Sage Hill Gardens

The Joy of May

Flowers grow everywhere. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, however fast you may sometimes have to move....stop to smell them. They are a visible, beautiful link from our hectic world right into God's heart.

TIP: Transforming the way we eat can be overwhelming; some simple first steps for the novice....

1. Lemon water is incredibly powerful. High in vitamin C, so it boosts the immune system, and it's energizing, alkalizing and detoxifying. Just squeeze the juice of a lemon into eight ounces of water first thing in the morning and drink. (I like it in hot water)

2. Eat a whole, raw, mono food in its natural state everyday...a banana, orange, something that hasn't been diced, sliced, or processed/packaged.

3. Very important...practice eating only when hungry, and eat what you are craving in the most natural way. If you would like greens, eat them in a tossed salad or as a snack food instead of steaming or stir-frying. Eating an avocado for dinner will balance out your daily intake if you have eaten correctly during the day. (Avoiding heavy meals in the evening is a good way to help avoid weight gain.)

Are you gardening?

Are you building your own compost?

Do you know...when you use good compost you need nothing more to reap a bountiful and healthy crop.

You can find all the do's and do not's for healthy composting by visiting the Sage Hill Gardens website. A critical component for perfect compost is the proper moisture should be the texture of a wet sponge...if it's too dry and won't hold together...add green waste (grass cuttings, trimmings from shrubs/garden plants, leaves, etc. Do Not add weeds, you'll end up with weeds in your garden.)

If too wet, add brown waste...dried leaves, mulched trimmings, and sawdust from chipped limbs etc. Chipped pine straw is good in small amounts.

TIP: Companion planting is one of the best practices for a well balanced garden....for almost every plant, there is a companion that will nourish and protect it's match.

Plants are always actively engaged in growing as fast and as strong as they can and re-populating their species. They do all this by sending out root hairs as far into the soil as they can depending on their surroundings.

They select and reject nutrients; they create in their structure and the environment, complex chemical compounds such as perfumes, pollen, essential oils, growth inhibitors, hormones, enzymes and some minute trace elements. Knowing a little about why this plant prefers to be warm and fuzzy with this plant is akin to you and I picking and choosing who is a good match inside our circle.

Rodale is my go to for all things gardening that requires good sustainable practices. en/plants-grow-better-side-side

A reminder: Overwatering is the one detrimental action that can easily be adjusted. Regardless what your climate is, test your garden soil for dampness at least two inches deep. If dry, water about 2 to 3 inches deep with a slow running line. And always water the soil - not-the top of your plants! A good soak will be all you need for a few days. Check the soil again and only water when needed. Very few gardens need water every day.

Growing herbs: water no more than once a week in the hottest of times. Herbs are drought tolerant and too much water will be the sudden death of most. Remember too, keep the tops pinched back at least an inch, which encourages the plant to grow low/spread instead of straight up. Otherwise you get bolting/blooming...which then signals to the roots it is time to die!

Have questions?

I'm available for consultations of forty five minutes, one hour, or a class session (2 hours). Please contact me for prices and times to fit your needs. Local or internet based.

Bea Rigsby-Kunz
Sage Hill Gardens

32 Old Petersburg Pike
Petersburg, Tn. 37144