This was an excellent presentation by PJW. Short and sweet. And it amplifies the idea, “Whatever ‘the cabal’ throws out right now, backfires against them… BIG TIME.”
I am neither pro- or anti- anything, anymore. Whatever tools are needed to “get the job done”, whether it’s technology, a new car, a hammer, and/or even a gun, well, use what is needed for one to pursue one’s passion and/or mission. The Light (particularly High Frequency Vibrational Light) is undoubtedly the greatest tool we have available. Catch is, our vibration must be in tune with it’s vibration before it is fully available to us.
Anyway, PJW makes some excellent points, in my view, and presents quite a bit of data about “guns, etc.” that I was not aware of.
More than just a colorful flower that is easy to grow, nasturtium is valued as a tasty, edible plant known for its peppery tang. As the name suggests, you can be “nasty” to nasturtiums because they do well in lean soil and thrive when somewhat neglected. Whether you are looking for nasturtiums to add color to salads and party trays, act as a trap plant in your garden or cover an arch or trellis, there is certain to be a nasturtium variety suited to your need.
Plus, all parts of the plant can be used medicinally. Because nasturtiums are most often grown from seed, you may have trouble finding them at nurseries. The seeds germinate quickly, however, and since you’ll want to raise pesticide-free plants, your best option is to plant your own. Here’s everything you need to know to successfully grow nasturtiums.
An Andes Antibiotic: The History of Nasturtium
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is a flowering plant originating from South America whose name literally means “nose-twister.” It’s important to make a distinction between this type of nasturtium and Nasturtium officinale, which is commonly known as watercress. Natives of the Andes region used nasturtium as a general antibiotic, as well as to treat kidney problems and urinary tract infections.1
Because the plants are undemanding and can survive in lean soil, they were able to thrive in the rocky soil of the Andes Mountains.
The first nasturtium plant made its way to Europe in 1569 courtesy of Spanish physician and botanist Nicolás Monardes, who wrote extensively about the plants and animals he came in contact with while visiting South America.2 From there, nasturtiums became naturalized in parts of Africa, Asia, Europe and the U.S. Wherever they have been introduced, nasturtiums have been embraced for their cheerful blooms, culinary uses and medicinal value.
Nasturtiums Are a Great Source of Vitamin C, Lutein and More
Nasturtium flowers contain about 130 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per 100 grams (g), or 3.5 ounces. Notably, nasturtiums boast the highest lutein content — 45 mg per 100 g serving — found in any edible plant.
The importance of lutein for your eye health was noted by researchers, who said, “As increasing evidence supports the role of lutein and zeaxanthin in reducing the risk of cataract and macular degeneration, food sources of these carotenoids are being sought.”3 According to the Urban Cultivator, nasturtiums are more than just a pretty flower; they have well-known medicinal properties:4
“Both the leaves and petals of the nasturtium plant are packed with nutrition, containing high levels of vitamin C. It has the ability to improve the immune system, tackling sore throats, coughs and colds, as well as bacterial and fungal infections. These plants also contain high amounts of manganese, iron, flavonoids and beta carotene.”
Further building the case for the nutritional value of nasturtium plants, The Kansas City Star states:5
“In traditional medicine, an ointment is made from nasturtium flowers and used to treat skin conditions, as well as hair loss. The group of phenols in the pigments of orange and red flowers helps [neutralize] the damaging effects of free radicals, thereby helping to protect us from chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.”
If taken during early pregnancy, nasturtiums might induce menstruation and cause a miscarriage.6 As such, it’s best to avoid eating any part of the nasturtium plant — capers, flowers, leaves and stems — during pregnancy. Additionally, even though nasturtiums were used for kidney and urinary tract problems in ancient times, be sure to consult your physician before using this plant for health purposes.
How to Spot Nasturtiums
Throughout history, the colorful blooms of nasturtiums have been embraced by artists, kings, presidents and ordinary gardeners. Impressionist artist Claude Monet featured nasturtiums in his artwork and garden in Giverny, France, where they continue to be grown annually.7
After nasturtiums made their way to North America from Europe, Thomas Jefferson grew them at Monticello.8 Reportedly, salads were a large part of his diet. While some varieties of nasturtiums are perennial in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 9 to 11, most are grown as annuals going from seed to seed in a single season. You can recognize nasturtiums based on the following characteristics:9
Massive foliage characterized by lots of bright green leaves and colorful blossoms
Rounded leaves, similar to a water lily
Brightly colored flowers with an open funnel shape and a long “tail” on the underside
Flower colors of mahogany, orange, pink, red and yellow
The Alaska series and Jewel of Africa feature variegated leaves
Dwarf nasturtiums are a great choice for edging. Semi-trailing nasturtiums will brighten your flower baskets and window boxes. You can easily cover a trellis with single-flower nasturtium climbers, which will send out runners up to 8 feet long.10 While the sizing will vary somewhat according to the type of nasturtium you choose and its growing conditions, you can expect the following:
Bushy varieties — 12 inches tall by 18 inches wide
Climbing nasturtiums — up to 10 feet tall
Trailing nasturtiums — 3 to 4 feet long
The beauty of nasturtiums is found not only in their vibrant colors, but also the fact they will attract hummingbirds, as well as bees, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators to your yard and garden.
Tips on Growing Nasturtiums
In cooler climates, expect your nasturtiums to produce flowers from early summer through fall. In milder growing conditions, nasturtium plants will bloom fall through spring and fade in summer heat. Unless your plants have been stressed and are holding onto spent blooms, you generally do not need to deadhead nasturtiums. While nasturtiums are easy to grow, below are some tips to ensure your success in cultivating these eye-catching, edible plants:11,12
Seeds — Since they are commonly started from seed, you may not find nasturtium plants at nurseries; however, seeds are readily available and germinate quickly (I recommend you try heirloom varieties)
Soil — Nasturtiums prefer lean soil so do not feed them; fertilizer will cause them to put out more foliage and fewer flowers
Sowing — If you get frost, sow organic and heirloom seeds in spring and summer; direct seed outdoors as soon as the soil has warmed or start seeds indoors two to four weeks earlier. If you live in a warm-hot climate, you can plant nasturtiums anytime. Plant the seeds about one-half inch deep
Sun — While they will bloom best in full sun, nasturtiums will grow in full sun to partial shade
Transplanting — Because they don’t like being transplanted, you should always use peat or paper pots to reduce transplant shock when moving plants outdoors
Water — Nasturtiums do best with weekly watering; they can survive drought conditions, but will produce fewer flowers with less attractive foliage during dry spells
In terms of diseases and pests known to afflict nasturtiums, be on the lookout for aphids, as well as caterpillars, flea beetles and slugs. When planted alongside your vegetable garden, nasturtiums can act as a trap crop to draw pests, particularly aphids, away from other plants. Usually, a strong blast of water (or a spray of soapy water) is enough to knock out aphids. To avoid ingesting pests, always rinse the flowers well before eating them.
Design Ideas: Ways to Enjoy Nasturtium
Before choosing a nasturtium variety, give some thought to the design effect best suited to your yard or garden. You will want to pay attention to the varieties you choose because the flowers can sometimes be obstructed by the plant’s ambling foliage.
If you are growing your nasturtiums at ground level, choose one of the newer varieties, such as the Alaska series, because they hold their flowers above their leaves, making them more easily seen. Some options for planting this cheerful flower include:13,14
Bushy — These luxuriant ground-hugging nasturtiums, such as Alaska, Empress of India, Strawberries and Cream, and Whirlybird, are great for edging, complementing similarly colored day lilies and roses
Containers — Compact dwarf varieties like Alaska Variegated, Cherry Rose Jewel, Empress of India, Nasturtium Fiesta Blend and Peach Melba work well in containers
Climbing varieties — Colorful nasturtium types such as Canary Bird Creeper, Multicolor, Red Canary Creeper, Trailing Mix and White Moonlight will amble up walls or through shrubs
Ways to Use Incredible, Edible Nasturtiums
In the short video above, Nancy Baggett of KitchenLane.com presents three ideas on how to use nasturtiums, including adding them to salads, creating nasturtium vinegar and making nasturtium vinaigrette dressing.
Using a variety of richly colored nasturtium blooms is the key to her simple recipes. Nasturtiums add a slightly peppery flavor that is similar to the taste of watercress. As always, I recommend you use organic ingredients to avoid unnecessary exposure to pesticides and other chemicals.
• Natural sweetener such as stevia (equivalent to 1 tablespoon of sugar)
• 5 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
• 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
• 1/4 cup chopped nasturtium blooms and leaves
• 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
• 2 tablespoons chopped chives
1. Add all ingredients to mixing bowl and gently stir to combine. Pour dressing into a glass bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake before use.
Although the flower is most often enjoyed, the entire nasturtium plant is edible. Their vibrant colors and tangy taste make nasturtiums a delicious addition to many dishes. When adding nasturtium flowers and leaves to salads, it is best to harvest them just prior to use. Besides using them in salads, the Micro Gardener suggests the following additional uses for nasturtiums:15
Add leaves or blooms to sandwiches, wraps and vegetable juices
Decorate cakes, other desserts and party trays with the flowers, or freeze them in ice cube trays to add a splash of color to cold beverages
Incorporate chopped leaves and blooms into casseroles, soups, risottos and rice dishes; blend them into grass fed butter
Stuff and bake the blooms as you would grape leaves, using a mixture of currants, nuts, rice, and savory spices like cinnamon, cloves and mint
Use chopped leaves to replace garlic or green onions in soups, stir-fries and other dishes
Beyond the mentioned uses, recipes abound for nasturtium pesto and pickled nasturtium seed pods, which some enjoy as a substitute for capers. Regardless of how you decide to use nasturtiums, these easy-to-grow edible flowers are sure to add a splash of color and health to your life.
Not everyone is familiar with the plant known as fenugreek but, like many herbs, it has both medicinal and nutritional value. This annual herb, though, is also a legume from the Fabaceae family from the genus Trigonella. Its East Indian name is “methi;” other areas of the world may refer to it as greek clover, greek hay, goat’s horn or bird’s foot.
The Trigonella foenum-graecum, fenugreek’s botanical name, grows 1 or 2 feet high and bears white or yellow flower clusters and small, rounded rhomboid or slightly elongated triangle-shaped leaves, depending on the variety.
The seeds have an interesting shape, as well, as they’re rather multifaceted. Tiny and bitterly pungent due to the compound sotolon, 10 or 20 seeds grow inside long seed pods, harvested somewhat like peas or beans. Fenugreek seeds can be toasted to give them a milder, aromatic quality or ground into a powder to make pastes or sauces for savory Middle Eastern, Indian, Mediterranean or Central Asian cuisine.
Many Middle Eastern cultures use ground fenugreek seeds in cakes and confectionaries. They’re also either soaked whole or ground to make a strong, unique-tasting coffee with a flavor faintly reminiscent of maple (and in fact eating a lot of fenugreek may affect the odor of your urine). Both the seeds and greens make an array of bean dishes, vegetable dishes, stir-fries, soups, salads, Indian curries and masala.
The greens are mild-tasting, rather like spinach, when they’re cooked or steamed, but they can also be dried for a subtle flavor. Referenced in the earliest Egyptian papyrus writings circa 1500 B.C., fenugreek is originally from the Himalayan regions, although today it’s routinely grown in areas of Europe, Asia, South America and northern Africa. Extremely versatile, it also has a long history as a medicine, one of the most important reasons it’s been grown for so long.
Although young fenugreek plants can tolerate a bit of frost, the small-leafed variety is hardier, as it will keep growing throughout the winter while the larger one may not survive deeply dipping temperatures. As previously mentioned, some fenugreek flowers are yellow and others are white. According to Garden Organic:
“There are two distinct forms. The more common large seeded variety has slightly larger leaves and white flowers. This variety can only be cut once so [it] needs successional sowing. The smaller seeded variety has slightly smaller leaves, yellow flowers and will regrow after cutting.”1
As stated, the larger variety with white flowers stops growing after it flowers, so successional sowing — sowing a small amount of new seed every two or three weeks for continuous harvest — is necessary. The smaller yellow variety can be cut as often as you need it, and in fact should be cut regularly to prevent it from going to seed.
Microgreens, or sprouts of new fenugreek, have a uniquely spicy flavor. To grow sprouts, soak your seeds for six to eight hours, rinse them well (rinsing twice daily) and place them in an open jar on its side, or use a bean sprouter. They only need a few days and should be eaten while they’re 3 to 4 centimeters (1 to 1 1/2 inches) long; otherwise, they start turning bitter.
Grow Fenugreek for Its Health Benefits
One tablespoon of fenugreek has 2.5 grams of protein. It’s loaded with vitamins such as thiamin, folic acid, riboflavin, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, vitamins A and C, and minerals such as iron. Fenugreek also contains potassium, calcium, selenium, copper, manganese, magnesium and zinc;2 all contribute to an array of healing properties. Traditional uses for fenugreek across the ages involved treatments for:
Slowing mental aging and augmenting your thinking processes due to the choline content7
The seeds contain high amounts of soluble fiber, and a significant amount of it is non-starch polysaccharides, or NSP. Prominent NSPs include mucilage, saponins, tannins, hemicellulose and pectin, which help optimize your LDL cholesterol by helping to prevent bile salts from reabsorbing into your colon. NSPs further increase bulk in your colon to promote digestion as well as bowel action so waste doesn’t build up in your colon.
This helps prevent constipation and may help prevent colon cancer, as food is encouraged to move smoothly through without hanging around too long. Studies indicate that the amino acid 4-hydroxyisoleucine in fenugreek seeds helps facilitate insulin secretion, which makes them good for people with diabetes. The fiber helps slow down the rate of glucose absorption in your gut, which helps regulate blood sugar levels. According to Nutrition and You:
“Fenugreek (seeds) may help … [optimize] cholesterol, triglyceride as well as high blood sugar (glycemic) levels in people with diabetes … (and) are therefore one of the recommended food ingredients in the diabetic diet.”8
In addition, fenugreek contains high amounts of powerful antioxidants and choline, which studies show may not only help slow mental aging9 but also may be useful for upper respiratory therapies,10 coinciding with present-day clinical studies. In some areas of the world, fenugreek is used to restore hair growth and as an aphrodisiac.
Preparing Your Soil and Seeds
Fenugreek seeds can be purchased in larger nurseries or horticultural centers, in Indian grocery stores or online. You can sow the seeds directly in the ground or in flat trays or pots of nearly any size indoors, which doesn’t take up a lot of space. Grow lights are another option, although some gardeners suggest it’s a little finicky about being transplanted, so make sure your seedlings are vigorous before moving outside; biodegradable pots will help.
According to Heirloom Organics,11 fenugreek should be grown in full sun to part shade or filtered sunlight. Also, when you transplant your fenugreek seedlings outdoors, do it on an overcast day and wait until after the final frost of the season. Make sure your pot or soil bed drains easily. Pots with good drainage are perfect for a single-drip irrigation system. In three or four weeks, your fenugreek greens are ready to harvest.
Some gardeners are very specific about soil depth and spacing when sowing; others are much more free in their seed casting but suggest casting them evenly. Fenugreek grows easily, either way. Cover the seeds with a half-inch of soil or so, then moisten it well so the seeds can begin the germinating process. This can be tricky to determine, but if you move your seedlings outside and frost is imminent, simply cover them with seedling cloches overnight and remove them in the morning.
To perpetuate the seeds, wait for the plants to flower, after which they produce thin seed pods. When these ripen and turn yellow, that’s when the seeds are ready to harvest — before the pods pop open. According to The Spruce,12 nitrogen-fixing plants are identified as those with roots colonized by nitrogen-bearing bacteria, or which extract nitrogen from the air and convert or “fix” it so that it perpetuates the plant’s growth. Garden Organic explains:
“Although fenugreek is a legume, it doesn’t always fix nitrogen. For this to happen, the right bacteria (Rhizobium meliloti) need to be present in the soil. These are more likely to be present, if fenugreek has been grown on the site before. To see if the plants are fixing nitrogen, carefully dig (don’t pull!) up a plant and look for pink (colored) nodules (2 [millimeters] diameter) on the roots.
Plants that are fixing nitrogen should be able to produce lush green growth on a low fertility soil with few problems, whereas those that can’t tend to develop pale (colored) leaves and smaller plants. Poor soil nutrient status can affect the (flavor) of the crop.”13
You’ll notice newly sown fenugreek seeds beginning to sprout as early as five days out, and the young fenugreek seedlings grow rapidly. Tender young fenugreek leaves are ready for harvest in about six weeks after sowing, depending on the weather, and the younger the plants, the more nutritional value they have. At the same time, after four weeks fenugreek plants may begin yellowing or be attacked by diseases, so vigilance is wise.
As is true with many herbs, once flower buds emerge, the leaves become smaller and the stems “leggier,” so it’s best to harvest at regular intervals before then. If you’re growing fenugreek in pots and need some to use in the kitchen, cut the stem above the base when the plants are around 10 inches tall. You can also pull whole plants along with the roots when what you see above ground is around 4 inches high.
A bunch gathered in your fist should make a nice addition to salads. Washing the greens well, you can cut off the roots where dirt may remain. Mother Earth News14 lists several reasons why heirloom seeds are better than hybrid seeds, which are created by crossing two seed varieties:
Heirloom seeds are more flavorful
They’re more nutritious, because high-yield seeds and farming techniques weaken amino acids, proteins, minerals and other phytonutrients15
Because heirloom seeds are seed saving, as opposed to open-pollinated, you can save your seeds to replant every year
Being less “uniform,” heirloom varieties may not ripen all at once, which promotes use of the plant-based food over a longer period
Seed shopping in seed racks or from garden catalogues is often less expensive than hybrid seeds
One final note: When buying fenugreek seeds (or any other kind) for sprouting or culinary use, be sure to look for packets of seeds that haven’t been treated with fungicide or any other types of chemicals.
These just came out late yesterday evening. I was quite oblivious to them until early this morning. In any event, part of it deals with Red pill Blue pill meme being reported in the media (I’ve seen postings of this, but none yet comes to my web pages). The other part is that apparently the chan group /GA/ (Great Awakening) is gone, and apparently will be replaced by another. First it was CBTS (Calm Before The Storm), then GA (Great Awakening), and maybe the next will be something like “WIGNAT” (Who’s In Gitmo Now Awaiting Trial).
And there is another short Jerome Corsi discussion about these latest posts in this video.
Recall that Q changed his/her/their tripcode from “!UW.yye1fxo” to “!xowAT4Z3VQ”.
Here is a link to the prior Q postings on this blog. I’m posting a few “standouts” from my viewpoint, below.
“[Fox News article link re: possible FBI-CIA-Obama-admin. coordination] Wonder who leaked this. Fire in the hole.
“MSM talking about red v. blue pill? Matrix reference? Coincidence?
“You are safe. THEY are terrified. Sleep well, Patriot. You elected us to keep you safe.” [which to me implies that we essentially elected “The Alliance”, and that’s who is/are putting out these Q posts.]
Did you see codemonkeys message?
/GA/ is dead.
979 AnonymousID: 23de7f826061
/GA/ is dead.
Check line 119 $4$#$*(
New Board being routed.
Thank you! Patriot.
980 Q!xowAT4Z3VQID: 23de7f826180
MSM talking about red v. blue pill?
I am terrified to go to bed but I have to, I have work tomorrow… What if I wake up and everyone has moved to a new board, how will I know? I’ve been on this train since CBTS. I can’t lose communication now!
You are safe.
THEY are terrified.
Sleep well, Patriot.
You elected us to keep you safe.
We will not fail.
/GA/ will change.
Notification will be made.
Where we go one, we go all.
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