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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dancing CDs Do Keep the Birds Away!

I had to grow some grass, but was not quite sure how to keep the birds away. Then a neighbour suggested, why don't you put CDs up? So I gave it a try.

dancing CDs - to keep the birds away

I marked the perimeter of the area to be seed with bamboo sticks about 3 feet apart and then strung string wrapped around each stick and finally added CDs between the sticks.

Now it looks like I have dancing CDs in the garden. All the neighbours stop and wonder what it was for. And the CDs do keep the birds away. I have the birds all over my garden, but not in the freshly seeded area.

Nothing happened for quite some time, but after about 2 weeks the first new grass shoots started to appear.

new grass appearing

So I can highly recommend this way of growing grass.

Let me know if you have tried this before and what your experience was.


Monday, May 12, 2014

10 Weird Intensive Gardening Methods That Really Work

I am quite happy with my square foot gardening system, but am always open to experiment with others. I am intrigued by these "10 weird intensive gardening methods that really work" from the gardening channel.

  1. Tire gardening (gardening in used tires) - http://www.tiregarden.net/
  2. Mittlieder method (combines soil-based gardening with hydroponic gardening) - http://growfood.com/
  3. Square foot gardening (planting in a square foot grid) - http://squarefootgardening.org/square-foot-gardening-method
  4. Keyhole gardening (raised garden with a center composting basket) - http://www.gardeningchannel.com/how-to-make-a-keyhole-garden/  
  5. Aquaponics (use fish waste to nourish plants) - Oregonlive.com
  6. Window farms (Plants grow out of the bottle while an air pump circulate liquid nutrients that gently flow down the structure) - one woman’s window farm initiatives
  7. Straw bale gardening (use straw bales to make raised beds) - http://strawbalegardens.com/
  8. Straight from the soil bag gardening (leave the soil in the bag and plant in it) - Mother Earth News
  9. Lasagna gardening (don't dig up the ground, just layer cardboard and straw and soil) - Learn more with these articles over at Mother Earth News and Organic Gardening Magazine.
  10. Ruth Stout no-work garden (heavily mulch your garden) -  Mother Earth News

If you give any of these methods a try, please let me know how it went by leaving a comment below.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Feeling Lonely Surrounded by People?

This video explains quite nicely how you can feel lonely surrounded by people and why.



I would like to hear from you and look forward to reading your comments.








Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Take Control Back From Your Subconscious Mind

Do you know that your subconscious mind runs your life? It is time to take control back.

“It is not a disruption in your energy system but a creation of the mind. It's about subconscious imprints stored within the brain, accumulated from birth, emotional conditioning that built perception and the body gives it reality. You are a creator,
this physical reaction is an expression of the your inner world.”
                                                           ~Robert G. Smith creator of FasterEFT

This post is based on a two part article I found here called "Toxic Thinking Patterns"
Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind does no original thinking. It is the "operating system" in charge of all autonomic processes of the body. If you would have to tell your body to pump the blood, breathe and digest, you would have no time for all the other things. The more you repeat an action or respond in a certain way, the faster your subconscious takes it over and in the future you will always react that same way. It is efficient, but not always what you want to happen.

To break free of these patterns, you have to become aware of them and understand how tricky they are. This is not easy as they operate just below the radar or your conscious mind. Unless you can make those changes, you have limited success to change the outcomes.

The article lists 7 Toxic Thinking Patterns:

  1. Fault-finding or complaining
  2. Blaming
  3. Triangulation, gossiping
  4. Communication blocking
  5. Rescuing others
  6. Portraying self as a victim, helpless or needing to be rescued
  7. Making excuses
Examples of the 7 patterns are listed in Part 2 of the article.

Remember that the subconscious is your protector, but it cannot differentiate between what is helpful and what is harmful and what is real (actually happening) or imagined. It responds to both the same way.

At times you find yourself running away, blocking or protecting yourself against what you need or yearn for most in life, which is totally counter to what your really want. Your natural impulse is to "self-actualize" and not hide. You want to feel alive in a meaningful way to yourself and life around you.

Your mind is a treasure and your imagination is the base for creating yourself and life. Be careful of the words you use and the thoughts you think as they become things and are harder to undo than create.

I have found that Meridian Tapping (EFT) is a fantastic tool to help you reprogram your subconscious mind. Give it a try and if you need help contact me.

If would like to hear from you and look forward to reading your comments.



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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

If You Are Drawn to Various Interests You May Be a "Scanner"

What on earth is a Scanner? I came across this cool website that gives book summaries. It is called Actionable Books and you can join for free and you will receive weekly book summaries.

The book I found this idea from is called Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams

I am a person like it is described in the book.
“Use ALL of your interests, passions, and hobbies to create the life and career of your dreams.” ~Refuse to Choose!, Book jacket
My interests are all over the place and I am drawn to many diverse interests?  When I read the questions the book asks below, I saw myself reflected in the them.
"Do you love starting projects, but find you lose interest when the novelty wears off? Have you ever thought following just one career path is a recipe for total boredom?  If so, you may be a Scanner.
The book suggests that some people aren’t meant to follow just one path. I have always considered myself an odd ball and was very happy to read that I am in fact quite normal for the small percentage of people who have this scanner tendency.
“Scanners go through an amazing transformation once they begin to understand who they are and realize there’s nothing wrong with them.” ~Refuse to Choose!, page 23
What a great way of explaining it in the summary:
Scanners, by their very nature, want to do it all. However, along the way most Scanners will have encountered family, friends, teachers and even career counselors who encourage them to pick just one career path or course of education and follow it. Scanners may have felt that something is wrong with them or perhaps they’ve been criticized for being lazy, undisciplined or indecisive.
Accept yourself as a Scanner and then learn to live your life that way.

Tip for Scanners:

Keep a record of all your ideas and Create a Scanner Daybook
“The blank pages in your Daybook are where you’ll capture ideas that could otherwise get lost or keep a record of private little trips and ‘what ifs’ that are always floating in and out of a creative mind.” ~Refuse to Choose!, page 12
At the end of the day, what is a scanner to do with all those half finished projects?
“When a honeybee gets the nectar it came for, it loses interest in that flower and heads over to another one.  When a Scanner leaves a project, it’s for the same reason.” ~Refuse to Choose!, page 103 
Finish them at a later date. Pass them on to somebody else to finish for you or display them as a work in progress.

There are some tips in the summary and more in the book itself. Plus the book has many tools and tips for embracing being a Scanner as a worthwhile way to live. Non-Scanners can learn from the tips to pursue multiple creative endeavours and can learn how to accept and encourage the Scanners in their lives.



Are you a scanner or just interested in many different things? Leave a comment below and let me know how you handle your many interests and if you view this as an asset or a liability or a strength or a weakness.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Square Foot Gardening - How Many Plants Per Square?

Is there a trick to figuring out how many plants to plant per square foot?

Alphabetical Order

  • Basil: 1/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Beans: bush-type 9/sqft; pole-type 8/sqft
  • Beets: 16/sqft 
  • Broccoli: 1/sqft 
  • Cabbage: 1/sqft 
  • Carrots: 16/sqft 
  • Cauliflower: 1/sqft 
  • Celery: 4/sqft (6") (according to sqft reader Doreen Howard) 
  • Chard(Swiss): 4/sqft 
  • Corn: 1/sqft (revised in 2/96 OG to 4/sqft) 
  • Cucumbers: 2/sqft in a row of 4 sqft (6" apart along middle of sqft row) 
  • Daffodils: 36/sqft 
  • Eggplant: 1/sqft 
  • Garlic: 4/sqft (6") (according to several sqft readers. Some say 9/sqft (4")) 
  • Leeks: 9/sqft (see special technique in 2/96 OG
  • Lettuce: 4/sqft 
  • Marjoram: 4/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Muskmelons: 1/sqft (grow in row of 4 squares, on trellis) 
  • Okra: 1-2/sqft (according to reader Sandra Walters) 
  • Onions: 16/sqft 
  • Oregano: 1/4sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Parsley: 4/sqft 
  • Peas: 8/sqft (grow in row of 4 squares on trellis, see special grid
  • Peppers: 1/sqft 
  • Potatoes: 1/sqft (see special technique in 2/96 OG
  • Radishes: 16/sqft 
  • Savory: 1/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Scallions: 36/sqft (2") (see special technique in 2/96 OG
  • Spinach: 9/sqft 
  • Squash, Summer: vine-type 3/4sqft (see special grid); bush-type 1/3sqft (see special grid) (see also Zucchini's revised spacing) 
  • Squash, Winter: 1/2sqft (see special grid
  • Sweet Potatoes: 2/sqft (according to sqft reader John Webster
  • Thyme: 4/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Tomatoes: bush-type: 4/4sqft (see special grid); vine-type 1/sqft (in row of 4 on trellis) 
  • Watermelon: bush-type 1/sqft; vine-type 1/2sqft - both kinds along trellis 
  • Zucchini: 1/sqft (Mel from 2/96 OG)

Grid Order

1 Plant per square foot

  • Basil: 1/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Broccoli: 1/sqft 
  • Cabbage: 1/sqft 
  • Cauliflower: 1/sqft 
  • Eggplant: 1/sqft 
  • Muskmelons: 1/sqft (grow in row of 4 squares, on trellis)
  • Okra: 1-2/sqft (according to reader Sandra Walters) 
  • Peppers: 1/sqft 
  • Potatoes: 1/sqft (see special technique in 2/96 OG)
  • Savory: 1/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Watermelon: bush-type 1/sqft; vine-type 1/2sqft - both kinds along trellis 
  • Zucchini: 1/sqft (Mel from 2/96 OG)

4 Plants per square foot

  • Celery: 4/sqft (6") (according to sqft reader Doreen Howard) 
  • Chard(Swiss): 4/sqft 
  • Garlic: 4/sqft (6") (according to several sqft readers. Some say 9/sqft (4")) 
  • Lettuce: 4/sqft 
  • Marjoram: 4/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Oregano: 4/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Parsley: 4/sqft 
  • Thyme: 4/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 

9 Plants per square foot

  • Beans: bush-type 9/sqft; pole-type 8/sqft
  • Leeks: 9/sqft (see special technique in 2/96 OG
  • Spinach: 9/sqft 

16 Plants per square foot

  • Beets: 16/sqft 
  • Carrots: 16/sqft 
  • Radishes: 16/sqft 
  • Onions: 16/sqft 

36 Plants per square foot

  • Daffodils: 36/sqft 
  • Scallions: 36/sqft (2") (see special technique in 2/96 OG

Special alignments

  • Corn: 1/sqft (revised in 2/96 OG to 4/sqft) 
  • Cucumbers: 2/sqft in a row of 4 sqft (6" apart along middle of sqft row) 
  • Peas: 8/sqft (grow in row of 4 squares on trellis, see special grid
  • Squash, Summer: vine-type 3/4sqft (see special grid); bush-type 1/3sqft (see special grid) (see also Zucchini's revised spacing) 
  • Squash, Winter: 1/2sqft (see special grid
  • Sweet Potatoes: 2/sqft (according to sqft reader John Webster
  • Tomatoes: bush-type: 4/4sqft (see special grid); vine-type 1/sqft (in row of 4 on trellis) 
To see the special alignments check out the credit page:

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

How to Make Simple Square Foot Gardening Templates

backside of template with holes drilled
I am just about ready to start planting my square foot garden. Until now I have used string and sticks to mark things, but then I got an idea of how I could easily make some templates from old plastic election signs. The material was easy to cut with a knife and a permanent marker would help with the design.

At first I thought that I would need a whole bunch of templates, but as I got going I realized that I could actually get away with only 2 templates.


  • First cut 2 12x12 inch pieces from the plastic signs
  • Draw a grid: 
    • template 1: 3 rows and 3 columns
    • template 2: 4 rows and 4 columns
  • Mark the center of each square of the grid by drawing diagonal lines
  • Use the electric drill and a ½" drill bit and drill a hole at each center point.

Template 1


Template 1

  • Grid of 3 row and 3 columns (9 plants - holes circled in blue)
  • This can also be used for 1 plant per square foot (hole circled in black and then blue)





Template 2

Template 2
  • This one is truly a multi-use template
  • Grid 4 rows and 4 columns (16 plants - holes circled in blue)
  • Grid 2 rows and 2 columns (4 plants - holes circled in black)
  • This can also be used for 1 plant per square foot (hole circled in black and then blue)


  • I also created a template with just strips from the plastic sign.
  •  I used gardening wire to attache the strips to each other. On the back picture I twisted the wires together and tucked the ends underneath.
  • This template can be used the same way as template 2.
front
back

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