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Quotes From the Masters: Hugo

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Marigolds

Marigolds make great companions to other plants in your garden. Just ask any farmer or gardener and they will tell you to plant marigolds to keep those pesky rabbits and annoying insects out of your prized vegetables.  The pests hate the smell.  Nematodes (microscopic worms) and other organisms run from the marigold’s roots underground, and they will stay away for up to three years.

No annual is easier to grow than marigolds.  They are a cheerful plant that is hardy and will typically grow anywhere, but like well-drained soil the best.  They will bloom all season long right up to the first snowfall in some cases.  Marigolds are generally, yellow, orange and red, and are a perfect tribute to your fall garden.

According to Herbalists at MDidea Extracts, “The marigold or Calendula flower was well-known to the old herbalists as a garden flower that also could be used for culinary or healing practices. It has been cultivated in the kitchen garden for the flowers, which are dried for broth, and said to comfort the heart and spirits.”

During the American Civil War, field doctors used the flowers of the marigold to accelerate healing in open wounds, promote blood clotting, cleanse the tissue, and prevent infection. The practice of using marigolds to heal soldiers continued until World War I. 

The Old Farmer’s Almanac shares some “Wit & Wisdom” about marigolds in its 2012 edition by telling how, in the late 1960s, Burpee president David Burpee launched an energetic campaign to have marigolds named the national flower, but in the end, roses won out.  In addition, they explain that for years, farmers have included the open-pollinated African marigold ‘Crackerjack’ in chicken feed to make egg yolks a darker yellow.

In short, Victor Hugo is correct when he states “Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies.”  For the marigold smiles at us with her beautiful buds of sunshine, protects our dreams of good food and health, and can adorn any patio with pure fancy.

******* Please Visit Bringing Europe Home to view more “Quotes From The Masters”

Works Cited

Marigolds: how to Plant, Care, and Grow Marigolds. (2012). Retrieved from Old Farmer’s Almanac: http://www.almanac.com/plant/marigolds

What is Marigold or Calendula extract? (2010, Dec. 1). Retrieved from MDidea Extracts Professional: http://www.mdidea.com/products/herbextract/marigold/data06.html

Why Plant Marigolds in your Vegetable Garden? (2007, Dec 7). Retrieved from ToadStool Aquaponics: http://toadstoolponds.wordpress.com/2007/12/07/why-plant-marigolds-in-your-vegetable-garden/

 

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Poignant Partings at Paw Paw Lake – 20 Lines Weekly Photo Challenge

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Paw Paw Lake, Michigan

The saddest time of vacation is the last night.  A week of sun, boating, family, and good times must end.  It is as if you can hear the loons playing “Taps” in the distance.  All the food has been eaten, and the gear is packed away. Just one more sleep, and it will be time to leave the cabin by the lake.

We will say adieu to the lovely water and goodbye to the glorious days.  We will return next year to enjoy your peace pace and your beautiful display of the natural world.

 

→   20 Lines Weekly Photo Challenge. Submit a photo of Nature/The Great Outdoors by posting your entry to your blog, then leaving a comment with a link to your blog post at http://anexerciseindiscipline.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/20-lines-weekly-photo-challenge/

 

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Playing in the Rain

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The JOY of playing in the rain.

“It’s a Miracle! “Exclaimed my grandson as he spied the rain falling from the back door window.   I opened the door and we both walked out to feel the wondrous drops of long-awaited moisture plop upon our heads.  It has been weeks since there has been any precipitation in our area.  The grass is dormant, except in the backyard where I have been watering it.  The trees are losing their leaves and nature is yearning for a clean drink of water.

It rained a steady rain for about 45 minutes.  This was enough to cause puddles to stomp in and for the air to smell fresh.  It is amazing how parched both nature and humans become when there is not any rain.  I hope this is a new trend in the weather.  I pray that we continue to produce enough rain to revitalize the crops, perk up the grass, and hydrate the trees.   Until then, I am grateful I was able to view the nectar from the clouds, and my grandson doing his dance of joy.

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Weekly Photo Challenge- Create

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Bellagio Botanical Gardens, Las Vegas, NV

This picture, found at the Botanical Gardens this month in the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, is made of real plants and flowers. When I stumbled upon it, I found it amazing.  Imagine the time, thought, and energy it took to create something so unique and beautiful.

The Garden was a creative playground of flowers and plants.  Lady bugs, bees, and butterflies were abundant here as in any good garden.

Bellagio Botanical Gardens, Las Vegas, NV

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10 Amazing Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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Tea Tree oil is a natural antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infection oil. It comes from the Narrow leaved tea tree that is native to Australia. It can be used in a variety of applications to heal and cure many ailments.  Many pharmacies carry Tea Tree oil; ask your pharmacist. Below are the ten most popular uses of Tea Tree Oil.

1.   Athlete’s Foot:  The oil can be applied directly to the feet or put in a small spray bottle with water.  A few drops diluted with water can be spray on clean dry feet daily.

2.  Cold Sores: Reduce the healing time of cold sores by applying Tea Tree Oil. 

3.  Toe Nail Fungus: Apply Tea Tree Oil directly to the infected toes.  This can also be done by adding a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to a small spray bottle filled with water.  Be persistent!  Toe Nail Fungus is stubborn and will require daily treatment to remove.

4.  Insect Bites:  Apply a drop on the bite to make the itch go away.

5.  Warts: Apply a drop or two directly to the wart daily until the wart disappears.

6.  Disinfectant: Add 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil to a clean pint spray bottle, and then fill the remainder of the bottle with water. Shake and spray counters, toilets, etc.

7.  Laundry: Add a teaspoon of Tea Tree Oil to a smelly load of laundry and odors are gone!

8.  Acne: Dab a drop of Tea Tree Oil on a pimple to dry it up quickly. Many brands of face wash include Tea Tree Oil as a main ingredient, too.

9.  Ticks: Apply a drop or two directly on the tick site. Use tweezers to remove the tick.

10.  Bad Breath, Inflamed Gums, and Plaque: Add 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil to a cup of water. Use the solution as a mouthwash two to three times daily.  Always spit out the Tea Tree Oil mouthwash. Do not swallow it!  You may also add 1 drop of Tea Tree Oil to toothpaste when brushing.

 

More Great Places to Get Information:

An A-Z List of Tea Tree Oil Uses. (2012). Retrieved from Squidoo, LLC : http://www.squidoo.com/uses-for-tea-tree-oil

Home Remedies Web. (2006-2012). Retrieved from Home Remedies Web: http://www.homeremediesweb.com/tea_tree_oil_health_benefits.php

Tea Tree Oil and Its Uses. (1998-2012). Retrieved from The Herbs Place: http://www.theherbsplace.com/Tea_Tree_Oil_Uses_sp_153.html

“Bug Off: Making Homemade Insect Repellent is Really, Really Easy http://scottandjoanbailey.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/bug-off-making-homemade-insect-repellent-is-really-really-easy/

“20 Great Uses for Tea Tree Oil  – http://hazellcottrell.com/2012/05/31/20-great-uses-for-tea-tree-oil/

 

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Don’t Play With Fire, Play with Yucca Plants

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I love plants and flowers, and even consider myself a very amateur gardener.  But, there is one plant that voraciously grows in my garden that I want to destroy!  Yucca plants!  These gnarly examples of vegetation are the hardiest, toughest plants I have ever encountered.  Weeds are easier to be rid of than Yucca plants. I realize that the Yucca flower is the state flower of New Mexico, and that it has cool names such as Spoonleaf yucca. Filament yucca, and Adam’s Needle yucca.  However, I personally think it is just plain Yuk…A .

Yucca plants are prevalent in the hot dry areas of the Western United States.  They are often planted as ornamental plants and use widely in landscaping. (This must be why my stepfather planted them in the garden.)  Supposedly, they are easy to keep and their flowers are unique.  I think they are ugly, but that is just me.  Moreover, the roots of the Soap tree Yucca were loved and used by Native Americans as shampoo in rituals. So these plants do have a purpose, however, they serve no purpose in my yard other to annoy me to no end.

I have cut them, pulled them, beat them, sprayed them but nothing seems to make them go away.  I have been told that you must get the entire root system out of the ground or they will come back.  So, I have spent countless hours digging below the surface of my garden to accomplish this goal.  Nevertheless, the next year they are back.  And, it is not just one; there are baby yuccas all over my garden. These things are mutants!

I should probably dig them up and sell them on the open market.  I hear people actually go to the garden center and ask for these yucky plants!  Maybe I am missing out on a real money-making operation.  Be it as it may, I have no interest in keeping Yucca plants in my life. Therefore, out they must go once again.  I am sure they will be back next year, and I will be ranting about yucky yucca plants for the remainder of my life.  They truly are the bane of my existence!

**Here are some places to check out if you wish to remove your Yucca Plants. Some of these sites are not for the faint hearted. Killing the Yucca plant is apparently serious business. Good Luck!!

Gardening Know How- http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/xeriscape/removing-yucca.htm

Do it yourself- http://www.doityourself.com/stry/removing-a-yucca-plant-from-your-yard

American Family~How to KILL a Yucca plant- http://american-family.org/2007/08/02/how-to-kill-a-yucca-plant/

Ehow- http://www.ehow.com/how_4517250_remove-yucca.html

 

 

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Litter Bugs are in Season

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Litter Bugs are those annoying people who carelessly drop small refuse or waste materials in the public way. Their litter makes parks, beaches, roadways, and sidewalks dirty and expensive to clean up.  . Litter Bugs can create dangerous situations for animals and people, too.

According to Keep America Beautiful, litter clean-up costs Americans almost 11.5 billion a year.  Municipalities, businesses, schools, and the taxpayers foot the bills for littering. In addition, it is not just garbage on the street that causes clean up to be so expensive. It is the effects of the litter on storm drains that become clogged and cause flooding, the toxic contamination in the water supply, and dangerous materials on roadways.

Animals are at risk from human littering as well.  Plastic bags that come from the grocery store have found their way into some very unusual places.  As quoted from The Greenhouse Neutral FoundationThere is an estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic in each square mile of ocean. Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food.”  “Animals can swallow or get entangled in many of the litter items people leave in the environment.” Says Melissa Kilgore at the Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. They can also ingest toxic substances like motor oil and pesticides, which are often dumped into storm drains and end up in our waterways.”

So what do we do to rid ourselves of Litter Bugs?

  • Do not become one yourself! Throw your trash in a garbage can.

  • Keep a trash bag in your car to hold all those McDonald’s wrappers and cups. You can always empty the bag at a gas station.

  • Limit your use of plastic bags from the grocery store, department stores, and home improvement stores.  Invest in reusable bags.

  • Dispose of chemicals, paint, and motor oil safely. Call your local refuse company or town hall and find out where to dispose of these products.

  • Be a good model! Show others how to dispose of their trash. Teach young people to keep their environment clean.

  • Volunteer to pick up litter in your neighborhood. Every little bit helps to keep our neighborhoods safe and neat.

 

Works Cited

Grist, A. s. (Director). (2007). The Crying Indian Commercial [Motion Picture].

Keep America Beautiful, Inc. . (2006). Retrieved from Keep America Beautiful, Inc. : http://www.kab.org/site/PageServer?pagename=focus_litter_prevention

Kilgore, M. (1999). Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Retrieved from Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center: http://www.chintiminiwildlife.org/Education/LivingWithWild/Litter.htm

Stop Plastic Bags. (2012). Retrieved from The Greenhouse Neutral Foundation: http://greenhouseneutralfoundation.org/articles/2009/12/15/stoplasticbags-a-global-petition-to-ban-the-bag-3/

 

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