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Herbal Help Me Soup

Green herbal soup or smoothie recipe that is chock-full of raw green vegetables, herbs and coconut milk. Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, Raw Foodie Friendly. | Heirloom Soul | heirloomsoul.com

Maybe I should warn you:  This is a total impulse post.  Scroll through to avoid mega drama. Nope?  Still here?  Okay, well, hold onto your butts. I haven’t been feeling myself lately.  I think it’s largely due to spending the majority of my waking time indoors, which has led to a severe lack fresh air and Vitamin D (important stuff apparently), which has caused me to spiral down into my personal hell hole where I have been wallowing for about a week, maybe longer.  It’s dark and weird down there.  Subsequently, I’ve eaten too many donuts (not my fault I have to walk by the best donut shop every. single. day....

Nurturing Your Whole, Happy Heart

Compassionate article about how to be happy and successful through self-awareness and self-improvement - the ultimate New Years Resolution! | Nurturing Your Whole, Happy Heart this New Year | Heirloom Soul

That’s my dear friend, Lindsey, up there.  She climbed to the 14,000 ft summit of Mt. Sneffels in 2013, and in this photo, she’s totally at peace, happy and wild and free, in her element.   As we begin another new year with open minds and hearts, it marks the perfect time to work on becoming better people.  Rather than mustering up some quick-fix resolutions on how to be happier and more successful (turns out that’s a real popular Google search), I suggest we spend the whole year on self-improvement and making room in our hearts for ourselves and the people who love and need us. Happiness and success can...

Organic Remedies for Garden Bugs: The Pest Control of Mindfulness and Compassion

So there’s a ton of bugs in your garden eating holes in your beloved vegetable babies… you only know what a few of the bugs actually are… and you want to know how to get rid of them in a way that won’t harm the environment.  I have lots of experience on this subject, but let me forewarn you:  This isn’t another internet listicle on which OMRI-approved organic spray is better than the other.  I’m just not a fan of using a ton of elixirs, whether they’re store-bought, homemade, chemical-free, what have you.  I’ve been through that whole rigamarole – in fact, I even wrote an entire guide on organic pest management once – but I...

How to Cover Crop Your Vegetable Garden in 4 Steps

How to Cover Crop Your Vegetable Garden - Everything you need to know to apply cover cropping methods in your smaller backyard garden! Build Soil Fertility with this Natural Permaculture Gardening Method! Use buckwheat, crimson clover, hairy vetch, field peas and other legumes to make green manure to feed your soil food web. | Heirloomsoul.com

Image Source Cover cropping is a soil amendment system that GREATLY improves our soil’s structure and overall fertility.   And, contrary to popular belief, cover cropping is simple for the backyard gardener, despite how difficult it might seem!  Basically all we do is seed tons of plants in our beds toward autumn, let them grow and leave them completely alone all winter, then gently mix their decayed foliage and roots into the soil in the following spring as green manure.    The truth about cover cropping = the plants do most of the work! Traditionally synonymous with organic farming, cover cropping is absolutely a practice we can adopt in our own backyards, even in raised beds that are just a few feet...

5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil: Increasing the Biodiversity of Your Soil Food Web, Part 1

5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil, Increasing the Biodiversity of Your Soil Food Web | Heirloom Soul | heirloomsoul.com

“And the scientists, no matter how much they investigate nature, no matter how far they research, they only come to realize in the end how perfect and mysterious nature really is.  To believe that by research and invention humanity can create something better than nature is an illusion.” – Masanobu Fukuoka in The One-Straw Revolution.   When we garden we revitalize an heirloom heritage that has been lost over time.. We are stewards of the earth and treading lightly and having compassion for our gardens is a necessary practice. Best part is:  The opportunity for us to restore land back to its fertile origination lies in our own lawns and gardens, and...

6 Reasons Why You Need to Start Your Organic Garden Now

All of us gardeners, aspiring and experts alike, have felt the same whirlwind of emotions at some point.  Mass confusion over how to begin or what to do next, leading to frustration when you don’t figure it out, leading then to helplessness and nearly throwing in the spade or just putting off starting your garden ‘til next weekend… again.  I have honestly felt this way – before I started gardening – and I’m sharing this somewhat embarrassing, dramatic story (personality trait?) with you because I know there’s at least one other aspiring gardener out there going through what I did.  Maybe it’s you. (Affiliate links present in this post) We...