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By MICHELLE GREY
May you see the angels' hands at
work in your life.
Acouple of weeks ago I wrote
about talking to my angels
and my mother was not
happy. She thought it was way too
woo woo, and what would people
We exchanged a few loving words
in which I think I said something
like: This is who I am and they
don t have to read it .
This was not a satisfactory
response in her eyes, but we moved
onto other safer topics (not!), such as
Mum and I have these little
conversations at about 6am or 7am
when I call in for a coffee and chat,
something we ve done for more than
She has often been listening to
talk back radio and is all fired up
about something, usually politics at
Now Mum and I think differently
about quite a few things so our early
morning chats can get quite colour-
ful, especially around election time,
as we definitely vote differently.
I m missing those early morning
chats at the moment as Mum is in
hospital and they won t let me in at
The other day we d got Mum
settled in, in her own room with a
TV on the wall and the loo right
across the hall, and she was lying
exhausted, but pretty relaxed, on
her bed feeling very well catered for.
I couldn t resist pointing out that
I d asked the angels to look after her
and hadn t they done a great job. I
think the best way to describe her
response is a snort of derision, but I
know that those of you who know
will get it.
Another interesting experience I
had recently was a call from the
security company, in the early hours
of Friday morning, saying one of the
windows at the shop had been
I didn t feel concerned as Peter
and I headed to the shop to see what
had happened, because I expect the
shop to be safe, just as I expect
myself to be safe, at all times.
A man, whom I believe had had
rather too much to drink, had
managed to throw himself (or per-
haps he d been helped) through the
window in my office.
There was no major damage, other
than shredded curtains and, of
course, the smashed window and I
was very grateful to the angels for
veering him away from the shop
windows as that would have been a
very different story. How blessed am
I. Never drive faster than your
guardian angel can fly.
Grow your own food
If you can eat
it, grow it
Colourful: 'Bright Lights' silverbeet.
I have spoken to a
number of garden centre
owners and they all
report they have never
sold as many vegetable
seedlings and seeds,
this new season, than
Growing vegetables and
fruit has been my main
gardening focus since I
other plants are for show.
This does not mean I don t like
my roses, annuals, ornamental
trees and shrubs.
They all serve a good purpose
which I can enjoy when my belly is
full of my own, homegrown, pro-
This thinking dates back more
than 50 years, when many New
Zealanders used to grow most of
their own fruit and vegetables.
In the past 50 years things
changed -- we started to depend on
others to grow the produce we put
on our tables.
Initially this pro-
duce was healthy,
grown with com-
post and similar
and fed a growing
things changed as
and other chemical
fertilisers were used by market
Nutritional values dropped, the
crops were attacked by diseases
and pests, chemical sprays were
applied and the health of the
The heartening news is many
gardeners have woken up to this
problem and are now taking more
notice of what harmful substances
are in the food we eat.
I have spoken to a number of
garden centre owners and they all
report they have never sold as
many vegetable seedlings and
seeds, this new season, than ever
Dig up some lawn and make a
plot for vegetables. Build raised
gardens, grow in containers --
remember, where there is a will,
there is a way and it is your
health we are talking about.
There are some basic rules to
grow healthy produce:
whatever you put
into the soil will be
in your food.
Avoid all chemical
and chemical weed-
Use only natural
blood and bone,
lime, gypsum, dolo-
Enhance the number of minerals
and elements in the soil by using
mineral-rich products such as
Ocean Solids, Rok Solid, Magic
Botanic Liquid (MBL) and sea-
Feed the beneficial microbes and
fungi with Mycorrcin and MBL.
Doing the above will build an
excellent soil food web, which is
the key to the health of all living
things on the planet.
The next question is what
vegetables to grow?
This depends on the amount of
room you have or alternatively
grow in containers such as the
polystyrene trays. I grow the
following in these trays: lettuce,
silverbeet, spring onions, beetroot,
dwarf beans, radishes, parsley,
chives, garlic and my favourite
Bright Lights silverbeet.
The same trays are perfect to
grow wheat grass for juicing.
Lacking room? Space Savers
Vegetables, part of Niche Seed s
range, are the answer.
These allow you to plant in
small gardens and containers a
number of vegetables such as mini
cabbage, baby corn, mini pump-
kin, three types of rock melon,
mini leeks and mini onions.
Besides not taking so much
room in the garden, these
vegetables are quicker to reach
maturity from seed.
For one or two-person
households, they are perfect for
fresh use, without the waste of a
larger item that needs storing in
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