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by Green Life Soil in WA

Companion planting is the careful placement of plants (especially vegetables and herbs) which have been shown to have beneficial effects on one another. Sometimes, this comes down to simple physical reasons – taller plants provide shelter from sun and wind for plants that need protection. Climbing plants can be trained up over taller plants to maximise production in small spaces. Some plants make good companions because their roots grow to different depths, so simply do not compete with each other for water and nutrients.

Plants in the legume family (eg. Peas and beans) promote growth in nearby plants with their nitrogen fixing ability – nodules on the roots enable plants to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a form used by plants. Also they tend to be deep rooted, which promotes aeration of the soil, thus benefiting their neighbours.

The shape of some plants and their flowers can visually confuse insect pests.…

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By Janet Vargas - Independent Natural Health Research 30+ Yrs

Like someone so rightly said: Oats are Naturally Processed, Oats are OATS. 100% No Preservatives, No Additives, No Colourings. They are Uncomplicated REAL Food that Nourishes with “NO Extras” Frugal Food, Cheap to Buy!

And you can add whatever you like – you know what’s in there.

So if you’re going to “Cut things on the Budget” don’t downsize on Healthy Nutritious Meals, cut out those Sugar Laden and Artificially Coloured Ultra-Processed devitalised “Cereals” those Con Artists charge you the Earth for instead.

What an Absolute RIP-OFF and you’re taking them home, one after the other, Friends? And half the time, it’s because you weren’t brought up with OATS wonderful Oats OR your Kids have been Targeted by the Cunning guise of those Shrewd Manufacturers. Yes, they deliberately target your Kids with those endless Ads (so many rounds a day/evening) because they Know they will “Nag You” until they get what they want!…

Many people try to avoid Salt due to health and beauty concerns, thinking it might worsen Hypertension or cause bloating. But did you know that Salt is actually vital for human health? And the best way to incorporate it in your life is through Sea Salt, a variety of Salt which has potent health, beauty and anti-aging benefits—especially for the skin. Here’s 7 ways Sea Salt can restore your skin, fight aging and support your Health in general.

Himalayan Salt Is GOOD For You - Say NO To Commercial Table Salt

It Prevents Dehydration

You probably thought that drinking salty water would make you more thirsty, but as it turns out, sea salt can actually treat and prevent dehydration. Sea salt contains a ton of nutrients that our bodies need, so it’s the perfect way to replenish. And as we know, dehydration can make your skin look dryer and older, in addition to other physical symptoms like fatigue and headaches that leave you feeling less than optimal.…

DO YOUR TASTE-BUDS FAVOR GREEK AND ITALIAN CUISINE? MAYBE YOU LIKE OREGANO BUT HAVE NOT HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TRYING IT FRESH - IT'S REALLY NICE, AND ALL YOU NEED IS A FEW LEAVES. I FOUND THIS EXCELLENT ARTICLE BY A 2nd GENERATION HOME GARDENER WITH LOTS OF EXPERIENCE TODAY. HER NAME IS Amy Andrychowicz from GetBusyGardening.Com

How To Grow Oregano Successfully - Surprise Yourself!

Growing oregano is easier than most people think, and require very little care. In this post, I’ll show you everything you need to know in order to have your biggest and best crop yet!

Oregano is a delicious, useful, and a surprisingly low maintenance herb to grow at home.

Once you understand how to care for it, even a beginner can get it established, and keep it going for years in their garden.

This guide is designed to help you discover exactly what it takes to grow oregano.…

AS IF WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MISLEADING CHEMICAL PRODUCTS OUT THERE WHEN SHOPPING, PALMOLIVE HAS INTRODUCED A WHOLE RANGE OF SO-CALLED NATURAL PRODUCTS ONTO THE MARKET WITH A 'NATURALS' NAME TAG, AFTER INNOCENT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC and HEALTH CONSCIOUS PEOPLE. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS! AND IF YOU ARE REALLY HEALTH-SAVVY, YOU WILL KNOW THE LURKS AND SPOT THE DIFFERENCE. AS THE ADAGE SAYS: BUYER BEWARE! WHY? BECAUSE BIG COMPANIES LIKE PALMOLIVE DON'T DITCH THEIR CHEMICALS EASY. THEY DON'T DITCH THEM AT ALL. WITH YEARS OF INDEPENDENT NATURAL HEALTH RESEARCH, I OFTEN INFORM PEOPLE: WHEN A COMPANY SAYS "NO THIS, NO THAT" ON THE LABEL, MOST TIMES, THERE ARE OTHER SNEAKY ADDITIVES/CHEMICALS USED. SO THEY MAKE THEIR BEST EFFORTS TO GIVE IMPRESSIVE MISLEADING INFO ON THE LABEL, LEAFLETS and WEBSITE ABOUT THEIR PRODUCTS TO ENTICE YOU INTO MORE CHEMICAL BUYS - THINKING THEY'RE NATURAL.

IF OUR GOVERNMENT WERE TRULY RESPONSIBLE, THEY WOULD PUT A STOP TO THIS.…

IT'S GETTING A BIT MUCH, ISN'T IT? UNSCRUPULOUS MANUFACTURERS STOP AT VIRTUALLY NOTHING, TO COMPETE WITH GENUINE NATURAL CARE PRODUCTS WHEN IT COMES TO PERSONAL SKINCARE PRODUCTS, HAIRCARE PRODUCTS, DEODORANT, HANDWASH AND BODYWASH. IT'S CRIMINAL - REALLY REPREHENSIBLE, I KNOW, AND SINCE WE DON'T HAVE MUCH OF A CHOICE - IN TAKING CARE MEASURES - BECAUSE LIKE THE FDA IN THE USA, OUR GOVERNMENT DOESN'T PUT A STOP TO THIS OUTRAGE EITHER. I WISH TO HELP YOU MAKE SMART DECISIONS WHEN PURCHASING PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS. PLEASE DON'T BE TOO TRUSTING WHEN IT COMES TO COMMERCIAL MAKES - THEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONSCIENCE. I HAVE FOUND A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR YOU, AND RECOMMEND THAT YOU FAVOR COMPANIES IN YOUR PURCHASES THAT ARE DEDICATED TO MAKING GENUINE NATURAL PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS AND EXPOSE INGREDIENTS THAT ARE TOXIC TO OUR HEALTH BECAUSE IT IS NOW PROVEN THAT INGREDIENTS WE PLACE ON OUR SKIN ARE ABSORBED INTO OUR BODY.…

From FarmersAlmanac.Com

Has all this hand washing left you with very dry or raw, chapped skin? We've got a few natural remedies for that, some may surprise you!

If you’re like most, you’ve been doing some crazy handwashing lately—and topping it off with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer—to keep germs at bay. This kind of frequent hand washing while a reliable way to ward off illness, can lead to dry, chapped skin, according to dermatologists.

Practicing good hand hygiene kills germs, but it also strips away your skin’s natural oils. And for those who experience cold, dry weather, it can be a double whammy. As a result, your hands may even be raw, cracked, and screaming for help. So what can you do? We have a few easy, natural solutions.

First, A Few Hand-Washing Tips

  • When heading to the sink, stick to natural, fragrance-free soaps. You can also try using liquid Castile soap to wash with.

From BalconyGardenWeb.Com

IT'S AMAZING HOW THOSE MITES SPIN THEIR WEBS FROM FROM BRANCH TO BRANCH OR AROUND TWIGS OAT THE END OF BRANCHES IF YOU'RE NOT WATCHFUL OR EVEN IN NO TIME AT ALL SOMETIMES. SO HOW ABOUT HAVING A LIST OF PLANTS YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM THAT WILL CASE THEM TO GO ELSEWHERE, WHATEVER? THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU WILL FIND HERE IN THIS POST.

Growing Plants That Will Deal With Spider-Mites

#1 Peppermint

Peppermint is one of the best choices for keeping spiders away from your garden. If you didn’t know, spiders are very sensitive to scent, which is how they detect friends and foes. As it happens, a peppermint plant produces intense scents that can penetrate through a considerable area. This widespread scent should be an efficient motivation for spiders to stay away. In short, plants in your indoor/outdoor garden will be free from the potential damages a spider could inflict. However, it would be best to keep in mind that peppermint is an aggressive plant in many ways.…

The cows kept by small-scale farmers in Africa are notoriously unproductive. The average dairy cow, for example, produces about 540 litres of milk per lactation. By contrast, dairy cows in North America that belong to commercial or intensive farmers can produce up to 10,479 litres of milk per lactation.

Grass-Fed Is Always Better Than Grain-Fed
Brachiaria Is The Best For Dairy Farms

One of the main differences between the two animals lies in the quality of their feeds and forage. Simply put, the more nutritious cows’ diets are, the more and better quality milk they produce. And small-scale farms – of which there are about 33 million in Africa, contributing up to 70% of the continent’s food supply – usually cannot afford more nutritious feed.

Brachiaria – the genus name of Urochloa – consists of about 100 documented species of grass of which seven species used as fodder plants are of African origin.…

ABC Everyday / By Zoe Kean

Longer, warmer days are causing plants all over Australia to spring into new growth. But with this welcome growth comes every gardener's nemesis — weeds.

Amanda Sigler, 38, grew their "first ever garden" last summer and has been gaining new skills to keep weeds at bay.

Here are their tips, along with advice from a horticulturalist. 

Prevention is key and cardboard can help

The strongest advice Amanda has for new gardeners is to stop the problem before it starts through weed-wise planning.

"Lay a good foundation," they say.

When Amanda moved into a rental in Moonah, a Hobart suburb, they were faced with an expanse of lawn. After getting the go-ahead from their landlord, they decided to replace the lawn with veggie beds.

They dug up their lawn then lay flattened cardboard over the dirt to stop the grass regrowing. They topped it all off with fresh, premium, weed-free soil.

This strategy gave their new veggies the best chance of growing without competition.…