Dr Holly’s Grow Your Own Food Article Dec 2, 2020

Last Update: December 2, 2020 at 8:34 pm

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Date:  Dec 2, 2020

Dr Holly’s Grow Your Own Food Article Dec 2, 2020

by Dr Holly

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Well its cold out there so can we do any gardening.

For the last couple of months or so, we have talked about preparing our gardens for the spring. How
important it is to get a variety of manures into the garden beds: from your green manure; to the various
animal manures – hopefully organic. This provides the garden beds with a broad variety of microbes that
not only help to break down or compost the vegetation and manures but also providing a variety of
nutrients to the garden.

All of which is going to make our garden food production huge next year.

Last week we looked at growing or sprouting our seeds. There are a wide variety of seeds you can grow
all year round. And if it is cold, as we are now experiencing – especially for those of living closer to the
poles as opposed to the equator, we can grow all those seeds inside. Whether on a counter top or in a
window sill – wherever you have room.

Not only are they easy to grow – but they are so easy that if you have children you can introduce them
to growing their own foods. Awesome. Help them learn to establish good discipline by simply getting
them to rinse the seeds every day. They can even make charts on how fast each type of seed grows and
color the charts.

Another task you can help the children with is to make charts on what sprouts have what nutrients – the
vitamins, minerals, omegas, fibers, etc. The older the children the more involved they can become in the
exercises.
Be creative – I always think it is important to help children get involved in growing, harvesting and
preparing their foods (pickling, fermenting, canning, freezing, jams, etc) at a young age. The more they
understand the importance of their dietary intake, the healthier they tend to be in the long run.
And you are like me, you might believe that the more of their own energies they put into any part of the
process, the more the food will benefit their bodies. I can’t prove that – or perhaps maybe we can – I
have just never looked into whether anyone has created any studies that might prove it – but it is a
belief that I hold regardless.

So this week what I wanted to share with you is some foods that we can grow in our windowsill over the
cold winter months. I apologize to those in the Southern Hemisphere – I live in the Northern
Hemisphere so all my programs are orientated that way.

Winter salad greens are an easy start. Most leafy greens can grow in the winter – they will grow slower,
but they grow none the less. Loose leaf lettuces are great. Arugula also grows great. Whether you are
pulling them up from the garden and transporting them inside or starting fresh. Give them lots of room
to grow and spread.

Other ones include, swiss chard – get the kind that has lots of colors – the more colors the greater the
variety of nutrients. Spinach is another one that is great.

Kale is great if you have a deck. My kale is still growing in the garden – and we have had lots of frost and
cold weather at night.

But even tomatoes – especially cherry tomatoes and even some of the melons can grow on your
windowsill.

If you do live in more norther climates – I leave in Vancouver, BC., we can even grow lemons – a Meyer
lemon; grapefruit – a cocktail grapefruit; and figs inside – as much as they require pots as opposed to a
windowsill.

Strawberries are a great fruit for the windowsill.

The herbs that do great in a windowsill include oregano, thyme, rosemary, even chives. Oregano and
rosemary should stay on your deck as they are usually too large for the standard windowsill and can
handle colder weather. Parsley has long roots so make sure you have a deep pot to accommodate the
roots. Basil, dill and cilantro can also grow in southern facing windowsills. Keep them cut short so they
grow dense and develop better rooting system.s

Aloe vera is another great indoor plants and awesome for a variety of skin conditions.
Obviously always check your plants for bugs if bringing them in from the garden. If they have aphids or
such spray them with a kitchen mixture of water, liquid soap, garlic juice and cayenne pepper. Put the
cayenne pepper in a pot of water – bring to boil and boil for about 15 minutes, then let sit overnight.
Strain out the pepper just using a cheesecloth or any kind of porous cloth even a dust cloth – they tend
to be better than strainers. Mix use the water as your base and add in your liquid soap and garlic juice.
Spray the plant – let sit for a bit then wash off. If you leave it on, it will create stain like spots on the
leaves.
Water all plants only when soil feels dry to the fingertips. Although if you like you can purchase a soil
moisture monitor – they also have monitors for testing the pH of the soil if you really want to get into it.
Remember different plants like a different pH. If you provide the right pH they just produce a lot more.
I always encourage people to just experiment with all your foods. What might work for one person
might not work for another. It also again teaches children to not be afraid of failure. If this particular one
didn’t grow well – oh well – work with another. Even different species of the same food will do better in
different places in the home.

We all depend on food – so make it part of the family dynamic. If you are solo – its just a great way to
really get engaged in your health and wellness.