Speaking of Gardens

mind is a garden

So.. Speaking of gardens.

Have you ever thought about the similarities between your mind and a garden?  I have.  And so has my buddy, Tom, over at http://www.rockfordroofing.org.  Tom runs Rockford Roofing & Repair and, I must say, he’s got quite an open mind for a roofer guy.

Have you ever put any thought in to the idea of manifestation?  I’m sure you have thought about how a flower manifests if you’re on this blog.  It needs water, sunlight, soil, and time.

I’m of the belief that our thoughts are like that flower, just on a much grander scale.

It’s been said for thousands of years that man becomes what he thinks about.  So, what I’m saying is that thoughts become real things.

We can treat our thoughts just like we would treat a flower that we want to grow in to beauty and abundance.

We have the choice to think about anything we want to think about.  The dominant thoughts in our mind (the garden) are what is going to manifest in our life.

If we continually focus on failure, we will fail.  If we continually focus on success, we will succeed.

Everything is mental before it becomes physical.

That’s why all highly successful people visualize what they want.  Stated in another way, they go in to the future and bring it in to the present.  They use their imagination to create the life they want in their mind.

Something that a lot of people don’t know much about is our central nervouscentral nervous system system.  Our central nervous system cannot distinguish between what is real and what is imagined.  And our central nervous system acts in response to what we are focusing on.  Our central nervous system dictates sets up a vibration in our body, which, on a conscious level, we call “feeling.”

If we worry about the future, we will experience negative energy right now.  Not when whatever we worry about comes in to our physical experience, but right now.  On the contrary, if we think about what we are grateful for, we are going to feel great right now.  This is what I mean by the central nervous system acting in response to what we focus on in the moment.

As you sow, so shall ye’ reap.  If you consistently sow positive thoughts in your mind you are going to reap a positive experience, without exception.  This is how the universe works, it’s cause and effect.

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction,” said Isaac Newton.  If you plant positivity (cause) you will harvest positivity (effect).

Hope you guys found this interesting.  Will be back more with some new content.

Hanz

Four Must Have Gardening Tools

gardening tools

For you to be good at gardening, you need tools to help you prepare, grow and maintain your plants as well as your garden. Tools are meant to make your work easier. There are plenty of gardening tools available on the market today. However, when it comes to simple gardening, the following tools are required:

Hand Trowel

A hand trowel is an essential gardening tool that can be used for a number of tasks in the garden. This tool can be used for digging up holes, scooping soil samples, application of fertilizer, organic manure or mulch. It is however, advisable to always choose one with a wider blade made of strong steel and a wooden handle. You can find this tool in your local garden equipment store or hardware.

Pruner

Some gardening enthusiasts will tell you that a certain brand is the best when it comes to pruning your plants. But this may not be true. All you need is a tool that cuts clean, does not crump your hand and one that does a good job generally. A light weight pruner with well secured handle is ideal for simple gardening tasks. Pruning is necessary at different growth stages of your plants and it helps in maintaining the right plant height.   

Rake

Rake is an essential gardening tool that all gardeners must have. To properly care for your garden, you will need two types of rakes; the soil rake and the leaf rake. A soil rake features a solid metal head with a row of teeth that helps in leveling the soil. A leaf rake on the other hand has a wide fan shaped head made of plastic, metal or bamboo. It is basically designed to sweep fallen leaves. You can use either of these two to improve how your garden looks.

Cultivator

A cultivator usually known as a garden fork is a three pronged wonder tool that is used for breaking up packed soil especially around growing plants. It features a long wooden or plastic handle and a three pronged wonder. Unfortunately, not many gardeners both beginners and experienced put this garden tool to effective use. They tend to use other tools instead of it.

In summary, get to learn some of the different garden tools that you can use to prepare your garden, to plant and to maintain your plants. They are readily available at your local store. Take your time to sample them and ensure that you get the best tool for the job.

Don’t forge to check out my latest post on the similarities between our mind and a garden.

Beginner Gardening Tips

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Even a seasoned gardener requires tips and reminders on how to take care of his or her garden. For beginners, garden is enjoyable and fun. All you have to do is to understand how to prepare your garden, know how to plant and what to plant and lastly how to take care of your garden. The following is a typical beginner’s guide to garden:

  1. Soil Preparation

A garden is made up of soil and plants. Plants cannot grow without good soil. Therefore in order to ensure that your plants grow well you need to properly prepare the soil. Before, you think of what to plant you need to first prepare the soil. You can do this by digging up the area, leveling the ground and breaking up huge chunks of soil.

  2. Get a Soil Test

After preparing the soil, the next step is testing the soil. Testing the soil enables you to understand the soil type of your garden, the PH of the soil and water retention capabilities of the soil. This will give you prior knowledge of the type of fertilizer to use, how frequent should you water the garden and the type of plants to grow on that soil. You can seek the services of an agricultural extension officer to help in testing the soil or you can do it yourself by buying a soil testing kit.

  3. Plan Your Garden

After carrying out soil test, the next step is to plan out your garden. Garden planning involves drawing demarcations as to how big or small your garden is going to be. You will need a string to draw up the boundaries of your garden. While doing this, ensure that you remove all the turf grass that would be growing along the edge of the garden.

  4. Turn Over the Soil

Once you are through with planning the garden, the next step is to turn over the soil. Using a shovel, turn over the clumps of soil to expose the fresh soil below. This might take several minutes but it is worth the struggle. By turning the soil you will be making the soil loose which will enable the plants to easily spread their roots as they germinate.

  5. Add Composite

Once you are done with turning over the soil, the next most important part is adding compost. Add about five or six inches of compost to the ground and continue turning it with the soil until they are properly mixed up.

  6. Sow or Plant

After mixing the compost with the soil, rake the soil smooth and then sow your seeds or plant what you have decided to put in your garden. After sowing, ensure that you water the garden immediately to provide the seeds with the much needed moisture to start the germination process.         

Hope you newbies out there found this helpful.  Talk to you soon!

Don’t forget to check out my latest and most interesting article on the similarities between our mind and a garden.

  

Veganism Myths and Misconceptions

vegan myths

Let’s put a few of these shady myths to rest.  If you were like me when just starting out on your vegan journey, then you probably were a little bit nervous about all the questioning that lied ahead of you.

Let’s admit it, there are tons of reasons of good benefit regarding adopting a vegan diet.  I.E. the environment (nobody even makes this correlation), your health, the animals that we torture.

Not wanting to eat with your friends or family because they don’t respect your choice or think it’s stupid is a burden most of us vegans have to face at some point.

Some people would look at me like I was absolutely insane, out of my mind, looney when I told them I stopped eating meat and dairy. “BUT WHY?! YOU CAN’T JUST DO THAT!”

Let’s talk frequently asked questions and comebacks that the carnivores have when they’re attempting to debunk and embarrass a vegan.

“BRO.  WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING TO GET YOUR PROTEIN FROM?  YOU THINK YOU CAN JUST GET ALL THAT PROTEIN FROM FRUITS AND VEGETABLES? YOU’RE WRONG, BRO.  WHAT’S YOUR ANSWER? YOU THINK YOU’RE BETTER THAN ME OR SOMETHING?”

Haha.  I encountered a lot of people on my journey who would get genuinely defensive.  They thought I was trying to set myself apart from them, be better than them, or whatever inferiority complex they had going on in their mind.  That’s not what this is about, needless to say.  My answer to the protein myth is valid on a number of levels.

Yes, meat has high protein content.  No, it’s not the only way to get protein.  I’ll often ask them where they think cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens get their protein.  Do they think that the farm animals are hunting animals?  They’re not.  They get their protein straight from the source – greens, beans, grains, and nuts are all awesome sources of protein.

“ISN’T IT NATURAL TO EAT ANIMALS? LIKE DUDE, WE’VE BEEN DOING IT OUR WHOLE LIFE.  WHAT’S YOUR ISSUE WITH IT?”

Whatever is natural for you is only the result of the way you were brought up.  If you were brought up in a vegan family then you would naturally be a vegan and not crave meat like the others do, that’s just how it is.  It’s the reason 90% of the population are meat eaters, it’s a generational thing.

My decision to become a vegan was for ethical reasons.  I don’t want to force animals suffer unnecessarily and I don’t want to continue to be a benefactor in the destruction of our environment.  It’s that simple!

“YOU’RE GOING TO LOSE YOUR MUSCLE, BRO.  KISS YOUR STRENGTH GOODBYE.  NO MEAT EQUALS NO STRENGTH.”

Alongside the protein myth this falls.  Little do many people know that a growing percentage of the world’s top athletes are becoming vegan.

You were force fed a bunch of lies in regards to how much protein is actually necessary for the body to be healthy.  Recent research shows that 50 grams isn’t all that vital, and that we can be healthy with much less than that.

Look at Scott Jurek, known for running ultra long foot faces – distances of 100 or more miles.  He has been a vegan since 1999 and has won several of these different races on several different occasions.

 

“DUDE, DON’T YOU WANT STRONG BONES.  EVERYONE KNOWS MILK IS THE BEST SOURCE OF CALCIUM.”

Nah, just not true.  You know that humans are the only species on Earth that consume another animals milk?  Haha, that’s just weird.  The dairy industry relies on marketing lines like this in order to keep turning massive profits.

“Got Milk?” with a picture of Lebron James with milk smeared all over his face, or whoever their puppet was in that case.  It is a load of BS.

Simple solution to dairy milk – soy milk.  You’ll find that it actually has a richer taste and I think you’ll appreciate the fact that you’re not drinking a cow’s milk.  Like WTF that is just so strange!!

“I CAN EAT WHAT I WANT.  IT’S MY CHOICE.”

Yep, no shit.  I know this isn’t much of a question, but I hear it all the time.  Again, people getting defensive about YOUR choice of diet.

I don’t force anyone to become a vegan.  I don’t tell anyone how I think eating meat is disgusting (meat eaters, that is).  That’s just not who I am.

We all have free choice.  Do your thing, I’ll do mine.  No hate on the people out there who don’t want to eliminate meat from their diet.  You’re going to turn out just fine, it’s been going on for centuries.

I have my reasons, they have theirs.  It’s all good. I like what I’m doing, hopefully they enjoy what they’re doing.  Why start unneeded tension with people just because they choose to live a little differently?  Instead, I like to, first off, not let it effect me in the slightest way.  And second, try to figure out why they do what they do – they’re must be a reason there!

I keep my thoughts to myself, for the most part, other than on here. 😉

I’m a humble person who doesn’t like to advertise what I do or don’t do.  I like to speak through my actions, not my words.

Check out my latest article on the mind and how it relates to a garden here.

Peace!

 

 

 

Funny Thing Happened This Evening

You know me, always obsessing over plants, trees, fruits, vegetables, really anything that needs water and sunlight to grow.

Today I’m in my local fitness center and I can’t help but notice this guy working out beside me with a t-shirt on that reads “I get so excited about gardening that I wet my plants.”  I literally bursted out laughing when I read it and gave the man a compliment.

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He too thought it was an awesome t-shirt and told me he bought it at his university where he teaches agriculture, WTF – coincidence? I think not..  I told him all about this blog and how passionate I am about plants.

You’re going to tell me the universe doesn’t link up like minds?

Get this, he runs a tree removal service in Rockford, check him out at rockfordtreeservices.com.

I almost cried when he told me that he removes trees for a living.  I told him, “if anything, you need to be planting trees.”  He said he does that too, so that made me feel a little better.

We ended up becoming friends and even talked about setting up a workout routine together.  He knows a lot about high intensity, dynamic cardio stuff, I know a lot about yoga and mindfulness.

It’s like bringing the yin and the yang together and forming something awesome, right?  Maybe I’m just in my own world.

It’s getting really late here and I’ve been grinding ALL DAY LONG, literally.  I’ve been having problems with my sleep lately, and so I decided to start waking up earlier and working harder throughout the day in hopes of tiring me out by night time.  I must say, I’ve done a pretty good job of making that happen today.

Not trying to be a know it all, but doesn’t that sound like a better approach than taking sleeping pills?  Sleeping pills cause an unnatural sleep and often give unpleasant side effects the next morning, and who the hell wants to feel anything less than confident to start their morning?

I simply won’t ever be okay with taking a pill to fix my problems.  The only way to fix our problems, the real and lasting way, is to change up our habits, change up our mindset, change our insides, so we can experience a different outside, ya feel me?

In my opinion, and in the opinion of many great men, the world outside of you is nothing but a reflection of what you’ve got going on inside.  You feeling stressed and worried?  Keyword: feeling.  You’re probably experiencing a lot of bad energy out there.

Feeling lively and excited?  Keyword: feeling.  You’re probably attracting a lot of positive energy, or at least perceiving the world in a more optimistic way.

I’ll leave you guys with that for the night.  I’ll be back on here tomorrow to share something else.  I’m planning to elaborate more on a plant based diet – it’s benefits, it’s misconceptions, and my opinion.

Goodnight all, talk to you soon!

A Plant Based Diet, to do or Not to Do?

plant based diet

I want to talk to you guys about something that I think most of us could pay better attention to, and that is . . . our health.

It’s no secret that a lot of the food that gets stocked in the grocery stores today is not very good for our body.  Processed meat, refined sugar and oil, and bleached flour are all too common in the grocery stores.  I think we should continue to educate ourselves on what our body needs and challenge the standard that people tend to follow, that is, excess meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol.

It’s funny to me, I don’t watch the news, but I can think back to a time I was tuned in and I heard the reporter talking about the outbreak in obesity in America.  As if it is an abrupt surprise that our population is becoming fatter, when fast food cooperations like McDonald’s and Burger King continue to scale their businesses and use piss poor ingredients.

Yes, you will get fat, very fat, if you continue to consume that garbage.  Our bodies weren’t designed to eat processed garbage.  We were designed to eat the foods that grow form the planet we reside.  If you can’t make this connection, it’s time you see it for what it is.

Just because something tastes good does not mean that it’s good for you. 

I know you know this, but there’s nothing like a little reinforcement, right?  I still need to be reminded of this, too.

Fruits and vegetables have inside of them everything that’s necessary for us to live, and in good balance.  People tend to overthink their diet.  Let me outline for you what I believe are the only foods necessary to do it right.

Fruits

Well, you know what a fruit is.  For those who don’t know what a fruit is, haha, I’m talking grapes, bananas, mangos, watermelons, apples, pears, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, pineapple, kiwi, dragonfruit, oranges, guava, you get it.

Vegetables

Yeah, same deal, you know what a vegetable is.  To name a few of my favorite, I’m talking kale, carrots, collard greens, spinach, avocados, watercress, broccoli, onions, you know.

Starchy Veggies

These are important.  Examples of starchy vegetables would be squash, corn, chick peas, green peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.

Whole Grains

Oats, quinoa, barley, whole wheat, buckwheat.

Legumes

Beans, any and all types of beans.

That’s it.  You eat a little bit of each of those on a daily basis and you will lose weight and increase energy, I guarantee it, and I’m not one to guarantee anything.  It’s the human way.  Those are the foods we ACTUALLY need, not all the other BS they try to sell you.

But hey, don’t take my word for it.  Check out this video of one of my favorite Youtubers who preachers a plant-based vegan diet, and with good reason.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-rt09EeBW4

I love that guy.

I hope I’ve given you a reason or two that you should switch to a more plant based diet.  In the next article I will talk about some of the most common myths of becoming a vegan, and I’ll also cover some things you may not have considered about eating processed meat.  There are so many reasons we should stop eating meat as a whole, we will touch on this in a later article.

Thanks for tuning in.

Don’t forget to check out my analogy of mind to garden. 🙂

Will be posting something again soon!

Contact

Yo! Want to reach me? Who doesn’t.

You can email me here: gjmainstreetcommunitygarden@gmail.com

Normally I’m online all day, so I should be able to respond within a few hours of when you reach out.

Keep in mind I am a real human and do real life things, so if it’s a few days before I get back to you don’t be too upset.  Though it’s normally not that way.

I look forward to hearing from you guys.

So, Who The Heck Is Hanz?

Hanz here.

Alright guys, as you may know, my love for gardening is extreme.

I am running this blog for a few reasons, here’s a few.

  1. I’m in school studying agriculture – farming is my life.  No, I don’t own a farm, but I will some day.  Running this blog helps me “cement” these different terms, concepts, ideas, in to my head.  Let’s say I read a new chapter in my botany textbook, I may come on here and summarize what I read.  So, in essence, it helps me learn!  I’m just trying to put things in my own words and have as much fun with it as possible.
  2. Also, I want to help my fellow nature lovers out there who want to brush up on their studies.  I’ll be posting about anything and everything related to gardening, farming, plants, animals, science.  It’s my passion – it’s what I do.  We can learn together!
  3. Well, it has always been a goal of mine to run a blog – successful with a huge following, or not.  I just love to write and speak my mind freely.
  4. It’s hard finding people who are as passionate about nature as I am, so I figure there’s no better way to get my message out there than to share my message with the online world, right?  Hopefully we can form a bit of a community here and express our gratitude and love for nature without the fear of being called a looney tune.
  5. Since we’re going to be talking a lot about growing different fruits and vegetables, I may as well incorporate my love for a healthy diet as well.  I think it’s important we realize how perfect the foods are that the planet has blessed us with.  I don’t believe it’s necessary to process our foods, eat so much sugar, or even eat so much mean (I am a vegetarian).  I’ll give you guys my take on why a plant based diet is evolutionary and helpful in creating better energy levels.

Hope you guys will find my articles interesting.  If not, no worries.  Send me an email if you have any questions, comments, concerns, etc.

I love to hear back from you guys, positive or negative, hit me up.

Welcome to My Site!

Hey guys, welcome to our new site, GJ Main Street Community Garden!  My name is Hanz and I’ll be responsible for most of the content that gets released on here.

Just wanted to say hello and that we officially have an online presence.  It’s 2016, about time, right?

Anyway, check back tomorrow for more information.  Talk to you guys soon.  Peace! 🙂

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