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married for 35 years, 2 beautiful children. we ARE retired. made a trip to yellowstone as a first retirement trip. planning, planning, planning.

Herbs and Lettuces

We go to this wonderful steak house occasionally for dinner. It is about 10 min away at the casino. You can go in your shorts and flip flops. The salad they serve with dinner…. I have always liked, very ruffly, tastes great without leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Finally I found a salad mix with that in it, looked up every lettuce mentioned in the ingredients list and found out it is called a “Frisee”, now I need to find out if it will grow here. I also like Arugula but not real fond of the peppery aftertaste and of course Iceberg, but iceberg isn’t as healthy for you. Did you know that most lettuces will grow back, cut what you need and leave the rest. That is money saving as well as healthy. Make sure when you get your lettuces you get non-hybrid, hybrids won’t grow back.

Frisee lettuce nutrient is –  vitamin A content maintains healthy eyes, moistens the skin, and acts as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals in the body that would otherwise damage cells. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant. It is necessary for the synthesis of collagen, and immune health. Vitamin K’s primary role is to prevent blood loss by forming blood clots, but it also helps to link calcium to bone. Folic acid is involved with a number of reactions, including energy production, and nerve cell development. It is one of the most essential nutrients for a healthy pregnancy. Manganese as well serves a number of functions, from body metabolism to brain health. – See more at:
this is the lettuce i have been trying to find for a while now.
this is the lettuce i have been trying to find for a while now.

Currently I have parsley, oregano and basil growing in my kitchen window sill. Now this is the 3rd basil I have tried to grow. They keep dieing. Everything I have read says they are easy to grow? Well I now have it sitting in a pot of water. It also says to keep it moist…. but I really didn’t think it needed to be that moist. I made a chicken soup last night and was excited to be able to clip fresh Parsley and Oregano and Basil to put in it. Organic chicken broth – carrots, red and white potatoes, onion and of course chicken, I pan fried it with salt, pepper, garlic and a hint of chili powder. It was REALLY good.

Did you know there is a herb called “Salad Burnet” ? In a podcast I was watching the lady said that in the winter the leaves tastes like Cucumber and in the summer they taste like watermelon….  how cool is that? A double duty herb. Salad burnet is a member of the rose (Rosaceae) family. The plant is an attractive perennial grown for both its edible leaves and its medicinal properties. Medicinally, it was once used against the Plague and to control hemorrhaging, but today it is mostly know, medicinally, for its astringent properties. For more information on this wonderful herb……


We have finally moved in.


We have made it, to retirement!!!!!! To our house in Nevada, we have a little bit left to do in the spare bedroom. One is finished, the other is pending…. Walt is working furiously (for him in retirement) to get the garage squared away. He was given a wood stove by a neighbor across the street from us in Manteca and he has a whole week that the weather men are saying no rain so he trying to get the stove pipe in the roof so he has some warmth in the winter when he out there.

I am making plans for my garden. The 1st picture is where my raised garden bed will be. Walt says that way you can see it from the kitchen and go out the slider to pick what ever you want and not have to go all the way around and it is right off the kitchen so in case you have dirty shoes. We will have to put some sort of fencing around it, otherwise the quail and the rabbits and other animals will get it long before we will. I am going to start putting the raised bed together with Walt beginning of spring, for ca folks that would be March and April, for Nevada folks that doesn’t start till may. So somewhere between March and May. We will plant somewhere after that. I found out that garlic should be planted now and then comes up in the spring. So I planted it now, will see how it all goes! The second picture is some parsley and some oregano at the grocery part of Walmart. I used some the other day in some veggie soup.

I am so excited about starting my garden, I love to play in the dirt. I am already trying to educate Walt on Round up, HIS favorite thing to use on the ground…. NO-NO-NO not in my garden. There are plenty of natural things to use. Did you know Round-up has been known to cause tumors? especially in pets. cornmeal sprinkled in the garden is taken by the ants to their home and then expands and kills them when they drink water and your pets eat it and it wont hurt them. corn starch is put on the “PLANTS” will keep the plants from germinating seeds. Now I say plants because use it carefully otherwise your plants you want to germinate wont. only put it on the weeds.

1 year to go

we have a flat piece out back of the garage that the previous owners had grass in. it is set with sprinklers. Walt and I have discussed using this area for the garden, it would be right outside the house in the back. I am starting with what i figure is easy stuff… herbs, basil, tyme, rosemary. some tomatoes, maybe some garlic.

hmmmm Have a mosquito problem??? At your next outdoor gathering try this SAFE and EFFECTIVE method of keeping mosquitoes at bay! Simply slice a lime in half and press in a good amount of cloves for an ALL NATURAL mosquito repellent… Make sure to SHARE THIS with your friends!

hmmmm Have a mosquito problem??? At your next outdoor gathering try this SAFE and EFFECTIVE method of keeping mosquitoes at bay! Simply slice a lime in half and press in a good amount of cloves for an ALL NATURAL mosquito repellent… Make sure to SHARE THIS with your friends!

havent tried this yet, but i will.

4 Beginner Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

4 beginner gardening mistakes to avoid | Our Heritage of Health

Even if you have really good soil and a lot of sunlight, there are still plenty of things that can go wrong with your garden and keep it from turning out the way you had envisioned it would be.

I have rocky, sandy soil and a lot more shade than sun, so my poor little garden is already at a bit of a disadvantage, and my first couple of years gardening I made plenty of beginner mistakes.

Let’s just say it’s a good thing I’m not trying to depend on my garden to be my only source of food! I can only imagine the pressure that farmers and homesteaders must have felt back in the days when the success of their crops would decide whether they would go hungry that winter or not.

I still make plenty of mistakes now, too. When things get busy, I don’t put quite as much time into properly preparing the soil like I know I should. And there usually comes a point in the summer when it’s just so hot and humid that I basically give up on weeding completely.

Over the years, though, I’ve gradually learned how to make my garden a little bit more successful. It’s still pretty small, and it’s definitely not going to win any prizes for being the prettiest or the most neatly organized garden, but at least it’s better than it used to be :)

(And, yes, if you’re wondering, the picture above is one I took of my garden a couple of years ago. It was my second year gardening, and it was early in the season before I had let the weeds take over.)

These four mistakes are all ones that I’ve made, and, if this is your first year gardening, hopefully you can avoid making the same mistakes I did and have a better chance at a successful first garden.

4 Beginner Gardening Mistakes to Avoid:

1) Planting Too Many Varieties of Veggies

When you’re just starting out with a garden, it’s a good idea to keep it as simple as possible for the first year. It’s tempting to want to try a little of everything, but you’ll have a much better chance of having a successful garden if you focus on just a few varieties for the first year and then add in others the next year.

When I first started ordering heirloom seeds online, I went a little bit overboard that first year. I wanted to try them all, and I ordered far too many of them. It was a lot to try to keep track of them all, and I ended up not having the time to really learn about how each type should be planted and what type of growing conditions they needed, etc.

Now that I’ve had a garden for a few years, I’ve figured out what types of plants do well in my yard and which ones don’t, but if I could go back to the year I first started a garden, I would have been better off just trying a few simple, easy-to-grow varieties like peas and beans.

2) Crowding Plants Too Close Together

This kind of goes along with the first mistake. If you’ve tried to plant too many varieties, you’re probably also trying to squeeze as many seeds or seedlings into your garden space as possible.

My first year gardening, I had visions of a huge harvest, and I packed the seeds as closely together as possible, thinking I would have more produce that way. I also didn’t thin out the seedlings properly after the seeds had sprouted because I hated the thought of pulling out perfectly healthy plants.

Instead of a huge, productive harvest, though, I ended with up weak, straggly-looking plants, and I could barely find room to step between them without destroying them (since I had forgotten about planning enough space to walk around them too.)

The moral of the story: less equals more. Fewer plants spaced further apart will end up being healthier and producing more fruit than plants crowded together.

3) Watering Plants Too Often, or at the Wrong Time of Day

I’ve been guilty of this mistake many times. It’s easy to worry so much about whether your plants are getting enough water that you end up giving them too much water by mistake. Some plants do need more water than others, but generally they do better with fewer, more thorough waterings (like they would get if if were raining) than they do with getting a shower from the hose every time you walk by and think they look even a little bit thirsty.

It’s also best to water in the morning while the sun is still low in the sky. Or, if you’re like me and you can’t imagine getting up even earlier than you already have to just to water your garden, you can water them in the late afternoon or evening after the sun has mostly gone down. What you want to avoid is watering them in the heat of the day when the sun is at its peak because the water can scorch the leaves and damage them.

4) Planting the Wrong Varieties Next to Each Other

If you feel like you’ve tried everything and you still can’t figure out why your garden isn’t thriving, it might be that you’re planting the wrong varieties next to each other.

Certain types of plants do really well when they are together, helping to keep away insects and pests or by helping to enrich the soil. Others plants, though, may actually inhibit the growth of the plants that they are near.

By using companion planting and planning your garden to keep together the varieties that work well with each other, you have a better chance of having a successful garden.


This blog is about something I love to do… play in the dirt. gardening, designing where the flowers, plants, trees, and shrubs go to make a wonderful looking pleasurable thing to look at. Figuring out the bugs and virus’s that infect trees and getting rid of them in the most organic, least chemical way possible.
I want to grow herbs and veggies. I want to grow tomatoes, lettuces, zucchini, bell peppers, maybe try some potatoes….  when I grow them it is going to be organic and I will know what is in it. I also love to cook so I will try and incorporate some recipes and cooking tips and such. We will be living in Nevada so an intense amount of investigation into how things will grow is necessary. How to keep out our furry friends is going to be necessary too. So far we have only seen rabbits and quail but I figure there is more animals around.  With that being said I am going to start on my blog and get information out to those who want it.