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Wednesday, April 23, 2014






emoticon Every morning I arise, I am grateful for the wonderful opportunity for another day. It's another chance to do things right, to enjoy this magical day. I am passionate about educating myself. While I am fortunate to have a college education, it does not compare to what I have taught myself. A few months ago I was watching videos on youtube, learning about gardening. I discovered a few perennial vegetable plants. Gasp. I didn't realize there were some vegetables that would grow year after year.








After learning about perennial vegetables I found Tree Collards was a form of greens you can grow year after year without replanting. It grows like a small tree. My mind was whirling. That means lots of green leaves for juicing !!! Eureka. I struck gold. Eagerly I searched online for cuttings of Tree Collards. They are not seed grown as they never flower. Instead you must find cuttings for sale. I ordered them and received some woody, pencil-looking canes a few months ago. I dipped the bottoms in rooting compound purchased at the hydroponic store and potted them up in Sunshine Mix number 4. In a few weeks some leaves started up. Yea, they rooted. Now I have three 5 gallon pots of tree collards. Tree collards have a bamboo-like or woody, stalk that it grows on. They are young, but I am able to harvest a few leaves a few times a week. As it grows it will be more productive. As the sun hits the leaves they are starting to turn purple. Here is another photo looking downwards on the leaves.








It is different from the walking stick plant, which looks similar. This plant is a perennial living a very long life span. On youtube there are videos of this wonderful vegetable. One plant can produce a lot of food as they can get 10 feet high or more. emoticon Here is the link to the video. www.youtube.com/watch?v=
nNAOMHdhQdk
You can find out more by googling them. This is one site that sells them. www.bountifulgardens.org
/Tree-Collards/products/141/
I ordered from another site, but they are out of stock.








emoticon Another vegetable I learned about is called Longevity Spinach or Okinawan Spinach Gynura bicolor. It looks nothing like regular spinach. It is reported to be eaten in Japan where they consume it to lower blood pressure, decrease blood sugars, cancida, breast cancer, and for general health. My cuttings are rooted that I received about the same time, but they were slower to bush out and grow. It is fun trying out new vegetables. If it wasn't for the lifestyle changes, I never would of gotten so much into gardening. It's amazing how one thing leads to another. How the path of our journey twists and turns guiding us to where we need to go. emoticon



emoticon Here is another picture of the garden. This is the only spot where I plant in the ground as the soil is too hard and rocky. It's a patch of flowers with a few vegetables tucked in. Yes, that is a wee baby kale plant among the poppies and iris. emoticon







More of the same patch.








Life is so transforming isn't it?








I find it fascinating how life is shaping me, watching the journey unfold. Life is so amazing if we let it be.





Today I am going to get many steps in and do some yoga. It's going to a great day.

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Have you discovered anything new lately?
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WHITEANGEL4 7/25/2014 8:05AM

    Thanks for sharing. Great to know about these veggies. We love to try new foods. I will be checking these out

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LORIVIOLA 7/14/2014 9:32AM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing.
i didn't know there were veggies that came every year! cool

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CORNERKICK 5/18/2014 1:35AM

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DARSHAN130 5/8/2014 6:45PM

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Happy Gardening!

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NASFKAB 5/8/2014 12:52AM

  thanks for all your ideas how do i return to your blog again?

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JSEATTLE 5/3/2014 2:02PM

  I really learned from this! Thank you so much for the tips about perennial vegetables!

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ANGELN325 4/28/2014 6:15AM

    I loved this blog. I, too, am learning to be thankful for every day we are alive and embrace whatever comes my way. Was so nice to read such a life affirming post.

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BESYKES 4/26/2014 9:10PM

    Beautiful garden! emoticon

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BARBANNA 4/26/2014 2:10PM

    Outstanding! Thanks so much! emoticon

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FAIRHAVENQUEEN 4/26/2014 9:24AM

    Thanks for all the beautiful photos to illustrate your interesting blog!

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MAMA_CD 4/26/2014 8:28AM

    I love the vegetable ideas. I have a balcony garden, adding these greens would look great and add inexpensive good food on my table. Thanks for sharing!

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DNRAE1 4/26/2014 7:58AM

    Gardening is something I admire in others. Not something I have been successful at doing, but something I love to see and appreciate. Your little garden is wonderful!
Learning is something I do every day! It's fun!!!!!!

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MARCIA_DC 4/26/2014 7:11AM

  Can't wait to google "perennial vegetables"!!!

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CARRIELYN56 4/26/2014 7:05AM

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FARENC 4/26/2014 2:04AM

    OMG, perennial vegetables! I had no idea, and my mom and I have been serious veggie gardeners for decades! (seriously, I'm only 27 but I was helping sprinkle seeds in furrows from age 3). I have got to get that tree collard!

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SANDYCRANE 4/25/2014 7:26AM

    It is amazing at what you can learn on You Tube. Great idea for all you juicers.


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LIVELYGIRL2 4/25/2014 12:55AM

  Hmmm. That Longrvity Spinach sounds interesting. We have two small patches next to our backyard lawn, but it doesn't get very many hours od sun. This is why our tomatoes, strawberries, roses, ect, did poor. WE tried pots too, but it got like 10-15 tiny fruits.

Oh well, you can have a bite of something luscious for me.

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ENRGEE 4/24/2014 11:05PM

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How wonderful to go in your garden and harvest your own fresh veggies.
May each of your days continue to be magical.

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4RASCALS 4/24/2014 8:33PM

    Always learn something new. Thank you. Love your garden

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MAYBER 4/24/2014 7:32PM

    Thank you for sharing your great ideas in this blog it was a very interesting read
May God Bless one day at a time love prayers peace
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HAPPYMENOW58 4/24/2014 6:38PM

    Wonderful!

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MRSRIGS1 4/24/2014 6:26PM

    What a beautiful garden! I learn something new every time I read your blog. Does that count? emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 4/24/2014 4:14PM

  I emoticon your blogs and learn something new and valuable every time I read them. emoticon

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NEWTINK 4/24/2014 3:58PM

    Just beautiful !!!!

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JERICHO1991 4/24/2014 1:31PM

    Life is great, all of it. Thanks for the reminder.

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DIANNEMT 4/24/2014 1:23PM

    I am learning from you!!

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IDICEM 4/24/2014 12:04PM

  emoticon I miss my garden. Good work on yours!

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REDSASSENACH 4/24/2014 10:04AM

    PERENNIAL VEGETABLES!!!
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PATRICIA-CR 4/24/2014 9:51AM

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LCRUMLEY81 4/24/2014 9:16AM

  So very true

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DJSHIP46 4/24/2014 8:51AM

    Interesting new plants... thanks for sharing :)

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AZMOMXTWO 4/24/2014 8:02AM

  great motivation thank you

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KNYAGENYA 4/24/2014 8:01AM

    Thanks for the reminder.

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SHERYLP461 4/24/2014 7:55AM

    What a beautiful garden you have, I love the veggies growing among the flowers. I tell people all the time about how you have made such a difference in your health and your life through your diet.

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CFMOSS 4/24/2014 7:47AM

    Enjoying your green moments. Thank you.

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PENOWOK 4/24/2014 6:53AM

    Your excitement and enthusiasm are so contagious!!

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MAMISHELI53 4/24/2014 6:49AM

    Thanks for the challenging question. I think I'm going to undertake studying about birds, at the very least, of Peru. I know many species native to my area, but when I visit friends there they don't know the local birds. Of course, they are more often heard than seen - so I'll have to hunt up recordings of their songs as well. Thanks for the challenge!

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BESSHAILE 4/24/2014 6:26AM

    Thanks for the tip about tree collards.

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WATERDIAMONDS 4/24/2014 6:10AM

    Again, I learn from you. thank you.

And the photos of your garden are wonderful. emoticon

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