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January Gardening Tips, Part #1.

Today we are going to discuss some aspects of our gardening endeavors. This won't require a whole lot of physical work but will require some thought to guide your actions later on.  One of the greatest obstacles to a successful garden is the people that are doing the gardening and this is derived from faulty ideas built on myths that no one understands the origins of. Well, I guess we can have some ideas on where they came from and that is from the chemical modeling of farming, and adapting those chemical farming ideas to our gardening.  I have labeled this as part #1, as it will take several parts to discuss the various ideas that you need to get your head around. This part will deal mostly with Nitrogen management. What will be discussed can have a slight variation based on the Carbon Pathway followed, as in the C-3, C-4, and CAM types of plants, but the variation isn't much and the ideas apply just the same, for purposes of this discussion.

 

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Everyone needs to lighten up once in a while, a good laugh for you.

Wizened Proverbs

 

- Man who run in front of car get tired. Man who run behind car get exhausted.

- Man with one chopstick go hungry.

- Man who scratch bum should not bite fingernails.

- Man who eat many prunes get good run for money.

 

- War does not determine who is right, war determine who is left.

- Wife who put husband in doghouse soon find him in cat house.

- Man who drive like hell, bound to get there.

- Man who stand on toilet is high on pot.

 

- Man who live in glass house should change clothes in basement.

- Man who break wind in church sit in own pew.

....And lastly, this one hits a little closer to home for me than for some people;

- Crowded elevator smell different to short person

 

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Minerals and Some Interesting Perspectives. Part 3. Lanthanum and Phenylalanine.

In today's discussion, we will followup on a mineral that was introduced in part 1.  As I think about it, I see that I have failed to tie in some other aspects to this mineral thing. Namely the associated Amino Acids. This is really important as not only the mineral is important, but the Amino Acids are as well. One does not function without the other, even though the Amino Acids are made up of mineral formulations. Still, the Amino Acids are part of the overall functioning. Also, I like to approach the health aspects of our discussions from looking at one or even several minerals and then walking them forward and examining some of the main, overall functions of those minerals, either as an individual or collectively as a grouping.  So the mineral that we are looking specifically at is Lanthanum and the Amino Acid is Phenylalanine. The chemical formula for Phenylalanine is C9 H11 NO2. So Carbon, Hydrogen and Nitrogen Dioxide, or in simple terms, Nitrogen and Oxygen. This...

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Minerals and Some Interesting Perspectives. Part 2. When Big Al comes calling.

 
 
In the last installment, we were discussing some aspects of minerals and got into brain function.  Several people asked about the Alzheimer's connection because we touched on Aluminum as we were talking about Yttrium. So with this discussion, I thought, hey let's just deal with big Al and get that aspect out of the way, as this is of huge interest, especially to those of us that are somewhat "Chronologically Challenged". Of course, it should be of interest, but not just to our group but to all age groups. The reason being is that these things just don't "happen" one day and the next day, the full-blown clinical case presenting itself. In the previous discussion, I mentioned how Yttrium is basically the focal point of mineral being deficient as being the base cause. Of course, it isn't the only one but the primary one. Here is why.  The inverse relationship of Yttrium and Aluminum. As noted, when Yttrium goes down, Aluminum goes up. This is because of the...
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Minerals and Some Interesting Perspectives. Part 1

Many times we hear some reference to minerals. In fact, my kids are getting to the point of being sick and tired of hearing me say, when they say, oh we are sick... I say, oh that is just a yadda yadda mineral deficiency. Take some.... and you will see some improvements. So in this discussion, we will see a few perspectives. I will do several parts to this one as to do it in the one setting would not do it justice.
 
In this discussion, we will focus on and around Yttrium. I take it that you haven't heard much about this one.  But it does not stand alone, as with all other minerals. They work together and in concert with several others. Another factor is stuff like Amino Acids, Proteins, and vitamins, just to name a few, as they are all just based on formulations of minerals. Well, for the most part, as other factors that are not minerals, factor in as well, such as photosynthesis. We can talk about that some other time. Now, Yttrium; Yttrium is not a mineral that you can...
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December Gardening Tips.

One would not think that we would be talking about gardening here in the northern hemisphere. But we are and the topic is centered around seeds and the selections of seeds for your garden for the upcoming season.
 
The main point of seed selection is first to determine just what you want to grow. What types of products have a tendency to grow in your area with ease and what produce you will actually use!  Many times it is easy to grow things that you aren't likely to use, yet, those that you would likely use, many times are the hardest to grow. Weird I know, but that is the truth many times. A lot of times when we make the seed selection, we just select all willy nilly and have no rhyme or reason to our selections and choices.  So for a better focus, let us talk about how to focus better. Perhaps picking a theme will be more to your liking.  For example, do you like salsa? OK, if so then let us take that as a theme. With this theme in mind, you would make a list...
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The 300 molecular weight of molecules and Steam Distillation.



    Hi Everyone,


Over the recent past time frame, a very interesting aspect of essential oil quality has come my way. A guy I know that is an EO supplier asked me a question about some insecticides that came up in a special analysis that he had run on some oil that he supplies to a specialized manufacturer. Please keep in mind that a GC/MS DOES NOT typically scan for such items. He had to send it to a specialized lab to have it run. He did not specifically say why he had to run a scan, but I put two and two together and it must have been for a large volume-specific customer that requested it.  Anyway, I am not at liberty to discuss a whole lot about the situation other than some general specifics. He contacted me because he knew that I was involved in agriculture and the chemicals were chemicals that are typically used in agricultural settings, for the most part. He wanted me to help him understand the chemicals and maybe he could understand why they are there and how...

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Interesting Topic. GMO Alfalfa.

Today I heard something interesting. This would be classified as Glysophate related.
Our local county agent was doing his monthly show on the radio. He covered several topics. One topic was that they have been doing some studies, and similar studies have been done across a number of states on this issue.  What the deal is that they have observed that when it comes to Roundup Ready Alfalfa, that if the plant is at least 2 inches tall in the spring when the crop is sprayed with Glysphate, aka; Roundup, and then the crop is hit with a frost, he didn't define as to the severity of the frost, so we are to assume a frost, then the alfalfa will not recover during its first crop of the season. The yield of the 1st. crop will be down by at least 1 ton per acre, to 1 1/2 tons per acre. Subsequence crops are not affected. This amount of yield is roughly 1/2 of the total average production of the year for most alfalfa production. Usually the 1st. crop is the most productive crop of the...
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Labdanum Essential Oil.

Labdanum (Cistus ladanifer).

Labdanum is known by several names. You might see the name of Rock Rose. This is another name that the oil is known by. But by and large, the more common name is Labdanum in most circles. The plant that this oil comes from is found mostly in the Mediterranean region of the world. The plant variety found in the western region is known by the Latin name of Cistus ladanifer and the plant variety found in the eastern region is known by the Latin name of Cistus creticus. For the most part, for purposes of this discussion, there is not a lot of difference between the two species, except that the western region plant has white flowers and the eastern species has pink flowers. Just keep in mind that we are focusing on the western region species and when in the original plant form it is referred to as Rock Rose in general terms.

From a historical perspective, the resin was collected from the plant and used for a variety of medicinal purposes. The primary...
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Petitgrain Essential Oil.

Petitgrain,  Citrus aurantium ssp. amara
 
Petitgrain essential oil is obtained from several varieties of citrus trees. Whenever the Petitgrain is listed as the type of essential oil, the variety has to be noted.  This oil can come from Lemon trees, Orange trees, and the various citrus types within these species. But the vast majority of Petitgrain oil comes from the Bitter Orange tree and most of the higher quality Petitgrain will be referred to as Petitgrain, Bigarade. In this discussion, we will be referring to the Bigarade type of Petitgrain oil and will hereafter be referenced simply as Petitgrain.  This is the type you received in the R & D program.  The Petitgrain EO is distilled from the leaves and small twigs of the Bitter Orange tree. Other oils that come from this tree are Neroli, which is obtained from steam distilling the blossoms and the Bitter Orange oil which is cold-pressed or expeller-pressed from the peel of the fruit.  The...
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