Jay’s Organic Corner:
Tips For Healthful Living
By Jay North www.GoingOrganic.com
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are Red, Violets are Blue, Daisies are Yellow and you can eat
those too.” Edible Flowers are back, and people are
eating them with relish, all over the world.
The ever popular edible
flowers made famous by Paradise Farms as well as yours truly and
my former wife Pamela (now deceased) are making a big comeback
in fancy restaurants and hotels all over the world. Fortunately
for you, you don’t have to spend a fortune to try them out
for yourself. Cooking with edible flowers is easy, and they are
just as easy to grow on you own. All you need is a small porch
or windowsill, and you are halfway to enjoyment of these wonderful
Important note: Not
all flowers are edible, and some can make you quite sick, so be
sure you know the flowers you are about to consume are, in fact,
safe for human consumption. Check with the Guide To Cooking With
Edible Flowers or the AMA* list of safe edible plants.
Here are just a few
that I know to be safe:
? The Ever-Popular Nasturtiums,
? Petunias, and
? Flowering Herbs such as Basil, Rosemary, Lavender and Borage.
The gay 80’s
brought us not-so-great music, the Reagan Era, and, thankfully,
fancy gourmet treats. These treats include things to eat that
were not so well known before, like Potpourri Pepper Steak made
with venison and lavender--one of my own recipes. Another of my
favorites is Lemon Thyme Salmon. I serve both of these dishes
along with a beautifully mixed array of edible flower salads.
Now anyone can enjoy
cooking and growing edible flowers, with or without land! How?
By growing organically in a windowsill garden, and I am going
to tell you how. I will give you the tips you need and tell you
how to get started for around only $25.00, with no big outlay
for training manuals or fancy tools.
Two Fancy & Tasty Recipes Your Family Will Love You For
1. Potpourri Lavender
Using a quality-cut
of organic, farm-raised Venison, place steaks on a plate along
with olive oil mixed with herbs. The herbs I use are Lavender,
Garlic and Pepper.
Broil to perfection,
but so the steaks are not over-cooked.
Garnish with fresh lavender buds.
2. Rosemary Lamb
Follow the same instructions
as above replacing Lavender with Rosemary.
Right on top of the
cooked meat, garnish with tiny, blue buds of Rosemary,
Grow edible flowers
in your windowsill or on a well-lit back porch. As with most flowers,
the edible varieties require well-drained, high quality. organic
soil. Use organic potting mulch or just good ol’ potting
soil, and do NOT use any chemical pest killers -- control pests
naturally -- watch for my next tips article on how to do so. Water
only when needed, and never too heavily. There are about 50 different
edible flowering plants you can grow in your home. They all need
a temperature of at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit, plenty of sunlight,
and a loving hand and voice.
Here is all of the
other stuff you are going to need:
For beginning indoor
gardeners, I recommend beginning with planter boxes, because using
pots can be complicated, and I want you to succeed. I suggest
using a redwood box. The dimensions will depend on the amount
of available space. Normally, a box that is 6 inches wide by 18
inches long by 6-8 inches deep is standard, but you can buy them
in any size and as many as you think will be fun and easy to manage.
If you are anything like me, you may soon find them all over the
house. At one point in my indoor growing addiction, I had forty
of them all over the house. What do you think my wife thought
of that? Box prices range from very cheap to very expensive. They
start at around $4.95 and go up to $50.00 for fancy, hand-tooled,
and nicely crafted boxes.
2. Organic Potting
I like Bumper Crop
products. I have always been happy using them with my gardening,
and I highly recommend their products. Most nurseries carry Bumper
Crop, but any ORGANIC mix will do.
3. Seeds or plant starts
Select and obtain
your choice of seeds or plant starts
4. Organic Fertilizer
I use blood, bone,
hoof and horn, bat guano, and fish emulsion. You can even make
some plant food in your kitchen, but we will talk about that another
Water only when needed,
and never too heavily.
6. Plastic Wrap
You will use plastic
wrap under the box to prevent water damage to your floor and also
to make protective tents.
7. Organic Pest Control
One example is Garlic Barrier, easily found on my website www.GoingOrganic.com,
as are various organic insecticide soaps. These days there are
hundreds of organic products on the market to kill or deter pests.
You can even grow some yourself.
8. A Kind and Loving
Speak to your plants like you would or should a child, they will
respond in kind.
This will all cost
about 25 bucks, and that’s all it’s going to take
to get started. No special gardening tools are needed. No expensive
soil analysis is required. No chemicals should be used, because
this is your indoor organic windowsill garden. You could in fact
grow in as many windowsill boxes as you desire, as long as your
family won’t think you have gone off the deep end, like
mine did, with boxes scattered all over the house!
“Eat Organic It’s The Best Bet For You And Your Family”
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 and www.SpiritHealing.net
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