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SPROUTING: Winter’s Indoor Garden

Barefoot Gardening

Marlenea La Shomb, ND
January-February 2018 • Vol 3, No 96

As our gardens rest in frozen ground under a blanket of snow, our bodies also need this time of winter’s quiet to repair and rebuild, but they still require those fresh, raw, organic greens. ‘Tis the season for sprouting seeds! Keeping it simple. The very easiest methods can be done in a strainer, or larger seeds in a colander.

I use a wide-mouth, quart-size canning jar. Here’s how: 1) Put a maximum of 1/4 inch to 1/8th inch of seeds in the bottom of your wide-mouth jar to leave growing room. 2) Fill with cold water, leave overnight so the seeds swell. I keep mine at the kitchen sink for easy rinsing. Cover with nylon netting (from a fabric store) and a rubber band, or non-aluminum window screen (from a hardware store) holding it in place with a canning band…

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Ancient Wisdom for Planting Seeds

Excerpts from Anastasia’s Ringing Cedar Series

Marlenea La Shomb, ND
November-December 2017 • Vol 3, No 95

Edgar Cayce, the “Sleeping Prophet,” made a statement concerning a development from Russia with the coming of a greater hope for the world and a new spiritual evolution. That groundbreaking thought has come to life through the translating of the Anastasia Ringing Cedar Series from Russian into English, capturing all the imagery, feelings and sensations of the original, by Dr. Leonid Sharashkin, Ph.D. (shown here). This series reveals the potential of Russia’s permaculture gardening movement to change our world.

Despite a millennium of harsh oppression, Russian families have preserved a unique traditional lifestyle grounded in self-sufficiency and self-reliance. They now show a path to a more fulfilling, independent, and free existence that is connected to nature. As millions of people worldwide start to embrace these ideas, humanity may now be entering an age of harmony and peace. The ultimate result of this global transformation depends on us.

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Autumn Wild Edibles & Berries

Harvesting & Jamming

Marlenea La Shomb, ND
September–October 2017 • Vol 3, No 94

The bears stayed in the higher elevations of our Montana mountains this year due to the abundance of wild berries. We, too, can take advantage of Mother Nature’s bounty — a bumper crop this year, free for the pickin’s! Wild elderberries, choke-cherries and the like are full of whole-food nutrients.

One rosehip has more Vitamin C in it than a whole bag of California oranges, which are picked green, then stored and gassed to make them turn orange—not to mention the processing and pasteurizing of orange juice…

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Enjoy Your Herbs!

from Mark Pederson’s “Nutritional Herbology”

Marlenea La Shomb, ND
July-August 2017 • Vol 3, No 93

Herbs make up a special part of our gardens. Many of them will grow in most soil conditions, even indoors, and they are perennials— coming back year after year. The herbs that I’ve found to be easy to grow and mostly deer-resistant here in the mountains of Montana are: thyme, golden and green oregano, yarrow, lavender, lemon balm, the mint family, comfrey, dandelion, nettles, and of course, all kinds of garlic and onions.

Very hardy rosemary will take over, so keep it contained. Parsley is a bi-annual and needs to be resown every other year. Basil does not like the wind or cold, so I purchase mine. Then there are the annuals, such as dill, fennel, chamomile, calendula, chickweed, and many others that will reseed themselves most years.

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Your Garden Is a Goldmine of Enzymes!

They Run ALL the Biochemical Processes of Living Things

Marlenea La Shomb, ND
May-June 2017 • Vol 3, No 92

Those of us who anticipate the coming of spring can’t wait to get into the garden. But for those who would rather NOT get dirt under their fingernails, or who have the impression that gardening is an expensive hobby and not worth it, please read on.

The secret to digestion and health is in eating organic, fresh-picked, garden-ripened produce. (This includes spouts grown from kitchen gardens.) Today, the digestion of our food is largely ignored or taken for granted.

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Spring Bare-Root Planting

Every Nutrient Can Be Found in Plants & Herbs

Marlenea La Shomb, ND
March-April 2017 • Vol 3, No 91

The anticipation brought on by the melting of snow and the smell of spring in the air draws my attention first to the strawberry bed. Where the deer and rabbits have dug in the snow to eat the leaves high in iron and chlorophyll, sometimes they pull up and kill the whole plant. I just fill in these bare spots with asparagus, onions, chives, parsley, or more strawberry plants.

This is the only time of year to purchase bare-root plants. I also tuck in violas, johnny-jump-ups and even pansies. All of these plants can handle spring snows and frost, grow in a variety of soil conditions and are excellent companions, growing well together.

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