Archive | July 2014

Ground covers continued


Thyme                                                                                                  Oregano

Well. I wanted to follow up on the sister’s post about ground covers. I do agree that empty space can get filled with weeds. But, I don’t live where there is lots of rain. We have sun, not much rain & DEER!! Also. I redid my beds recently so have quite a bit of space between plantings. I like to put in annuals: vinca in the summer & snapdragons in the winter. They provide a nice touch of color & deer don’t eat them. I am trying out a couple of herbs, thyme & oregano, for filler. Oregano is particularly hardy & spreads nicely. It can get a little tall in spots but very easy to control. I have lots of both in my vegetable garden. I also like the way rocks of all sizes & colors are being used. Very low maintenance & can be very handsome. Also good for a slope where erosion might occur.


Lots to swallow!

Lots to swallow!


Have you been to a health food store lately?  There is such a myriad of supplements!  In addition to the basic vitamins A, B, C and E we are offered chromium, selenium, grape seed extract, coenzyme Q10, l-glutamine, borage and evening primrose oil, just to name a few!   The array is overwhelming, and swallowing all those capsules and tablets is sort of a pain.  What is a generally healthy person to do?  We are told that even a good diet doesn’t include sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals to maintain optimum health of mind and body.

I’ve been faithful about taking a multi-vitamin, calcium and vitamin C.  I’ve been less conscientious about taking vitamin E and fish oil.  Not sure why.  Anyway, I’ve decided to turn over a new leaf by resuming the vitamin E, which I read prevents cataracts, and fish oil and adding B complex and alpha lipoic acid.   Alpha lipoic acid is antiaging, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.  Sounds wonderful!  I believe it can also be applied topically.  Might try that too.

The other substance that I struggle with consuming is water.  I like water, but I don’t really want to make numerous trips to the bathroom all day long.  Maybe my body will become accustomed to the added liquid.  Who wants a dehydrated body? . . ..I’m thinking raisins, prunes, dried cranberries.   Don’t want to look like that–inside or out!