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Herbal Supplements, March Garden, Budget, Health Hints By Cynthia Brian

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tropical no water garden   Welcome to Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!® with your hosts Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on the Voice America Empowerment Channel.  Our goal is to seed, stimulate, and support space for positive, meaningful conversations that will get you talking around the dinner table.

Are vitamin tablets hazardous to your health? If you are consuming herbal supplements, what’s on the label may not be what’s in the tablet. In Health Matters, Heather Brittany uncovers secrets you need to know.

It’s almost springtime in our gardens. Do you know what needs to be done to help your garden thrive? Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian, brings her helpful gardening guide to the airwaves.

What wants to budget? Probably no one, yet taking a good hard look at where our money is going is necessary for financial health. Learn the surprising and easy ways to help you keep more dollars in your pocket.

We talk about being healthy, but what have you resolved to do stay in optimum wellness? Cynthia Brian shares her top secrets for fitness and diet.

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Cynthia Brian’s Gardening Guide for February

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“To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.”  
                                  ~ Walt Whitman
Despite Valentine’s Day, familial birthdays, and President Day holidays, the second month of the year is notoriously my least favorite on the calendar because of wintery weather. This year, however, sunshine has been the mainstay for weeks and now I find myself preoccupied with the looming drought. A few days ago on the morning of my Mother’s birthday, minutes before she left to celebrate her big day at a luncheon, we were on the phone lamenting the lack of water and the dire forecast for our newly planted vineyards. Two miles from our farm, a laborer’s truck slammed into her at full speed. Her car flipped, hit a tree, and rolled into a ditch. Both vehicles were totaled. It was a miracle that everyone survived the collision with only minor cuts and bruises. At that moment, we rejoiced for the lack of rain else that creek might have been rushing and the outcome of the accident may have differed. Although sore, my Mom was back digging in her garden the next day, despite stitches in her arm and wearing a sling. Life is precious and it’s important to appreciate every second. Rain, shine, freeze, or drought, we are all in the circle of life together. February is our reminder of the importance of uttering “I love you” often. I love you.
  • ⎫ RE-THINK your garden for the year by planning for drought and fire resistant plants. Sage, lavender, ice plant, bulbs, natives, and succulents will add beauty, fragrance, and form with little water.
  • ⎫ REFRAIN from pruning any freeze damaged plants. Wait until all danger has passed, usually the end of March.
  • ⎫ SPRAY fruit trees and roses with a final dose of horticultural oil mixed with water. The oil kills most mites, insect eggs, scale, and insects.
  • ⎫ REMOVE up to 87% of household pollutants by adding houseplants to your interior spaces as air filters. Plants pump life giving oxygen and moisture through their breathing. Consider fuss free Chinese evergreen, sanseviera (aka snake plant), or a desktop sago palm, all tolerant of low light and dry conditions.
  • ⎫ EMBRACE the tangy flavor of kumquats by planting a small tree in a large container by your kitchen. Bright shiny leaves with a citrus fragrance and tiny fruit that taste like a cross between sour limes and tangerines await. Kumquats are an exotic addition to mixed drinks and pies.
  • ⎫ ADMIRE the structure and architecture of your trees, both deciduous and evergreen, surrounding your property. When you get up close and personal, you’ll find beauty in their winter wardrobes.
  • ⎫ VISIT the UC Botanical Gardens in Berkeley, the third largest botanical garden in the United States with its well-labeled collection of over 12,000 taxa covering thirty acres, including many endangered species. Check out the botanical garden from the University of California Berkeley for information on special events.
  • ⎫ CONSERVE water by using gray water to irrigate potted plants. Unless we get rainfall soon, California will initiate mandatory rationing as opposed to the 20% voluntary savings.
  • ⎫ BRIGHTEN the garden with bergenia. Even after a freeze, bergenia shoots up pretty pink blossoms.
  • ⎫ MULCH your garden with at least three inches of organic matter to control temperature, fight erosion, and maintain moisture.
  • ⎫ SHORT on space? Vertical gardening and living walls offer effortless, space saving green environments providing privacy screens, ambiance, and health benefits.
  • ⎫ SHARE your love of nature with someone you admire this Valentine’s. Give a living plant that will remind them of your gift for years to come.
  • ⎫ INVEST in a canvas tote bag or other reusable bag instead of using plastic or paper. You’ll save trees and help eliminate pollution.
  • ⎫ BUY your firewood from local sellers. When you transport firewood from other areas, there may be invasive tree-killing pests hitchhiking on your load.
  • ⎫ WRAP tender plants and trees (especially citrus) with blankets, plastic, or bubble wrap when another freeze or frost threatens. The cold nights are not over yet despite the warmer days.
  • ⎫ INVITE our feathered friends to dinner by filling feeders. Pluck dandelions daily and put on a plate in place frequented by California quail. Your guests will reward your efforts by eating harmful insects.
  • ⎫ PRUNE ornamental grasses to twelve inches to encourage new growth.
  • ⎫ CUT branches of forsythia, quince, flowering pear, and other early blooming shrubs as the buds swell for long lasting interior interest.
  • ⎫ INVESTIGATE the new plants debuting in 2014 such as Ms. Mars sunflower, Candy Stripe verbena, and my personal favorite, the David Austin rose, Royal Jubilee celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • ⎫ PLANT a salad bowl garden with greens you love to eat. A small patch of earth or even two or three containers within easy reach of the house will supply you with snippets of arugula, spinach, Swiss Chard, chives, radish, mustard, mache, and a variety of lettuces.
  • ⎫ PERUSE catalogues for open pollinated, heirloom, or other favorites of seeds, bulbs, flowers, and shrubs. Check out these sites for ideas:
  • ⎫ EAT apples for fresher breath and healthy bodies. Did you know that the French called tomatoes ‘pommes d’amour’ or ‘love apples’ because they were convinced that tomatoes had aphrodisiac properties?
May Cupid find you this February and shoot his arrow your way. Be grateful. Celebrate love. Happy Gardening and Happy Growing!
©2014
Cynthia Brian
The Goddess Gardener
Cynthia is available as a speaker and consultant.

Ask Cynthia Brian about Pumpkins, Readers Request

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Hi Cynthia:
We grew pumpkins as project with the kids this year yet we aren’t sure about harvesting or what to do with them besides carving them for Halloween? I hate to waste and figured you’d have some ideas.
Thanks,
Angela
Hi Angela:
Bravo to you for getting your children involved in growing! They will learn so much and the fact that they have grown their own pumpkins will give them pride and boasting rights. You have come to the right person for suggestion, as, like you, I am a waste not person.  
To harvest, thump the melon, it should sound hollow and have a tough skin. Try to put your fingernail in the rind. When pumpkins are ripe, it is difficult to pierce them.  Cut the pumpkins from the vine with pruning shears or a sharp knife. Don’t twist them off or they’ll rot more quickly.  Cure in the sun to harden for at least a week. They are now ready for display, carving, and eating.
Besides using them for jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin pie, the noble pumpkin (from the Greek work “pepon”, or large melon) are a major health food fruit, packed with large amounts of vitamins A, C, and potassium. A full cup is only about 30 calories. Cut out the flesh and cook like squash, or make soups, cakes, bread, pancakes, or even a pumpkin pizza. 
After harvesting, here are other ideas to consider:
  1. Before carving your pumpkin, scoop out the seeds. Roast them on a cookie sheet with a dash of olive oil and garlic salt for a nutritious, crunchy snack. 
  2.  Or dry the seeds, store them in a brown bag to plant next May in a sunny location. With plenty of water and fertilizer you’ll be able to boast your own pumpkin patch in 75-100 days from planting. Now your kids will be really excited.
  3.  Spray paint the extra pumpkins bronze, gold, silver, or whatever colors you are using for your Thanksgiving or Christmas décor. I add natural foliage such as dried corn stalks and reeds for the November holiday, and evergreens and ornaments for the December season. My porch sparkles. You can even paint them one color for Thanksgiving and another for Christmas. Pumpkins, if kept dry, will last three months or more. Store your extra produce in a cool, dark place to enjoy all winter for projects and recipes.
  4.  Instead of carving your pumpkin, draw, paint, or use decals to make creative faces. In this way, after Halloween, you can cut up the pumpkin and enjoy the delicious flesh inside.
  5.  Once you have carved a pumpkin and put it outside as a decoration, don’t attempt to salvage it for human consumption. However, pumpkins are great snacks for chickens, ducks, geese, goats, and other barnyard animals.  Find friends with critters before you discard. Even the squirrels and birds love them.
  6.  Compost your carved pumpkins. They will decompose and can be used to fertilize your garden.
  7.  Bury the entire pumpkin. It may grow next season and if nothing else, it will enrich your soil.
Make sure to take lots of photos to reminisce in later years. The largest pumpkin my kids ever grew weighed in around 400 pounds, but the world record is over 2000 pounds. The memories are priceless.
Enjoy pumpkin treats.
Happy Gardening to You!
©2013
Cynthia Brian
The Goddess Gardener
I am available as a speaker, designer, and consultant.  
Cynthia will answer one or more questions every other issue as space allows. Email your comments or questions to Cynthia@GoddessGardener.com 

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