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How To Harvest A Lot

Hoeing a row of green cabbages propped primly in black earth… walking across dew sprinkled ground to pick one perfect tomato … kneeling to pluck 100 weeds from around 1,000 flowers, what does any of this have to do with health?

Gardening as a physical activity is brimming with benefits. And as scientists and garden lovers keep saying, there are more ways than one to harvest these healthy advantages.

         Praising The Pluses:

Gardening is natural exercise. This exercise   is of going to be strength training, and gardening is ideal for that. It takes you through a wide range of physical movements and works probably every single muscle in your body.

More and more medical studies suggest that gardening and other less strenuous activities may also be a fine prescription for heart patients. Middle-aged men at high risk for coronary disease who got regular light-to-moderate exercise had a lower death rate from heart disease than middle-aged men who did not exercise. The exercise included gardening, walking, bowling, and fishing, dancing and doing home repairs.

A lot of people find a sense of peace in their garden. It’s satisfying somehow, to work in the soil. Letting go of stress gardening takes one’s mind off the insoluble problems we confront every day. It gives us work to do where we can see progress from minute to minute.

How To Harvest A Lot

         Tactics For Harvesting:

Some gardens are practical plots that feed the body, packed with nutrient-rich vegetable and fruit. Others are ornamental spaces designed to nourish the spirit, filled with flowers, ferns, sand stone and more to bring aesthetics down to earth. Some are a little of each. Here are tips for getting maximum health out of both.

         The Garden of Healthy Eating:

The trick to getting maximum nutrition out of a fruit-and-vegetable patch is to not limit your efforts to tried-and-true crops. Experiment with hybrid or unusual varieties. Grow things you would not normally find at the corner market. In many cases, these “new” vegetables are powerhouses of nutrition.

For hot weather, several new tomato varieties are on the roster. Caro Red is a tomato that reportedly has ten times as much Betacarotene as regular tomatoes. Caro Rich, Double Rich & Golden jubilee are all high in vitamin A. Double Rich & Caro Rich also beast extra vitamin C. Another-in-C vegetable is the crunchy-sweet jacamar or Mexican yam bean.

If you want to raise beans to your healthy eating garden, don’t grow just any old beans, when used like lima beans, are among the best sources of amino acids in the vegetable kingdom and have more vitamin A and C than dried soy beans.

         The Retreat Garden:

You can create your own green retreat that has the same healthy of facts…even if your garden space is only a corner of the yard.

Fragrant herbs might be a good starting point. Lavender, anise, marjoram, rosemary, cinnamon basil, pineapple sage and scented geraniums all add a wonderful aroma to the air.

For an attractive, low maintenance ground cover, consider native wildflowers. Many garden catalogs offer wildflowers seed in mixes adopted for particular regions.

Our Cottage is Our Arcadia

Our Cottage is Our Arcadia

On 7th anniversary of their marriage Paula Anderson & Herbert Harris found that cottage. The old style cottage of 1930 was at the end of a dirt road, which was built from stones. This cottage was in California which was a place of peace & calm.

Paula says, yes she had a keen interest in old houses and enjoys country side rather than big cities. The house has not anything charming or attractive accept that was old style and dignified. Its layout was like this:
The upper floor was consisting of a master bedroom & bathroom, with a porch that may be used as the second bedroom, while the ground floor consists of two living room, dinner & kitchen. One of the living rooms was outside and the other was inside. Its walls were decorated with fine art. The fabric was colored and was from Central America.

The couple bought it and shifted in it. They saw that the garden has been overlook for a long ago and dead trees and plants were standing everywhere. Paula started her work from extending the living space with different outdoor rooms.

She said that she wished to separate the garden from the orange grove. Her idea was to construct stone walls and planting a mixture of meadow and grass in the front portion to give a ranch house look.

The husband and the wife decided to build a fireplace to keep them warm in cold season. Paula said that the place was not lacking with wood to burn and outdoor fireplace is used more instead of indoor.

Herbert said that on this ranch house only orange trees were not grown, but other than 600 trees like palm, peaches & pomegranates were there. The front area of house made of rocks which fallen down from the nearby mountain and filled the flood channels near the house. We engage an architect to make a marvelous plan and layout for the whole ranch house. He drew the plan immediately and started to work with our advice. Paula was in favor of building a portico in front of the structure and a car porch on the back portion.

Then a cobblestone row was necessary from the entrance up to the living room door. When the work was completed, a room was built on the first floor of the elevation to take the sun light in winter season.

Actually the house was built by an orange farmer, so he cultivated citrus fruits on a large scale, hence adding an extra beauty in the elevation.

Paula said that it is a place for a rest and artistic living, not for showing off. We always live with peace because of the nature. Surely you can’t live in Los Angeles like this. So we call our cottage ‘Our Arcadia’.