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Healing Mushrooms: Medicinal Mushrooms for... by Richard Bray

Richard Bray is one of our favorite authors. His New Book: Healing Mushrooms: Medicinal Mushrooms echos so much of what we have experienced for ourselves: the healing powers of food. It also confirms that mushrooms for example “Several current pharmaceutical medicines use mushroom or fungi sources in their compounds” (excerpt from Bray’s book) for penicillin. In other words many medicines have some type of base in nature.

We found his new book to be an essential resource for your library and medicine cabinet as Bray breaks down which medicinal purposes certain mushrooms are good for and how to prepare them for medicinal consumption.

We located Bray’s book on Amazon for a steal. Naturally, we will be trying some of these fungi out for our own benefit. Stay tuned for updates on our personal experiences with Bray’s suggestions. As always, we love to hear your feedback. Get it on Amazon and post your feedback in the blog and tell us what you thoughts.

Shidonna Raven

Chief gardener

The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman

We have written extensively in our articles about Eliot Coleman and the contents in his book “The New Organic Grower”. His knowledge of gardening and farming span several decades. And his commitment to Organic growing is firm. We are huge fans of Eliot Coleman. We have put to practice several of his techniques and they have been essential and foundational to our Organic Journey.

So much of an Organic Journey for a gardeners includes dealing with pests from the start of how you prepare your soil and provide a healthy growing environment for your plants, particularly the ones you eat! We can not say enough good things about Eliot and his book. We located it on Amazon for a steal. You will come to use this book as a resource. Eliot has an extensive library of his own. We highly recommend adding this one to yours. As always we love to hear your feedback. Get it on Amazon and post your feedback in the blog and tell us what you thoughts.

Shidonna Raven

Chief gardener

Greenhouse Gardening by Richard Bray

When we began our gardening journey for the first time in 2020, we got a jump on the season. We started in February because, well, we were just so excited about getting started! Whenever you start your gardening season early, you must start in doors. This book gave me a solid foundation in understanding Greenhouses in their many different forms. 

Our mini greenhouse as we like to call it, is actually our garage. We are beginners and that is how we decided to begin. Bray’s book helped me understand what plants need when they are indoors, like fresh air flow. This book will help you as you begin, even if you are starting small with a kitchen plant or if you plan to go bigger and do a greenhouse. We located it on Amazon for well under $10. As always we love to hear your feedback. Get it on Amazon and post your feedback in the blog and tell us what you thoughts.

Shidonna Raven

Chief gardener

Oscillating Sprinkler

Saving time is always good in a garden. This simple oscillating sprinkle we got for under $10 has been a huge time saver for us. It covers 3,500 square feet, which is more than enough for our small garden with 6 rows. Its parts have been water, stain and rust resistant. We leave it right outside in the same spot and turn it on and off from the hose. Many gardens and farms will try to automate systems to save time and money. Watering is one of those tasks that often has some type of automation. Naturally, the bigger you are the more sophisticated your systems will be. For us this was plenty. We can leave the water on for 5 minutes and get a thorough watering. It takes more time to make a cup of coffee.

Shidonna Raven

Chief gardener

Wood Popsicle Sticks

We found wooden Popsicle Sticks to be a wonderful organic alternative to plastic labels used to identify plants.  We got the idea from another organic gardener. So far we love them. Like any wood, treated or not, they are susceptible to rot and mold. Paper products, we have found, are also very susceptible to mold. We should mention that we have been dealing with a garage in our environment. You know how garages love mold. So, that is one thing influencing the mold factor. Mold, rot and any type of disease in or around your plant should be taken very seriously and nipped in the bud right away. So if you decide to use the wooden Popsicle Stick watch them very carefully and pull them out of soil occasionally to check for any signs or rot or mold. Discard them and cease use if you see any infestation. Also, remove any infected mold. We love to save a buck around here. We also found them to be a lot more inexpensive than their plastic alternatives.

Shidonna Raven

Chief gardener

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