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Tillie Tuesday – Weekly Introduction of New Air Plant

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                                                      Large Tillandsia Paucifolia in bloom

 

Also known as the Potbelly Air Plant. This species is native to Central America, Central and Southern Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, the West Indies, and Florida. It’s foliage is silvery-gray, on long pseudo bulbs, twisted and narrowing into curved ends. Beautiful blooms up to 2-4 lateral spike with a dozen or two lavender tubular petals. Best grown upside down and sideways, with size reaching close to 14 inches long. Could tolerate high light conditions. The best way to water this type of air plant with pseudo bulb base, is by dipping quickly in water and allowing to dry fully in an upside down position to prevent stagnant water at its base and causing bottom rot. Do this several times a week.

We currently have large and X large  blooming Paucifolia at Greenology store and online.

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What’s Blooming & Blushing at Greenology

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Here are a few of our Air Plants that are blushing and blooming.

Tillandsia Pseudobaileyi below have a beautiful purple blush .

This is new in our collection…Schiedeana Major. Few are blooming right now. They span about 20 in long and some are bigger.

 

Right below are all the popular minis. There’s blushing Ionanthas, powdery red Velutina , Bergeri, Pseudobaileyi, Harrissi, Caput Medusae, and more!

We have plenty of Medium Velutina that are powdery to bright red.

 

A new one for us. Large Paucifolia are all in full bloom. They look amazing!

 

Also new below is a rare species which is a hybrid between a Xerographica and Fasciculata. It has a pretty pink blush and a central bloom. This one is huge and will get even bigger close to 30 inches wide. A show stopper!

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Orchid Floating Mountains

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4 pot orchid mountainBalanced on 2 invisible lines and locally American made from mostly natural materials hand formed to look like anything natural but a pot. Our orchid pots have side drainage to allow for a 1/4-1/2 of water acting as a humidity tray making care easier. The pots naturally absorb water and releases it slowly back to the plant helping to keep your orchid moisture naturally consistent.

Hanging:
Being lightweight almost any hook can hold the single and double pot. 3 and 4 holder pots require a hook to hold 4-8 lbs. Support the mountain from the bottom as you hang it. You can hang the mountain horizontally level of slightly vertical to give a different perspective by adding an extra loop of string on the hook for extra friction.

Watering:
Like any plant select the method that works best for your habits. Use a mister, turkey baster or ice cubes twice a week or as needed to keep the moss visually moist.

Reblooming:
You can get a second bloom from your orchid often enough if you cut the flower off before the stem dries out. Cut the stem above the 3rd node to entice one of the node to bud and make a new flower stem.

Standard mini orchid plugAfter Bloom:
Most of our mountains simply have the orchid sitting in them inside their own orchid pot. After your orchid bloom is gone, you can pull the plant out and place a new blooming mini orchid in. After you have a few mini orchids in this standard size pots (sold in most grocery stores) you should always have a blooming orchid to place in your mountain.

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Broccoli is man made… Should we Eat Broccoli?

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Where did Broccoli Come From?

According to Wikipedia: “Broccoli is a result of careful breeding of cultivated leafy cole crops in the northern Mediterranean starting in about the 6th century BC.[5] Since the time of the Roman Empire, broccoli has been considered a uniquely valuable food among Italians.”
mustard to broccoli

Are Hybrids and GMO unnatural?

A GMO is a genetically modified biological substance that could not have possibly come about in nature. An unnatural process was used to bring together genes that were not designed to be together on the earth. They often have damaged DNA resulting from the inclusion and can have unintended and unpredictable results. Hybrids come about by man or nature naturally breeding plants of compatible DNA. If the breeder tries to breed plants that are not compatible naturally then the project fails. Nature creates hybrids every second of every day being one of the ways evolution works to create new species more adapted to the environment.

Should I eat Broccoli? Should I feed it to my kids.

Every plant is both poison and medicinal based on the amount you eat because of the compounds within. Personally, my body didn’t come from another planet nor a laboratory thus it has evolved to utilize what its gets from plants to solve problems in my “mammal like” body.  Eat too little and my body can’t solve 200,000 year old problems and if I eat too much it can’t solve 200,000 year old problems.  Chronic illness is mostly the result of not eating what a “mammal like” body needs to solve problems.

As an example cancer in my mammal body is it’s upgrade system, it mutating cells is one way of creating new features to help it’s species to adapt to the environment. However most features fail and need to destroyed thus my 200,000 year old cleanup system, modern doctors call the components of it they understand as an immune system. That immune system is one of the millions of systems in my “mammal like” body that thrives on not only the minerals and vitamins in a cooked plant but also the living enzymes and compounds in a raw living plant.

Scientifically:
If my “mammal like” ancestors ate it then my” mammal like” body needs it today. Broccoli, having come from those ancestral plants and still has the genetics and some or all of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and brocco unique compounds. It is an genetics experiment in the same way eating apples from different trees are. Because they are all unique have different DNA as the evolve generation to generation and even through clone mutations  genetics. They all have the same look and shape but each is distinct and make a different cocktail of compounds in minute percentages.

Naturally:
Broccoli is one of my favorite foods because I get cravings for it. Science now explains why we get cravings and the human reward system for eating what you crave.   At times when I see some…  I want to bite it raw and I salivate.  And other times I get no cravings ad could care less if I eat it.  How did that happen I ask myself being a kid and adult who hated vegetables? In my 30’s I significantly cut back foods made by food chemists with sugars and natural compounds made to invoke my bodies reward system. Being a great business plan, the chemist uses a humans body to trick them into eating any products over and over regardless of if the nutrition is present. This reward system in evolution is used to encourage mammals to eat more of a food their  “mammal like” body needs to solve internal problems. This it is one of the ways our bodies communicate with us.

Like a plant there are 2 methods to feed our bodies either force feeding by a farmer of strategic feeding by symbiotic relationships between the plant and fungi/microbiology. One way the plants evolved to eat to ensure they have all they need to fight disease, develop pesticides, moisture saving saps, etc. The other way is an experiment in feeding plants how they have never been fed devoid of microbiology but chemistry. With my minimal human brain capacity it’s obvious one way seems to be supported because it sells fertilizer and bagged minerals. The other is highly focused in ways we don’t even have the knowledge of how, let alone technology to understand or replicate.  The same applies to my “mammal like” body, for 200,000 years it used cravings and salivating to tell me what I need to eat. Ie. Look at a new forming apple on a tree all nasty looking and gnarled up… however look at a large ripe red juicy apple… that sensation to bite it can be trusted like the sensation to avoid the unripened one. Same with a green forming tomato and a ripe colorful one. Without these learned instincts that became genetic tools we would have died of long ago.
Apples-Fruits-Forming

tree, food, eating, red, leaf, healthy, apple, fruit, green, garden, vegetable, nature, freshness, gardening, branch, ripe, crop, orchard, autumn, agriculture, season, harvesting, plant

I trust the 200,000 years and my bodies readjustments away from eating tricky chemist processed foods. My body is now communicating with me when it needs us to eat something with certain compounds. I was raised on processed foods that confused and prevented my body from communicating with my over what it needs. Eating for taste is what puts the C in Chronic illness based all in immune system deficiencies. Thus my body is now solving problem like colds, flu viruses, headaches before I can recognize any symptoms. My body loves broccoli and it works better now than when i was in my teens with in-tacked telomeres and active stem cells.

It is very possible there are humans who have “mammal like” bodies that evolved far from broccoli’s natural ancestors who have bad responses to it. They shouldn’t eat it. The paramount point is to:
#1. Stop eating processed foods to a percentage when your body can’t communicate with you.
#2. Then trust what your body tells you. Your on the same side unlike anyone else.

No one else on the planet has your genetics nor do we have the technology to know the affect of everything on everyone.

 

Ken

Disclaimer: Man is the one of the newest creatures on the planet and he has only begun to have the technology to study natural processes. The person whether they wear a tie die shirt or lab coat can’t possibly know anything much deeper than observation and the limits of our technology, which tends to tells us how much we don’t understand. My credentials are base on my body and my genetics in which I have not seen a doctor in over a decade, I’m over 40, not taken a medication/drug in over 10 years and have not had any sickness include a cold or anything deemed common. A few years ago I had a sore throat for a few hours which I think came from dust. In my experience the human body is not designed for sickness but it’s designed to thrive on our environment and what we have eaten for 200,00 years.

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Do you have a Drug Dealer or Medical Doctor?

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drug vs medicine

Somehow in our culture two very different terms have merged and become grayish bringing about a great confusion among the ailing people. There was a time when we went to our doctors to be healed with medicine not doped drugs where did it go? There was a time we required and even paid/bartered them to fix our broken bodies not inject pharmaceutical snake oils to make us feel better.  There was a time when the traveling snake oil seller was strung up or tarred/feather because they tricked a loved one into taking a substance that did not resolve the ail. I don’t suggest that doctors prescribe snake oils, I suggest that we somehow started accepting more potent snake oils, even at time demanding them because we simply want to feel better. There was a time when we gave time for our bodies to heal instead of the quick non fix.

Looking at the definitions of a drug versus a medicine, they are not the same thing but most in our society most view them as the same.

Wikipedia Definitions:

Drug
A drug is, in the broadest of terms, a chemical substance that has known biological effects on humans or other animals. Foods are generally excluded from this definition, in spite of their physiological effects on animal species.

Medicine
Medicine (British English) is the science and practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. The word medicine is derived from Latin medicus, meaning “a physician”. Medicine encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness.

So I submit that anything prescribed to you that does not “maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness.” is not medicine but a snake oil drug. If it promotes healing or even related to the process than it is medicine, if it makes us feel good and has not relationship to healing then it is merely a profitable snake oil procedural or chemical drug. Plastic surgery can make you feel better but it does not heal so it is not a medical procedure but snake oil hiding the soul. A statin drug can bring down your cholesterol by attacking the livers production but it does not heal your cholesterol imbalance, research showing it does not extend life but swaps the cause of death make it a bait and switch snake oil at best. Corticosteroids may reduce inflation by inhibiting the immune system which feels great but does not “maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness” thus more snake oil from the cart. These are classes of powerful drugs that replace little understood functions of the body thus should be last line emergency room injections in that they at times can randomly save life or cause death. Never should they be handed out like candy to sick desperate adults who know nothing of the long term damage they cause.

One must make up their own mind if they feel man is yet smart enough to replace functions of the body. Perhaps you must watch doctors do their big pharma parrot routine, lead a loved one down a path science doesn’t understand and watch them give up and finally admit they are clueless on your bodies physiology. Maybe you need to see that early pompous confidence magically poof away as they admit none of the snake oils are “maintaining nor restoring health by the prevention and treatment of illness.“. Perhaps gaze into the eye of a patient with a toxic weak body unable to form words let alone udder one… “fraud, racket, charlatan or snake oil swindler”.

Snake Oil Drugs
Snake Oil Drugs

Snake Oil
Snake oil is an expression that originally referred to fraudulent health products or unproven medicine but has come to refer to any product with questionable or unverifiable quality or benefit. By extension, a snake oil salesman is someone who knowingly sells fraudulent goods or who is themselves a fraud, quack, charlatan, or the like.The use of snake oil long predates the 19th century, and it was never confined to the Americas. In Europe, viper oil had been commonly recommended for many afflictions, including the ones for which rattlesnake oil was subsequently favored

 

What is the difference between non medical legal and illegal drugs? What is the difference between the mindsets of going to the doctor to only feel better or the street illegal drug dealer to cover up your depression with narcotics? Other then jail time of course…  Narcotics like many classes of other chemical drugs do not in any way “maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness.” What about alcohol, is it “ism” mentality to drink alcohol to feel better after a bad day? or a cigarette? Knowing none of these like drugs have anything to do with the body healing. I always say pick your poison because we all do but what if you pay a professional and they choose poison not healing for you? Did you pick the drug or did they pick it with your blind trust even though you signed the snake oil waiver of rights? What level of service do we require from the doctor for our children? How often do you ask if a prescription will help heal the root cause of the visit or just resolve a symptom? Do you ask if the prescription could potentially delay healing as a trade off for immediately feeling better? Do you look up the drug or get a second opinion on its use in your condition? Does your doctor know the side effects of the drug as well as the last 60 seconds of the commercial does? All actions and question you might want to ask yourself in seeking a professional to “maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness.“.

I grew up on the outskirts of Washington DC when crack cocaine hit the street. Unfortunately it dawned into a growing culture of people looking for a bigger and better fix to temporarily escape the pains of life fueling it’s success. In a short period of the time the exponential customer growth developed a demand that pitted drug business against drug business landing DC with a new title. No longer was it just the capital of the free world but also the murder capital of the nation “because drug dealers can’t hire lawyers” to quote a wise politician.  The need or “ISM” to use drugs to escape/feel better is not new it began with witch doctors and is still just as destructive in legal format as illegal. An illegal drug addict spends their time not resolving/escaping the life issue that made drug use so alluring allowing the real problem to become worse by not being addressed. The same applies to the legal side of drug use in feeling better after taking the drugs allowing the actual problem to go unaddressed. With many chemical drugs their effect on the immune system, which does most of the healing in the body becomes impaired, diverted or useless after the snake oils are swallowed. Too often death being the resolve of lazy unprofessional healing practices treating the symptoms not “maintaining and restoring health by the prevention and treatment of illness.“. At least the illegal drug dealer practices blatant honesty as opposed to silence or even ignorance of the drugs design to completely mask the problem and avoid healing. At least they stop before calling themselves professional healers as opposed to just businessmen.

I’m not telling people to question their doctors. I warning people to actually interrogate them like you would any contractor you hire…. unfortunately in this age all to often when you just trust your getting the best service you end up with something substandard. What is the wisdom in micromanaging your landscape contractor to get a pristine yard and dropping your guard with your health contractor for a body addicted to chemicals? Have you ever asked the contractor for references, what does his yard look like? How about the doctor? It has been said that doctor mortality rate is higher then patients. Have you asked you doctor are they physically or mentally addicted to any regular drugs also? Have you heard the saying “Blind leading the blind?” Have they succeeded after their many years of education under big Pharma in “maintaining and restoring health by the prevention and treatment of illness.” in their own body? Many doctors only have only a few minutes for the patients that don’t demand quality service, don’t be that guy or gal and certainly not that parent. Consider making your goal of having doctor…. to not need having a doctor. Being over 40 without a doctor is something I’m proud of and it begun when I started asking my doctor quality question that anyone prescribing chemicals should know the answers to not just allowing them to recite the answers taught by chemical drug companies on a test.  Like patients on cocktails of dozens of drugs who healed magically after stop taking drugs… or the street addict who’s life got back on track after going sober I haven’t taken a drug in almost a decade and interestingly enough not taking drugs seemed to have resolved my need for them…. mhhhhh

Wisdom is reducing the chemicals in our natural body and getting out of your healers way(the immune system), especially ones that have no other healing benefit then a high or feeling better… much less those with side effects such as suicide or sudden death. RIP to my two over medicated hero’s my father Thomas Hay and Robyn Williams both went to a medical system that failed them but succeeded at dealing drugs for big pharma. Feel better treating symptoms “ISM” practices will not only take our wealthiest stars but our closest loved ones. Billions in the bank can’t stop a chronic illness after you toss away your bodies natural environment and functions that have healed for 2.5 billion years on the faith that “drug doctors” will be “medical doctors” unchallenged. Find an ND or MD that actually pledges to do no harm as opposed to not be the chemical pharmaceutical companies mouth piece for general public research.

Contrary to News Headlines, Robin Williams Was on Drugs at the Time of His Death—Antidepressant Drugs

Kenyatte Hay
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“Carrying the title of a medical doctor but preforming a premeditated role for pharmaceutical companies is not only false advertisement but far worse a crime than any illegal drug dealer on any street. The theft of hope is the greatest immoral crime on a practice of 0 ethics.” Kenyatte Hay
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Aparently a Spoonful of Sugar Makes the Medicine go up with Blood Pressure

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We have been told for decades eating fat is the culprit in making blood pressure go up causing heart disease, strokes, heart attacks etc. However for almost a decade now research has indicated that fat is not the culprit in study after study pointing towards “added sugar”. Heart disease is the #1 killer in America which is caused by adding sugar to foods. Why is there no major announcement? Where is the outrage? Where are the moms breaking sugar bowls? The public is largely unaware sugar is filling graves blaming fat and eating food high in cholesterol as the cause.

While I love conspiracies about overpopulation and letting the herds lack of knowledge reduce itself… the fact is statin drugs bring in 100’s of billions of dollars and almost single handily prop up the massive pharmaceutical industry. It’s no conspiracy but a business plan that spent millions to develop a line of drugs called statins that disable the liver to reduce cholesterol levels was solid. The statins drugs are already under fire because of the long term affects of disabling the livers natural enzyme production.  The links between low cholesterol and brain damage, Alzheimers and dementia and pretty damning on there own. But if the larger population became aware that not only the danger of statins but the fact they do not increase life span would collapse this overpraised industry. That knowledge would fuel the growing distrust of drug use for health improvement, that drug companies have only the interest of addicting America to their products.

Research shows Sugar as root cause of CVD
Research shows Sugar as root cause of CVD

Science shows that Cholesterol spikes with the intake of sugar because sugar causes a release of inflammatory compounds which cause damage in the vascular walls precipitating damage in the artery walls resulting in heart disease. There is no debate any longer that sugar causes heart disease, no scientific debate anyway so the message is reduce your sugar intake immediately. Stop trusting the almost century old myth that eating fat makes you fat. A myth becomes a lie when it is proven false, which is all well an good if lives are not at stake.

Life Change for your Family:

Remove the sugar bowl from your home and reduce significantly or stop buying sweets with added sugar. Me personally I will still eat the occasional deadly apple pie or horrible twinkie but no longer lie to myself that any amount is acceptable. I believe Michael Pollans food rules that we have to know when to break the rules but also know the truth and feed our kids on that knowledge. We all pick our poisons but it’s only a tragedy if you aren’t aware what the poisons are and raise your kids with killer eating habits.

Example of products with added sugars:
sugar-sweetened beverages like regular soft drinks,
sugars and candy
grain-based desserts such as cakes cookies, and pies,
fruit drinks (fruitades and fruit punch),
dairy desserts and milk products including ice cream, sweetened yogurt, and sweetened milk,
other grain based foods such as cinnamon toast and honey-nut waffles

So apparently not only does a spoonful of sugar make the medicine go down but it is the sugar that makes the medicine necessary except it’s ineffective.

Topic Specialist Quotes:

“Everyone focuses on cholesterol with heart disease. Cholesterol is found at the scene of the crime but it is not the culprit. Sugar is the villian in heart disease.” Steven Sinatra M.D Cardiologist Author of The Great Cholesterol Myth

“Obesity is such that this generation of children could be the first basically in the history of the United States to live less healthful and shorter lives than their parents,” said Dr. David S. Ludwig, director of the obesity program at Children’s Hospital Boston

“And more and more studies and reports were coming out demonstrating that the real initiators of damage in the arteries were oxidation and inflammation, with cholesterol more or less in the role of innocent bystander. Oxidation and inflammation, along with sugar and stress (more on that in chapters 4 and 8), were clearly what aged the human body the most.”  Jonny Bowden, The Great Cholesterol Myth

“Low-fat had become the new mantra of the times, something we like to call the “Snackwell Phenomenon.” Food companies rushed to create low-fat versions of every food imaginable, all marketed as “heart-healthy,” with no cholesterol. (No one seemed to notice that manufacturers replaced the missing fat with tons of sugar and processed carbs, both of which are far more dangerous to our hearts than fat ever was.)”  Jonny Bowden, The Great Cholesterol Myth

Further Reading:

Statin Scam: People with Higher Cholesterol Live Longer than People with Low Cholesterol

The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease – And the Statin-Free Plan That Will

Added Sugars Add to Your Risk of Dying from Heart Disease

Further Watching:


Kenyatte Hay
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“The exciting time we live in allows for horrible yet lifesaving data through chronic illness deaths to save as many children as we can through no longer accepting the notion our ancestors tried and tested ways worked. Standing the test of time they could not have been the bumbling idiots marketing promoted. The natural green industry is a multi billion dollar industry based on the proof our grandparents weren’t a crazy as we thought and their handed down knowledge and practices we tossed out were actually life saving.” Kenyatte Hay
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Is tap water good for plants?

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Is tap water good for plants? In the general the answer isn’t inline with what your water department nor local hippe will say. The facts is chlorinated water is not safe for the microbiology that feeds your plant nor is it worse than letting your plant dry up til the next rain. Chlorine kills the surface level microbiology in a lite watering and kills lower levels in a heavy watering. Chlorine is used to kill bacteria and keep humans safe from what can live in our water that’s it. The water department does not exist to provide plants safe water, you do.

Soon after watering the microbiology starts to replace itself and will eventually restore itself to natural populations. In the meantime the feeding of the plant is disrupted because the balance of life in the pot has been disrupted. For years I couldn’t figure out why my potted planted needed so much fertilizer but than it became obvious that there are 2 ways to feed a plant.

1. Human Fertilizer: This is the unsustainable method fertilizer companies prefer you to choose. It is you putting select or diverse selection of minerals in on the soil and washing them past the plants roots.

2. Mychorrhizal Feeding: The natural method how plants have eaten for years. This method is a symbiotic relationship between the plants roots and colonies of mychorrhizal fungi allowing the plant to communicate exactly what nutrients it needs and the fungi pull it from the surrounding microbiology.

mycorrhizae-symbiotic
mycorrhizae-symbiotic

When people tell me they don’t have a green thumb the first question I ask is how are you plants fed? Do they eat what they request or what is given to them? Is tap water good for plants? “Nature has been nature for at least a billion years while mans been around for only a few moments, so I’m pretty sure it’s fertilizing method is a tad more healthy for the plant.” The fungi doesn’t take vacations nor forget to fertilize else it would die also.

So is tap water good for plants? Anything that kills the microbiology sustaining the plant like anything killing the microbiology sustaining a human is a bad thing if life it the goal. There are times when soil like a human(anti-biotics) can benefit from sterilization but it’s far and few between certainly not multiple times a day. I only use tap water when I’m inoculating a batch of soil from pest or for cuttings, while I used to use hydrogen peroxide but now tap water has the same effect. There are many a hints there about keeping tap water away from biospheres or mammals that survives by probiotics.

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Africanized Bee Attack in Texas

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News flash Africanized Bee Attack in Texas. The high was a hundred feet long and had tens of millions of bees thats feud fire like dragons beginning an apocalypse so grab your water, bug out bags and Monsanto insecticides and head for the hills. 

Folks let’s get a grip and constantly keep in mind that fear drives our economy. Bee’s kill, alligators kill, wolves kill, rhinos kill, sharks kill, politicians kill, Ebolas coming, oxygen also has done its fair share. Lets focus on reality before all the fear mongering encourages the masses to go out and buy monsanto pesticides to kill off this creature that provides man the life and means to kill it off. Consider mans invented killers (africanized Bee’s I’m not going to touch on why they are call AFRICANIZED for fear enhancement, it’s like Europeans calling our imported GMO soy Americanized) bees kill barely 40 people a year while cardiovascular diseases kill 17 MILLION per year. Is anyone making a cheeseiside to kill off the cheese killing off the planets humans? The question also is if this is some new great threat or apocalypse or if this like most tragedies happened alot in the past but now with mass media we hear about it more. If these “africanized” bees with zulus spears and their vampire like thirst for blood are anything to truly fear enough to respond to? The facts are man created this creature playing with technology he can’t control like pesticides from a European and African bee. Two species that would never have met yet they get the angst not the foolish making more monster in unregulated in labs today.  Outside of being a great example of man’s misuse of technology these bee’s still does far more good than harm for the environment unlike modern society.

News is entertainment based and unfortunately now entertaining propaganda is destroying our environment through fear. And I’m not judging because as a child I’ve killed bees from fear but as an adult who can read and write(at least above a 9th grade education) I now rather run away then kill more bees when I’m cutting the grass the mower disturbs them. I simply just walk away(or run and scream based on urgency) and cut the grass later without blasting them is pesticide. For the first time in my life I had a one inch bee crawl up my arm after John the beekeeper rescued him in the shop this winter. I call him the bee whisperer because he makes it obvious through his demonstrations that bees are not out to kill and don’t fly around with attitudes. If dogs are bees than the africanized bee if the pitbull. Curious what all the bad propaganda fear has done to them? Just stop by most SPCA’s and find them full of almost exclusively pitt bulls. How about we stop demonizing not just the bee but all animals?

Now we know and learn more everyday that these animals have far more intelligence than what we ever gave them credit for we should have more restraint than condemnation.Just think now we have humans living with bears, swimming with alligators, petting sharks, etc and they all say the same truths. That we are not these creatures natural food and they are not out to kill us unprovoked or starved. We happen upon them at the wrong time or don’t read/know the signs and they respond to the humans seeming attack. Like a canine that’s domesticated there are still times you approach and times you do not. And that spending a little time with each species man can pretty much learn to read their body language and identify their warnings. To understand which alligators you can pet and which to stay out of the water with. It boggles the mind how we as a society love dogs and yet hate/fear their cousins.

Africanized Killer Bee Attack
Africanized Killer Bee Attack

Anyhow I won’t ramble on about the latest unfortunate tragedy I would just prefer we not take one tragedy and start another in the form of a escalated the apocalypse against the bee. My fear is not in bees but in the guys that watches the news report and be reminded by the Beehive by his shed and head to destroy it fearing they are africanized bees plotting against him. Instead go pick up the picnic table and move it further from the shed to give those bees a little space. And as always plant and marigold and zinnias to keep them happily buzzing around making food for us. Now I figure it was a great time to post an amazing photo of a beautiful bee and butterfly engage in conversation by Tom.

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What Plants Think About

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Tomatoes thinking about death row
What are these tomatoes thinking? “That guys going to eat us soon.”

I want to share with my fellow gardeners a what plants think about review. I often talk about and contemplate some of the research done in the documentary what plants think about. What plants think about is a phenomenal documentary on studies about plants that take action based on certain stimuli in the environment. The real basis behind the documentary and the theory plants are more evolved than we give credit for is that many plants have significantly more genes than humans. Now that we have mapped the human genome we know that the human has 26,000 genes but as an example a rice plant has over 50,000. What does this really mean? Do plants demonstrate a higher intelligence? Is it possible that the way we define intelligence is only centric to the form of intelligence human beings display? I good question at a time that we are seeking life on other planets adjusting what man defines life as. Many scientist now accept life can be non carbon based. Great thinking outside the box but only after arsenic based life was found.

The documentary goes through various studies showing plants that change their surrounding environment and even one that’s known to have killed off mammals theoretically to prevent extinction. I use this example when I talk to customers about bonsai mostly because we as humans love to move our plants. We love to show them room to room, we love to switch windows, move them indoors then out, we love to try to force them to grow in environments they struggle to adapt to and find frustration when they drop leaves, stress get disease and die. For millions of years they have adapted perfectly to survive outdoors but will struggle for a couple million more to adapt to unnatural conditions indoors being relocated each dinner party. Growing is easy, especially bonsai if we ask do plants think and consider what plants think about.

One of the most common objections to the bonsai hobby I hear is that growing bonsai is hard. I always ask do they own a home?
and if they do do they have trees?
And if they do how healthy are those trees?
how long have they lived?
How tall are they?
And what amazing care do they give those trees?……..wait for it…….wait for it………..

I tend to wait until their face lights up figuring out what I’m asking. Then they replied with “nothing I do nothing to my trees”. I explain bonsai are trees and require are the same care, they are like the rice plants having an enormous number of genes that allow them to adapt to precisely where they are. How much water they get, how much light they get in each season and the temperature. Once they adjust to that window, airflow, tempature…. why not let them stay. My goal in caring for plants is to replicate their natural growing environment as much as possible and in this I find the most success. I tend to toss out plant care guides and just ask where is the plant from and head off to google it.

do plants think
do plants think

This documentary was amazing at going in to details and studies  to explain how plants adapt to where they are and how they change their environment for survival. There is even an example of a study done to a plant that emits a particular attraction scent to bring around insect predators to attack another insect that are eating its leaves. To me a plant geek this was phenomenal because it’s right in sync with Elaine Ingham research from the Rhodale Institute who teaches that plants when grown in organic soil with a good amount of minerals and and microbiology with mycorhizal fungi that feed the root system should have little or no pests. Theorheticaly if the plant has it’s maximum nutrient intake it can use all it’s defensive genes to make what it needs to ward off pests. To me it makes perfect sense that those 50,000 genes are designed to support natural fertilization through fungi not being fed by humans with fertilizer bags guessing what nutrients that plant needs at that moment. Thus the biggest case for organic growing because our technology is yet to tell us what plants think about. Thus Dr. Inghams statement “If pest’s are preying on your vegetable plants then your vegetable plants should not be eaten because the fruit they are growing is devoid of vitamins minerals and nutrients for any number of reasons and should not be reproduced”. Natures garbage collectors are pest. We should be thankful for them…. Thus labeling Beatles, white flies and aphids pest in the garden as nature’s natural garbage collectors eating the garbage plants and preventing them from reproducing is wrong because they have some sort of genetic defect. I call that defect “humanChemicalfertilizeritis”…..

To me the science behind this documentary makes the greatest argument for organic gardening and farming because we are raising and eating the worst vegetables this planet has ever seen. The vegetables Nature has selected to be destroyed and not reproduce. Our grocery stores are full of food like vegetables that nature intended no mammal that evolved here to eat. My greatest fear is not in the studies that show the food is devoid of vitamins, nutrients and enzymes but are in thing unknown needs our bodies have our sciences can’t tell us. We still know very little about nature and our refusal to grow and eat natural things will land us in spots we may not get out of as a species. But anyway I love this documentary and I highly encourage you to watch it. I found what plants think about on Netflix but I believe it’s also on YouTube . What plants think about is really what we all need to start thinking about.

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Kokedama Hallelujah Floating Mountain Care

Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape String Garden
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Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape String Garden
Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape String Garden

 

We are having fun making the mystical floating mountains in a string garden window scape in the store. This type of window gardening is derived from the Japanese are of Kokedama except with are using lightweight pots covered in peat moss to take i unique earth form shapes.

Whether sunrise or sunset, your window will look amazing and unique with this form of string gardening. Add a mister for an even more dramatic effect,

For those who love the fairy genre, thy can also be floating fairy mountains by just adding a few fairy accessories… imagine the possibilities.

Watering Care:

Succulent Mountains – Water once every other week
House Plant Mountains – Water every other day, be sure to mist until you see a drip from the drain hole to ensure thorough watering.
Bonsai Mountain Pots –  Water daily, be sure to mist until you see a drip from the drain hole to ensure thorough watering.

Water for most of the window gardens is as simple as misting or using a turkey baster to limit the flow of water so the landscape doesn’t eroded. You can even place a saucer on a chair to catch the water for 10 minutes or til dripping stops. You can even take the pot down and hang it lower to dangle in a bucket of water. With so many scape to care for we simply mist and keep on moving.

Moss Terrain Care:
If your mountain has moss keep in mind the moss will adsorb alot of water before letting it seep into the soil beneath for the other plants. For this reason,  (just like with bonsai) rarely should you completely moss over the soil but use rocks to create an easier  watering area. You can always peel back a small section of moss to get an idea how much water it absorbs until it’s hydrated enough to seep. I can’t stress enough for bonsai and house plants to water until you see a drip from the drainage. Personally I mostly like a green mossy look as opposed to dried brown most look thus I replace the moss on occasion until I have the look I like. We sell moss in sheets and it’s easy to remoss the landscape.

Doing aerial bonsai on floating mountains breaks away from tradition but is so rewarding and endless fun.

You can now see our scapes at both locations or shop online here at greenologyorganics.com for Hallelujah Floating Mountain pots. Happy string gardening.

 

Orchid Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape

 

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Dwarf Cherry Bonsai Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape
Dwarf Cherry Bonsai Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape
Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape
Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape

Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape

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Off Gassing and Recycled Vs All Natural Products

off gassing indoor air
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off gassing indoor air
off gassing indoor air

I’ve thought about this topic for a bit and have come to my own personal conclusion that recycled art WILL be a part of my natural living indoors. The battle within is a based on a conflict of the goals of the two tiers of natural green living on the personal/family level and world community naturalism level. The two agendas seek sustainability to help the environment but one weighs heavy on personal health and the other on earth systems health. On the family/personal tier the goal is to remove as many chemical influences to our bodies as possible making reclaimed/recycled art potentially dangerous if we pick a toxic piece thus most thing natural in material. On the world community go green tier, we want to consider buying low carbon products that requires less petrol products to produces thus most thing recycled.

For me, my families health is paramount and second is the go world greener inside me. Logic of off gassing science tells me something freshly painted or even a year ago in general is more of an indoor air threat then an old recycled piece painted 20 years ago. As well if the recycled thing was not modified in any way that would chemically activate any toxins like heating to reshape or repaint it should be low threat.  Also buying new chainsaw wood art is green and natural but considering the idea it takes gas for that chainsaw and to bring it to my local market.

So in my mind it is possible to have the best of those worlds if some critical thought is applied. Consider not just buying all things recycled but also if it’s locally made and/or unaltered making it less toxic to your indoor air. Moderation and critical thinking leads me to think going extreme in either direction is anti green in some way. I think I will buy low/no toxic old material before I will buy all natural high carbon products.

But either way I can’t till spring so i can open all this windows and let tons of fresh air in. 😉

Indoor Air Quality

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