Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cover the seeds with Compost....not Mulch.

I got up at 6:15 after sleeping for over 10 hours.  My kidney was hurting when I first got up but felt better after I began to move around.

My computer time was short because the 240 volt battery didn't have enough power.  I got my pictures uploaded and read my emails.  Anna posted an interesting article about an Essene minister who was reporting the harmful effects of the long-term vegan diet.

I cleaned the toilets this morning before starting the gardening.  I watered the little six packs and single packs I planted yesterday.  Then I planted seeds directly into the garden bed.  It was back-breaking work, because I planted the seeds individually about 1/2" - 1" apart.  When the plants come up, we will thin them by transplanting some to another location.  The rest will stay where they are.  I planted Lambs Lettuce, Brown Mignonette Lettuce, and two kinds of cherry tomatoes.

I made a mistake which I found out about after I had planted five rows.  I pulled the mulch over my seeds!  I was supposed to cover the seeds with a thin layer of compost and leave the mulch back until the seedlings were up.  I did the last three rows right.  I'm praying for the ones that are covered in mulch.  I hope they make it.

These are planted wrong!.  I pulled the mulch up over my seeds.

The rows between the lettuce are planted right.  They have a thin layer of  compost over them.  The mulch will be pulled in after the seedlings are up.

I learned a little bit about pruning our fruit trees.  It is okay to cut the top out and keep them the height we want them.  They do not have to be dormant when you prune them.

I also learned a little bit about banana trees.  One long stalk bears one bunch of bananas.  That stalk is then taken out.  Suckers come up at the base of the tree that become a stalk.  These suckers can also be moved to a new location and start a new tree.

Lunch was papaya, custard apple, avocado, banana, soursop and banana blend, and grated coconut.

We had good sun after lunch so got an hour sunbath while reading my Natural Hygiene lesson.  We had consultations at 2:00.  Karen still has not started fasting.  We are waiting on her to develop a fever.  That will be the correct time to start the fast.  Her temp was up just a little bit today.  Indentations around the edge of the tongue indicate starch poisoning.

I got on the computer in the afternoon, but everyone at home was asleep, of course.  Grandson Caleb is trying to chat with me, but we are missing each other.

Supper was lettuce, tomato, avocado, cucumber, grated carrot, lime juice, sauerkraut, pecans, and dates.  We all fixed our own dinner tonight.  All from the same ingredients, yet they all looked different.  I made a salad and an avocado dressing using avocado, lime juice, and a little liquid from the sauerkraut.

I have to figure out some way to add some raw animal products to my diet when I get home.  John uses cottage cheese and kefir, but I don't like them.  I don't like raw eggs.  I don't want raw fish.  What I need is a good source for cheeses made with unpasteurized milk from cows that are not given anti-biotics or hormones.  Maybe Organic Pastures will be a good source if I can't find a local source.

I practiced my flute after supper and Karen practiced her guitar.

I still haven't lost any weight, but I put on my size small tee shirt from Florida and it fit!.  It did not fit when I left home.  The doctor says my fat is turning to muscle.

There is a bird that screams every night about dark.  I asked what is that animal that sounds like a kid screaming.  John says it is a curlew.  The locals say it sounds like a woman being murdered.  That describes it pretty good.


  1. Yeah, I can see what John means. You are thinning up and turning fat into muscle. You look good. Don't worry about the weight, is my guess. You are working so hard. I see where you read Anna's article on the INHS facebook site. Poor Anna is being attacked for going against the grain, led by the animal activists in NH. She and Dr Fielder even tried to come up with the solution of making a separate facebook site for those who are not vegan, but they are still blasting her. I know she is disappointed. It is causing her even more work trying to keep peace. I appreciate her hard work.

  2. I have been reading some of the papers on earlier research about raw foodist that Anna is currently posting on the INHS non-vegetarian page (John is one of the administrators), and the research is suggesting that you can add lightly grilled meats (rare), all cheeses (raw), soft boiled eggs, grilled fish, and compliment these with a mixed salad with several variations of raw vegetables. As him about it. I am understanding that you could probably grill fresh fish twice a week and even throw some pineapple, zucchini, bell peppers, onions on the grill, and have a salad or mixed greens. I don't know if a rare steak would be allowed. Anyway, see if you are already familiar with what Anna is posting, and let me know what you think and what John says.