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Companion Planting In The Garden Makes “Good Neighbors”
Mr. Cucumber and Mrs.Tomatoes would make great Neighbors.
On the other side of the fence from Mrs.Tomatoes is Miss.Potatoe. They really don’t play well together. But add a Mrs.Basil in with Mr. Cucumber and Mrs.Tomatoes, and this combination will sure to give you a bumper crop.They work as a 3 plant combo very well.
You want to make sure that your veggies are happy in their neighborhoods
Here is a chart to help you find the right “Good Neighbors”
Listed from A To Z
Companion Planting Chart Courteous of:
Here are combinations found to be beneficial over time
from Todd Weinmann of North Dakota State University Agriculture Extension:
|Plant||Plant Companions||Plant Allies||Plant Enemies|
|Asparagus||Basil, parsley, tomato||Pot marigold deters beetles.|
|Beans||Beet (to bush beans only), cabbage family, carrot, celery, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, pea, potatoes, radish, strawberry.||Marigold deters Mexican bean beetles. Nasturtium and rosemary deter bean beetles. Summer savory deters bean beetles, improves growth and flavor.||Garlic, onion and shallot stunt the growth of beans.|
|Beets||Bush beans, cabbage family, lettuce, onion.||Garlic improves growth and flavor.||Pole beans and beets stunt each other’s growth.|
|Carrots||Bean, lettuce, onion, pea, pepper, radish, tomato.||Chives improve growth and flavor. Rosemary and sage deter carrot fly.||Dill retards growth.|
|Celery||Bean, cabbage family and tomato.||Chives and garlic deter aphids. Nasturtium deters bugs and aphids.|
|Chard||Bean, cabbage family and onion|
|Corn||Bean, cucumber, melon, parsley, pea, potato, pumpkin, squash.||Odorless marigold and white geranium deter Japanese beetles. Pigweed raises nutrients from the subsoil to where the corn can reach them.||Tomatoes and corn are attacked by the same worm.|
|Cucumber||Bean, cabbage family, corn, pea, radish, tomato||Marigold deters beetles. Nasturtium deters aphids, beetles and bugs, improves growth and flavor. Oregano deters pests in general. Tansy deters ants, beetles, bugs, flying insects.||Sage is generally injurious to cucumber.|
|Eggplant||Bean, pepper.||Marigold deters nematodes.|
|Lettuce||Beet, cabbage family, carrot, onion, radish, strawberry.||Chives and garlic deter aphids.|
|Melons||Corn, pumpkin, radish, squash.||Marigold deters beetles. Nasturtium deters bugs and beetles. Oregano provides general pest protection.|
|Onions||Beet, cabbage family, carrot, chard, lettuce, pepper, strawberry, tomato.||Chamomile and summer savory improve growth and flavor. Pigweed raises nutrients from subsoil and makes them available to the onions. Sow thistle improves growth and health.||Onions stunt bean, pea.|
|Parsley||Asparagus, corn, tomato|
|Peas||Bean, carrot, corn, cucumber, radish, turnip.||Chives deter aphids. Mint improves health and flavor.||Garlic and onion stunt the growth of peas.|
|Peppers||Carrot, eggplant, onion and tomato|
|Potatoes||Beans, cabbage family, corn, eggplant, pea.||Horseradish, planted at the corners of the potato patch, provides general protection. Marigold deters beetles.||Tomatoes and potatoes are attacked by the same blight.|
|Pumpkins||Corn, melon, squash.||Marigold deters beetles. Nasturtium deters bugs, beetles. Oregano provides general pest protection.|
|Radishes||Bean, carrot, cucumber, lettuce, melon, pea.||Chervil and nasturtium improve growth and flavor.||Hyssop|
|Spinach||Cabbage family, strawberry|
|Squash||Corn, melon, pumpkin.||Borage deters worms, improves growth and flavor. Marigold deters beetles. Nasturtium deters squash bugs and beetles. Oregano provides general pest protection.|
|Strawberry||Bean, lettuce, onion, spinach, thyme.||Cabbage.||Borage strengthens resistance to insects and disease. Thyme, as a border, deters worms.|
|Tomatoes||Asparagus, carrot, celery, cucumber, onion, parsley, pepper.||Basil repels flies and mosquitoes, improves growth and flavor. Bee balm, chives and mint improve health and flavor. Borage deters tomato worm, improves growth and flavor. Dill, until mature, improves growth and health. Once mature, it stunts tomato growth. Marigold deters nematodes. Pot marigold deters tomato worm and general garden pests.||Corn and tomato are attacked by the same worm. Mature dill retards tomato growth. Kohlrabi stunts tomato growth. Potatoes and tomatoes are attacked by the same blight.|
|Cabbage Family (Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Kale, and Kohlrabi)||Beet, celery, chard, cucumber, lettuce, onion, potato, spinach.||Chamomile and garlic improve growth and flavor. Catnip, hyssop, rosemary and sage deter cabbage moth. Dill improves growth and health. Mint deters cabbage moth and ants, improves health and flavor. Nasturtium deters bugs, beetles, aphids. Southernwood deters cabbage moth, improves growth and flavor. Tansy deters cabbageworm and cutworm. Thyme deters cabbageworm.||Kohlrabi and tomato stunt each other’s growth.|
Companion Planting In The Garden Makes “Good Neighbors ”
AMERICA, CODE BLUE… Young Pregnant Women Down!
USA Reports: Cardiac Arrest In Younger Pregnant Women Is On The Rise
BY: Chad Rhodes
NYU – School Of Medicine has conducted a study for the past 12 years on Heart Disease in pregnant women. Between 2002 and 2014 Cardiac Arrest has been the leading cause of death for 25% of young pregnant women. Heart Disease has been the number one cause of death for women for many years, but for younger women this is a drastic change compared to earlier years.
The disease in young women has been increasing and raising great concerns not only for the mother, but for the health of the unborn child also. The risk factors for heart disease continue to increase in the United States. “High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes are all higher in our younger women. Stress is another factor in High Risk pregnancy.
Rise in obesity in society plays a big part. Between more junk food available and the convenience of the “Drive Thru food”. Adding yeast to many packaged food and many drinks also.
Don’t get me started on Soda. This is a heart Killer, Diet KILLER.
You could ask if the younger women are getting enough “Quality” exercise, food and fluid intake. We all know with our busy lives exercise is the last thing we want to do after work all day. Making a wholesome meal for the family is about all the energy you can muster up. You end up asking yourself, where do I fit the time in?
The family entrees from the frozen section become your main staples. The concentrated amounts of sodium and preservatives is off the charts. Not only are you adding all this to your body that is creating it’s own voyage of problems to your heart risk factors.
Exercise does not have to mean Hitting the Gym 3 times a week. You can walk, band workout and create a new healthy diet. Include fresh home cooked meals that are lean, ending bad calorie intake.
Get the kids to help you in the kitchen with dinner. Bringing your kids up with healthy choices makes their lifestyle an asset to their healthy future. Kids are great for washing the vegetables and mixing things up relieves you from 30 minutes of stress and time.
Most parents can not spend hours away from the kids, house or work. My solution is to incorporate the kids activities with yours.
Weekends are a good place to start. Take the kids for a walk every morning, that gets all of you on the road to increased blood flow through your body. As we all know the heart needs lots of exercise and if you sit for 8 hours a day, you need this more than those who stand up for work.
The U.K. Side
BJOG: UK Reports, Nearly one in four cardiac arrests in pregnancy are associated with complications of obstetric anesthesia.
Nearly one in four cardiac arrests in pregnancy are associated with complications of obstetric anesthesia, according to a new study published today (Friday 24 February) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (BJOG).
The aim of this study was to estimate the incidence of cardiac arrest in the UK obstetric population, describe how cardiac arrest in pregnancy is managed and report maternal and fetal outcomes. Using the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS), researchers identified 66 women who had experienced a cardiac arrest in pregnancy among 2.3 million who gave birth between 2011 and 2014.
The three year study shows that maternal cardiac arrest in the UK is very rare (a 1 in 36,000 risk) and that maternal survival rates of 58% were possible due to timely resuscitation and rapid perimortem caesarean section (PMCS). In the 66 women involved in the study, cardiac output was restored in 48 and 49 women had a PMCS. The results also show that time from collapse to PMCS was significantly shorter in women who survived. 58 babies were delivered, 12 were stillborn.
Results found that the main association of collapse among antenatal women was obstetric anesthesia, given as an epidural, spinal or combined spinal-epidural. 16 (24%) of the women in the study had a cardiac arrest following obstetric anesthesia (all survived).
Meanwhile, 12 of the 16 women (75%) who had a cardiac arrest following obstetric anesthesia were obese (defined as having a Body Mass Index of 30kg/m2 or more). This supports the view that obese pregnant women are at a higher risk of complications of anesthesia, as the increased body fat makes procedures technically more difficult.
The study also shows that hypovolaemia (a decrease in blood volume), venous thromboembolism (a formation of blood clots in the vein) and amniotic fluid embolism (when amniotic fluid or other debris makes its way into the mother’s blood) are the main non-anaesthetic causes of cardiac arrest. As recommended in the most recent MBRRACE-UK report, there is a pressing need to improve systems focused on preventing and responding appropriately to these complications.”
In addition, of the 66 women who arrested in pregnancy, 27 had co-morbidities which may have contributed to maternal arrest. The most common problems reported were asthma, mental health problems, cardiac disease, hypertension, hematological, autoimmune and endocrine problems.
The researchers suggest a revision of multi-disciplinary training for healthcare professionals, and a revision of supervision and support on the labor ward.
Dr Virginia Beckett, lead author and consultant obstetrician and gynecologist at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“Our study shows that management of cardiac arrest in pregnancy in the UK, following the introduction of training such as the Managing Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma (MOET) course, has resulted in a 58% maternal survival rate. The main reasons for this appear to be the involvement of senior medical professionals and swift PMCS.
“American data shows that up to one third of women who arrest die with their baby still in utero. In the UK, we take a very different approach; in this study, PMCS was carried out in 49 (74%) of the 66 women involved (only two women remained undelivered when they should have had a PMCS). This is close to a five-fold improvement. Rapid PMCS saves women’s lives.
“However, our study shows that the single, biggest association of maternal cardiac arrest is a complication of anesthesia. Further research is needed into this finding which presents an opportunity to reduce the incidence of maternal cardiac in the UK.
Mr Edward Morris, Vice President for Clinical Quality at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG), said:
“This study demonstrates the importance of robust multi-disciplinary risk assessment processes in antenatal care, as well as team training to manage obstetric emergencies. It is also a great example of the value of collecting high quality data through UKOSS to improve outcomes for patients.
“Childbirth can be unpredictable and timely access to specialist care is critical; especially for those considered at higher risk due to per-existing health conditions. This data supports existing evidence that maternal cardiac arrest is becoming more common, and there may be opportunities to further improve survival rates through detailed analysis of this data.
“Obesity has reached pandemic proportions globally, with around one in five pregnant women in the UK considered obese. This increases their risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death as well gestational diabetes, blood clots, per-eclampsia, more complicated labors, and severe bleeding after the birth. Although they survived, a high proportion of the women who had cardiac arrests following obstetric anesthesia were obese.
“Maintaining a normal body weight can reduce the risk of complications for both mother and baby. Women should keep active and eat well prior to conception and limit weight gain during pregnancy in order to improve their own health and provide their baby with the best start in life.”
Mr Michael Masch, Deputy Editor-in-chief of BJOG, added:
“Although about 60 percent of women survived, and most received timely resuscitation and perimortem caesarean section, this study highlights the necessity for regular multi-disciplinary training in specific arrest management. Further research into the links between anesthesia and cardiac arrest is also warranted.”
For media inquiries or copies of the study please contact the RCOG press office on 020 7772 6357 or email email@example.com.
Notes to editors:
VA Beckett, M Knight, and P Sharpe. The CAPS Study: Incidence, management and outcomes of cardiac arrest in pregnancy in the UK: a prospective, descriptive study. BJOG 2017: DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.14521
The article can be found here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1471-0528.14521/full
This study was funded by a grant from Wellbeing of Women.
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology is owned by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) but is editorially independent and published monthly by Wiley. The journal features original, peer-reviewed, high-quality medical research in all areas of obstetrics and gynecology worldwide. Please quote ‘BJOG’ or ‘BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology’ when referring to the journal. To keep up to date with our latest papers, follow @BJOGTweets.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare in the UK and beyond. It is dedicated to encouraging the study and advancing the science and practice of obstetrics and gynecology. It does this through postgraduate medical education and training and the publication of clinical guidelines and reports on aspects of the specialty and service provision.
VEGGIE 911… DINNER FOR 6
Having Vegetarian friends over and you don’t know what to cook…
VEGGIE 911 to the rescue!!!
HELP!!!!! Friday night get together with vegetarian friends and you have No Idea what to cook. Not only will you be eating pretty clean, but the health benefits of reducing meat and processed food products from your diet will help your health tremendously.
Sometimes we really need to clean our systems out and the best way I know is to go Vegetarian. Just adding a few meals a week that are meatless will improve your overall health by 35%. If you are one of those people who live off of microwave and/or boxed foods your health will improve 100% just from making your own meals from scratch.
Trying to stay healthy and eat healthy has become a real chore these days. The foods we consume are full of yeasts, sugars, antibiotics in the meat and preservatives. Not counting the chemicals and pesticides. The more we can stay away from packaged and pre-cooked foods the healthier we will be.
Once you start reading the labels on food, you’ll find yourself wanting to cook your own meals from scratch. Look Up The Words…they will scare you.
You will eliminate over 75% of Sodium (salt), sugar, yeast and chemicals.
You will eliminate your excess weight also.
As you will see, “Eating clean doesn’t mean Starving to Death”.
Eating Clean Does Not Mean Starving Yourself
23 Ways To Eat Clean
Replace processed, fake foods with these healthier clean eating foods.
Cleaner, healthier eating
Healthy eating isn’t always easy, especially with junk foods tempting you at the grocery store, corner deli, and even the office kitchen. Though clean eating at every meal isn’t always realistic, you can take steps to limit processed food. Here, we show how common foods morph from real (i.e. apples) to highly processed (apple toaster pastries).
Has YOUR Diet been High Jacked by the manufactures? The #1 reason your belly fat won’t go away is Hidden SUGAR! Manufactures have replaced sugar with Corn Syrup, Artificial Sugar Syrup and other sugar substitutes. Read your labels. Same for sodium. Your goal: Choose from natural foods as often as possible, go with foods that are somewhat processed in a pinch, and limit your intake of highly processed items to none.
1st choice (natural state): Apple
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Applesauce
Limit (highly processed): Apple toaster pastry
Shopping tip: While applesauce is a healthy choice, it has fewer nutrients than a whole apple.
1st choice (natural state): Orange
2nd choice (somewhat processed): 100% orange juice
Limit (highly processed): Orange drink
Shopping tip: Many fruit drinks contain high fructose corn syrup and little real juice.
1st choice (natural state): Fresh strawberries
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Strawberry preserves
Limit to NONE (highly processed): Strawberry gelatin dessert
Shopping tip: Gelatin desserts usually contain artificial strawberry flavor, not real fruit.
1st choice (natural state): Peach
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Canned peaches in 100% juice
Limit (highly processed): Canned peaches in heavy syrup
Shopping tip: Fruit canned in heavy syrup has more sugar and calories than fresh fruit.
1st choice (natural state): Fresh figs
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Fig preserves
Limit (highly processed): Fig sandwich cookies
Shopping tip: Packaged fruit cookies may contain refined sugar and preservatives.
1st choice (natural state): Pineapple
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Canned diced pineapple
Limit (highly processed): Pineapple cocktail cup
Shopping tip: Fresh pineapple is higher in vitamins C and A and beta-carotene than canned.
1st choice (natural state): Corn on the cob
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Corn tortilla chips
Limit (highly processed): Cornflakes
Shopping tip: Buy tortilla chips with just three ingredients: whole corn, oil, and salt—and eat in moderation with Fresh Homemade Salsa or Pica De Gallo.
1st choice (natural state): Spinach
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Bagged prewashed spinach
Limit (highly processed): Frozen creamed spinach
Shopping tip: When buying frozen vegetables, avoid those packaged with sodium-rich sauces. Buy plain and add your own light sauce. (Is spinach healthier than kale? Find out in their Health Food Face-Off.)
1st choice (natural state): Garlic
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Jarred minced garlic
Limit (highly processed): Bottled garlic marinade
Shopping tip: Minced fresh garlic is cheaper and more flavorful than jarred.
You Shouldn’t Toss Sprouted Garlic out. Plant it in your garden to keep pests away.
1st choice (natural state): Carrots
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Baby carrots
Limit (highly processed): Frozen honey-glazed carrots
Shopping tip: Baby carrots are healthy but more expensive than regular-size loose carrots.
1st choice (natural state): Soup from scratch
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Canned soup
Limit (highly processed): Dehydrated soup mix
Shopping tip: Homemade soup often has less sodium and more flavor than canned.
1st choice (natural state): Heritage ham
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Deli ham
Limit (highly processed): Packaged deli bologna
Shopping tip: Heritage varieties of pork are much less likely to contain hormones than factory meat is.
1st choice (natural ttate): Whole turkey
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Deli turkey
Limit (highly processed): Store-bought turkey meatballs
Shopping tip: If you buy turkey and other meats at the deli counter, ask for brands free of fillers and nitrates.
1st choice (natural state): Grass-fed beef
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Grain-fed beef
Limit (highly processed): Frozen beef patties
Shopping tip: Grass-fed meat is higher in nutrients and lower in fat than grain-fed beef.
1st choice (natural state): Fresh chicken breasts
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Deli sliced chicken
Limit (highly processed): Chicken nuggets
Shopping tip: Chicken nuggets contain very little real chicken.
1st choice (natural state): Pasture-raised eggs
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Omega-3-fortified eggs
Limit (highly processed): Egg beaters
Shopping Tip: Pasture-raised eggs may have 35% less saturated fat, 60% more vitamin A, and 200% more omega-3s compared to omega-3-fortified eggs and egg beaters, which come from chickens kept in coops.
1st choice (natural state): Cream
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Fat-free half cream / half milk
Limit (highly processed): Flavored dairy creamer
Shopping tip: Flavored dairy creamers are often made with colorings, artificial flavors, and corn syrup.
1st choice (natural state): Organic 100% Natural Plain yogurt no sugar added with Fresh Fruit
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Flavored yogurt
Limit (highly processed): Flavored yogurt drink
Shopping tip: Buy plain yogurt and flavor it at home with honey or fresh fruit.
1st choice (natural state): Whole grain bread
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Wheat bread
Limit (highly processed): Fortified white bread
Shopping tip: If a whole grain isn’t the first ingredient, you’re missing out on nutrients.
1st choice (natural state): Dried whole wheat pasta
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Dried white pasta
Limit (highly processed): Instant noodles, Simen, Mac & Cheese
Shopping tip: Whole grain pasta is higher in antioxidants than white or instant noodles.
1st choice (natural state): Brown rice
2nd choice (somewhat processed): White rice
Limit (highly processed): Flavored instant rice
Shopping tip: Brown rice, unlike white, hasn’t had its fiber-rich layers of bran and germ removed.
1st choice (natural state): Peanuts
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Natural peanut butter
Limit (highly processed): Processed peanut butter
Shopping tip: Natural peanut butter should contain only peanuts and a dash of salt.
1st choice (natural state): Fresh edamame (whole soybeans)
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Tofu
Limit (highly processed): Frozen veggie burgers (containing soy ingredients)
Shopping tip: Frozen veggie burgers are vegetarian-friendly but are highly processed.
It has been shown that eating a correct diet of clean foods can lessen the impact of depression and several other illnesses.
Are We Losing Our Natural Vitamin Sources?
Are We Losing Our Natural Vitamin Sources?
Any more there is nothing that we can consume as far as vitamins or food that can benefit the humans total system. Forget the optimal diet. The mega-doses of vitamins and minerals can no longer ensure the preservation of good health for most Americans.
Ask around like we did and sure enough you begin to acquire a valuable database of folk remedies. Everyone we asked had a home remedy or two; a grandmother’s remedy to cure gout (apple cider vinegar), a remedy to stop diarrhea within minutes (turmeric), an old Mexican cure for a nagging cough (garlic). They are adding more “Home Grown” veggies into their Lifestyle. The quality of the vitamins sourced from “Store Bought” veggies is weak. All due to GMO and over Farming the minerals from the soil.
Unfortunately, our immune systems have been subjected to poisons unparalleled in previous centuries and unimaginable by our earlier ancestors.
- The placement of toxic mercury amalgam fillings in our mouths
- The pervasive petrochemicals polluting our homes and environment
- The injection of DNA-damaging childhood vaccinations
- The excessive use of antibiotics and other prescription drugs
- The excessive use of Dangerous Chemicals to maintain weeds and bugs
These are just a sample of the modern-day traumatizing effects that have rendered many individuals chronically ill. Until these and other “obstacles to cure” are adequately addressed, general guidelines–although important to maintain a healthy lifestyle–are simply no longer adequate to fend off degenerative disease and help individuals regain their birthright of optimal health. Indeed, in our current toxic environment, much more radical measures are required.
At this stage Detoxing is very critical to maintain good health. As we consume more food and water we continue to consume high levels of toxins. There are several ways to achieve detoxing in a manner that does not put your body into major shock.
- Eating Clean with a good balanced wholesome food
- No YO YO Dieting, eat what you want as long as it is clean food
- Juicing and consuming the pulp in healthy cooked recipes
- Exercising is a good way to release toxins through sweating
- Gentle Ionic Detoxing
- Omega-3 fish oil is an important part of any detox program
- Bio Mat
- Inferred Therapy
These are DO NOT DO THIS
- Detoxing the wrong way is very dangerous
- Causing a shock to your immune system by draining all the vitamins and minerals from your system.
- Starving your System with Fasting, especially water only
- NO YO YO Dieting. My opinion is that dieting is the worst for your system. It does not work as a permanent solution and it is very unhealthy.