What Is In Your Back Yard?
No we don't need to turn the TV on to hear that our everyday lives are caught in this downward spiral. Many people have lost their jobs and homes, yet those that still have that piece of earth are complaining about mowing the lawn and weeding the flower beds but most of all they are complaining and doing without HEALTHY food on their table.
What I mean by HEALTHY food is---NO! chemicals and added preservatives. You say that you always read the labels on the container to see what is in it. Yes, most of them will list the common items of---Sodium, Potassium, Carbohydrates and Sugar, then in very small type at the side or bottom it will state---for more information go to www.xxxx.com. Duh! "Maybe there are few folks in this world that do hot have a computer."
Alright now just stop and look at those Bell-peppers---three for $5.99. Oh I hear you complaining and those peaches and that bag of red grapes---that have been sprayed with chemicals in some other country that we have no regulation on. Did you see any labels on them stating what chemicals were used? It might have a brand name little sticker stuck to it and that means where it was packaged after it arrived. If you ask the produce clerk where a certain fruit or veggie came from which I did---there was a long pause, "Ma'am it came from down south," hum! south of the border, south America?????
Oh yes, you might say I only buy LOCALLY or ORGANIC. Yet what was put in that soil or sprinkled on that plant when some insects appeared and they---will.
How many of you can remember sitting at your Grandparents table and eating food from their garden? Many today have never tasted a tomato that has actually ripened on the vine. Oh yes, a marketing ploy of showing tomatoes with a stem still attached to several tomatoes that were picked green and then gassed are displayed with a large sign above the bin---VINE RIPE.
My friends I am here to tell you that we have not bought any produce in a store for many years and I will attempt to pass on how you can do it the---HEALTHY WAY.
We do not complain about having to mow the back yard, for we just simply took HALF of it and turned it into a garden. This garden has fed five people and give aways to neighbors that are not able to provide for themselves for many years now.
No chemicals are used except compost from the garden. Insects are only taken care of by our little friends the birds and that is why you will see sun-flowers planted for them. The say thank you by eating any little insects that they find under the leafs of the plants.
In this garden there are---tomatoes, green beans, squash, corn cucumbers, peppers, cantaloupe, strawberry's and water melons. Blue berry bushes and grapes. As the items are picked fresh they are then prepared for the freezers or dehydrated which tastes sooooooo good in the months ahead. Each season seeds are saved from these plants for the following year.
Maybe your back yard has several pretty shade trees that you work hard at in the fall to gather their leafs. I prefer fruit trees and the apple tree and the peach tree again make delicious pies to set beside that hot cup of coffee in the winter time. Those fruit trees also provide shade for my pretty ladies that are busy producing fresh eggs. Fresh eggs are something that again a lot of people today have not tasted. I see people pick up a carton of eggs and importantly check the expiration date---yet not realizing that the date is put on that carton---when the eggs are put into the carton, not how long they have been kept in cold storage.
We are all concerned about the amount of water that it takes and yet we waste it also. I have written on this in previous hubs (You Can Do It.) This too has been improved on my adding better water containers and again saved cost.
YOUR EYES MAY ENJOY THE SIGHT OF ENHANCED FOOD---YOUR BODY WILL NOT!