You know the old saying “Like begets like?” Have you noticed how you attract those around you with “like minds?” I can’t begin to express how amazing it is to have the people we meet be of such like minds and become a part of our lives! We had our Summer Greenhouse Gathering this past weekend, and we were so blessed with those who came to share it with us.
My daughter and I opened up our farm & greenhouse to help share and pass on a small portion of the education we have acquired, along with having everyone there participate and do the same! I love it when people join together and help each other!
We shared our experiences with the pests we have encountered, what has worked for us and what has not. For the gopher problem, I have to say the windmills we bought from Lehman’s are working amazingly well. There are NO gopher holes in our outside garden area where we have the windmills on all 4 corners of the section. Inside the greenhouse? That is still another story. So far, we have found that the Fox Urine granules seem to work best for us, putting them outside of the beds.
We then went onto aphids. So far so good for us this year, as we have a lot of ladybugs in the greenhouse along with a lot of calendula we planted among our beds. Another one of our guests said she uses organic dish soap in some water and sprays the leaves at night, with having great success. Yet another guest who has been doing gardening, teaching greenhouse growing for many years, also stated that when you plant an “eggplant” in the bed of whatever your growing, the aphids will be attracted to the eggplant first and is often used as the “sacrificial” or “deterrent” plant, sparing your other crops. Once that eggplant has aphids or other pests invading it, you’ll uproot it, take it out and burn it to destroy the pests. I guess it is the sacrificial plant for sure.
Jenn and I also did a demonstration on juicing and what huge believers we are with that practice for good health, especially when there are chronic illnesses in play. Detoxing the body and flushing the system, filling it with vital nutrients to increase your immune system is just what your body needs to have the tools to repair and rid itself of any disease. We picked veggies right then for the juicing straight from our greenhouse and had other guests be on the tomato picking hunt for the process too! It was so enjoyable.
Fortunately for us, we had a spare juicer handy, because our first one gets used so much, it quit right during the juicing demonstration. No worries!! Help was right at hand. One of our guest mentioned his “Champion” brand juicer and the many attachments it has, wit the ability to do wheat grass as well. That sounds like a winner for sure. The biggest issue many have with juicing is the clean up. It just is what it is. It’s always best to drink the juice from the freshly picked produce right then because the nutrients, enzymes are alive and ready to do their work in your body!
We then shared with others, a little recipe card with a muffin recipe that utilizes the pulp leftover from juicing. There are SO many recipes out there to learn from and try. From muffins to crackers, there are a ton. We want to thank everyone who came out to make it such a special day. Our next one is in October and we hope you can join us! Sign up for our newsletter so you are sure to get notice
Blessings everyone! You are the one who creates the world around you! Create wisely 🙂