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It’s planting time

Dave Thompson’s Healthy Grow

This time of year in Michigan we literally plant hundreds of annuals for our clients. We call it ‘flower day’! Our garden practices are strictly organic and sustainable, we never use harmful pesticides or herbicides so we fed the new plantings with Bulbs & Blooms by Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow. 

I like this product because it’s easy to apply to very large garden beds. We simply mixed it into the soil as we planted. But what I love most about Organic Healthy Grow is where it comes from and I think you will, too!

Here’s how it’s made:

“Every bag of Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow starts simply – with a chicken. The chickens we house at Pearl Valley Farms provide the eggs we sell under our Pearl Valley Eggs, Phil’s Fresh Eggs and Eggology liquid eggs brands, while the waste they produce is the main ingredient in our organic composted fertilizer.

We start with chicken litter from healthy, egg-laying chickens fed a calcium-rich diet. This litter is mixed with organic materials and left to air-dry and break down in our indoor composting facility. Our compost is regularly, and carefully, turned during the aerobic composting process to ensure complete aeration, a vital aspect behind promoting microbial growth. Once the composting process has been completed, we test and bag the finished product. Because we believe so much in the quality and effectiveness of Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow, we ensure that every bag of fertilizer we sell is of the utmost quality. To us, “The Way its Made Matters,” and we won’t have it any other way.”

I agree with Organic Healthy Grow, the way it’s made does matter! In a few months, we will give the plantings another feed with their Bone Meal AND update you on the results.

We are expecting big healthy flower blooms this year! We’ll post pictures of the beautiful flower beds and let you be the judge. Stay tuned!

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Guest Post from Feng Shui Expert Catherine Hilker!

My desire in life is to be the best I can be and inspire others to do the same. My feng shui work with others marries beautifully with cultivating well-being that affords others (and myself) to do just that – bringing our best to everything we do. Part of cultivating well-being is staying on top of self care. I define self care as all the behaviors, thoughts, and actions that ultimately treat our body, mind, & spirit with the utmost respect. This includes, and is not limited to, eating well, getting enough rest, exercising, meditating/praying, laughing, generosity, and so on.

For me, eating well is easy because I love to make healthy, tasty food. When I cook, I know what’s in my food and where it comes from (usually). I choose simple, free range, organic, fresh, and local as much as possible. I also like to plan my meals and be in tune with the changing seasons. Now that winter has arrived and there’s a chill in the air, soup shows up on the menu. One of my favorites is Red Lentil. Here’s the recipe:

1 cup dried red lentils
5 cups hearty veggie broth or organic chicken broth
1 onion chopped
1 sweet red pepper chopped
2 large carrots peeled & chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
1 t cumin

salt & pepper to taste

Sauté onion, pepper, carrots & celery in olive oil until onions are translucent. Add cumin, red lentils & broth and simmer about 30 – 45 minutes. When lentils are soft the soup is ready. I like to use a hand held puree and pulse a couple of times so the soup is creamy, yet still has some lumps.

Enjoy!

Catherine

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