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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Fruits of our Labor-2013 (Harvests # 2)


"There is nothing more exciting and happy moment than when you see your plants growing and bearing fruits after lots of hard work everyday in our country living."


BLUE LAKE POLE BEAN PLANTS (with flower)
This is our first time to plant this kind of bean plant.  Look at how beautiful its flower is!  I was really amazed when I saw this and immediately took my camera to get a good shot of this beautiful, little flower.


BLUE LAKE POLE BEAN PLANTS
This kind of plant grows in a vine.  They are robust and grow like crazy upward.  It’s one of those vegetable plants in our garden that don’t easily die even during fall season or cold weather.  The Great Gardener set up four short rows of this kind of plant only.  


BLUE LAKE POLE BEANS HARVESTS
This plant is also called string beans in ordinary term because of its length.  I wasn’t able to take a picture of its harvests because the plants didn’t really bear many string beans unlike the Tender Pick Beans.  I could easily count them whenever I harvested them.  When you see them grow very long, dark green in color, and feel its seeds inside, then they are ready for harvest.  Don’t let them become so matured that its skin turns pale and wrinkled because they are not good to eat anymore.  


TENDER PICK BEAN PLANT (with flowers)
Now look at the flower of this Tender Pick Bean Plant for comparison.  It’s small and not as beautiful as  the flower of Blue Lake Pole Beans.  But this plant is very good in providing a good harvest. 


TENDER PICK BEAN PLANTS
Previously when I introduced this plant in our Garden 2013, they were just few inches tall.  The Great Gardener set up five rows of this kind of plant, but look how they grow crazy. They become bushy, but they don’t grow so tall.  That’s why I had to bend my back while I harvested them.  But before I go through the rows to harvest them, I used a long bamboo stick to poke them, so to drive away bugs, insects, or even snakes that there might be hiding in those bushes.  I’m afraid of snakes and I really saw again a small green snake that went through the bushy potato plants while I was passing by that area.  It is one of the garden varmints I have seen and don't like to deal with. I didn’t harvest the potatoes till the Welder came home and he did the harvesting by himself.  



TENDER PICK BEANS Harvests
Now I’m really talking good harvest here because I got lots of these green beans.  You can easily determine if they are ready for harvest by its color, size, and feel of the seeds inside.  Don’t let them become so matured that they are no longer fit to be eaten.  I stored lots of them in our chest freezer.  I gave away the rest of the harvests to a friend.

Both blue lake pole beans and tender pick beans are considered green beans.  The difference is that the blue lake pole beans grow on a vine, while the tender pick beans don't need a vine to grow, but they grow as a bush plant.  They are *excellent source of protein that helps regulate blood sugar levels. They also contain complex carbohydrates and fibers that lower cholesterol, as well as, triglyceride levels.  They are also a good source of  folic acid, molybdenum and considerable amount of iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and potassium.




AVALANCHE SNOW PEA PLANTS
This snow pea plants also grow in a vine and delicate because they don’t live long enough like other vegetable plants.  No wonder, this kind of vegetable is very expensive.  I don’t even see this plant being sold in grocery store in our place. 



SNOW PEAS Harvests
Aside from being a delicate plant,  it didn’t provide us good harvest.  This is another reason why this plant becomes so expensive to buy when there is scarcity of harvest.  It can easily be determined if they are ready for harvest by its size, color, and feel of the seeds inside, too.  I really like this vegetable because they taste very good and crispy when half cooked only.  Hey, I’m not playing favorites here (-.-)

They provide *anti-oxidant vitamins, like Vitamin C, E, and mineral zinc that helps prevent chronic, unwanted oxidative stress. They also provide anti-inflammatory nutrient, like omega-3 fatty acids that helps prevent chronic, unwanted inflammation.  Both these benefits help in the regulation of blood sugar level.





BEET PLANTS
The Great Gardener told me that he really like this beet plant because he got a taste of it before when his mother previously cooked them. He plants only the kind of vegetables he likes eating.  He is the decision maker and I’m the care taker only.  Not all people do have a chance to get a taste of every food being sold in the grocery store.  There are people who are choosy and who aren’t.  Am I choosy? Nope. But something new to me makes me anxious what it really tastes like.  So he asked me to try canning the beets when they were ready for harvest already. 



BEETS Harvests
It took me a long time to harvest them as compare with other vegetable plants.  But they were harvested earlier than the potato plants. These are tubers like the potatoes that need to grow its roots to become more fleshy before they are harvested. You have to try digging one side of the plant first to see if its roots are already big. Here are some harvests I got and though they weren’t so many I was able to can them.  It provided us five quart jars of beets.  Out of curiosity, I tasted it and the verdict – I like them because they taste like peanuts to me.  Oh my!  Why did I forget to take a picture of my canning these beets? (^.^)


Anyway, the most important to know are these: beets contain *fibers that helps reduce cholesterol and triglycerides.  They are good for pregnant women because of Vitamin B and folate they provide that help reduce birth defects in the development of infant’s spinal column.  They are also good in preventing skin, lung, and colon cancers and maintaining liver function.  It contains powerful anti-oxidants, like Vitamin C that boots immune system for the prevention of asthma symptoms, infections, illnesses, cancer, and Vitamin A that prevents eye-related problems.  


*Nutrition Reference:  https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/beets.html


Sunday, June 1, 2014

My Lord says ... Matthew 28:16-20


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

16 The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped, but they doubted. 18Then Jesus approached and said to them, 


“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 
19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. 
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”





Never Break the Trust Given to Us
In any relationship, we often say this, “I don’t trust you anymore,” when we feel betrayed.  The emotional outburst we express to someone, whether he or she is a family member or a friend, is incredibly inexhaustible because of the great pain and anger we have felt caused by someone’s  selfishness.  There is already a doubt in us as to how sincere a person can still become especially, if the same person has repeatedly betrayed us during the relationship.  There is a need to ponder about the reasons behind such actions.  Both parties can have their respective reasons, but one can’t justify the means by which the ends will just result to injustice  to the other party.  Another thing to consider is putting ourselves to someone’s shoes which is a way of giving our heartfelt consolation to ease the pain being felt by the aggrieved party at that moment.  Next, moving on is not as easy as learning the truth about the betrayal because it takes time to heal the wounds. In spite of this, we should think that it’s not the end of the world yet for us.  With the guidance and comfort of  family members, other friends, and community, they can help us  go through the stages of healing.  But the most powerful source of help that we need to seek is prayer.  It’s up to us to continuously seek our God the Holy Spirit for wisdom, strength, endurance, and guidance, not only during the weakest moments of our life, but throughout our everyday decision making.  We can doubt other people, but not the power of the Almighty God.  Never break the trust given to us for it will test our sense of responsibility and direction in life.  Remember, life is what we make it, but let’s make our life worth it to live by.  

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" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a