Category: Gardening

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Shamanism is an ancient form of spiritual healing. Some say it is the oldest form of healing on the planet, dating back approximately thirty thousand years. It has been found in many indigenous cultures in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Central and Northern Asia, Eastern and Northern Europe and Africa. The techniques used have withstood the test of time and are amazingly similar around the world, despite geographic and cultural differences among those practicing this mode of healing.

Plant native Blueberry bushes!

blueberry_bushNative to the North American landscape, blueberries are truly an All-American food. For many years nutritionists and researchers ignored the tiny blueberry because of its relatively low vitamin C content. However, what these people did not know was that the healthful benefits of blueberries stem mainly from their incredibly high levels of antioxidant phytonutrients.

Phytonutrients are non-vitamin, non-mineral components of food that have significant healthful benefits. There are literally thousands of different types of phytonutrients, and each phytonutrient is unique in both its physical characteristics and its function. Research has shown that phytonutrients help the body cells communicate with each other more efficiently, prevent mutations at the cellular level, prevent the proliferation of cancer cells, and there is still much more that we are learning about the powers of phytonutrients everyday. Blueberries are so rich in phytonutrients that even though they are not filled with the antioxidant vitamins C and E, the still provide as much antioxidant protection to the body as 1,733 IU of vitamin E and more than 1200 milligrams of vitamin C.

It is recommended that 1 to 2 cups of blueberries should be consumed daily to obtain the full health benefits of this amazing fruit.

Racoons in your Garden?

Here is what the Massachusetts Audubon Society suggests.


Raccoons will readily harvest the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor if your garden is unprotected. The only proven deterrent is proper fencing.


Place 3 foot wide chicken wire flat on the ground and erect a four or six foot high vertical chicken wire fence on top of that. Place the vertical fence 2 ½ feet in from the outside edge of the horizontal chicken wire (there will be six inches on the side of the vertical fence closest to the garden). Animals tend to start digging at the base of a vertical fence, but this method will make it impossible to get through.

Bright flashing lights strung around the garden or a loud radio placed in the garden have also been known to discourage night raids by raccoons. Eventually, however, the animals will acclimate to these tricks if the prize is tempting enough.

For more information from the Audubon Society, click here


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