Jay’s Organic Corner:
Tips For Healthful Living
By Jay North www.GoingOrganic.com
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Would Life Be Like Without Berries?
Hi, I’m Jay North,
no not the one that was Dennis The Menace. I am the one you saw
on TV or heard on the radio talking about the positive results
from an organic and positive living lifestyle.
Now everyone throughout
the country has access to simple life-enhancing methods with Jay’s
Organic Lifestyle Tips.
What Would Life Be
Like Without Berries? How to Grow The Worlds Best Berry: Four
Berries were used in
early Judeo-Christian biblical times to make wine before grapes
were used. Their essence was prized by kings and thought to enhance
man’s ability to satisfy numerous concubines.
Ah, the goodness of
berries, so good for you and oh soooooooo good to eat. Spring,
Summer and Fall, what would we do without strawberries, raspberries,
blueberries and the like?
Just in case you missed
the news from the past few years, red fruits and vegetables are
high in antioxidants and actually build the immune system.
I love the scene in
the movie Forest Gump, when Forest meets his soon-to-be new partner
in the shrimp business, and the wonderful black character names
off the huge array of ways to cook with, eat raw, add to salads
and sandwiches, and the many, many other ways to enjoy shrimp.
And so it is with North American berries.
- Eat them raw by the handful,
- Naturally — make berry pies,
- Prepare fruit cups with ice cream,
- Decorate salads,
- Make homemade chocolate flavored treats and make a fortune doing
it, more on that tip in a minute,
- Eat berries in cereal,
- Add berries to tea,
- Add berries to muffins,
- Eat berries in cream,
- And............Need I go on?
The health secrets
of berries are just now coming into the forefront, whereas in
other “off-shore” countries such as South America,
Tahiti, Hawaii, and Asia, exotic berries have been used to cure
the common cold and heal cuts for centuries. Tahitian Miranda
and the Himalayan Goji fruit are just two examples of the rather
incredible findings for the berries/fruit being used to cure many
common complaints far exceeding the common cold.
For example, recent
research has discovered a group of four active polysaccharides
unique to the Goji berry that account for most of the berry’s
far-ranging benefits. These photonutrient compounds turn out to
be of great importance to the well-being of the entire body, including
the treatment of numerous ailments.
How to Grow the World’s
Start with good soil Preparation
Successful berry production depends on careful attention to every
detail of production. Most important is proper land preparation,
long before strawberries, raspberries or other berry crops are
planted. Avoid mistakes in the pre-planting process because the
effects can be felt for the life of the plant and the economic
potential of the crop becomes limited — that is, if you
happen to be interested in a commercial crop. The best management
and cultural practices cannot compensate for soil problems that
could have been corrected before planting — when in doubt,
consult your local agricultural commission.
Just about every berry crop requires good, well-draining, mulched
soil, with a balanced *pH* between 7 and 8 on a scale of 0 to
14. Each plant should have its own environment — which means
its own home soil especially created for the life of the plant.
Dig out a small hole in the soil that will receive the bare root
plant in the late fall or early winter. Fill the hole with home
made or store bought products that are perfect for the berry of
choice. Berries require light watering until green appears, then
increase the amount of water but never to the point of drowning
Use organic soil, organic mulch, organic fertilizers, and natural
bug defenses. My favorite organic fertilizers are made from animal
products — blood, bone, hoof, and horn is all you need to
attain plant growth and flowering of the plant. Most berries grown
in the USA need a constant temperature of at least 75 degrees
Fahrenheit during the growing and harvesting seasons. Space raspberries
four feet apart.
Tip 1: Raspberries like soil with a pH of 7, well-composted mulch,
a high nitrogen content and animal manures.
Tip 2: Strawberries like a high pH of 8 or 9. When available,
use pine needles to cover the plant.
Tip 3: On a planet that has been used for agriculture for many
hundreds of years, depleted soil quality and pollution has made
our food crops somewhat less potent.
The Number One Secret to Great Tasting Berries is Minerals!
Adding essential minerals can be cheap and easy. Buy prepared
multi-minerals from the stock feed store or discount food store.
When feasible, buy in bulk. Add one tablespoon of multi-minerals
to one gallon of water. One gallon will water about four or five
mature plants near one another. Repeat application of multi-minerals
once a month.
Major Benefit: Calcium is what gives berries their flavor.
Tip 4: Is your strawberry crop not bringing the income you expected?
Dip them in chocolate and sell the fruit to local fancy restaurants
See ya next week--send me your berries to taste
Jay North is an internationally
recognized expert in organics and healthful living. He has also
traveled the country preaching the benefits of an organic lifestyle
and alternative healing methods. Please contact Jay through either
of his websites www.GoingOrganic.com
* PH is
a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. Aqueous
solutions at 25°C with a PH less than seven are considered
acidic, while those with a PH greater than seven are considered
basic (alkaline). ...