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Garden Update and Native Plant Rescue

Lots to update, as things have finally begun to turn green and bloom! Our daffodils in the same shady area, less than a mile from David’s parents’ house, took over three weeks longer to bloom. His mom observed, “Well, you are north of us!” Worth the wait, though:


We’ve got random patches of red tulips and white daffodils sprouting all over the yard, courtesy of squirrels or previous owners — maybe both. Out front, we’ve got red tulips from before, as well as some I planted last Fall. The squirrels have certainly done some rearranging and nibbling, but we did get some lovely blooms a few days ago. Some are still getting ready to pop. Below you can see the old tulips, along with new plant starts waiting for an all clear of frost planting date:

Plant starts and tulips

The brown area that has sat under Mount Mulchmore all Fall and Winter will eventually be getting some snowdrops courtesy of my friend Kimber’s excess. That area never did too well with grass, so I hope it will fill in and not go crazy with the snowdrops. I’ve tried transplanting clover, too, in order to replace the bucket of dandelions I recently dug up. No worries, there’s more where that came from! This is our yard out back:

Our yard

It’s quite pretty with the violets and dandelions, and the occasional puff of crabgrass sometimes looks like we did it on purpose. I’ve tried putting lime on the yard to increase calcium and decrease dandelion blooms. I’m not sure if that’s worked. The areas I did it the most appear to have ever so slightly fewer yellow tops to harvest or weedwhack. I’ve already got dandelion vinegar steeping, along with a gallon of dandelion flowers in the freezer for other projects like dandelion salve and dandelion wine. They’ve gotten so smart that they don’t grow very high, so hand harvesting has become necessary if I don’t want a field of white puffy seeds. I figure if I’m hand harvesting, I might as well have something to show for it!

Meanwhile, I slightly regret throwing away a five gallon bucket of dandelion roots a couple weeks ago, but I just didn’t feel like cleaning, chopping and roasting them then. We served home grown dandelion root tea to some guests this weekend, though, and I remembered how good it is. Again, there’s plenty more where that came from. I’m sure I can dig up a lifetime supply without even making a dent in the “wild” part of our yard. The areas encroaching on the gardens will certainly suffice for all the dandelion roots, flowers and leaves I could desire. Yes, I’m making the best of it, and yes, it’s still overwhelming.

At least all the work I’ve done since last year has begun to pay off. About a third of the formerly garlic mustard, dandelion, thistle and wild violet yard is now under mulch — much of that over 10-year landscape cloth. The dandelions have already penetrated parts over double layers of cardboard. One intended trellis bed just laughs at me, as the dandelions appear to thank me for the extra moisture. Ah, well, there’s now enough order and intentional planting that when people see the dandelions, violets and newly invasive wild mint, they comment on how pretty it all looks instead of how insane I am to work this yard. 🙂 Almost everybody loves the concrete edging. I still believe my garden faery landscaper has cast a Glamour on that reclaimed concrete, because people seem even more excited about the winding paths and raised beds than about the flowering plants in them!

front path

Dwarf lilac with a lily pushing through the mulch

Dwarf lilac with a lily pushing through the mulch

The cold frame plants have taken off, even though I’ve not bothered to close the cold frame in several weeks. We’ve got happy garlic, spinach, kale, carrots, thyme, garlic chives, parsnips, and rutabaga that overwintered, plus young peas, spinach, mixed greens, radishes and beets I planted earlier this Spring:

cold frame in May

In the “Bed Bed,” perennial sea kale and Egyptian walking onions came back, while my attempt at fava beans continues to grow. Fava’s don’t like heat, so I don’t know if the weather will cooperate for a crop. Even without a crop, this vetch will fix nitrogen in preparation for Summer’s Fairy Tale Pumpkins. You can see the little fava plants poking through near the Slug Saloon that I finally broke down and bought. I lost way too many plants to slugs last year, and I’m not in the mood for that particular battle again this year. Until I know I have a garden toad, those slugs and earwigs are getting drunk and not leaving the bar:

Fava, sea kale and Egyptian Walking Onions

Garden prep continues. as I long ago ran out of compost and potting soil, despite running through our entire compost bin last year and carefully composting scraps all winter. Things haven’t really heated up yet, and my desire for many more beds, plus the Garden Tower, has required buying various potting soil and compost mixes. One of my friends took me by truck to get more concrete blocks for our rain barrel as well as to house marigolds while holding down “red mulch” near our trellised tomatoes and squash. You can see that already diminishing stash right here, along with the pelletized lime and a messy array of garden supplies in the garage:

More compost and concrete

Out back, some of the fruit trees have finally recovered from their initial planting. The quince has tiny buds on it, and this elderberry made a comeback:

Elderberry bush

The companion pollinator/ornamental elderberry bush continues to grow, too. It’s still difficult to pick out the smoky purple colored leaves pretty much lying on the leaf mulch, but Raintree Nursery assures me that this tree will eventually look like a Japanese maple:

Ornamental Elderberry

Yesterday marked a fun gardening adventure, too. Three friends, two dogs, and I journeyed to a recently sold woods to gather native shade plants before the new owner clear cut and RoundUp’ed the entire site. The designer of the famous Calendar Garden had invited a friend to help save native Indiana shade plants. We don’t have much shade at our place, but hey, free plants, I’m in! I helped “call” trillium and “Jack in the Pulpit” for all of us. As a result, I found the Mother Lode of Trillium, and received “word” from Jack in the Pulpit, “That’s Parson Jack to you!” Well, then. When I tried to summon Parson Jack, we did discover enough for each of us to take some home. I let all the plants and faeries know, “We are not the destroyers. We are the rescuers. Face certain destruction, or come live with four women who will love you and celebrate your presence.” They came.

Despite the sadness of losing another (formerly) beautiful woodland area to yet another (presumably GMO) corn field, we had a magical day in the mangled woods. We met the new farmer and an Amishman in charge of clearing the woods for farmland, and they happily took our photos. How often does one get one’s photo taken by an Amishman?! You can see part of our stash in the truck, along with a metal roof for our friend Heather’s chicken coop. I love this series, because it captures the shiny, happy energy of our time together. Watch the dogs:

Tango love

Smiling Tango

happy friends and plants

Trillium and Parson Jack

Above you can see my proportionately small stash of trillium (tri-leaves with the maroon flowers), “Parson Jack” to the left, and some kind of wild iris to the right, all apparently happy enough near our returning ferns on the north side of the house. Below, you can see some transplanted trout lily:

Trout Lily

I trust they’ll enjoy themselves in this safe haven, among the foxgloves I’ll be planting soon from Bealtaine Cottage. Our yard has some new faery immigrants, now, too. This wild place once lost hundreds of trees, too, but the land is gradually recovering with daily attention, communion and love. I offered our yard as sanctuary and hope for the beautiful beings that BigAg and redevelopment continue to displace. May they thrive amidst the herbs, perennials, flowers and edible ornamentals here at humble Faery-Hof. (My dad, of all people, came up with that name after touring the nearby Menno-Hof on my parents’ visit here last Summer.)

Blessings and blissings ….

Jon Rappoport ~ Shocker: Comparing deaths from medical drugs, vitamins, all US wars

And this, my friends, is why even if Obama”care” worked, I would still run for the hills. Mandatory US “health””care” is like mandatory Russian roulette. No thank you. Jon’s cited statistics don’t even appear to account for vaccine deaths and injuries. I’m all for real healthcare, beginning with real, non-poisoned, non-GMO (oops, redundant), fresh, local food, along with banning high fructose corn syrup (more redundancy), and no more ability to hide toxins like aspartame under new names.

Per Mike Adams’ ongoing research into the heavy metal content of vitamins, supplements and superfoods from China, I’m all for random testing of toxins in all foods and vitamins, especially from China. … But all these Dick Durbin and Codex Alimentarius inspired attempts to ban or severely restrict “dangerous” vitamins? Start with the poisons we already know exist, like RoundUp and its Agent Orange buddy. Stop chemtrailing us with toxic aluminum and barium. Stop feeding our children FD&C neurotoxic dyes and stop spiking so many things (including milk) with unlabeled aspartame. Stop mandatory vaccines (especially Gardasil) and vaccine statistics fraud. Stop irradiating all our food and giving gravy train exemptions to CAFO’s (confined animal feeding operations). Stop persecuting small and medium sized organic farmers. Stop making Smart Meters mandatory. Stop wi-fi-ing our schools and nearly every square mile of the planet. Stop poisoning our water with radiation, oil, fracking, mercury, fluoride and toxic “clean-up” efforts. Stop banning or slandering known cancer cures and stop harassing, exiling, imprisoning or killing doctors who cure their patients. Just stop.

If these things stopped, the only health “crisis” we’d have is that so many people became healthy that BigPharma, BigAg, and the insurance companies went out of business. Good riddance. As Jon says:

“In the Wikipedia entry, ‘US military casualties of war,’ the grand total of all military deaths in the history of this country, starting with the Revolutionary War, is 1,312,612.

“In any given 10 years of modern medical treatment? 2,250,000 deaths (Starfield).

“Consider how much suppression is necessary to keep the latter number under wraps.”
(emphasis mine)

Shocker: Comparing deaths from medical drugs, vitamins, all US wars

by Jon Rappoport
March 29, 2014

People want to believe medical science gives us, at any given moment, the best of all possible worlds.

And of course, the best of all possible worlds must have its enemies: the quacks who sell unproven snake oil.

So let’s look at some facts.

As I’ve been documenting for years, the medical cartel has been engaged in massive criminal fraud, presenting their drugs as safe and effective across the board—when, in fact, these drugs have been killing and maiming huge numbers of people, like clockwork.

I’ve cited the review, “Is US Health Really the Best in the World?”, by Dr. Barbara Starfied (Journal of the American Medical Association, July 26, 2000), in which Starfield reveals the American medical system kills 225,000 people per year—106,000 as a direct result of pharmaceutical drugs.

I’ve now found another study, published in the same Journal, two years earlier: April 15, 1998; “Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients.” It, too, is mind-boggling.

The authors, led by Jason Lazarou, culled 39 previous studies on patients in hospitals. These patients, who received drugs in hospitals, or were admitted to hospitals because they were suffering from the drugs doctors had given them, met the following fate:

Every year, in the US, between 76,000 and 137,000 hospitalized patients die as a direct result of the drugs.

Beyond that, every year 2.2 million hospitalized patients experience serious adverse reactions to the drugs.

The authors write: “…Our study on ADRs [Adverse Drug Reactions], which excludes medication errors, had a different objective: to show that there are a large number of ADRs even when the drugs are properly prescribed and and administered.”

So this study had nothing to do with doctor errors, nurse errors, or improper combining of drugs. And it only counted people killed who were admitted to hospitals. It didn’t begin to tally all the people taking pharmaceuticals who died as consequence of the drugs, without being admitted to hospitals.

I found the link to this study at the Dr. Rath Health Foundation, in the middle of a very interesting article by Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki: “Commentary on the Safety of Vitamins.”

Here are two key quotes from her article:

“In 2010, not one single person [in the US] died as a result of taking vitamins (Bronstein, et al, (2011) Clinical Toxical, 49 (10), 910-941).”

“In 2004, the deaths of 3 people [in the US] were attributed to the intake of vitamins. Of these, 2 persons were said to have died as a result of megadoses of vitamins D and E, and one person as a result of an overdose of iron and fluoride. Data from: ‘Toxic Exposure Surveillance System 2004, Annual Report, Am. Assoc. of Poison Control Centers.’”

Summing up:

No deaths from vitamins (2011), and three deaths (2004) from vitamins/iron/fluoride.

106,000 deaths every year from pharmaceutical drugs (Starfield).

Between 76,000 and 137,000 deaths from pharmaceutical drugs every year in hospitalized patients (Lazerou).

The FDA and its “quack-buster” allies go after vitamins, demean “unproven remedies,” and generally take every possible opportunity to warn people about “alternatives,” on the basis that they aren’t scientifically supported.

Meanwhile, the very drugs these mobsters are promoting, and certifying as safe and effective, are killing and maiming people at a staggering rate.

The masses are treated to non-stop PR on the glories of the US medical system.

In the Wikipedia entry, “US military casualties of war,” the grand total of all military deaths in the history of this country, starting with the Revolutionary War, is 1,312,612.

In any given 10 years of modern medical treatment? 2,250,000 deaths (Starfield).

Consider how much suppression is necessary to keep the latter number under wraps.

Jon Rappoport
The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at