Non GMO organic fruits and vegetables are the best! Learn more about Monsanto and genetically modified food. Monsanto is wreaking havoc on this planet and people should be aware of it. Becoming vegan or vegetarian is hard for some individuals..Once you start you have to lean into it. Have vegi or vegan days 3 times a week.. just to get a feel for it. I think it is also very important to learn how to grow your own food. To prepare and cook it.. Having a garden nursery. It is so much fun !! Knowledge is power! :)
ps. Nath clearly doesn’t hear the beautiful music that kale produces.
My mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with cancer, and since I am working full time plus freelancing, I don’t have as much time to maintain her vegetable garden as I used to. She wanted something easy this year – so none of my permaculture techniques are in play here.
Even though it’s not really my style, I still like knowing I can do it. This took me about 4-5 hours to put together, so if you are looking to do something similar, give yourself an afternoon.
First, I laid some paving slabs in order to make space for container gardens. Paving slabs are an awesome thing to have around because flat surfaces can otherwise be a little hard to come by. I salvaged a few stacks of them two years ago and use them whenever I need to make a makeshift patio.
Then, I laid landscaping fabric for the rest of the bed, and got her outdoor sink set up. I put the greywater drain under the landscaping fabric to irrigate the bed directly.
I sowed 24 squash and pumpkin plants, which will all be grown on the landscaping fabric this year. It spares my mother-in-law (and me) the effort of weeding, and creates a warm microclimate that should hasten harvest times. This method is similar to commercial plasticulture.
When you think of a carrot, you might think of the iconic and ubiquitous orange kind that’s sold in most grocery stores.
But did you know that carrots only recently became orange?
Before the 16th century, all cultivated carrots were actually purple and yellow, whereas the wild, undomesticated carrots were actually white.
And lucky for us, orange carrots are the most nutritious of all the varieties, according to a group of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UC Davis, who’ve assembled the full genome of carrots and traced its evolutionary history all the way back to the time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
Although their study can’t answer why early cultivators bred carrots to be purple and yellow, they did find the gene that is responsible for turning carrots orange.
Among the 32,000 genes in a carrot, the Y-gene is what creates an accumulation of orange and yellow carotenoid pigments that turn the white wild carrots into the variety we are familiar with today.
Their study also verified that the color of carrots is genetically linked to nutrients rather than flavor. Other knowledge gained from this study could help improve carrots and similar staple crops in Africa.
“This was an important public-private project, and the genomic information has already been made available to assist in improving carrot traits such as enhanced levels of beta-carotene, drought tolerance and disease resistance,” said co-author Allen Van Deynze, director of research at UC Davis’ Seed Biotechnology Center. “Going forward, the genome will serve as the basis for molecular breeding of the carrot.”
Carrots have also evolved in other ways beyond just color variation. Check out the video below, which explains why they taste sweeter in the winter: