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Newspaper weeds Away…

Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

Sewing how to: Sewing Easy Sewing Stitches from: Sew Dresses and More Sewing Dresses and More that Fit and Flatter You!

Sewing easy sewing stitches is the best way for beginners to get started. There are often times when machine sewn projects also need some hand sewing done. Once mastered each sewing stitch can add to the beauty when you sew dresses, make a sewing tote or add to any other handmade ideas.

Here is an excellent chart I found from Britannica Online Encyclopedia. If you need further instructions on how to perform these sewing stitches, I added some sewing directions below.

2f7cf27e287fe92 Sewing how to: Sewing Easy Sewing Stitches



Running stitch is made of up and down stitches of equal length. When finished, take needle through to other side and run under the stitches on the wrong side of the fabric for 3 to 4 stitches. This stitch is used to sew seams, as a gathering stitch, when quilting and is great for outlining in decorative thread.

Hemming stitch is made by beginning the stitch inside the fabric that is folded down and taking a few threads from the outer fabric, then bring the needle back up through the edge of the fold. This stitch is mainly used when hemming any sewing project.

Basting stitch is similar to the running stitch in that is is made of up an down stitches, however, the basting stitch is made with long stitches and can be made without knotting the thread so it can be easily taken out. The basting stitch is used to hold two or more pieces of fabric together, usually so that the fabrics do not shift while stitching the permanent stitches.

Catch stitch, also known as the Herringbone stitch, is worked making a diagonal stitch from left to right across the fold, turn the needle to the left and make a small stitch in the fabric from right to left, bring the needle out and up towards the right to the folded fabric (forming an X with the thread), then with the needle still turned to the left, make a small stitch in the fabric from right to left. Continue making small stitches from right to left but crossing over the previous stitching to form an X. This is another stitch used to hem sewing projects or to securely attach something like handles to asewing tote.

Slip stitch is made by bringing the needle out from the fold of the hem, hiding the knotted end in the fold, pick up a few threads of the outside fabric and then sticking needle into the fold and sliding it along the inside of the fold, bring the needle back out and continue across in this fashion. This stitch is another hem stitch.

Back stitch is made by bringing the needle up from the back of the fabric, stitch back to the right and bring the needle back up to the left leaving a space between where the needle comes up and the beginning of the last stitch, continue across repeating these steps. The back stitch is the strongest hand stitch and is made to imitate machine sewing and as an outline stitch in decorative stitching.

Overcast stitch is made by making diagonal stitches over the raw edge of the fabric. The stitches should be the same length and equally spaced. Overcast stitches are used to prevent the fabric from fraying. The length of the stitch should be related to how badly the fabric will fray.

Invisible stitch is made in between the two fabrics, taking a few threads from the top fabric and then a few threads from the bottom fabric. This is used to draw two edges together invisibly for projects that have two edges that have been turned under, such as lining when sewing dresses and suits, sewing on an applique.

There is no doubt that even if you plan to only sew dresses by machine, that you will find many times that you will sew stitches like these to add beauty to your finished project. Practiced often you will be sewing easy each sewing stitch.

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Nature’s Cancer Prevention – Vitamin B17

Have you ever heard of vitamin B17?  Maybe you have heard of its other name – Laetrile.

Americans cannot access vitamin B17 because the FDA took it off the market in the 1970s, and removed it from the B-Complex vitamins. It is unlawful for any health practitioner to administer this vitamin to patients. Apricot seeds are the best source for B17, but they have also been removed from the shelves of every health food store and natural market throughout the USA. Limited research has been conducted on vitamin B17 since 1977. Once it was banned, it was forgotten.

According to research from years ago, provided by nutritionists and medical scientists, vitamin B17 is a natural cyanide-containing compound that gives up its cyanide content only in the presence of a particular enzyme group called beta glucosidase or glucuronidase. Miraculously, this enzyme group is found almost exclusively in cancer cells. If found elsewhere in the body, it is accompanied by greater quantities of another enzyme, rhodanese, which has the ability to disable the cyanide and convert it into completely harmless substances. Cancer tissues do not have this protecting enzyme.

So, according to past scientific knowledge, cancer cells are faced with a double threat: the presence of one enzyme exposing them to cyanide, while the absence of another enzyme found in all other normal cells results in the cancer’s failure to detoxify itself. Leave it to nature to provide a form of cyanide that can naturally destroy a cancer cell. The cancer cells that are unable to withstand the cyanide are destroyed, while the non-cancerous cells are not threatened by the cyanide, and, therefore, remain unharmed. Never underestimate the body’s potential!

Vitamin B17 is found naturally in many foods. If you eat foods containing vitamin B17, your body will know what to do next. All other animals in nature instinctively do this. Consider it nature’s cancer prevention. If only modern medicine would allow it.

Research on the effects of B17

San Francisco’s Ernst T. Krebs, Sr., M.D. discovered the healing qualities of vitamin B17 in 1923. His sons, Ernst T. Krebs, Jr., PhD., and Byron Krebs, M.D. continued their father’s research in 1952, refining Laetrile’s (B17) nutritional qualities.

From their research, the Krebs believed cancer was not caused by an outside invading force but rather by malfunctions of the normal mechanics within the body itself. They identified cancer as a “deficiency disease.” The body’s malfunctions, according to their research, were the result of a deficiency of certain chemicals found in food, a deficiency of chemicals they specifically identified as vitamin B17, as well as a deficiency of enzymes known as trypsins produced in the pancreas.

The Krebs had discovered a natural, drugless method to help prevent cancer. But their discovery wasn’t original. Years prior to any of the Drs. Krebs’ works, Drs. George B. Wood and Franklin Bache, M.D. published a reference volume in 1833 in which they described amygdalin, derived from B17, as a common treatment for a wide range of diseases and disorders.

Vitamin B17 is also referred to as a nitriloside, which is the foundation for Laetrile, amygdalin, and prunasin. Together with the pancreatic enzyme trypsin, these can form a natural barrier against cancer growth. If foods containing any of the nitrilosides are eaten regularly, the body’s own immune mechanisms can naturally battle cancer-forming cells. But if foods containing these critical vitamins are not regularly consumed (or manufactured), nature’s mechanisms can’t work as effectively against the buildup of factors at the root of cancer and the countless number of degenerative diseases.


This is happening to human beings today. Not only are advanced societies environmentally polluted to dangerous levels, but also more and more foods are being altered from their natural state by man’s own doing. Modern freeze-dried, fat-free, sugar-free, calorie-free, weight-watchful, microwavable artificial food substitutes don’t contain nitrilosides. Most food manufacturers don’t even know what nitrilosides are. Never in human history have artificial foods saturated with preservatives and unhealthy chemicals dominated the food supply to the degree they do today. Modern nourishment is no longer nourishing.

In the late 1970′s, Dr. Harold W. Manner, PhD., Chairman of the Biology Department at Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, studied the overall value of Laetrile (B17). His work was well respected and considered among the first unbiased studies since the Krebs’ in the 1920s. He reported Laetrile as being virtually non-toxic.

When Dr. Manner used Laetrile in his medical research, along with vitamin A and digestive enzymes, he discovered the production of antibodies was stimulated against spontaneous breast tumors in his laboratory mice. He studied the results of complete regression in 76 percent of the treated mice with mammary gland cancers.

Dr. Manner believed Laetrile received its best results when used in conjunction with digestive enzymes, a traditional balanced diet, and with vitamin A.

No physician has had more clinical experience with Laetrile than Ernesto Contreras, Sr., M.D. of the Contreras Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico, formerly The Oasis Of Hope Hospital. Dr. Contreras has clinically used Laetrile for more than forty years on thousands of terminally diagnosed patients, and has received impressive results.

One of Dr. Contreras’ patients was a man suffering from severe colon cancer. Using Laetrile treatments in conjunction with detoxification protocols and proper vitamin supplementation, Contreras was able to arrest the progression of his patient’s cancer. The man lived more than fifteen years beyond his predicted death.

The following is a list of foods rich in vitamin B17:

– Apricot seeds

– Watercress

– Spinach

– Bamboo sprouts

– Alfalfa sprouts

– Lentil sprouts

– Whole nuts

– Mung bean sprouts

– Ground nuts

– Garbanzo sprouts

– Apple seeds

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PERSIMMON: ‘Fruit of the gods’ heals cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more


Wednesday, September 04, 2013 by: Carolanne Wright
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(NaturalNews) The season for persimmon is almost upon us, which brings a wonderful opportunity to enjoy all the health enhancing features of the fruit. Containing abundant fiber, antioxidants and protective compounds, persimmon packs a serious nutritional punch. Easing a wide variety of health conditions, persimmon has long been held in high esteem by Traditional Chinese Medicine. As we enter into autumn, now is an excellent time to explore all the outstanding benefits of this vibrant fruit.  Health shines with the sunny persimmonNative to Asia, persimmon also grows wild throughout the United States, South America and Israel. Round and reddish-orange, persimmon resembles a tomato in appearance. Referred to as “fruit of the gods” by the ancient Greeks, this brilliantly colored edible relieves numerous health complaints.

Traditional Chinese Medicine states that persimmon is sweet and cooling. It assists in balancing the yin moistening fluids of the body while regulating “chi.” Persimmon has been classically used to lubricate the lungs, treat bronchitis and calm coughs. The fruit also eases constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhoids, ulcers and hypertension.

Modern medicine recognizes the therapeutic value of persimmon as well. Research in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that persimmon is more effective at healing heart disease than apples. Shela Gorinstein, a research associate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, believes the high level of fiber, phenolics, trace nutrients and minerals “make persimmon preferable for an antiatherosclerotic diet” compared to apples. According to Gorinstein, consuming a single medium-sized persimmon each day is enough to curb cardiovascular disease.

Persimmon also alleviates diabetes. A study at the Toyo Institute of Food Technology in Japan discovered that persimmon peel extract effectively improved insulin resistance in rats. When the rodent diet was supplemented with the extract over 12 weeks, the expression of insulin signaling pathways were significantly enriched – leading to improved receptor sensitivity.

Brimming with flavonoids, tannins, betulinic acid and shibuol, persimmon is an exceptionally protective food. The presence of catechin and gallocatechin tannins help to limit cellular oxidative damage and reduce blood pressure as well as serum lipid levels. Betulinic acid and shibuol specifically target and dissolve cancerous tumors, while abundant flavonoids protect against DNA mutations.

When selecting fresh persimmon, look for plump fruit with a full green cap. Round fuyu varieties are the most sweet and least astringent. Additionally, a potent antioxidant caffeine-free tea can be made from persimmon leaves.








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3 Inexpensive Ways To Feed Your Garden Soil This Fall For A Great Garden Next Year!

Producing vegetable can take it's toll on your garden soil - you need to replenish the nutrients each year.

Producing vegetable can take it’s toll on your garden soil – you need to replenish the nutrients each year.

There are no two ways about it. Your garden soil is tired and hungry!  It has been using it’s nutrients to feed your fruits and vegetables through the spring and summer – all the while being pounded by rain, wind and the baking hot sun.

It needs fed and put to bed this fall so that it’s ready to come to life again next spring!

When we talk about feeding your garden – we’re talking about giving natural, organic and long-lasting nutrition to your soil – not loading it up with synthetic fertilizers that do little to help the structure of your soil.


Healthy soil keeps your garden productive year after year.

Commercial fertilizers are comparable to fast food for your body. They may taste good at first and provide a short term fix to your hunger – but in the long run – they can wreak havoc on your health, or in this case, your soil.

So this fall – here are 3 great ways to rejuvenate your soil naturally and inexpensively. Any one by themselves will add vitality and organic matter to your spent soil.  But at the end of the article, you can see how we use all 3 at once to keep our beds teeming with nutrients year after year.


This is great time to dig in compost made through the summer months.

This is great time to dig in compost made through the summer months.

Compost is to the soil what a healthy balanced diet is to the body.  It replenishes and feeds soil by adding all types of life-giving  organic material, microbes and nutrients.

We make a lot of compost throughout the summer. Each fall, we work about an inch or two of the “black gold” into the top of the soil on each planting row.

If you don’t make your own compost – fall is a great time to start your first pile with the availability of so many easy to find materials. (See – Making Compost 101)


 We use annual rye as a cover crop to add back nutrients and keep the soil protected through the winter

We use annual rye as a cover crop to add back nutrients and keep the soil protected through the winter

Fall cover crops play a vital role in developing and enriching the soil in your garden.  They minimize soil erosion over the winter, and hinder the establishment of weeds.  To top it all off – they then feed your soil with organic matter when turned over in the early spring.  Of all three of the methods in this article – this is by far the most important in the long-term life and vitality of your garden.  (See – Planting Cover Crops)

Here in Ohio – cover crops can be planted anytime from late September to the end of October – the seed just needs enough time to come up with a few inches of growth before winter sets in.

What is best to plant?

We prefer annual rye – it sprouts fast, grows fast and thick – and has deep roots that loosen the soil.  Other good crops to choose from are buckwheat, clover, and hairy vetch.


Maple leaves are some of the best to add to your garden.

Leaves are one of the most inexpensive ways to add nutrients back to your garden soil each fall.

Leaves are the most inexpensive way to provide your garden with organic matter each fall.

We take leaves and shred them up with our lawnmower – and then spread a 2” layer on top of each raised planting row. You can either dig it into your soil with a pitchfork – or let it decompose on top and turn it under next spring before planting. This latter method also helps to provide your soil with protection from the winter winds and erosion.

If you are not blessed with trees on your property – take a drive around and find neighborhoods that are – it usually won’t long to find them. Many times, the hard work is done for you – with the homeowners already raking leaves to their curb or even bagging them up curbside for pickup.  A simple asking of the homeowner can usually net you more than you can handle.

Although leaves are plentiful this time of year – some are better than others.  Maple, Birch, Ash, Beech and fruit tree leaves are fantastic to compost.(See – Tips To Composting Leaves)

Oak leaves on the other hand should be composted in moderation.  The leaves of Oak trees tend to be more acidic – too many in the compost pile can result in compost that is less than ideal for most vegetable gardens.


Garden Produce

Cover crops, compost and shredded leaves have kept our garden producing well year after year.

So if you really want to rejuvenate the soil – do all three at once – it’s what we like to call the Fall Garden Trifecta – and it has worked wonders to keep our garden producing heavy yields, year after year.

When your garden has run its course this year – clean it out and gently rake your soil.  Add a few inches of compost to your growing space and rake it into the soil.

Next, plant your cover crop in the loose soil and gently rake it in.

Finally – put on about an inch of shredded leaves on top of the seed.  The leaves will help to hold the moisture in and germinate the seed – and keep weed seeds from blowing in until the cover crop is established.  As your cover crops sprouts – it will grow through the leaves and hold it to the soil.

Next spring – you can turn it all under before you plant – and your garden will thank you!

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Happy Gardening – Jim and Mary!

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1 Apple thinly sliced
1 Cinnamon Stick

Drop apple slices in the bottom of the pitcher and then the cinnamon sticks, cover with ice about 1/2 way up then add water.