Birds, Garden

Planning for Spring

Oh my goodness, where does the time go? January has already receded into the past while the first of the year seems as if it were yesterday. The positive side of this runaway timeline is that Spring is ever so much closer, which in turn means it is time to plan the garden. Some of the beds still need to be reworked and new ones made, but the garlic is already planted and waving its green scapes in the chilly air. Collards, broccoli, and cabbage are in the ground, but they seem to be at a standstill because of the cooler temperatures of January. In the next few days, seedlings will be started indoors and artichokes will be planted in the ground.

A second fruit orchard has been set up that includes Paw Paws, Fuji Apples, Mayhaws, Figs, Peach, and Plum trees. There is still a spot left for a couple of Elderberries for future batches of Elderberry Syrup. There are also two cooking Pear trees that have been producing quite well.

This year has been filled with birds coming to the “Breakfast Buffet” during morning coffee. They devour the seed and suet that is spread just outside the kitchen window. It is a joy watching them every day. Here are a few of the daily visitors.

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It is evident that there is a lot of work to do to welcome Spring so wish me the blessings of Nature!

Don’t Judge the Moment, Live It!


Elderberry Promises

Having a very good morning today! While getting ready to meet with a friend for lunch and some shopping I was stopped in my tracks by this beautiful site.

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Such wonderful promise of a large elderberry harvest.

For the first time last year, I made Elderberry Syrup and used it during the winter months to keep my immune system in high gear. I am amazed at the benefits of this delightful bush.

In an article from the University of Maryland Medical Center, that is no longer available on their site, the benefits of Elderberry were listed and explained. Thank goodness I saved a pdf file containing that information. It was stated in the article that,

Elderberry, or elder, has been used for centuries to treat wounds, when applied
to the skin. It is also taken by mouth to treat respiratory illnesses such as cold
and flu. Some evidence suggests that chemicals in elder flower and berries
may help reduce swelling in mucous membranes, including the sinuses, and
help relieve nasal congestion…

Elderberry also contains flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and may
help prevent damage to the body’s cells. In fact, elderberry outranks
blueberries, cranberries, goji berries, and blackberries in terms of total flavonol
content.” Elderberry _ University of Maryland Medical Center

Of course, before you decide to use any natural products check with your physician for any interactions with your current medications.

Naturally, the dreaded disclaimer:

Any content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker.

Wishing you all a very blessed and beautiful day!