar slowly to around 340 °F (170 °C). As the sugar heats, the molecules break down and re-form into compounds with a characteristic Carmel color and flavor.

Minute maid lemonade Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 8 fl oz (240mL)
Calories 110
% Daily Value*
Sodium 15mg
Total Carbohydrates 29g
Sugars 28g
Protein 0g Not a significant source of protein
Not a significant source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.
Ingredients: Contains water, high fructose corn syrup, lemon juice from concentrate, lemon pulp, natural flavors, sugar.

Starbucks Frappuccino Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 8 fl oz (240mL)
Calories 120
Calories from Fat 30
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 220mg
Total Carbohydrate 50g
Sugars 50g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 10%
Iron 0%
Caffeine 95mg
Ingredients : Ice, Milk, Coffee Frappuccino Syrup [Sugar, Water, Salt, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Caramel Color], Coffee.

Bottom line is which will you serve your family. Soft drinks containing calories with No Nutritional food value or will you opt for Milk?

Whole Milk 1-cup(8 ounces)
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Gluten-free diet could damage your health

Gluten-free diet could damage health of people without coeliac disease.
Gluten-free diets could be damaging the health of people who do not have coeliac disease, raising the risk of obesity, diabetes and malnutrition.

The diet, which excludes all food containing grains like wheat, barley and rye, such as bread and pasta, have been popularized by celebrities who claims cutting out gluten boosts health and aids weight loss.

Columbia University Medical Center, in New York, warned that gluten-free alternatives were often loaded with fat and sugar and lacked nutrients.

There is no evidence that a gluten free diet. Or processed gluten free foods are healthier nor have there been proven health or nutritional benefits.
Obesity, overweight and new-onset insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome have been identified after initiation of a gluten-free diet. It also may lead to deficiencies in B vitamins, folate, and iron, given a lack of nutrient fortification of many gluten-free products.

People self-prescribing a gluten free diet should be counselled as to the possible financial, social and nutritional consequences of unnecessary implementation of this diet.

Naveed Sattar, Professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow said “people should not adopt a gluten-free diet on the basis that they think it will be beneficial to their health unless they have a diagnosis of a condition such as coeliac disease.”

May 8 – 13 In Review

Homeless would rather go hungry than eat vegan.
The health conscious menu served at a homeless shelter wasn’t appreciated by some of the homeless patrons. Some said that they need to eat meat, and would return to the streets if they were fed vegan food.

I Say “close the kitchen” for a week or two, maybe after missing a few ‘Free meals’ maybe just maybe those fat ungrateful free loaders will like vegetables after they miss a few free lunches!

I have had storms, some severe rolling through well after dark 4 day this week. Winds to 70 MPH and 4 miles north of my tiny farm the town of Geronimo had 3 inch hail, 75 MPH winds causing a lot of roof damage broken windows and trees broken up by wind and hail.

Last month I salvaged the bed off of an old 29 year old pickup truck turning it into a trailer by a constructing a tongue and jack stand. Of course the first time son-n-law used the trailer the tailgate would not open. I had to purchase a #4 phillips screw driver to disassemble the tailgate, adjust the latch assemble and oil all the moving parts. Grin… I’m sure that was the first time in 10 years the tailgate had been opened.

I have been on a spring cleaning binge. Loading pile after pile of trash, junk and I can’t figure out where all that old fence wire came from. Anyway, a riding mower can now safely mow around the house, chicken house/pen and storage shed.

Wife 1.0, here after known as Attila the Hun, has had problems of night crawlers(criminals) attempting to break in to her storage building. So not wanting to offend Attila, I am in the process of building bugler bars to cover storage shed windows.
To make it easy on myself the bugler bars are constructed out of 1 inch and 3/4 inch 16 gauge square tubing and will be attached using four 1/4 inch X 3 inch lag bolts.

As a plus to this weeks events, I have started harvesting radishes from my pouch container.

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Butter One Of The Good Guy’s?

A study in the British Medical Journal revealed that while those who avoided butter in favor of vegetable oil spreads saw their cholesterol levels drop, [however]the result didn’t translate to a lower risk of heart disease or premature death.

The study, a reappraisal of data from a randomized controlled trial from 1968 to 1973, looked at 9,570 participants who replaced saturated fat in their diets with vegetable oil, which is rich in linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated fat. While the vegetable oil group saw cholesterol levels drop by 13.8 per cent, it failed to have the same effect on their risk of death in fact, they actually had a higher risk than those who consumed the butter.

Dr Forouhi said,”saturated fats are not the villains previously thought. One large study from McMaster University in Canada last August found no evidence that eating higher amounts of saturated fat raised the risk of death, but it did find eating more trans-fats was linked to increased risk of death and heart disease.

Rick Miller consultant dietitian, said “We need to move away from the idea of consuming single nutrients to thinking about eating more heart healthy foods,” That means a combination of saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats for heart health. “These include omega-3 fatty acids from fish such as salmon, herring and tuna, or plant based sources such as walnuts, flaxseed and canola oils, avocados, olives and olive oils, and dairy products such as whole milk and eggs.”

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Garden Bug

It’s 2.25am and the wind is rolling a garbage can around outside, awaking me and my 2 trusty guard dogs. It’s 73(23C) degrees, wind is holding steady at 25 gusting to 37mph. I guess I better go catch that garbage can and tie it to a fence post or it will soon be in Kansas.

guard dogs

Caution: Guard Dogs at work

Here’s a little know bit of folk lore. Cucumber Magic: If grubs and slugs are ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices of cucumber in a small aluminum pie pan, place it in your garden and soon your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area. I don’t know if this really works, but, it’s worth a try.

Sue Shekutat herbs can help control insects and keep your patio or garden area free of pests! {Another worthwhile experiment you can try in your garden.
Worst thing that can happen is you will have a lot on nice herbs to be harvested for use in your kitchen.

whats bugging me

Dalmatian Pyrethrum Chrysan-themum cinerarifolium. This variety of chrysanthemum is the source for many natural insecticides for flying and crawling insects. It is one of the least harmful to mammals or birds, but the dried flowers of the pyrethrum daisy will kill or stun the insects the moment it touches them. It is one of the safest pesticides to use on pests and their bedding to keep fleas and ticks away. The powder is the result of drying and crushing the flowers.

English Pennyroyal Mentha pulegium. A small leaved herb that has spikes of lavender flowers, pennyroyal is a member of the mint family. Ground pennyroyal is one of the most effective tick deterrents available. Dust powder made from the leaves around areas where the pet sleeps and plays.

Feverfew Chrysanthemum parth-enium. Feverfew blooms midsummer through fall. The flower heads are used to make a pesticide.

Lavender Lavandula angustifolia. Most know lavender as a beautiful aromatic herb that is used to scent food, soaps, cosmetics and many other products. If you dry bunches of lavender and hang them in the closet, they will repel moths and make your clothes smell good at the same time.

Lemon Basil Ocimum basilcum v. citriodorum. An aromatic herb with small pretty flowers and lemony fragrance, lemon basil is a fine culinary herb. When planted in the garden close to tomatoes, it deters white flies.

Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris. Mugwort leaves are used to repel moths. They can be made into sachets or dried and hung in the top of the closet.

Peppermint Mentha piperita. Peppermint helps repel ants, aphids, flea beetles, cabbage worms, squash bugs and white flies. Plant it near susceptible plants or make a tea from the crushed leaves and spray it on infested plants.

Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis. Rosemary leaves dried and powdered are used as a flea and tick repellent. Dust the powder around where your pet sleeps.

Sage Salvia officinalis. Sage is helpful planted next to cabbage to improve the taste and repel cabbage worms and moths.

Tansy Tanacetum vulgare. Leaves are used to repel ants and moths in sachets or when strewn around. The small yellow flowers are used in potpourri.

Wormwood Artemisia absinithium. Grows tall with gray silky foliage and spikes of small flowers. Powdered dust made from the leaves and sprinkled on plants and soil will deter many insects. It is not toxic; the bugs just don’t like the fragrance.

Tansy, rue and anise are good at repelling aphids.
Chamomile and hyssop will help discourage cabbage moths on your cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.
Basil and dill planted near your tomato plants will help keep tomato hornworms away. Dill and fennel are also good food plants for butterflies, particularly the swallowtail. They lure the caterpillars from other plants.

Beetles and squash bugs on your squash and cucumbers? Plant mint, oregano or tansy nearby. Catnip and savory will discourage flea beetles and bean beetles on your bean plants.
Parsley and rosemary will keep carrot flies away from your carrots.

Used dried herbs to make fragrant potpourri or sachets that will repel insects in the closet or storage chests.
Mint, rosemary, rue, tansy, thyme, wormwood, southernwood, lavender, pennyroyal and lemon geranium are all excellent at repelling moths that get into your clothes. Put the dried herbs in a cloth bag {cheese cloth} that is loosely woven enough to let the air circulate and let it hang from a hanger in the closet or tuck it into a drawer or chest. When it comes time to get out your winter clothes, they’ll smell good and be moth free.

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