Winter Gardening Tips

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When we think of eating homegrown food during the cold season, we often think of staples such as potatoes squirreled away in the root cellar, or of vegetables such as winter squash stashed in a cool, dry place. But many gardeners are discovering the joys of harvesting fresh produce all winter long, which allows for feasts of cold-hardy crops that are just-picked and just right for the time of year. According to Jodi Lew-Smith of High Mowing Seeds in Wolcott, Vt., the seed-buying season used to be January, February and March. “Now there’s also a surge in June, July, August and into September for fall-planted crops,” she says. Eating from the garden is just too pleasant to give up simply because the temperature — and the snow — may have fallen.

I don’t mean growing tomatoes in January. Fruiting crops no doubt need long, sunny days and warm conditions to complete their delicious arc of softening, deepening in color and perfectly ripening. Winter fare is about leaves, stems and roots, which mature more and more slowly as the weather cools and the days shorten. Better still, winter vegetables sweeten with the cold. If you’ve ever tasted a winter-pulled carrot or winter-cut spinach, you’re familiar with the treasures winter gardening can bring.

With my husband, Eliot Coleman, I run Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine, where winter production is a key part of our business. Over the past two decades, we’ve built, trialed and collected data on many hoop house designs and crop-protection methods. We’ve also tested many crops — and multiple varieties of those crops — to discover what grows best in winter.

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    Thanks for the question, I can definitely help you.

     

    I am currently writing an eBook for www.dherbs.com called "Losing weight the healthy way." I have been a weight loss counselor for many years. I am also a health coach, personal trainer, bodymind nutritionist, and a vegan lifestyle coach. 

     

    When it comes to weight loss most programs want you to lose weight to get healthy. My mindset is to get healthy and lose weight. 

     

    In my health/fitness/nutrition coaching program www.theveganeffect.com I use a lowfat/high carb/ high raw/ nutrient dense/ high alkaline diet to achieve long term weight loss success. So far I am 100 percent in getting clients long lasting weight loss. If you are interested in my program please fill out the health history form on the side of the web page. We could have a free 1 hour initial consultation over skype to see how I can best help you.

     

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    Snack: Sorbet

     

    Hope this helps

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Yes, it seems you have enough raw food available to you to complete the cleanse.

    In order to clean local produce, rinse thoroughly with apple cider vinegar to "disinfect" it. If apple cider vinegar is unavailable, just use water.

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    Q: I was diagnosed with Raynauds--circulcation in the tips of my fingers. When it is cold my blood vessels constrict causing the tips of my fingers to turn purple and sometimes oftentimes develops painful ulcers. What do you recommend?

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    Work on your circulation! Use CIRCUL-AID FORMULA and VEINS FORMULA to get results!

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    Q: I started the Full Body Cleanse program on August 25th. Three days later, detox symptoms became so severe that I discontinued taking it on September 4th. However, I want to resume but feel that I need some assistance from you in terms of what might be the best way to do so in order that I can continue with my daily activities. Symptoms of most concern included: uncontrollable coughing, tightness in chest, increased blood pressure and severe headache. When I noted that the symptoms were increasing in intensity, I discontinued taking the Full Body Cleanse herbs,(after 10 days). 3 days after discontinuing the programs, the symptoms have subsided to a degree that I can continue with my daily activities. I want to resume the program but want to do so at a rate that I can function during the day and sleep at night without hours of intensive coughing. What suggestions do you have? About me: I am AA 60 Y.O. female who has been a raw vegan for the past 7 years. My doctor insists that I remain on the following medications: Levoxyl Tab 0.05 mg; Avapro 150mg; and Estradiol patch for thyroid condition, hypertension and menopause, respectively. Noteworthy, I discontinued taking all med 3 days prior to starting Full Body Cleanseand have not starting taking them again. My goal is to be free of such poisons.

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    Q: I just purchased the CHILDREN LUNG EXTRACT for my daughter who will be 3 in January 2009. She has Asthma and a cold which is causing wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing, she is miserable. MD has prescribed Prednisolone and nebulizer treatments of albuterol. Questions: 1. Can I give her the Lung Extract while she is taking the prescribed medicine? 2. Is there another product that you sell that I should be giving her in place of or in addition to the Lung extract? My hope is the get her healthy with herbs and natural treatments so she will not have to take the prescription meds.

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    It is not wise to take herbs and drugs (poison) simultaneously. Either you are into healing or you're not. With drug consumption you are not into healing. You are into masking symptoms! Give the CHILDREN LUNG EXTRACT as well as MUCUS BUSTER FORMULA.

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    Q: Question, I'm vegan/vegetarian 27 male (black)...I'm having symptoms of the Flu: cold chills, like sinus headache, lost of appetite, shoulder pain!...I've been dealing wit' this now for 3 days; the worst is over, no more cold chills & just got my appetite back today and no more body pain; but I still have a slight headache, I can move my eyes around a bit more. In the future what way can I safeguard my internal against such sicknesses?

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    DHERBS: BATH IN HOT WATER, 1 BOX OF SEA SALT DAILY! FOR HEADACHES, TAKE DHERBS HEADACHE & PAIN FORMULA AND HEADACHE TEA. PERFORM AN ENEMA. RAINFOREST TONIC AND IMMUNE SUPPORT IS A GREAT FORMULA THAT GUARDS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.

    And I have a 4yr. daughter after being sick what type of accentual oils are good for cleaning & killing germs after this sickness is over?

    DHERBS: ESSENTIAL OILS OF TEA TREE, NIAOULI, RAVENSARE, MANUKA, CAJEPUT, EUCALYPTUS, AND LEMON.

    What are some other effective natural herbs that r affective in curing these symptoms? (beside the ones listed down below)

    DHERBS: ECHINACEA, GOLDENSEAL, CAT'S CLAW, PAU D' ARCO, GINSENG, ELDERBERRY, AND ASTRAGALUS

    I've been fighting these symptoms with Lemon Juice ginger Echinacea (combination) Lemon Water (spring), Green tea & today just got a bit of my appetite back: vegetarian chili w/garlic. I've been burning Tea oil & lemon grass; don't ask why those just gave me the most comfort.

    DHERBS: ALWAYS DO WHAT WORKS, BELOVED!

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    Q: Hi, I have been reading many of your articles and wanted to know the best herbs and methods to heal crossed eyes. I have been plagued with this issue a long time and now I am eating a raw fruits/vegetable diet. The only problem is, I have been wearing my glasses since I was a kid and my eyes are severely weak. Any help would be great. Thanks!!

    A:

    It's not an herb that can cure a problem. Herbs only assist in healing! You have to prepare yourself for seeing without glasses, so learn some good eye exercises and apply them!

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    Q: Hello, I have the herpes virus that occasionally causes me to get a cold sore about once a year. I eat very healthy i.e. no dairy, fried foods, red meat etc. What do you recommend as a cure for this virus. I don't want to take something that will make the virus continue to stay dormant in my blood stream but something that will completely kill it out of my system so I never have an outbreak again. I'm certain there is a remedy that exists. My belief is that God has created a natural cure for every disease. Can you help, thanks?

    A:

    We have a very potent Anti-Viral Kit & Regimen that can help eradicate herpes from the body (especially if you perform the Full Body Cleanse before or after the Anti-Viral kit) and build the immune system to prevent future outbreaks.

    Also, read our article entitled "Genital Herpes" under "Articles" on our site.

     

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    Q: I just stopped taking my medication for high blood pressure (10mg of Lisinapril) about a week and half ago. I started your regimen of Circul-Aid Formula, Cardio-Vascular Formula and celery everyday. Will there be any after effects from my taking prescription medication for a long period of time? Are there any other healing regimens I could undergo along with the current (i.e. cayenne/garlic)? I did the Full Body Detox in January (excellent), and plan on undertaking that regimen again in July. My only concern was the lasting effects of the medication. Also, the article on High Blood Pressure was very informative.

    A:

    Drug residues will remain in the tissues for some time. The more you detox, take herbals, and eat raw fruits and vegetables (drink fruit and vegetable juice), drink good water, etc. The faster the drug residues will leave the body. Drugs are not assimilated in the body, because they are not organic, they end up lodged in the tissues of the body. When you take herbs, and eat fruits and vegetables, the tissues are cleansed and that's how the drug residues are eliminated from the body. You are on the right path, and I suggest you keep doing what you're doing. Don't even worry about the past drug medicine use. Stay in the NOW (moment), and focus on what you desire and you will be alright. A cayenne/garlic formula would aid you. Go for it! Make sure changes are made to the diet because it's the primary factor in HBP along with stress. Check out our "Dietary Choices" section under 'More Services' on the Home Page.

    Article link:
    Dietary Choices

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    Q: I'M DOING THE FULL BODY DETOX BUT I'M ALWAYS COLD AND IT'S FREEZING IN MY OFFICE. IT IS SAFE TO USE AN ELECTRICAL HEATING PAD TO KEEP ME WARM?

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    The harm is minimal but it is there! I personally don't recommend them! We recommend our NERVES TEA and SIXTH CHAKRA for this condition.

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    Q: If you have a so-called cold, you will cough and your nose will be runny, and you will be tired. From the articles I read, it seems like if you have an alkaline body with only a little acid you can't get sick. Is this true? The coughing, runny nose, and tiredness is just excess mucus right? So no mucus no cold right?

    A:

    CORRECT! AND ALSO THAT YOU LIVE NATURAL. A COLD CAN ALSO DENOTE THAT YOU NEED TO REST! DOING TOO MUCH CAN WEAKEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.