2020, A New Year by: Loretta Barnett

First of the Year – Tomatoes!

That’s right, I start planning my tomato garden in January by getting my tomato seed ready to grow. Using my heirloom seed I saved from the prior year I prepare the seed to sprout. There are a variety of small containers to plant them in.

This time I’m using the old tubes from paper towels or toilet paper and cutting them to be 2 inches tall, taping plastic wrap on the bottoms to  keep the soil in.  Afterward, they can be  arranged  in a waterproof container, such as a plastic food saver box for example.

Using seed starter soil, ( or soil/ dirt from what you have on hand) fill the little pots. Place 2 – 3 seeds about 1/2″ deep and apart from one another in each pot.  Add a teaspoon to tablespoon of water in each pot. Set these near a window for sunlight. Sprouting begins in a week or two. Water whenever the soil feels dry.

When they sprout and grow about 2 inches tall,  choose the healthiest sprouts you want to keep and pinch off the ones you don’t want. Then transfer them to bigger containers. Burying  the sprout to the first set of true leaves helps promote root growth. Eventually I will put them in bigger pots/containers, or in the ground by Mother’s Day.

Tomatoes like lots of sun light and heat to grow optimally. When planting the  tomato plants for the season, try to bury half of the green part of the plant (pinch off the leaves on the part going in the ground) to promote root growth for a sturdier plant.  You can use tomato cages or stake them when they grow about a foot tall. Water once a week.  About a month or so trim approximately 1/5 of the leaves off, to redirect their energy to the roots and bushier top growth. It is a happy day when you finally get your  first tomatoes!

Tomatoes in our house are usually fated to become salsa. I will freeze ripe tomatoes during the growing season, and around Labor day make big batches of canned salsa. Freezing them not only preserves them for a big canning session, but also helps to drain some of the water content when they thaw.  My freezing process is: Cleaning, cutting the tomatoes in quarters, removing the stem and blemishes then put the tomatoes in gallon size bags. Keeping the skins on when freezing helps make a quicker, thicker salsa.

Tomatoes provide: Beta-carotene, calcium, collagen,  folate, lutein, lycopene, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, zeaxanthin and a host of health benefits that I won’t go into here.


Reflection, Redirection and or Reaffirming

This is a great time of year for reflection, redirection and or reaffirming your goals and why. What do you think about during the day? Are the thoughts ones that help, or hold you back? Just recognizing what is going on in your own head will help you live a more deliberate life as opposed to life happening to you.

Paying attention helps you realize what kind of intentions your brain may get from the quality of your thoughts. It is vital that you master your thoughts, instead of letting your thoughts master you. Another way of looking at this is what do you want to accomplish in a year, how about 5 years? Or maybe further down the road, say 10 or 20 years? What do you want to do with your time that you have on this earth? The choice is yours.

There is value in knowing what you want to do with your seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years on this planet. It is okay if your priorities change, the point is you have priorities in the first place. It all starts somewhere. I hope when it is all said and done that I can honestly say I have or at least tried to do things that will help not just myself be better, but society as a whole.  To live authentically, love unconditionally, to be the best me I can be and hopefully help others to do the same.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.   – Jesus.    Found in John 15:12,  King James Version of the Bible.



The Love of Garlic!

If you were on a deserted island and could only have one plant, it would be a wise choice to select garlic. Garlic, commonly used for cooking, has many other uses. Garlic has been used as medicine for thousands of years. It contains vitamin C, vitamin A, thiamine (B-1), potassium, riboflavin (B-2), antiseptic properties, antibiotic properties, and antifungal properties Also, there are many beneficiary uses of  garlic.

Here are the implementations that I am aware of:

  • Treatment of respiratory infections
  • As a strength builder
  • Relief from gas pains
  • A courage builder
  • Warding of germs and diseases
  • Fighting malevolent spirits
  • A cold remedy
  • Improving overall health
  • A sore throat remedy
  • Treatment for coughs
  • Stimulating stomach and gall bladder secretions
  • A diuretic
  • Treatment of intestinal disorders
  • Treatment of rheumatism
  • Preventative for circulation diseases
  • Treatment of infected insect bites
  • Protection against disease
  • Treatment for snake bite (before the age of medicine)
  • Killing intestinal parasites
  • To turn back the evil forces of baneful magic (metaphysically)
  • Protection from the evil eye
  • A folklore charm for health and protection
  • Relief of menstrual cramps
  • Dissolving existing clots
  • Helps lower blood clots
  • Protects stomach from acid reflux
  • Destroys tumor cells

it is  also, in its culinary state, complementary in many delightful recipes!

This should help in your confidence towards the understanding of garlic. Please feel free to leave comments and a suggestion!













The Journey Begins

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


Osage Oranges

I like nature, and  to explore what I can do with the gifts from Mother Earth. My first experience with Osage Oranges ( botanically known as Maclura Pomifera ) was several years ago when I saw the unusual green brain looking balls of fruit lying on the ground during one of my fall time wanderings. I was curious as to what it was, and more importantly, I wanted to know what were the possible uses of this unusual fruit.

My first use of the Osage Orange was as a natural bug repellant. I gathered up a good many of them and took them to a friends house where I knew they had issues with roaches. They were eager and willing to give it a try. So we put some Osage Oranges in the house in every room, and threw some under the house for good measure. It did not take very long to notice that, indeed,  significantly fewer sightings of the pests plagued their home.

The second use was to try making ornaments out of slices of the fruit. This was done by hand slicing the fruit in about 1/3 ” slices then lying them on parchment paper lined baking pans at 300 degrees. They were done baking in about 5 hours. I then used them for fall décor, such as on wreaths made out of grape vines and what not. This is when I w learned how sticky the fruit is, especially the  juice from it. No worries, a little vegetable oil applied to hands and utensils, then dish soap did the trick at removing this alarmingly gluey substance.

The third use was with the fallen wood from the Osage Orange tree. It made great little kindling bundles for the fireplace. The seasoned wood  is a great aid to starting fires, the reason being that apparently the wood has and exceptionally high BTU ( British Thermal Unit) rating, which means it burns really, really hot!

Since then, I’ve done some more reading on uses of the Osage Orange, and read about how some people take it in capsule form as a supplement. There are claims that it heals all manor of cancer. I hope this is true of course, but I have no personal testimonies to share at present. I think it is also interesting to note that some other individuals have reported that the fruit can be applied to skin aliments of all sorts. While it may be indeed beneficial for such issues, I for one do not recommend it because honestly it is not the most pleasant feeling having that sappy stuff on my hands or skin, in fact it is down right uncomfortable.

In an effort to give you things to think about regarding the Osage Orange in all manner, there are a few other things that I have learned about. For example, the seeds are reportedly edible, so I did manage to try some of the seeds too. They are okay, not too thrilled about the time it took to extract the seeds, but I did try them raw, and slightly roasted in the oven. I also have tried a bit of the fleshy part of the fruit and was surprised to find it was pleasant, similar to the flavor of cucumber.

The wood of the Osage Orange is beautiful, especial the heart inside the older specimens. Bowmakers like to use the wood for bow making due to its strength and durability. It is tough to work with by hand, as it is very dense, and gets harder with time. One final note, the Osage Orange is also known to be used as a dye. I really didn’t study this aspect, but not wanting to leave any stone unturned thought I should mention it.

That is all to be said for now regarding this subject, I hope it gave you some things to consider and encourages you to learn more and explore Mother Nature’s bounty. Please remember that I am not a physician, just a spirit sharing what I can. Peace and Blessings.