May 23, 2013 § 1 Comment
I am supposedly part of the generation of “digital natives”, but even I remember a time where the internet wasn’t so vast. The mere possibilities that come with having accessible information still kind of blow my mind, just think about all the things you could know . So today we peek into the library of congress photo archive for pictures of historical New York City Gardens.
I also found this gem of a poster created by the federal government encouraging Americans to be patriotic and plant a Victory Garden, helping reduce the possibility of a food shortage by creating a local food supply. Which, to be honest, is still pretty sound advice even outside of wartime!
May 22, 2013 § 4 Comments
This is the first year I am getting truly nice blooms on my ‘Lena’ scotch broom. Last year after I transplanted it out of the pot it was in it didn’t bloom, but it has come back in full force this year. It has been a solid deer resistant plant, and was left unscathed through the winter and early spring. However with expansive growth it is starting to get leggy,as you’ll see in the last two photos, and it is easy to see how this species is invasive out west. I have had to tie mine up in order to keep it upright, which it still struggles to do under the weight of the blooms. This especially helped in early spring when some freak spring snow storms knocked the poor plant completely over, pinning its branches under the snow.
I’ve decided to prune it back after it finishes blooming to control the plant and add back in some structure. I’ve done some non strategic pruning on this plant before, either to get out dead or simply control the spread, and it hasn’t seemed to have had an effect on the plant. I have seen people cut them down to the ground and they still flush out, however I don’t know how this affects blooming. I have read some advice on pruning from the outside in, pruning back the woodier older branches, which is supposed to reduce some of the innate legginess of this plant. I guess we’ll see how it goes, but I’m pretty confident in this plants hardiness so my advice is prune away my friend.
May 12, 2013 § Leave a Comment
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So I recently went in for my yearly check up(all good!) and told my doctor that I had stopped drinking milk. He immediately responded with concern that I might not be receiving enough calcium. I wanted to immediately respond that calcium is naturally occurring in a wide variety of food , but alas I am no health or nutritionist. But thought I would share a few of my favorite calcium rich foods.
One you might not immediately think of is strawberries, which have about 166 grams of calicum per cup.
Also, leafy greens, like cooked kale which has about 179 grams of calcium per cup. But cooked collards pack a whopping 350 grams per cup and turnip greens which have about 250 grams.
Also if you wondering how much Calcium one might need the NIH has this handy table.
Also remember that calcium is better absorbed by vitamin D, so get just a bit of sun.
|0–6 months*||200 mg||200 mg|
|7–12 months*||260 mg||260 mg|
|1–3 years||700 mg||700 mg|
|4–8 years||1,000 mg||1,000 mg|
|9–13 years||1,300 mg||1,300 mg|
|14–18 years||1,300 mg||1,300 mg||1,300 mg||1,300 mg|
|19–50 years||1,000 mg||1,000 mg||1,000 mg||1,000 mg|
|51–70 years||1,000 mg||1,200 mg|
|71+ years||1,200 mg||1,200 mg|
* Adequate Intake (AI)