Created & Updated My Personal Audio Blog

27 09 2009

Hello All,

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend on this sunny Sunday afternoon we are having over here on the  east coast.

I’ll keep it short for today as to I want to get back outside and enjoy whats left of this beautiful day we’re having.

… So, just a quick update for now:

Over  the  past  few months, I’ve been testing several different blog platforms in an attempt to  find the most feature-rich, and user-friendly options available.   In doing so I’ve  ended up with several blog sites.  In an effort not to have  the  exact same content on each of  them,  I recently changed and updated one of them to an AUDIO ONLY blog site.

You can check it out and bookmark  it at: http://AudioBlog.BenjaminKee.com.

Take a listen and let me know what you think by leaving me a comment.

Also, please take the quick survey that I created on the right-hand column of the audio blog and tell me the topics that you would like to hear more about and I’ll do just that …. Create more audio posts discussing exactly what YOU want to learn on.

I hope you find it useful and informative.

Until next time,

Ben

PS.  Now get outside and have some fun! 😉

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Starting Your First Garden

22 09 2009

Starting my own garden is something that I have been wanting to do for awhile now so this year I “took the  plunge”.  These days it’s just so hard to know what you are really buying and eating when shopping for vegetables and produce at your “local” nation-wide grocery chains.

Our food is absolutely LOADED with tons of toxins, herbicides, pesticides, and steroids, just to name a few, all of which have been shown to lead to huge long-term negative side-affects, illness and disease on a mass scale, both in  animals and human-beings. Not to mention the fact that the majority of the produce available in stores today is genetically engineered, meaning it is void of the vitamins, nutrients and  minerals our body craves and is in desperate need of.

We wonder why America is the fattest and sickest nation in the world…  Of course, the reasons for that are many and I am barely scratching the surface here, but we have to start somewhere.

Research shows that between 1964 and the end of the 1990s, pesticide usage in agriculture doubled from 500 million pounds to over 1 billion.  Since WWII pesticide use has risen 10 fold and crop loss due to pests has doubled. US Agriculture uses 1.2 billion lbs of pesticides each year – that is the equivalent of roughly 5 lbs for every American (If you have children in the  public school system, you will definitely want to watch this short video http://twitclicks.com/2v4c).

Yes, you can buy organic but organics can get a bit expensive, I know. Luckily, there’s a way to grow your own delicious, fresh produce, while having fun, learning and “becoming more self-sufficient” all at the same time: starting  your own organic garden!

Don’t know where to start? It is possible to hire someone to install and maintain a garden for you. But most of us can roll up our sleeves with a surprisingly small amount of effort. Remember, you can start small, even with just a single plant or two. Don’t worry if things aren’t perfect right away.

Organic gardening means you won’t be using synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, but that doesn’t mean your plants are left to fend for themselves. There are an array of tools you can use to bolster plant health and ward off pests. Organic gardening also isn’t just about what you don’t do, it’s also about trying to foster a more holistic, natural ecosystem.

For those interested, here is a link to a great video series by Ed Bruske http://twitclicks.com/6gmg in which he shares all kinds of great tips for starting, maintaining, growing, and harvesting your first garden.

Here are a few pictures to “the beginnings” mine: