How to Grow and Harvest Mustard Seeds

Did you know that you can harvest mustard seeds off your mustard greens when the greens are allowed to flower and go to seed? You can then use them as a spice in cooking or pickling or dry and grind them into mustard powder to create your own great mustard.

Planting mustard seed is really easy and we plant, grow and harvest organic, chemical free mustard at Home Farm Herbery here in Kentucky and once harvested and dried we sell them at our local farmer market and pandora jewelry on our Local Harvest Home Farm Herbery site.

Just about 3 weeks before the last frost date for your area is the time to plant your mustard seeds. Since you are not going to use the growth as mustard greens there is no need to use a succession planting method. Simply just sow all your seeds at the same time by planting your mustard seeds about 1 inch apart. As soon as they sprout thin the seedlings so they are about 6 inches apart. This is farther apart than the spacing you would do for mustard greens since you want your mustard plants to get larger before they flower. Should you be planting mustard seedlings plant those 6 inches apart also.

Your plants will need pandora jewelry little ca pandora jewelry re once they start to grow and since the plants like cool weather they will bolt (flower) quickly as soon as the weather becomes warmer. This is not what you want them to do because when that happens your plants will produce poor flowers and poor seeds. You must keep them in their normal flowering cycle in order to harvest the best mustard seeds.

Make sure your mustard seed plants get 2 inches of water each week which is usually not a problem in cool weather, but if you do not you will need to give them extra water. There will be no need to fertilize your plants if you have planted them in amended soil, but if you have to add a nutrient, make sure you add a good balanced organic fertilizer to the roots of your plants once the plants are 3 to 4 inches tall.

Depending on the variety of your mustard seed your flowers will be either yellow or white and once the mustar pandora jewelry d flower grows and matures it will form pods.

You will know when to harvest your mustard seed once the pods start to turn brown and the plants start to turn yellow.

Do not leave the pods on the plants too long or the pods will burst open and your seeds will fall to the ground thus ending your harvest.

Gather the pods just before this happens and open the pods gently with your hands to remove the seeds.

I like to put the flower heads in a large paper bag and allow them to finish maturing for about 1 or 2 weeks. When this happens the pods will open on their own and I then give the bag a couple of shakes and the seeds drop out into the bottom of the bags.

How to grow an herbal first aid kit

How to grow your own first aid /survival kit

There are a number of herbs, roots and trees that are very useful for various ailments. Having your own supply of certain medicinal herbs can heal you, and even save your life.

The first herb I will discuss is cayenne pepper. Did you know that cayenne is easy to grow, and can be made into a tincture? Tinctures can preserve the herb and extend the shelf life and potency for several years. If you made tinctures of your home grown cayenne you would be able to have a handy source to store in your herbal first aid kit. Cayenne is one of the most important and versatile herbs. It is good for the circulatory system, digestion, and helps clot wounds, and can stop bleeding internally and externally. It can even stop a heart attack in progress. The famous herbal doctors of the early 1900’s used cayenne to treat heart patients, and even treat a heart attack. The heart needs nourishment and cayenne provides these nutrients for the heart.

The recommended dose for someone having a heart attack is to take one tsp. of powdered cayenne and mix pandora jewelry it into a cup of hot water and drink this mixture every 15 minutes until the attack subsides, and medical treatment becomes available. The tincture can also be used in hot water the same way. It would be wise to carry cayenne capsules o pandora jewelry r tincture where ever you go in case someone has a heart attack. Always be prepared.

Comfrey is a cell proliferator and speeds healing. It is easy to grow, just plant in a well watered spot in the sun. Soon you will see the large fuzzy leaves start to come up. You can pick the leaves directly and wrap on a sprain, cut or wound. I like to make tinctures out of the root, which I then make into oils and lotions. Comfrey root is very useful when made into a cream by mixing and warming, olive oil, and coconut oil together, then adding some of the tincture. Keep mixing because it likes to separate. Only warm to the melting point pandora jewelry . Cool then store in small glass jar. It can then be applied to rashes, bites, and any kind of skin irritation. It heals skin better than anything I have seen including prescription crmes. It would be well suited for burns also.

Aloe Vera is that wonderful cactus looking plant that can be grown in your garden or a pot on your porch. It is perfect pandora jewelry to have on hand for burns, sunburn, bruises, bug bites, and anything that burns or irritates the skin. Just cut off one of the long fleshy leaves, wash it, cut it right down the center and scoop out the gel and put it directly on the irritated skin. Aloe can be applied anywhere on the body. It is very soothing for delicate tissues.

It has anti bacterial properties so will also work on wounds. Our dogs got into a fight, and one ended up with a tooth hole in the top of his head. He probably needed stitches, but we packed the hole with aloe and wrapped his head, and he is healing up just fine. I have even mixed iodine with the aloe if I needed more of an antiseptic dressing for scrapes and cuts. This is one plant to always have on hand.

Ginger root is one of my favorite healing roots. You can get big plump organic ginger root from Hawaii at a good health food store. Take the root and break it into pieces and plant the sections that look like they have one or two bumpy nodes on them. It will then shoot up green leaves and the roots will grow into bigger clumps. This will ensure you will have your own continual supply of ginger. Ginger is good for stomach issues. If you suffer from nausea, gas, or bloating, ginger tea is a soothing remedy that works pretty quickly. Take a piece of root about the size of half of your thumb and cut off the tough skin. Then cut it up into pieces and simmer it in water for about 15 minutes. It can also be simmered in orange juice for a cold remedy. Ginger is an anti inflammatory root. It is good for combating any kind of inflammatory disorder, which means it is good for your heart, arteries, arthritis, etc. This is a very important item to have as part of your survival remedies.

Now I will tell you about one of the most amazing trees I have heard of. The Moringa tree is native to Northern India. It has been known there in eastern medicine to have over 300 healing properties in the leaves. Ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian civilizations used the pleasant tasting seeds for making perfume and protecting their skin.

For thousands of years, this amazing tree has slowly spread to other tropical lands, going west to the horn of Africa and east to the Philippines. Today the seeds have been carried by hand to many countries around the world.

Moringa is one of the most health enhancing plants that has ever been discovered. It can be grown in the warmer areas of the United States, or indoors in the colder areas, so you can have your own bountiful supply of the leaves, flowers, and pods each having their own medicinal properties. Here is a list of some of the amazing uses from the Moringa tree:

leaves are used in India to treat fevers, bronchitis, eye and ear infections, scurvy and inflammation of mucus membranes.

leaves used to kill intestinal worms

leaves can increase woman’s milk production

flowers can cure inflammations, muscle diseases, tumors, and enlargement of the spleen CAUTION: DO NOT USE FLOWERS IF PREGNANT!

flowers treat hysteria DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT!

Garlic is one of the most valuable and versatile foods on the planet. Garlic belongs to the Allium family of vegetables which also includes onions, chives, shallots and leeks.

Today garlic is a widely recognized health enhancing supplement. Garlic promotes the well being of the heart and immune systems with antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation. One of garlic’s most potent health benefits includes the ability to enhance the body’s immune cell activity.

The active component in garlic is the sulfur compound called allicin. Allicin is the chemical produced when garlic is chopped, chewed, or bruised. Allicin is quite powerful as an antibiotic and a potent agent that helps the body to inhibit the ability of germs to grow and reproduce. In fact, it’s said that 1 milligram of allicin has a potency of 15 standard units of penicillin. There are now over 12 studies published around the world that confirm that garlic can reduce cholesterol.

Recently researchers in Oxford and America have published some summaries of all the good data on garlic. Garlic is known to stimulate T lymphocyte and macrophage action, promote interleukin 1 levels, and support natural killer cells. Strong activity of these key cells promotes healthy immune system function, and strengthens the body’s defenses.

Garlic has germanium in it. Germanium is an anti cancer agent, and garlic has more of it than any other herb. In lab tests, mice fed garlic showed no cancer development, whereas mice that weren’t fed garlic showed at least some. In fact, garlic has been shown to retard tumor growth in human subjects in some parts of the world.

Another benefit of garlic is it helps regulate the body’s blood pressure. So whether you have problems with low or high blood pressure, garlic can help equalize it.

Garlic helps strengthen your body’s defenses against allergies; helps loosen plaque from the artery walls; helps regulate your blood sugar levels; and is the best choice for killing and expelling parasites such as pin worms from the human body.

In addition to all these health benefits, garlic is packed with vitamins and nutrients. Some of these include protein, potassium, Vitamins A, B, B2 and C, Calcium, and Zinc and many others.

In a 12 week, double blind, placebo controlled study, allicin powder was found to reduce the incidence of the common cold by over 50%.

Garlic and onions are toxic to cats and dogs.

Garlic can thin the blood similar to the effect of aspirin.

Drinking lemon juice or eating a few slices of lemon will stop bad garlic breath.

It is traditional to plant garlic on the shortest day of the year. Whether this is for symbolic or practical reasons is unclear.

How To Grow an Avocado from a Pit

Not everyone has a green thumb. Some people just do not have a knack for gardening. However, it does not necessarily mean that you cannot grow your own plants and trees if you are one of those lacking in gardening skills. You can easily grow your own avocado tree and fruit just by salvaging its seed. Here is how to grow an avocado from a pit:

Save the pit. The next time you use a pandora jewelry recipe that includes avocados, after you are done with the fruit, do not throw away seed. You can still use it to grow your own avocado plant. Take the pit and rinse off as much of the fruit with clean water and dry it off with non abrasive towels. It should be handled with care and allowed to dry completely. You can set it aside for a few days if you want to be sure.

Preparing the pit. You will now need to skewer the pit with toothpicks or nails to prepare it for planting. Find the two ends of the pit. It will have a “rounder” side and a “pointed” side. The former should be the bottom while the latter will be the top. You want to keep most of the pit above water and that is where your toothpicks and nails come in. Remember that your container should be big enough to fit the pit and its “arms” but not so small that there is no room for the avocado to sprout and grow. You can use four arms in a cross arrangement or three arms in a pandora jewelry Y shaped arrangement. Insert the arms about half pandora jewelry an inch deep at around the middle part of the seed.

Growing an avocado tree. Fill the container with clean water. You want to fill until almost to the top so that while the pit is suspended on the rim of the container, only the bottom part will be submerged in water. Place your avocado seed somewhere it can receive plenty of sunlight like on a window sill. In about a month to a month and a half, the seed should split open and starting sprouting a stem and roots. Once your stem has grown to about six inches in height, pinch off the top. Do this a few more times and you will eventually see multiple branches coming out of the stem. You will know it is time to transfer it to soil once you see more roots and leaves growing. Fill a pot with enriched soil and dig a hole big enough to accommodate the roots and the pit. Remove the arms and plant it in the soil. The top part should be level with the surface so that the stem does not rot in the dirt. Give it the right amount of plant food and water and prune when needed and it should continue to grow nicely. This is the most common method of growing avocado. There is another technique that requires you to wrap the pit in moist paper towels and place it inside an airtight plastic bag and leave in a sunny or warm area. Once it begins to sprout long roots and stems, pandora jewelry transfer to a pot. Or, you can place the pit in a mixture of sand and soil with the pointed half above surface. Leave the pot in a sunny spot and keep the soil moist.

Tips and reminders. The fruit grown from your avocado plant will almost always be inedible. There is a really small chance that you will grow fruits you can eat but don’t push your luck. Remember to change the water every two days to get rid of bacteria and molds. Make sure that you use a well draining pot. If your plant is not growing fast enough, wrap the container in foil to decrease the amount of sunlight received by the bottom part of the pit.

As you can see, it is actually quite easy to grow an avocado from a pit even if you lack a background in gardening. Follow the instructions above and with a little care and the most basic gardening skills, you should be able to grow your own fruit bearing avocado plant.