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Fall Edible Gardening Tips

Fall Edible Gardening Tips

Fall is a great time to:

  • Install a new edible raised bed in good weather without a rush

  • Plant a fall crop of veggies

  • Super-charge an edible bed with composted manure for a spring harvest.

Get free garden coaching

When you buy a raised bed, soil, mulch, fertilizer, seedlings or other products and services from Deep Roots get free coaching for your fall gardening from the Deep Roots director David Murphy. Contact David at (773) 502-5600 and dmurphy[at]deep-roots-project.org

Filling space vacated by spring crops with summer-sown vegetables will keep your garden productive well into fall, and even winter. Beans, cucumbers, eggplant, musk melon, okra, peppers, pumpkins, squash, sweet corn, sweet potato, and tomatoes will all be damaged by even a light frost, but many other crops will survive. Fall, with its cooler temperatures and more abundant moisture, offers excellent growing conditions for many vegetables. As summer draws to a close, gardens everywhere can morph into a tapestry of delicious greens like tender lettuce, frost-proof spinach, swiss chard, collards, arugula, beets, kale with a sprinkling of red mustard added for spice. Plus, cooler temperatures will make your fall vegetables taste crisp and sweet. Learn more about frost-tolerant garden vegetables.

Healthy Living

Healthy Living

Deep Roots Project invites you to watch the important new video docu-series, "GMOs Revealed” using our login credentials for streaming video. Learn about the latest startling scientific information and the little discussed politics behind the GMO industry. 

How to Create a Head-Turning Yard... Even if You're Always Busy

How to Create a Head-Turning Yard... Even if You're Always Busy

Have you ever driven by a home with an incredible looking lawn and thought, “Who has the time to make their yard look like that?” We all know what it’s like to dream of the perfect lawn, to make plans for giving it the attention it needs, and to have life happen and change those plans. The good news is that there are practical solutions that can help you create a head-turning yard this summer, and you can do them even with a busy schedule.

Don’t Over-Mow

An overgrown lawn is a quick way to make your property appear abandoned, so it’s important to keep it in shape. But you also want to avoid over-mowing it. It’s better to plan your mowing around how your grass is growing rather than worry about sticking to a strict schedule. In other words, the length of the grass matters more than how often you mow. Depending on your geographical location and how much rain you’re getting, this can change by the week. Sometimes you may need to mow weekly and sometimes it may be every two weeks.

When you over-mow, it keeps your grass from properly growing and reaching its lush, green potential. A good indicator that your grass isn’t growing is if it pales or turns yellow. If you see that, you should let it grow a little before you cut it again. Also, it’s common lawn advice to never cut more than one-third off the length of your blades. Even if it’s severely overgrown, it’s better to first cut one-third off your grass and to gradually make it lower.

Eco-Friendly Ways to Make Your Yard Look Fabulous

Eco-Friendly Ways to Make Your Yard Look Fabulous

They say the grass is greener on the other side, but we’re not sure which side they are starting from. It doesn’t matter where you live, there are ways you can “go green” in the yard, and many of them have nothing to do with the color of your grass. Keep reading for five water-saving, eco-friendly, and easy lawn and garden changes you can make this summer.

Get Rid of the Grass

Grass needs water -- and lots of it. It’s everywhere, and when it gets too dry, it makes your landscape look like a barren plain. You can buck the tradition of having regular grass by swapping your fescue for fragrant ground coverings such as creeping thyme or Roman chamomile. Moss is another option for shaded areas. If you’re handy with a shovel, you can also level out a section of your lawn to create a hardscape design with pavers, rocks, statues, and potted plants. Reader’s Digest also suggests laying down some mulch and creating a play area for the kids.

Choose Quality, Forget Quantity

Choose Quality, Forget Quantity

New book: Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?
March 22, 2018
https://www.facebook.com/drmarkhyman/videos/1934654239898649/
By Dr. Mark Hyman

If you missed my Facebook Live video on Monday, you might be interested to find out that weight loss is not simply a math equation based on energy in and energy out. Yet, the mantra of the government and food industry is that people should just eat less, choose a “balanced diet,” and exercise more. I’m here to tell you that this does not work. If it did, we’d all just eat less, exercise more, and be fit and healthy for life. How’s that working out for everyone?

The truth is that the quality of what you eat is FAR more important than how much you eat. 

The body is not a closed system, it’s dynamic and it’s responsive to the quality of the calories you’re eating—the type of information that you’re fueling your body with. Eating poor quality food is like talking to your body over a bad connection, it simply can’t understand how to use that information.

A recent study in JAMA comparing different types of diets found that as long as participants focused on the quality of their food, they did not have to worry about quantity. Isn’t that nice to hear? If you’re eating wholesome foods in their most natural forms you don’t need to count calories, your body understands the information it’s being given and how to use it properly. 

Another myth in the nutrition world is that fat makes you fat, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. A crossover trial from Dr. David Ludwig and his Harvard colleagues looked at individual reactions to different kinds of diets. When participants ate a high-fat diet with low-starch content they burned 300 more calories a day than when they ate a high-carb diet with the exact same amount of calories! And, eating a high-fat diet led to beneficial improvements in cholesterol, insulin sensitivity, and markers of inflammation. Your body needs fat to function and find its ideal weight, you just have to choose the right kinds. 

The composition of your food matters; Wonder Bread and broccoli are not the same kinds of carbs; likewise, soybean oil and coconut oil are totally different kinds of fats. Your body is smart, it knows the difference, and it knows which of these are supplying quality information and which are toxic, leading to weight gain.

So here’s how to feed your body with the right information. 

  1. Eat a diet with a very low glycemic load – low in sugar, flour, and refined carbohydrates of all kinds.
  2. Eat mostly vegetables and some fruit. The deeper the colors, the more variety, the better. This provides a high phytonutrient content protective against most diseases.
  3. Eat a diet that is low in pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones and no or low in GMO foods.
  4. Stay away from chemicals, additives, preservatives, dyes, MSG, artificial sweeteners, and other “Franken Chemicals” that you would never have in your pantry.
  5. Eat quality fats—omega-3 fats for all! Eat plenty of olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocados.
  6. Make sure you’re getting enough protein for appetite control and muscle synthesis, especially in the elderly.
  7. Choose foods that are ideally organic, local, and fresh. Grass-fed or sustainably raised meats are also the best option if you consume animal protein.

In my latest book, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? I focus on what kinds of foods you should include in your diet, and which ones you should ditch for good. I make it easy to learn how to eat foods with the best information for your cells, so you can lose weight, gain energy, and increase your mental clarity.

If you’re ready to stop counting calories and find a healthy weight through real, wholesome foods, check out my Facebook Live video and pick up a copy of Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? on Amazon today.

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD

How to Wash Vegetables and Fruits to Remove Pesticides

How to Wash Vegetables and Fruits to Remove Pesticides

Get proven tips on how to wash vegetables and how to wash fruits so you can protect your health and your family.

Almost everyone should be eating more fruits and vegetables. You know that. But do you know why it’s important to wash your produce before eating it?

In our modern world, almost no food is 100% free of pesticides. Surprisingly, even organic produce may contain some pesticide residues.

Washing produce is important to prevent foodborne illness and substantially reduce your exposure to pesticides.

To reduce your pesticide exposure, the conventional advice is to choose organic food when you can, especially for the foods most likely to be contaminated with pesticides. And then, to wash your fruits and veggies before eating or cooking with them.

But, what foods are the most important to buy organic? And what is the best way to wash your produce to remove pesticides?

Science has given us answers. And we’ll share them with you. We want to help you make the best use of your time and money and to ensure the food you eat and serve is as safe as possible.

Five Things You Can Do Now to Prepare a Safer Yard for Spring

By Clara Beaufort

It may be way too chilly to spend an afternoon outdoors now, but you can bet that warmer weather is just around the corner. Before it gets here, there are several small projects you can tinker with to make sure that your lawn, deck and driveway are all in good condition to ensure the safety of your family and pets.

Here are five things you can do to prepare a safer yard for spring.

1. Clear Out Your Lawn

As the last remnants of snow melt away, you should start assessing the damage done by winter’s fury. There’s no telling what may have ended up in your lawn over the past few months. Loose branches, rocks and any trash should be cleared out before your child or pet ever steps foot outside to play. You should also be cautious of any kinds of holes in your yard and fill them in to avoid someone tripping and twisting an ankle.

Your grass will be pretty beat up from winter’s harsh cold. However, you can help accelerate its seasonal comeback by racking away any old leaves and overgrowth. Pre-aerating your lawn will stimulate growth and ensure your child and dog will enjoy a soft, lush lawn to run around in.

2. Inspect Your Trees, Plants, and Shrubs

Once you’ve taken care of the lawn, you should set your eyes on the shrubs, plants and overhanging trees in your yard. Now is a great time to check on the state of your trees. The lack of greenery allows you to inspect the limbs and see if any larger branches are split, or breaking off. Trimming and removing these dangers now, prevents them from happening months from now when your children or animals may be at risk.

Even if all of your trees’ limbs seem sturdy enough, now would also be a good time to trim your trees and keep its growth in check. Your shrubs and other plants could also use a manicure, so don’t stop with just your overhanging plants. Clean up the edges on bushes and clear away any plants that show signs of not surviving the winter.

3. Prep the Playground Area

If your children enjoy having a play area in the backyard, you should inspect it for signs of wear and tear. Wooden structures eventually wear down over time, and the cold can cause splintering. Smooth down any surfaces, and go ahead and give a good cleaning of any plastic surfaces. Make sure that any swings, slides, or other structures are firmly anchored into the ground, and finally, you should cover the entire area surround these structures with 10 inches of mulch or soft woodchips. This will provide an extra cushion in case your child falls down.

4. Repair Your Deck, Patio, and Fencing   

While you’re inspecting the integrity of your child’s play area, you should also look over any decks, stairs, and railings around your property. Tighten anything that feels loose, such as rails and steps. Take a fine grit sandpaper and smooth over any wooden surfaces that regularly come into contact with hands or feet. Splinters are never fun, and can lead to a possibly serious infection if not treated soon enough.

5. Patch Up Concrete Pathways

Finally, you’ll want to check for any cracks in your concrete driveway, or walkways leading up to and around your home. If the crack is less than a half-inch, filling it in with concrete grout should do the trick. Larger splits in the pavement might call for caulking or patching up. It’s important to take care of these problem areas now, before a family member trips and scrape’s something on the hard pavement.

Nothing is more important than the safety of your family, and every family deserves to have fun, relaxing and safe experience outdoors. Spring isn’t far away. Make sure you check off all of these tasks before warmer weather comes around and your children and pets head outside to play.

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