Marigold, Army of the Garden and #MondayMeditation

Marigold is the silent army of the garden as it produces what is known as alpha-terthienyl, a substance that suppresses nematodes, which are microscopic worms that attack the roots of plants. Strong roots = successful garden. Plant around the border of beds and crops.
 
Also very powerful medicine when used internally for cramps and coughs, and topically for sunburn and so much more.
 
#MondayMeditation
Besides simple style “seated meditation”, my favorite way to “go in” and activate a meditative state is while stringing flowers. A sure way to access the magic of consciousness and get in under the mind’s chatter. Warning. It can be especially activating and intoxicating via the flora, if you let it. Plus, afterwards you will have a stunning and precious garland imbued with all the goodness that you are.
Try it sometime. Cut the stems off your flower stalks. Use fishing wire to puncture through the center of the bud and string away to desired length!
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 photo: ©Marisa Gross/Lady Greenthumbs

Turn Your Brownthumbs Green > With Herbs

Below are examples of popular herbs that can turn any brownthumb green! Not only are the herbs easy to work with, they are perennials, which means your herb friends will return year after year.

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Lavender
Perennial. Thrives in full sun and dry soil. Plant from seed in the Fall or use cuttings. You can also find plant ‘starts’, available at most Farmer’s Markets. Lavender is known for its fragrant leaves and is a hardy herb. Try infusing water or vodka with lavender for an added level of delicious.

Oregano
Perennial. One of the most, hardy plants around! Oregano loves direct, full sun and well-drained sandy soil. You can grow from seed in the Spring or use cuttings. Oregano does really well with weekly cutbacks and is rambunctious in salads.

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Be Like a Weed

Be like a 🌿weed🌿 and never ever give up.

Nothing will get in the way of the journey of a weed. Always reaching towards the light for sustenance and pushing through all resistance with gusto and might. Inspiring little green friends they are. There’s so much to learn from nature. Are you listening in Earth School?

 

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photo: ©Marisa Gross/Lady Greenthumbs

Feels Good To Be Gotten

Gratitude. It pumps through my veins like a storm. There is so much to be thankful for, always, all ways. In this moment I am incredibly grateful for my Tico friends I’ve met while in Costa Rica. They get me. It feels so good to “be gotten”. Yesterday was my birthday and their gift to me? A banana tree root ball!!! 🍌🍌🍌

Epic humans all over this epic planet!!!

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photo: ©Marisa Gross/Lady Greenthumbs

In My Element

In my Element.
Foraging for wild flowers to transfer into the Farmacy at Puerta a la Vida. No allergy will hold me back from one of my favorite flowers, the almighty Lily. Especially when they are growing wild in the precious jungle that I inhabit with my animal friends, flora and fauna. As I was rummaging through the jungle floor, I’m reminded that I lived in NYC before this for 21 years. Wow! For me with nature it was love at first sight. I have been craving it since the first time I experienced trees as a child (on the way home from the hospital:-). This greenery. The prana. The body resonates here. Channels open. Awakened senses. Creativity flows. Earth oozes life.

Lady Greenthumbs RX: Feeling tired? Connect with nature. Feeling blue? Connect with nature. Feeling overwhelmed? Connect with nature. Feeling unfocused? Connect with nature.

Just ten minutes a day. You will feel the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual upgrade. For me, it’s the best way to clear my channel (the energy that runs through the chakras and meridians. Clear channel = more flow, greater manifestation, enhanced creativity etc.). It’s good to be alive. Give thanks all day everyday. Life is a fucking trip.

 

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Eggshell Seed “Starts”

Starting seeds in eggshells is a practical, sustainable, fun, and super precious greenthumbing experience! Plus, it is a great project for kids (and seniors!!).

 You Will Need:

  • Empty eggshell halves (make sure they are rinsed with soap!!!)
  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Pre-moistened seed start mix
  • Seeds (I’ve started everything from flowers to veggies in eggshells)
  • A windowsill where the seeds can germinate or a grow light setup
  • Love, patience and good wishes

Start with a dozen eggs. Gently crack-open the eggshell at the top and drain out the raw egg to create an eggshell “pot”. Don’t be alarmed if your cracked eggshells have ragged edges, this will work just fine and will offer tons of personality. Perfectionism in the garden is no fun!

Make sure you wash the shell well with warm water and soap. I learned this the hard way after a terrible bout of salmonella a few years ago. Oy. Set aside to dry. Use a tiny pin to gently create a drainage hole in the bottom of the eggshell. When the shell is dry, fill each empty shell pot with organic seed-starting mix and place the eggshell pots in the cardboard eggshell carton. Please do not use Styrofoam egg cartons!

Gently, and with love, drop a seed or two in the shell according to the sowing instructions. If you don’t have a grow light, leave the eggshell seed starts in a sunny south-facing window. The seed start soil mixture should be kept moist but not drenched and you can use a a spray bottle for simple water flow adjustments.

Once your seedlings begin to appear, besides jumping for joy and sending everyone you know photos of your new adorable seed babies, and they have grown their first robust set of leaves, they are ready for transplanting into earth/soil.

Whether you have a windowbox, container garden or plant directly into Mother Earth, gently crush the shell and please be careful of the roots. Place in soil and cover base of growth, fully burying the shell. Eggshell seed starts thrive once planted in their final growing space. Plus they keep pests away due to their sharp edging and provide ongoing nutrients to baby plants.

So there you have it. Ditch the plastic and toxic seed starters for a more sustainable option.

After Death

When I crossover, I plan on becoming a tree.

 

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GOODBYE COFFINS! THESE ORGANIC BURIAL PODS WILL TURN YOU INTO A TREE WHEN YOU DIE

 

Have you ever really stopped to think about what will happen to your body after you die. Most of us will be buried in an expensive coffin (about $2,000) with a decorative gravestone ($400 to $7,000) in a cemetery that might not be the best place to visit for some.

 

Actually, if you think about it, we have plots of land devoted to holding our dead. What else is happening with that land? Nothing! Some countries, like Germany, offer a free grave for 20 years and then it is recycled if you do not want to pay rent for the land. We need a better option and two programs have a great solution.

That’s right there is currently one method to become a tree after death and another one in the works.

This is the Bios Urn. This biodegradable urn takes your ashes and turns it into a tree.

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The ashes are stored down below a soil mix where your seed is planted.

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The tree will slowing grow and use your ashes as nutrition.

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You can even choose what type of tree you want to become.

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NYC Girl Gone Jungle

After many years of urban food garden facilitation in NYC and Brooklyn, I have moved to be closer to nature in Costa Rica. I’m living on the land at Puerta a la Vida and it’s Pura Vida. Lush, vibrant, and full of earth Qi. Today we had our first meeting discussing the future of the growing operations and I can’t wait to share more.

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DARK Act

Congress is considering the Deny Americans the Right to Know – or DARK – Act, which would block all states from requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods. Even the name of the Act is is ridiculously shady.

Big Food lobbyists – including the industry front group Grocery Manufacturers Association – are pulling out all the stops to get this bill passed. I just added my name asking my representative to oppose this reprehensible bill. Will you add yours too? Take A MOMENT, your future self thanks you!

Bugging Out

Don’t bug out just because it’s buggy season… and definitely do not purchase over the counter bug spray that features a host of chemicals and potential health hazards. D.I.Y. bug spray is not only cost-effective, it’s a healthy and non-toxic option. In addition to that, it’s more sustainable and Mother Earth loves that!

In a dark glass spray bottle, mix the following ingredients:

  • 15 drops Organic Lavender Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Organic Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Organic Citronella Essential Oil
  • 4 tablespoons Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Organic Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup filtered water

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Shake, shake some more and shake contents again! You’re now ready to spray. Happy Summer!

*Using dark glass prevents essential oils from oxidation.

Scientists: Earth Endangered By Fact Resistant Humans (New Yorker Satire)

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MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.

“These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.”

More worryingly, Logsdon said, “As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”

While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain. “The normal functions of human consciousness have been completely nullified,” Logsdon said.

While reaffirming the gloomy assessments of the study, Logsdon held out hope that the threat of fact-resistant humans could be mitigated in the future. “Our research is very preliminary, but it’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen,” he said.