Saturday, June 11, 2011

Growing Herbs and Moringa In the High Desert

Strawberries grown in ammunition boxes from the Hawthorne Army Salvage site.

Well its a nice day in Mina, Nevada. Mina is home to wild horses, burros, and some of the greatest people in Nevada. The winds have been calmer the past three days and that really helps.

In making plans for our greenhouse project, we now realize we will need a shade house too for more fragile plants. We have a 20 by 60 shed parallel to our house. It has plastic over some parts of it to let in light. It served as a greenhouse and workshop for my husband.  Yesterday even with the doors open it got to 100 degrees in there. I had been writing an article all morning and needed a break, so checked on the plants. Some of the mint were wilting. I then realized that the shed would not work for summer. I hauled all the plants out under the carport to give them some cooler shade. We just enclosed the back of it to cut off the fierce winds from the north.  They revived but it takes less than a day to kill your plants in the Nevada dry heat with winds.  So now the greenhouse will be part shade house and more greenhouse.

As we live here, you must alter your ideas as you go. In the houses here that have nice yards, you will notice they create micro-climates under trees or patio walls for wind protection. Since all the trees are dead are this property, we must create shade . I am testing several different plants in the yard areas. I need to know more on survival with the elements. If we are going to sell plants in the future, I need to be able to tell them how and where they will grow best. I brought some plants here that may or may not survive. I will know by next spring how that works. The Moringa will be in the greenhouse and in the enclosed porch off the living room. If they come back next spring after the rough winter, I will know how to work with them in this high desert climate. Moringa trees love hot weather but not the cold and winds. We are building a wind wall on both the north and south sides to help protect plants. Since all this is theory, we are designing the walls so we can revise them or do something else next year. It is a trial and experiment first year.

All areas have their climate challenges. You must keep trying new methods until you find what works. I love Mina and its quiet life style. We live in town but I can still have my nursery and chickens. Doves frequent our yard and we have a beautiful pigeon that comes to keep me company in the late afternoon. She hangs out as I feed her, then she goes back home. We have neighbors but its live and let live. If we need to leave town, our neighbors will come to water and feed the animals. They will keep a eye out for problems. If our little Laso who likes to escape, runs away, he is easy to find. Its peace of heart in rural Mina, Nevada.

Signing off, Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Growing Moringa Trees in the House in Severe Winter Areas

Hi Friends,

Some of you reading this blog may live in a climate zone where growing Moringa trees in the ground won't work. If you have hard freezes, severe winters, the cold will kill the tree. There are alternatives for growing them. Where we have moved to in Mina, Nevada, I now have that same problem. So here are answers for you folks:

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#1:  Grow them in 33 gallon trash cans on wheels. Put in plenty of drainage holes. In the summer wheel them outside and in the winter wheel them into your greenhouse, garage, or enclosed patio or porch. They will go dormant but they will live. When they reach 5 feet top them off. You want the leaves where you can reach them. It will not hurt the tree to top it off.

#2:  If you have a sunny living room or warm, sunny enclosed porch you may be able to keep them going all year long. It depends on how warm the area is. My babies in our living room windows are growing like weeds. They are in long 5 gallon tree containers. They will have to moved to twenty gallon containers before the summer is over. By then I can take them outside until winter.

#3: Winter program amounts to hauling them into your greenhouse, shed, or other areas where it will not freeze. You just have to be willing to move them around depending on the time of year. Insulate the trunks with newspaper or other material. Mulch the root area as well with 6 inches of shredded newspaper.

Do NOT try to keep them in anything less than a 20 gal after they are three feet to four feet tall. They like room for their long tap root. They need depth rather than width. Black plastic tree containers which are over two  feet long seem to be a good choice to grow the trees in until they are three to four feet tall. 

#4:  If you do not want to keep them indoors during the winter months, they really grow fast. If you start them in the house in Jan or Feb, they will be big enough in May or June to give you leaves for your salads and tea. If you raise 4 to 5 of the trees, you can use them all summer and fall. You would treat them as a crop that you replant each year.  I would hate to do that with mine but it is one way to use the trees. Once you top them when winter is near, they will not need sunlight because they will go dormant. You will have to water them off and on.

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As you can see I have lot of leaves for our salads and tea. Use the Moringa leaves in combination with your home grown lettuce, spinach, and tomatoes. It is so chock full of nutrition that it will be a meal in itself. When you use your own ingredients picked from your own garden, you know that it is clean and where it came from. You know it is the freshest product and you save money with your own produce. I get great joy in watching my trees reward me their pure, high quality nutritious leaves.

I will keep you informed of my efforts to grow the trees year round in the house. I have large ones that will be kept in the greenhouse. I hope to keep them in leaves year round by this method.

Update: we now live in Indian Mound, TN

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Bye for now! Kate

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Why Organic Moringa Is So Hard To Get?

 The Quest For Organic Moringa Products

Last year I went on a quest to supply my customers with organic moringa with certification. The first two companies that maintained they were organic, could not send me proof. If they are certified organic, they will have a certification number to give you. One company did have  a certificate. It looked really great until I paid for the product, but never heard another word. I got mad at the money I had out and began investigating the company directly through the organizations in Europe who grant those certifications. I learned the guy has stolen one from another company, exchanged his name and information, and was giving it out as his own. He was investigated and found operating in fraud. I worked with them to shut him down. That did not get me back my money. It was down the international drain.

More Research but failed admission into the US

I then when back to my research and found Ramona Cos in India. Two sources including the Organic governing body in Europe confirmed their value and legal status. The lab that tested their products backed up the quality of their products. I held my breath and send in money. They sent it but the FDA red flagged it as a unapproved drug and that the labels were unacceptable. The labels gave grams not pounds and ounces. This led to weeks of knowing nothing to finding out there was no way to make the products acceptable to the FDA. There was nothing wrong with the quality, just the details on the label and advertising.

After months of hell, I ended up destroying the product under federal supervision as required. Do it their way or go to court or be put in jail. The whole mess cost me 1000 dollars. Organic standards are so high and fraught with red tape that it takes companies years and many thousands of dollars for approval. It can cost a company up to $50,000 or more to get that organic status. Even once they have the certification, it is difficult to get it through US Customs and FDA inspections without some mark against the package. There are 15 plus pages directly related to label requirements here. One mistake and your package is toast. The costs to correct even a small mistake is months and huge money. Everyone wins but the company who sent the product and the importer.

Most Ads That List Organic Moringa are NOT: 
If they do have true legal organic status, they will show the certification number on the website. In the product listing, it will say organic certified or 100% Organic Moringa.  If it says 100% natural, it does not
mean much. It may be or it may not be. Natural is not organic. You just think it means that. If you are unsure, write the company for their organic certification number. You won't hear back. Organic means that from seed, to soil, to fertilizer, to manufacturer process methods, to bottle is all organic. Without certification, any one of those steps may be very unnatural.  Organic also means it should be tested for bugs, dirt, heavy metals, and rodent hair and droppings. If not, those could be part of the powder you are taking. You won't know. Unless the manufacturing plants in India are inspected on a regular basis, you cannot know how good the product is.

Moringa products attacked by the FDA as an unapproved drug: 

The biggest problem with Moringa is that in India it is used by physicians in the prevention of nutritional disease. It works. Their websites state the many diseases that Moringa is used for.  Guess what that then makes it an illegal unapproved drug.  That is what my package was called on. There is no compliance that will then meet their rules. If you make a claim, you are on their list to go after. It is happening to hundreds of supplement companies, even when there are double blind studies to back up the claims. It is against the law here to tell what your health product is good for. That is the sad reality of herbal medicine here.  So Moringa because of the way the Indian companies advertise their product, sets it up for admission failure here.

I will writing more on this subject in future posts. Signing off, Kate Freer, the Herbaldyisin

Need A Morning Energy Boost? Moringa Tea Will Do It

A great Moringa Morning To You All,

It's been a great week so far. All but three of the trees have leafed out. The temperatures are good this week, in the high 70's and nice at night too. The wind is down so that helps. We had one huge dead tree blow down so we took all four down. That was a job even with the neighbors help. We have three cords of wood out of it at least.

Moringa Tea The Best!

I would suggest to you to start out your day with Moringa Tea. You can combine it with other teas as well. It has no caffeine but lots of vitamins and antioxidants to give you a pick me up. You can also put ice in it after it has steeped for 20 minutes to serve it cold. Either way it will boost your energy and make you feel better. I combine it with ginko or green tea usually. You need to wean yourself down from so much coffee and drink Moringa Tea instead. It would be much better for you health and stomach. 

Try it for a few days ! 

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin