Category Archives: Emergency

Thoughts ideas- borrowed from the web/brain of others

I am dying to jump into the garden- tomorrows morning run will include a 30 minute visit to the garden plot and some work…..(CROSS-TRAINING anyone? )


Helping friends with a garden and have a few stumps to play with so the following may be good idea.

Also concerned with heavy rain/flooding that we dealt with last year. I have added a 2nd layer of wooden pallets to raised the beds even more- here are some more ideas.


Always glad to find pallet ideas for garden and home-


Some pallets for double decker raised bed(burlap bags for weed control)


Community Garden, Victory Garden- good for People and Good for the Area/Town

Community Garden, Victory Garden- good for People and Good for the Area/Town

I have enjoyed gardening most of my life. Now that i am living in an apartment I have rented a space in a local City/Community Garden.

It was a fun year. Though limited in production- I enjoyed the garden and have a plan and foundation for an even better 2014. What will the weather do?


 – Victory garden history and interesting Photos:


CSA- or Community Supported Agriculture- are a variation on the them i am addressing here. farmers produce great food locally and consumers get REALLY fresh goodies {veggies, fruit, herbs, eggs, dairy and meat} 


More Hugelkultur Info and more Garden output later.

More Hugelkultur Info and more Garden output later.

Planning with hugelkultur for dry summers based on the last 2 years- of course this year we have been quite wet.

Need to build at least 2 more beds before next summer.


I read about hugelkultur a few years ago.

I read about hugelkultur a few years ago.

This is one of many sites I have visited to get info on building the hills. I have one built and it is producing cabbage and herbs.

I am trying to figure the best way to “cover” the surface to prevent rain runoff and erosion.. may use wood baffles or plant a ground cover- maybe an edible crop ground cover. Thyme or an edible green.

Real Cheapskate- Forage for Wild Greens- FREE !!!

I collected a nice bag of wild plantain (plantago major) yesterday. I have used it in the past as base for green smoothie, shredded greens in soup and of course in a salad with fruit and nuts to balance the sour bite.  Image

I have not harvested or eaten the seeds yet- though they are edible cooked or raw- the challenge will be harvesting the tiny seeds from the tough stalk.


Plantain is very high in beta carotene(Vitamin A precursor) plus vitamins B1, C and K.
It has a lot of calcium as well as : allantion, apigenin, aucubin, baicalein, linoleic acid, oleanolic acid, sorbitol, and tannins. Allantoin promotes wound healing; Acubin is a powerful anti-toxin.
These substances together give plantain exceptional antioxidant, antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and expectorant properties.

Medical research show its usefulness for asthma,bladder problems,blood sugar control bronchitis, emphysema, fever, hypertension, rheumatism.
Plantain is a powerful detoxifier.  Plantain can be used as a poultice on the skin to draw out venom from snake bites and bee or hornet stings. Use a poultice of mashed leaves, in an emergency chew with saliva, and place on infected area.
It has antibacterial properties and a poultice will also draw out thorns or splinters.
It has some use as a tobacco control aid. It causes an aversion to tobacco and has been used in blend to help smokers quit.

The only cost is time- and maybe a pair of scissors…..

Summers are for floods….

Some summers are dry even to the level of drought- this year we have been getting a lot of rain and the garden has been muddy and the plants have been stagnant. Not much lost yet but not much growing since the roots have been wet/submerged.

Last week  the community garden- along a stream- was flooded after several days of 1-2″ rainfall that culminated in a 2-3″ downpour Thursday afternoon until Friday morning. Luckily the damage in my garden spot was limited to flooding and the loss of some mulch/grass.     Image

I spent a few hours Saturday replanting some beans that had faltered and were ‘bugged”

I also have several pieces of wood to dig and build an additional hugelkultur hill for fall planting and next seasons planting.

The weather has been sunny and dry this week , I am hoping the tomatoes and cukes that have been growing will start flowering and producing fruit. The roots now have the chance to dry out and breathe and support plant/fruit growth. I hope the weeds take a break but i am sure this dry and sunny spell will also bring them out in full force and glory- hopefully some of them are edible. Image

Hurricane Sandy on the way….What to do?

Putting all of the tools and buckets and other “flying” items away.  bags of leaves and grass being “cooked” in the sun will be piled and hidden to save them..

In Central Virginia we should avoid the brunt of the storm but I am also praying for folks directly in the path and hope that all are ready and safe.

Doing a little trimming/pruning that was started last week and then we wait.

Food in supply, camp stove is ready and we have firewood and lanterns are charged.

I will harvest the beans that I can harvest and enjoy this weekend.

Good Luck and God Bless as the storm approaches.