Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Is It Safe To Take Moringa While Pregnant and Nursing?





I have had several readers ask the question, "Is it safe to take Moringa while pregnant and nursing? The answer is not as simple as you would think. Why?


#1:  Many of my readers that contact me are buying and taking Moringa from other companies such as Organic India.

Organic Certified Moringa from India or other countries can still contain dirt, insect parts, and E-Coli. It could also contain heavy metals as well.   

Moringa products may contain heavy metals, lead, arsenic, insects, mouse parts, filth and other contamination. E-Coli and bacteria can also be present.  You should not take any product that has not been tested by a US lab for contamination. Even then, it is an issue. 

Some lab research with mice and rats has indicated that even leaves can be abortive. It this research really valid in real life with real pregnant women and children eating the leaves?

 It is interesting that in projects in areas of severe malnutrition and starvation, they give the pregnant women moringa leaves. Perhaps it is not given until after the first trimester? so that is a conflict to the lab research on rats. 

Read the articles below at the link about two project that gives Moringa leaves to pregnant 
women, nursing women, and children? You would think they would know if abortion of the baby was a problem taking the leaves.

http://chenetwork.org/files_pdf/Moringa.pdf  

http://www.thecultureist.com/2014/09/19/senegal-moringa-tree-food-poor/

Double Blind Research Studies have not been done with pregnant women, just rats and mice in labs. The  Moringa given was not as you would take it normally. In some cases extract was given, which is not the way native people eat Moringa.
 

Again this statement about quality problems applies to all certified organic products and all products packaged in foreign countries. This can be a problem with all products including herbs and spices packaged in foreign countries. Certified organic does not mean it is safe.  I cannot seem to get through to people on this issue. It is a sad misconception that organic is pure and safe.  You want to think that, so that you feel safe. It just is not true.  Your own garden produce when grown organically can still have bugs, dirt, E-coli and other contamination. 

Every shipment of certified organic Moringa or spices is not checked for contamination. The product material is tested by authorities once or twice a year only.  They may take samples of a whole truck load of organic berries but that is all.  In 400 pounds of berries, there could be one or two parts of that load that is lower quality or got contaminated somehow.  Even at farms that really work hard on adhering to organic principals and laws may have a problem here and there that gets past their best efforts.  How can you watch hundreds of workers and processes every minute of the operation? You can't. 

India's labs can't even pass inspection by the FDA on their drug manufacturing. Do you really expect their Moringa production to pass, with even less scrutiny.  I talked to one woman who found sand in her product from one of these other companies. She got sick from their product.  She called me to order my product and to ask me questions.

Please read my blog at this link proving how certified organic products can be seriously contaminated.

Click on this link to read  an article on how India labs failed FDA inspections

Below are two clips from the article. There were more than 2 labs in India that failed inspections.

"Washington: In its latest action against Indian drug makers, the US health regulator FDA has red- flagged "significant deviations" from good manufacturing practices at two Indian pharmaceutical companies."

" At least six Indian drug makers have been issued such warning letters so far this year by the FDA, which has also ordered recall of certain drugs manufactured in India."


Much of the product you are buying comes from India and other countries where the standards are low. Much of the spices from India have been found with heavy metals and other contamination.  The product could contain mold or E-coli which is not healthy for anyone but especially when pregnant.  Most of these products are packaged in the country they originate from.  So if you are taking Moringa packaged in India or other countries, you are taking risks.


Moringa leaf powder is used in many projects in places like Africa to improve the nutrition of pregnant women and infants. In those projects, it has been shown to improve the health of the mother, the nutrition of the mother and her baby, and to improve birth weights.  These are not double blind studies but in the field use of Moringa leaves in a powder or gruel form.  The fresh leaves are used as a food in areas like the Philippines.
http://chenetwork.org/files_pdf/Moringa.pdf

This is a quote from one educational article on Moringa, "In developing tropical countries, Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers. Three non-governmental organizations in particular - Trees for Life, Church World Service and Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization - advocate Moringa as “natural nutrition for the tropics.” Leaves can be eaten fresh, cooked, or stored as dried powder for many months without refrigeration, and without loss of nutritional value. Moringa is especially promising as a food source in the tropics because the tree is in full leaf at the end of the dry season when other foods are typically scarce. Analyses of the leaf composition have revealed them to have significant quantities of vitamins A, B and C, calcium, iron and protein. According to Optima of Africa, Ltd., a group that has been working with the tree in Tanzania, "25 grams daily of Moringa Leaf Powder will give a child" the following recommended daily allowances:"   http://www.nairaland.com/245205/moringa-oleifera-antidote-hiv-malnulrition


The flowers, bark, pods, and roots SHOULD not be used by pregnant and nursing moms because of alkaloids in those parts of the tree. The seed pods are probably fine but there is not research on that and pregnant women.  

I would also be careful that the seed pods are fit for human consumption. Eating too many seeds can cause stomach problems according to some research. 

Not all Moringa seeds are meant to be eaten.  They are sold to germinate new trees. I do not sell my seeds to be eaten but as starts for trees. Seeds can contain mold or other contamination on the outside seed casing. Some of the seeds sold by companies are old seed that is not even good for germinating. 

The seeds may have been sitting in a holding unit for months. The seeds may have dirt and other matter with them and on them.

 If you are using a brand that mixes the parts of the tree which includes bark, stems, and roots....do not use it if you are pregnant and nursing. 

Use Moringa products that contain the Moringa leaves only if pregnant and nursing.  Consult your doctor before taking Moringa or any supplement. Make sure your Moringa products have been tested for contamination in a US lab.    

I would say that since many pregnant women get complications during pregnancy, they should get permission from their doctor on taking any supplement.  If he is not familiar with Moringa, take information or show him websites that will give him information on Moringa.  He may have never heard of it. I talked to a woman who managed to get her doctor and all the doctors at her clinic to take it. They gave her a hard time at first, but later ended up buying the product and taking it for themselves. So doctors can be educated, even stubborn ones.

I strive to give you correct answers to questions that are truthful and fair.   I gave you research links above to explore these topics for yourself.  So this is it for today.  May God bless all of you this week.

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin
Update: We now live in Yuma, Co 2020

 

This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.
 
 My #1 choice is Banyan Botanicals Organic Moringa Powder here 
 
 

 

  Moringa Seeds.  This is where I have bought them more recently and gotten good germination.

10 oz (APX 1000) Moringa Malunggay Drumstick Seeds - Paisley Farm and Crafts

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Have a Project ....Get Going on a Limited Budget.......Get Some Ideas

Starting Over with Inspiration.....


It has now been 4 full weeks since we arrived here in Spring Valley with snow boots left over from our move. In looking back, it has taken most of that for this move to really sink into our heads. Even after going for a drive up to Julian, where I grew up, we still felt on holiday.  Living here in San Diego did not seem real. I think it has been partly because we never expected to move back.  Coming back to California was for Marty's father and the business.  For me this has been more of a challenge because I interact with his dad during every part of the day.  Marty works a lot of hours, so it is more my challenge to meet his needs, our needs, and the business needs.  After 4 weeks this is getting easier.  It is like having kids again at home that constantly distract you.

It is my role to be his dads companion, care giver, and fit in all the rest too. I am blessed he is still able to do most things without too much help.  Saying that, his mind slips at times and he really does need us.  I cook his meal at 4 pm because he is used to eating then. My goal with him, on a nutritional level,  is to get him away from the TV dinners he lived on. It has been a lot to adapt to, all at once.  I also know that God will give me the strength to keep it together as time goes along and it gets much harder. Patience is needed with every conversation. We came back to keep him out of nursing home. He is a retired commander who would not enjoy being told he must do something at a certain time.  He is very particular on what he wants done and how he wants it done. He had two bad falls before Christmas in his apartment and those falls have affected his memory. He is like a dad, rather than a father-in-law and he loves me as a daughter. Making him feel loved and useful is a gift to both of us. 

In coming back to San Diego, we used most all our reserves.  Since we moved with one u-hall, even with a 26 footer, so much did not fit in. We left almost all the building materials we had acquired, all the great mulch and potting mix in beautiful beds, and the stock froze in the truck.  So basically we are starting over.  After feeling blue and sad for a few days over the losses, I see it this way.  We left Nevada and a lot of work over two years that was left behind but .....gardening there was a nightmare there with high winds, heat, and cold in the winter.  I did well with my efforts but it was always our efforts against the weather. We lost the game often. We were successful in most of the efforts but it took so much work there. I was frustrated all the time. I could not grow my beloved Moringa trees except in containers in the house. That is in the past.

The pictures below are the future back here is San Diego.  No neighbors except on one side, the back butts up to a 15 acre park, and the other side is a small creek.  We are within 5 miles of nurseries and farmer's markets for sale of the trees later. An acre comes with the property....a flat acre that is fully fenced with chain link.

Our new place.....
View of our front yard from the wood porch off our office.

View of porch and scented geranium bought here in San Diego.


Now we are living in an area that is very temperate and calm. There is a nice breeze but no nasty winds.  I don't have to fight the snow and ice for months in the winter. I can grow almost any thing I want too, other than plants that need a freeze to bare fruit. Goji berries are one of these.  Moringa trees are what I need to grow for our business and it is great for them here. They will still lose their leaves but they will survive here outside.  So overall we gained more than we lost for the future.  The water here is expensive so we will have to be very careful. On the other hand, we have the climate, which is a huge plus.

It is easy to start over when you have money to re-buy all of it easily.   It is more challenging to do it with a very limited budget.  There are many readers who also must do things the hard way..slower...creatively.   So I will be sharing with you our efforts monthly on starting gardens again,  growing Moringa trees, and moving the business along.  I want you to see that it can be done and it is your attitude and vision for the future that gets it done.  If you want it bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen.  I do hope sharing this with you will give you inspiration to keep going on your projects, even if you have endured setbacks and loss. Failing is not the problem, it is the way you react to failure that makes you a winner. It is wiping away the tears, then starting over with a new vision. It is dusting your pants off, getting up, and creating a new plan. Even if it is just a huge setback, it is your attitude that will either leave you in depression or spur you to a new future. It is up to you.....how your life turns out.  Vets coming back from the war with only parts of limbs left, are helping others to have courage. What ever is your set back, you can overcome it with work and faith. It may take time but it will happen. 

These blog pictures and ones in future blogs will never make the pages of Better Homes and Gardens but are for practical people on a limited budget. The goal is home grown food for us now, not two years from now. We are renting this house so it has to be built so we can take it down when we leave. If you own your home, spend what ever you can afford for a beautiful set up.  I am into functional and creative on a budget.

In our business budget, the first money goes for quality Moringa stock and the expenses to manufacture that product.  The Honduras product we sell has been tested in a Florida lab for mold, bacteria, and E-Coli. It is packaged in that lab. None of it comes from India or China. It is not packaged in a foreign country with questionable procedures.It is quality product that has been tested for safety. It is the first priority, after house bills. It is our present business and future as well. Growing the Moringa seedlings to sell is our priority as well.

Everything else like the garden and livestock must come after that.   Set priorities. 

New Garden:  First Steps...Humble Beginnings




The framed wire part was here on the property. It was part of a chicken coop. I could use it again for the duck house possibly or use it to keep the wild birds out of my lettuce that will be grown in this bed. The wood was free. This bed will have lettuce, Swiss Chard, and onions planted in it. All of the plastic containers did come with us in the truck, other than the pink plastic chair converted into a growing container. Those will be used for other veggies. Soil to fill in the wood frame is the next step. There was one bag of organic dirt left here which we used to start out the bed.

With wood left over from our neighbor's play house project, we have the first of several raised garden beds. I want to thank my husband, for putting it together today. The ground is hard clay here and that is our choice for this yard. Digging is way too much work here. I brought a few empty containers to start with as well.

My seedlings (started in the house) came up well including tomatoes, peppers, cukes, Swiss Chard, and lettuce.  I have Comfrey roots on their way as well. Some are for my own new bed and some are to grow for sale later on Craig's list. 

New Moringa Seeds Arrived Today

I ordered seeds from Nicaragua this time.  I will be soaking them tomorrow, then planting them in coir fiber that was purchased three years ago.  We bought it for cheap. He told us it had been overly compressed. He was sure right about that. It took 5 days of soaking and a trowel to break it up.  It can and will be used for the Moringa seedlings.  Looking back, I would have payed the extra money for the better product.  It was still $100 bucks for 7 huge blocks and we are using it now.

Ducks are ordered for March 2nd:  Why ducks?   

I really like them and I love duck eggs to eat. Ducks have the advantage because many breeds don't fly or need a roost. They are easier to keep out of your garden and other plants. They eat weeds, bugs, and grass so they are cheaper to feed after they grow some.  When they play in their kiddie pool, their do is deposited in the water. Diluted by the water, duck poop is fantastic organic, natural fertilizer for trees and plants.  They get to play and have fun while giving you fertile water.  I place the pool under a tree so that when I dump it, the water is not wasted. I have ordered Gold Star Hybrid ducks that are bred for their egg production and are more friendly. Some duck breeds are very skittish.  Here there is much green fodder for them all over the property such as grass, mallow, and other garden plants. They will forage and save me much work.   Part of the Comfrey greens will be grown for them.  I could have probably gotten ducks for free later but I really wanted this particular breed.  Most of the ducks for free are drakes which you only need one of or not at all.  You only need one drake for many hens.  Drakes will breed the females to the point of exhaustion.  So more than one is not good for your flock. Drakes do not make much noise, as roosters do. You can hatch out baby ducklings without making the neighbors mad. Ducks lay better in the winter and don't mind rain and gloomy weather. If you give them a large area to roam in, they are really fun to watch.  You are either a duck person, or not.  Our ducks will not be kept in a small pen. They will have room to enjoy life and help me weed the yard. They will have boundaries....the front yard will be off limits except for special times of forage.

Worm Beds Created:  

I need worm castings for the garden.  Mine were all lost. Some nice people we met this month, gave us a good handful or two of their red worm stock, to help us get going again.   They are wonderful people who are doing it all including raising their own fish on their property. We got to see how we could do that here on a smaller scale in the future. Considering the problems with lead, mercury, and other heavy metal contamination in fish, we will grow our own in large plastic containers.  That is for another blog. We now have someone to show us the way.  They will even give us some baby  tilapia to start us out.  If you network in a new area, you will find people who will help you with knowledge and supplies. 

So when starting out over again, you need to decide what are the priorities for your goals. You then need to work with your budget to see what you can do now with free supplies, what you can do later and in the future.  Decide what items really need to be purchased and what supplies can be creatively discovered. Ask your neighbors if they have wood or building supplies they want to get rid of. One of our problems, is not having a truck or any family member with a truck. Eventually, we will get to know people who do have one and will not mind giving us a hand to get the materials home. Pallets are one of those free building materials that we need for the duck shelter that will not fit in my husbands Rav 4.  BE Creative and think!

Creative Container Gardening:  

This is to prove a point.  You can make containers out of the weirdest stuff.  A chair below....but not just a chair perhaps.  What can be done with this? See the next pictures.

This pink plastic chair was here on the property.  It will not win Better Homes and Gardens list for beautiful containers but look what it can be used for.
One plastic chair.....already here on property



Turned upside down, rested on one end of the raised garden wall, and it becomes a container for plants.

Drill holes in the bottom of both the deep part and shallow part.  Plant some plants in the area where it is shallow and some on the sides where the roots can grow deeply.  It has the advantage of a large circumference to space the plants in. It was here so why not use it.  The idea is use what is available for free when ever you can.  You could decorate this container creatively with white or green paint decorations on the sides.


Craig's list has a free section. You can find wood, pallets, furniture, and all sorts of useful stuff. The farm and garden section has a lot to offer as well.  Check with neighbors for what you need. You would be surprised on what you can find within a few doors.  Network to find what you need.  Ask for some help from neighbors. If you ask enough people, you will find it or the help you need. You have to have the guts to ask.

Update: We are now located in Indian Mound, TN as of 1-15-2015


Monday, January 20, 2014

Sprouted Moringa Oleifera Seed Questions Answered,,,,,,,,Growing Moringa Seeds Questions


What does a sprouted Moringa Oleifera seed look like? I am confused? What is the white tail? When do you put the seeds into the water? Do you have to soak the seeds? Why soak the seeds? 

 

A sprouted Moringa seed has two shoots coming out of it initially. One is the tap root and the second shoot is the main tree shoot.  The white root shoot or tail pointing to the south, downward, should be planted into the soil. The other shoot growing upward is the main little tree shoot. 

 

The white tap root shoot usually emerges first, with the main tree shoot coming out next. The second shoot may emerge a day to three days later.  If the second shoot does not emerge after a few days, the seed has problems.  Be patient before you give up on the seed. 

 

The white tap root cannot be broken or it kills the tree. They are very fragile. You pick them up carefully with either tweezers or hold the seed with your thumb and forefinger on the sides...not touching the shoots. Make a hole with a pen or other tool deep enough so you don't break the tap root off.  Then gently move in the dirt to encircle the white root shoot.  Don't cover too deeply or tap the soil too hard.  On these seeds you can see the tap roots. The main shoot has not emerged on these yet.

You  will not go through this process with un-sprouted seeds planted directly into the pot or ground.

Plant sprouted seeds with White tap root facing down into the soil.
 
Sprouted Seeds: The first emerging white one is the tap root. A second shoot will emerge from the seed which is the main tree shoot. Plant them when both shoots have emerged ..keep moist...but...not lying in excess water.  The bag should have enough moisture until the second shoot appears. They need a home with soil when they have two shoots. Well draining soil and containers only!


This seed shows the green tipped main tree shoot and the white tap root shoot. They both emerge from the same point in the seed.

You can spout them in a plastic  cake carrier or a plastic baggie. If you use the cake carrier, leave the cover on. I took the cover off so you could see the sprouts. Buy it at the Dollar store. You spray the paper towel under the sprouted seeds to keep the sprouted seeds moist until planted.I let them get this big so you could see them better. I plant them before this point.

These are new seedlings...then the leaves fan out later


The leaves begin to fan out
As they grow, they develop more white roots.


I am confused on when you put the seeds in water?

This is the answer to a readers question.


Clarifying the question on when you put the seed into water during the sprouting steps:


It is a step to sprout them.......the first step if you choose to do that.

You don't have to put them in water.

You can put them directly into the ground or a pot without soaking them.

Soaking them makes it easier for the seed to spout. It speeds up the process of sprouting.

Soaking them for more than a day can rot them. 



The next step is to drain the water off the seeds.  They do not need additional water.

Next Step:

You take them and either plant them directly into the ground or pot    OR

You can also put the soaked seeds them in a sandwich bag...... after you drain the water off.   Close the bag and put into a warm oven for a few days. Watch them closely for mold.  Putting the seeds into the bag so they don't touch each other also helps. 

Once they have two shoots, they need to be planted. If you put them in water they will rot.

In the pot or ground, the seeds should be planted about 3/4 of an inch under the soil.

Do not put in so much water, the soil is boggy or too wet. That will rot them. 

If it is still cold, they will die or grow slowly. If its too cold, the seeds may not sprout.  They like it warm.

You can use a heated seed mat underneath the pots to help them grow faster or a grow light.

They need warmth such as a window with sun or a grow light.

They will not grow much if your house is kept cold.

They will not live outside if it gets too cold or freezes where you live.

They are a TROPICAL plant  that loves 70 degrees or higher.

If you can grow citrus in your yard, you can probably grow the trees outside. Citrus can take an occasional freeze, Moringa trees do not do well.   Now saying that I have had readers write me that their tree died back but came back in Spring....growing up from ground level.  That does not happen in most cases.

With too much moisture, the roots rot as well. All that rain in the Philippines this month did not help any Moringa trees growing there.  Most farmers have drainage programs so that the roots don't stand in flooded waters. I know one man in Honduras who lost thousands of trees when his land flooded. He put in drainage ditches and replanted...costing thousands of dollars and time. 

I hope this answers the readers question on the seeds.   Again soaking the seeds for a day, helps them to sprout easier. The shell softens. You can also prick the shell gently with your fingernail after it is softened. Moringa seeds because of their high protein content tend to mold on you or rot. 

Kate Freer

Update: We are now located in Indian Mound, TN as of 1-15-2015

Monday, January 13, 2014

Germinating Moringa Seeds - Methods and Tips

Well soon it will be time to start germinating your Moringa seeds. Moringa seeds can be tricky. The seeds are very high in protein and tend to mold or rot. They need warmth to sprout and if the conditions are not right, they simply do not cooperate. The trees also freeze easily.  I have to say sadly that all my stock including scented geraniums froze in the moving truck.  The truck had engine problems as were leaving. They could not come out to fix it until the next morning. We had planned to leave that afternoon. We could not take them back in the house because the carpets had been cleaned. The plants were also wedged in the truck to save room.  It took only a short period of time in 33 degree weather, sinking down to a low of 2 degrees by the morning, that they froze.  So if you get frost and low temps, you will lose them. It does not take long.  Here is a picture before moving:

Notice two little trees on left in photo growing along with a cuke and Lavender. I must say all of them did well growing together. 



The bright side of this move despite the loss of stock is that we now are back living in an area where they will grow easily. It is in the middle 70's here in San Diego. I have lavender and rosemary in bloom, bees just buzzing around doing their job and new tomato plants growing already.  The lavender and rosemary was planted here by the owner before we arrived.  It has been healing after losing all my stock to have rosemary and lavender blooming in the yard.  One must focus on the positive things rather than the loss.  Spring Valley is one of the most stable, temperate areas of San Diego. The new trees started will be very happy here in the new environment.  

The first two methods are suggested by Trees of Life staff.

Germinating Moringa seeds on the Surface of the Soil

#1: Screw up a piece of newspaper into a ball.  Place 5 Moringa seeds into the ball and keep the newspaper moist. Place the newspaper ball in the shade for one week.  Take the seeds after a week that have not germinated and place in a pot with pure sand. Don't bury the seed but place it on top of the sand. Cover the sheet with one sheet of most paper. Leave the newspaper there until the root has entered the sand. Then transplant it into good soil.  This is done because often the microbes in the soil cause the seed to rot when planted into wet soil.

Germinating the Seeds in Soil

#2  Fill small containers with a light soil mixture containing 3 parts soil to one part sand. Plant three seeds in each pot about a half inch deep. Keep the soil moist but not wet. Germination can take up to two weeks. Remove all but one seedling. Pick the strongest one for the pot.

Germinating in a Sandwich Bag

#3  Soak the seeds overnight in water.  Take the seeds out and place in a one gallon sandwich bag. Keep them apart in the bad. Do not add excess water. Put bag with seeds into a warm place such as the stove. It is suggested to take your fingernail and gently pierce the casing surrounding the  seeds before putting them into the bag.

If the area you put the seeds into is too cold, they most likely will not germinate. 

I have tried all these methods for experimentation.  Mine still mold at times and I have to start over. I have purchased seeds and had no success in germinating them ...then taken seeds from the same batch later when its warmer and had no problems. The seeds can be tricky.  I had three seeds last year that I planted in an outside planter, forgot about them, and they came up on their own in a few weeks. They struggled for awhile then grew up to be fine trees as you can see.  They were planted in with some lavender and seemed to be very happy. Here is a picture of them from last year. The tree on the right has lavender growing around it. It was very happy. They were in the house after winter set in.



Update: We are now located in Indian Mound, TN as of 1-15-2015

 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Moving from Nevada to California....Challenges and Blessings....Our New Home

I want to let you all know that we are NOW located in Spring Valley, California. Spring Valley is located in San Diego County.

People ask us WHY we moved back to California? We moved back both for the business and to take care of my husband's dad.  It was one of those decisions that came from God and our hearts.  Even though there were many elements of Nevada I loved such as the wild horses and quail, there were many negatives for the business.  The climate was very unforgiving and harsh. You could not grow the Moringa trees at all except in the house. Even at that, the trees did not like living in Nevada. San Diego county is one of the only areas where you can grow the trees year round in the United States. Spring Valley is very mild in temperature but gets warm in the summer, which the trees will love. There is a large population here which will help the business grow more quickly. There is an abundance of farmer's markets, swap meets, and clubs for promotion. It is the best place to be for our business. Moving down took a few days longer, so if you called during that time and did not receive a call back, I am sorry. We did not have Internet or phone service for several days.

Moving Is Not Ever Fun.....Lesson Learned....Don't Move in Winter if you can help it! 

Two previous mild winters with no snow led us to believe it wouldn't be a huge problem moving in January. We wanted to be with family for Christmas. We had a new grand daughter who was celebrating her first Christmas. December's cold front hit hard and exactly at the wrong time.We got a half foot of snow a week before moving that did not melt, just froze into slippery frozen ice! Not helpful!

The move down here to San Diego was a nightmare. We packed the truck with a half foot of frozen snow on the ground, temperature highs of 33 degrees and lows of 1 to 5 degrees at night. It made packing the truck a nightmare. The truck had problems starting in the cold. The people who were helping us pack the truck had broken pipes and livestock. Any and every delay took place. We ended up stuck in the driveway two days longer than planned.  I had worked hard to save some of the stock including scented geranium stock.  The Goji berries were so frozen into the ground, they could not be uprooted to take with us. My Comfrey roots froze as well. What stock would fit into the truck, froze. So we lost all the stock.  That was a huge loss of money and plants. There was nothing to do to save them.  It is just one of those events that takes place and you go on from there.  You can either keep looking at the loss or look to the future. I won't say my heart did not hurt with the loss. A lot of tears where shed as I realized that we could not save them.

Snow Boots to T-Shirts 

We came down dressed in snow boots with our fingers split from working in the cold for several days to 75 degrees and tee shirts. It was quite a change all at once. I cannot say I miss the cold, the snow, and the nasty winds.

Settled in and Moving Forward to a Great 2014

It has now been three weeks since we arrived in our new home.  The boxes are mostly gone from the house. We have most things settled in. I can now go back to the business and life here.   This week I bought several tomato plants, peppers, and lettuce.  The hummingbird feeders are hanging up and they have already found them. It is beginning to feel like home.  It still feels odd not seeing the Nevada mountains, the quail, and the neighbors goats.  The reality that this is not a vacation, but our new life is sinking in.  I will start Moringa seedlings in the house this week.  I am excited about that and growing almost anything I want here in our new yard.  We are quite blessed. This house is near everything but has an acre with it. The house has a 15 acre park butt up against the back yard and a small year round creek on the side. When I look out our front patio doors, I see the rest of the property, not people. We only have neighbors on one side. I can even have chickens and ducks once more. The property is flat which is nice. It is also well fenced making it safe for the dog and future flock. It is an oasis in the middle of the city.

Moving and Changing your life demands courage and faith!

You need to ask God for what you want. I believe in prayer and this place is a prayer answered. One of my readers called me one day and during the conversation told me I needed a place with a creek on it. The odds of finding a place close into town with a creek were pretty slim. Yet, that is what I added to my prayer in trying to locate a suitable house in San Diego. We have a creek.  So even though we are starting over, it is in a place where I can grow almost any plant. So that is a huge blessing in our lives.  So when you are praying, be specific, and ask God for what you need. Then believe you will find it or receive it.  It took a lot of faith to move down here. It took a lot of faith to find this house while still living in Nevada. You must step out of your comfortable box and see the next step. That is hard to do at times. So if there is something you need to change this year, this brand new 2014 year, step out in faith.

Blessings to all of you in 2014.  Kate Freer

Update: We are now located in Indian Mound, TN as of 1-15-2015

Thursday, November 14, 2013

How do I Store Unused Moringa Seeds?

Winter is here and the time for planting Moringa seeds is past unless you have a heated green house or sun room.  They need warmth and sunlight to grow properly. If you plant them now without the above elements, they will either not grow at all or grow poorly. So since you received seeds with your order, what is the best way to store them?

#1:  Do not store Moringa seeds in the freezer or refrigerator as you would some types of seeds.  This will destroy them. They are a tropical plant who craves warmth. Every kind of seed is different in its needs to sprout and grow. Some seeds need a winter rest or cold to help them sprout Some seeds are only planted once the frost is gone. Some seeds need to be planted toward the summer months.  So research your different seeds you want to plant and what is needed for them to sprout and grow. 

#2: Store them in air tight container in a warm, moisture free shelf or room. Moisture will cause them to mold in the bad.

$3:  Start your seedings in the Spring in the house as you would your tomato seeds and other touchy vegetable plants. If your house is kept cold they will not sprout. Using grow lights and a heating mat will help them to get started. Don't over water the soil or they will mold or rot...just moist NOT wet. They hate wet feet and waterlogged soil. Their soil and container must drain well.

#4: DO NOT plant them outside until all danger of frost is over and when it begins to be warm and sunny.  If you take them outside too sun, they will not grow well. They may even turn up their leaves and die. They are a 'I love the sun and warm weather kind of plant'.

All for Today!








Monday, November 11, 2013

The Move is On...... Back To Califormia.

This is great news for us. We have found a house that includes a half acre to grow herbs, a garden, and Moringa seedlings. We will be back in San Diego on Dec 15th.

If you need to order between the 10th and 15th, it cannot be sent until the 16th of Dec. Everything will be packed up between those dates and we will be on the road.

I do thank a number of readers who called me offering support and prayers to find the right house. It was difficult trying to find a house from such a great distance away.  We needed it to be close to town for my husband's job but with a rural feel and some room to grow things. We can even have chickens again.  There is a small creek that runs through the property and the back yard butts up to a 15 acre park.  That seemed impossible but we found one. I can plant my blackberries along the creek bed.

I do not believe without prayer and faith, we could have found it. In San Diego there are thousands of homes with concete patios, small yards, with neighbors looking over your wall. Many of them do not allow even a small dog, much less chickens.  It was a rare find.

So Moringa and Healing Herbs will be in moving mode from December 10th through the 16th.  We will be then based in Spring Valley, Ca!

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