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February 2010

in Blog, Natural Health

I can make you sleep

 Can Make You Sleep by Paul McKenna is this absolutely amazing book I just read about a month ago.  Let me give you a bit of background.  Ever since I was an infant, I never slept well.  I’d torture my poor mother at all hours of the night with crying and then when I got older, I’d just lay in bed and stare at the ceiling.  For as long as I can remember, I would stay awake tossing and turning for 3 or more hours every single long, boring night.  I hated sleeping because it was so boring!  You just…

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in Blog, Farming, Gardening

Tips for a low water use garden in the California high desert

The total statewide October through December precipitation was 78 percent of average, further adding to our accumulated water supply deficit.  The 2009 Water Year (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009) was the third consecutive year of below average precipitation for the state. Annual statewide precipitation totaled 76 percent, 72 percent, and 63 percent of average for Water Years 2009, 2008, and 2007, respectively. On the bright side, January precipitation through the 28th is above average January rainfall. So what do you do in this situation? Give up gardening all together? Mainstream agriculture uses about twice as much water (and maybe much more!) to irrigate as a…

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in Blog, Gardening

Sunken Garden Beds

I decided to try something different this year with my garden.  Last year I had raised beds.  It worked great for having soft soil and it wasn’t too much work because I just dug out the paths and piled it onto the beds so I didn’t have to bring in soil from somewhere else.  However, the point of having raised beds is also to keep the plants roots from drowning in excess water. As you can see, the plants roots are safely away from the water with the freedom to grow down to the water as needed without the roots…

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