Gardening

How to plant a garden in winter

Have you caught yourself thinking about gardening or gazing at your snow-covered garden, longing for spring? If you have garden fever this winter then wait no longer. Some seeds can benefit from time outside in the cold. Continue reading to find out what you can plant this winter and kick the winter time blues.

Not only can most seeds survive outside during the winter, but some seeds and plants such as asparagus seeds can benefit from a period of freezing temperatures. Asparagus plants naturally fall over during the winter, increasing the chance that the berries (pictured below) will deposit their seeds onto the soil, giving them an opportunity to take root and get an early start in spring.

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Many of the times that I have planted asparagus in spring, few to none of the seeds have ever sprouted. So now I plant them in the fall; or if I miss that opportunity it is just fine to plant them in the dead of winter. If you want to plant a garden in the middle of winter, let nothing stop you. Clear the snow in any way you can and get to digging. This winter has been mild here, but if need be, I won’t hesitate to clear a path using a snow blower.
If the ground is frozen you may have to get out your pickaxe to break up the soil.

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This could get you some strange looks from the neighbors – but they’ll be looking for different reasons when your garden is dwarfing everything else around come springtime. I am planting asparagus seeds, early peas and wildflowers. Wildflowers like Echinacea, Calendula and Blue Flax work great for winter plantings, giving your garden some early color and also providing an attraction for beneficial insects. Other seeds and plants that do well in winter include onions, spinach, lettuce, garlic and carrots.

Cover your seeds and plants and make sure that they have enough water as the snow melts into spring. Just click the blue affiliate links that I have provided to check the current prices for seeds and plants available right now on Amazon, just in case you want to give it a try this winter.

Would you plant a winter garden? Have you had any success with garden seeds over winter? If you’ve answered yes, then please share your tips for success in the comments section of this blog post. If this is your first time here, I would love to have you as a subscriber; where you can get gardening tips, ideas and experiments for the curious mind. So that you can see how it’s done, this article is also available in a video format on YouTube here:

 

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Spirituality

What’s Inside The Carlos Castaneda Books?

The Carlos Castaneda book series has had an effect on many people, for many different reasons. Starting in 1968 as a work of Anthropology, the series ends up turning into the story of a sorcerer’s apprentice. First, appealing to the drug culture of the time for it’s reported first hand account of the use of hallucinogenic agents in this sorcery initiation, and moving into the 1990’s, appealing to the mass search for spirituality catching on at that time.

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Castaneda received rave reviews from large publications such as Time Magazine, The New York Times, Deepak Chopra, Life Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and many others. His books have been published in the millions under categories such as NONFICTION, OCCULTISM/PARAPSYCHOLOGY, BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT. Castaneda ended up surrounded by scandal before he passed from this Earth. There was a significant amount of support to discredit the works of Carlos Castaneda and there are books and blogs all about compiling information against him. It seems that some people dedicated their life’s work to disgrace and dishonor his name.

So where does that leave the people who’s lives the Castaneda book series has affected? I myself have experienced and verified that the methods, practices and ideas presented in the books are true. There is still no way to prove that, other than by the accounts of people who have experienced it; Similar to when a person sees a UFO, and even though they can’t prove it, they now believe in UFO’s. Some would claim that this is all psychological, and that the brain is tricking the believer of the perceptual input. Others would say that magic is real and that it doesn’t matter if the books were made up by apes using sign language, as long as the information contained in the books has usefulness.

The twelve books in the series are summarized here for the sake of reference as to the contents of each work. Whether taken as a story, a curiosity, an idiotic fraud or a manual for life, I present to you: The Carlos Castaneda Book Series.

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The first book: “The Teachings Of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way Of Knowledge” begins with Carlos meeting Don Juan. Amidst Carlos’s ramblings, Don Juan gives Carlos a look that numbs his thoughts and stops Carlos talking in mid sentence. Don Juan takes his leave and Carlos is left determined to find an explanation of the how and what of Don Juan’s look.

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Carlos finds Don Juan and asks him to be his informant on peyote. Don Juan resists at first, but eventually allows Carlos to participate in a peyote ceremony. During the ceremony, don Juan receives an omen from the deity related to the peyote plant: “Mescalito”. Don Juan takes this omen as a sign from Mescalito that Carlos is to be Don Juan’s disciple. From there, Don Juan introduces Carlos to more hallucinogens as part of his initiation. Don Juan uses Peyote, Jimson Weed (Datura), and a psychotropic mushroom to introduce Carlos to the idea that reality is more than meets the eye. The wild hallucinations of Carlos, combined with commentary from Don Juan and his compatriots is highly thought provoking and in some cases, downright hilarious. This book comes to a conclusion when Don Juan pits Carlos against a powerful female sorcerer in order to spur him to learn more about the sorcerer’s path. This encounter proves to be too much for Carlos and he resigns from his apprenticeship – for now.  The Teachings of Don Juan is available new and used on Amazon.

 

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A Separate Reality begins with Carlos returning to Don Juan after several years leave, in search of answers to questions that he had after publishing his first book. Coming back to Don Juan ushers Castaneda straight back into his sorcerer’s apprenticeship. This time Don Juan is focused on teaching Carlos to see and Carlos is resisting using hallucinogens, because he wants to record a sober and accurate account of the results.

Don Juan wins out on the argument that the hallucinogens are a necessity, not for every sorcery initiate, but for Carlos in particular. Book two in the series goes deep into the details of seeinga perceptual tool used by the sorcerers of Don Juan’s lineage to interpret the universe. This book is full of adventure and insight, with pages and pages of questions about perception from Carlos and answers from the legendary seer Don Juan. Toward the end of the book, Don Juan enlists the help of his cohort in sorcery, the enigmatic Don Genaro, to help Carlos learn to see. The magic of the series really starts bubbling up with A Separate Reality also available on Amazon.

 

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The third book in the Carlos Castaneda book series, “Journey To Ixtlan” begins with Carlos explaining that he had edited his field notes to focus on the topics that he considered important at the time of his writing his first two books. Journey To Ixtlan is somewhat of a rehashing of Castaneda’s notes. This time, revealing what Don Juan had taught Carlos about a phenomenon known as “stopping the world”. Stopping the world consists of realizing that the reality we have been perceiving is merely a description of reality, taught to us and every other living being as a means to collaborate, get along with each other, and understand our world.

In order to elicit this act of stopping the world, Don Juan presents Carlos with a set of recommended activities and ideas to implement, which are revealed in this book. These ideas and activities are presented as: #1 Erasing personal history, #2 Losing self-importance and #3 Using death as an adviser. Treks into the wilderness, laced with sorcery shenanigans and encounters with the supernatural, continue into the heart of magic as Don Juan once again recruits his sorcery associate Don Genaro to teach Carlos about power, mystery and the discovery of the esoteric life of a man of knowledge. Journey To Ixtlan is a must read if you are at all curious about the Castaneda Series.

 

 

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Tales of Power, Castaneda’s fourth book, picks up right where Journey to Ixtlan leaves off. This time, Don Juan has decided to teach Carlos about arriving at “the totality of oneself” and seeking the “sorcerer’s explanation”. This book starts right into perceptual strangeness when Carlos has “an appointment with knowledge” and is coached by Don Juan to use seeing in order to view a mushroom shaped representation of several people from the vantage point of the back porch of Don Juan’s house in Mexico.

Carlos in finally given the task of seeing Don Genaro, who appears right then and there, in the flesh. Don Genaro claims that he arrived by means of sorcery, when he noticed that Carlos was seeing him. From that point on, Don Genaro appears to Carlos again and again to show him amazing feats of perception, such as “the double”: a copy of himself arrived at through dreaming. Don Genaro’s double attempts to shake Carlos’s view of reality by showing him that perception is not a thing to be taken for granted.

Later in the book, Don Juan introduces Carlos to the idea of the Tonal and the Nagual, a basic dichotomy of all things inside and outside of existence. Don Juan’s efforts culminate into the end of the apprenticeship when Carlos must pass a test to complete the teachings. Carlos must jump straight off of a sheer cliff and use sorcery in order to “unfold the wings of his perception”, before he hits the ground, to save himself from being dashed against the rocks at the bottom of the cliff. Carlos must accomplish this feat before Don Juan and his party of sorcerers leave this world forever, in search of the incomprehensible, and the clock is ticking. One of the best reads in the entire collection, Tales Of Power is perhaps the definitive work of Castaneda to this day.

 

 

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The Second Ring Of Power picks up two years after where Tales of Power left off. Carlos had taken a leap from a cliff and disappeared, while Don Juan and his party of sorcerers had left the world, never to return. Carlos finds himself conflicted as to whether or not he had actually jumped into an abyss. He returns to Mexico in search of answers, but in the absence of Don Juan, Carlos goes to the house of one of Don Genaro’s disciples: Pablito.

At Pablito’s house, waiting for Carlos, was Doña Soledad: Pablito’s mother. Doña Soledad was apparently trained by Don Juan to assassinate Castaneda and attempts to kill him when he comes to visit. After fighting off Soledad’s attack by the intervention of some miraculous force which comes out of the top of Castaneda’s head, Carlos finds himself in a deadly game with several more of Don Juan’s other disciples, known as the little sisters. When Castaneda fends off their attacks, he as officially passed Don Juan’s test.

Another disciple called La Gorda shows up and explains that Don Juan had set up the attacks in order to test Carlos and to signify that his training was complete. Explanations and extraordinary weirdness rolls in as Pablito, Nestor and Benigno (fellow sorcery apprentices of Carlos) enter the scene and La Gorda reveals the final pieces of Don Juan’s teachings. Taking a whole new pace, The Second Ring Of Power transpires in just a few days time and sets a whole new premise for this form of Ancient Mexican Spirituality.

 

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The Eagle’s Gift conveniently picks up from where The Second Ring Of Power leaves off. Carlos is working with the other apprentices of Don Juan and Don Genaro to tackle aspects of their teachings such as: losing the human form, stalking, dreaming and seeing.

The apprentices have accepted that they are now the new sorcerer’s party in Don Juan’s lineage of sorcerers. They reorganize amongst themselves with Carlos as their leader or their Nagual. Carlos teams up with La Gorda and they work together to hone their abilities at seeing and dreaming.

Through their work of dreaming together, they eventually realize that there were memories within them both; teachings and dealings with other members of Don Juan’s party of sorcerers that they had forgotten. These teachings were given to them in a special state called “heightened awareness” in which learning is deeply ingrained into the subconscious of the sorcery apprentice, to be recalled and reassembled at a later time.

The last part of The Eagle’s Gift entails the struggle of Carlos and La Gorda to remember these teachings and integrate them into the complete teachings that they were introduced to. The Eagle’s Gift brings about a whole new aspect of Don Juan’s teachings, which comprise the next three books of the Castaneda series: The task of remembering what was taught to them during their states of heightened awareness.

 

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The Fire From Within goes into great detail about the origins of Don Juan’s knowledge. As the years go by and Carlos is able to recall more and more about what Don Juan taught him during his states in heightened awareness, Carlos Castaneda begins The Fire From Within with conversations about “The Old Seers” of ancient Mexico.  Don Juan goes on to explain how the old seers stumbled upon hallucinogenic plants and began to examine their experiences and the effects that those plants had on their consciousness.

Over hundreds of years, these ancient seers discovered extraordinary ways to manipulate consciousness and developed a variety of systems which allowed them to achieve unbelievable feats. Through trials and tribulations, their knowledge evolved into the system which Don Juan and his party subscribe to and they now call themselves “The New Seers”. Their knowledge is comprised three major aspects: The mastery of awareness, the mastery of stalking and the mastery of intent. The Fire From Within deals with the mastery of awareness taught to Carlos in order to prepare him for his final test as Don Juan’s apprentice: the act of jumping into an abyss.

Carlos describes some very fascinating aspects of Don Juan’s knowledge including the assemblage point, dreaming, inorganic beings, the earth’s boost, the death defiers and eventually the fire from within. Apparently, the culmination of Don Juan’s teachings is to achieve a state of total awareness, where a person ignites, in one instant, all of the possible perceptions available to a human being. This simultaneous activation of all that can be perceived causes the person to burn with the energetic force of awareness, transforming them into pure consciousness, free from the constraints of corporeal convention. Burning with the fire from within leads the practitioner to a state of “Total Freedom”, liberating them and allowing a complete spiritual ascension beyond time, space and existence as we know it. The Fire From Within is a real page turner and takes the book series to a whole new level, which can leave the reader questioning more than just the nature of existence.

 

 

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The Power Of Silence is another recounting of more of Don Juan’s teachings from heightened awareness. Where The Fire From Within deals with the mastery of awareness, The Power Of Silence is a compilation of the mastery of stalking and the mastery of intent, elucidated through sorcery stories. Don Juan tells Carlos stories about the Naguals of their sorcery lineage, demonstrating a pattern that the abstract, intent, or the spirit uses to reveal itself to human beings.

According to Don Juan’s sorcery stories, intent tries to reveal itself to everyone equally at all times. The reason that we don’t notice intent, is because we are all so busy being distracted by our daily concerns. Next, intent resorts to trickery in order to get our attention, thus bringing in the mastery of stalking. Each sorcery apprentice is therefore lead to their connection with intent through their sorcery benefactor’s mastery of stalking, in connection with intent. An abstract work of symbolic gestures, The Power Of Silence takes a somersault of thought into the unknown.

 

 

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The Art Of Dreaming is more or less self explanatory by the title. This book is once again, further stories of teachings that have been recollected from earlier states of heightened awareness before Don Juan and his party of sorcerers left the world as we know it.

Carlos goes deep into the aspects of Lucid dreaming, guided by help from the female members of Don Juan’s party, and ends up dealing with forces from the realm of the Inorganic Beings. This work is full of high strangeness and “easter eggs” from the knowledge of the sorcerers of ancient Mexico. The Art Of Dreaming is a great reading for those who wish to take their dreaming to the next level, and beyond!

 

 

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The active side of infinity is a collection of stories from Carlos Castaneda’s life. Carlos claims that he compiled these stories on Don Juan’s suggestion, as a means to redeploy unused energy from those events. If a sorcerer reorders the memorable events of their life into a collection, it can allow them a vehicle for the emotional and energetic adjustment needed to venture into the unknown.

The book coaxes the reader and hints about another mind within each of us. A mind that Don Juan refers to as a foreign installation. It is not until later in the book, in a chapter named “Mud Shadows” that Carlos reveals that Don Juan had shown him a special type of inorganic being known as the flyers. According to the sorcerers of Don Juan’s lineage, the flyers had given us their mind eons ago, thereby taking over total control of our lives. Our thoughts are their thoughts, and we are their food. They create emotional events in our reality to cause flare ups in our awareness, to feed on that energy. To learn more about the flyers, don’t miss out on The Active Side Of Infinity.

 

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The Wheel Of Time is a collection of quotes selected from Castaneda’s first eight books. According to Castaneda, the collection of quotes began as an attempt to collect a series of quotes that would be interesting to read and ponder. Instead, the collection of quotes took on their own momentum, hinting at a deeper meaning. The quotes seemed to draw Carlos into a mood of the sorcerers of ancient times. Sorcerers who had razor sharp focus on a mysterious force that they called intent. By using this force, those ancient sorcerers were able to focus on the wheel of time. Instead of being stuck in time they way that average humans are, these ancient sorcerers were able to see time not only as it recedes from them, but also as it advances, in the other direction.

The Wheel Of Time encapsulates another perspective of our world, set in motion by a force greater than human comprehension, and steeped in the struggle of the spiritual warrior. An ongoing work of human understanding is contained in this book.

 

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Magical Passes is a whole different kind of book, set apart from the rest of the Carlos Castaneda series. This is a book full of hundreds of explanations and illustrations of a system of movements discovered by the shamans of ancient Mexico. The purpose of these magical passes is the redeployment of energy, which has been pushed away from our vital centers during the stress of every day life. This energy, which has settled on the periphery of our luminous spheres, is agitated and redeployed back to our centers of vitality. Think of Magical Passes as kind of like the sorcerer’s Tai Chi.

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nature

The Western Rocky Mountain Bluebird

A member of the Thrush family, the Western Bluebird or Rocky Mountain Bluebird can be seen in open meadows near trees, sagebrush prairies, pinyon-juniper woods as well as mountainous areas and Alpine zones above the treeline; in the vicinity of the Rocky Mountains of North America. Continue reading for photos, facts and footage of the beautiful Rocky Mountain Bluebird or Sialia currucoides.

 

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The Rocky Mountain Bluebird often forages by perching or hovering and then darts out to catch flying insects once their prey has been spotted. Beetles, grasshoppers and caterpillars are also free game. In wintertime they forage for wild berries such as juniper berries, mistletoe, hack berries or anything else they can find. If you have ever caught a glimpse of one of these birds fluttering around, it is like a small piece of the most beautiful blue sky. The female pictured above is modestly dressed, while the male of the species is somewhat more decorated with more blue on it’s breast and darker blues on it’s back seen here:

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The Rocky Mountain Bluebird dwells in high elevations during the summer months where insects are plentiful. They nest in empty hollows and crevices among trees, rocks, buildings or cliffs. Then as the weather begins to change, these breathtaking birds assume a slow, nomadic migration from high elevations down to the lower areas near the Rocky Mountains in search of better foraging grounds.

 

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There are a few ways to attract these birds to visit your yard on their yearly migration routes. One way is to grow a garden, including some of their favorite berries mentioned above, so that they have a place to forage for food during winter months. Although apparently not everything they find is worth swallowing. I captured footage of several of these birds coughing up and spitting out tidbits of food here and there. However it seems like they are getting enough nutrition to keep them going. To show you that footage, I have made a short video on YouTube which you can watch here if you would like:

 

 

Another way to attract bluebirds is to install a birdhouse that is the correct size for the birds you wish to attract. You can purchase a kit and build your own or they also come fully assembled. To see these birdhouses for yourself and check out the current pricing, just follow this link to Western Mountain Bluebird Houses on Amazon – also for more in depth information about attracting Bluebirds, there is The Bluebird Book: A Complete Guide To Attracting Bluebirds also on Amazon.
These birds mate and raise young twice per year, having broods of between four and eight chicks at a time, usually during the spring months when they return to higher elevations.
If you live near the Rocky Mountains keep an eye out for these striking blue creatures of nature and let me know in the comments section if you have seen one – I really appreciate your interest in this segment; the internet and I would like to know what you think about it.

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Spirituality

Manifest Abundance Using Your Sixth Sense

Your Sixth Sense is active at all times and is giving you signals. Signals that can help to guide you to where you want to be in life. You can train yourself to tune in to these signals and learn to use your sixth sense to manifest abundance.
The non-physical part of yourself communicates with you from beyond. Your inner being speaks to you through your emotions. If there is something you are wanting and you are not getting, there is often a feeling of frustration involved or maybe if you have been wanting this thing for a long time then you may even be at the point of despair, because it feels like you will never get there.
These negative emotions are a sign from your non-physical self that you are pointed in the wrong direction. If you stay focused on the details of what you are not getting, then you will never get to where you want to be; so you have to find a better way of thinking about it in order to get yourself headed in the right direction. You need to get less specific with your thinking and to go general. The specifics of the situation are that you do not have what you want
and that you feel like it’s not coming; but generally speaking, some people do get what they want so it’s possible that someday it could come to you. So you see how that feels better? If you can think about what you want in a general way, then you can start to change the way you feel about it and you will be moving more in the direction of where you want to be.
Have you ever noticed someone who is optimistic, determined or excited about something? Have you ever been there yourself? When you are confident and courageous and just go for it, you usually make the basket; you put in the work, you do your best
everything is working out and you are loving it! That is the state of mind of success. The energy level that we need to get to and then everything just starts working out for us. The way you feel when you make a statement about what you want, will give you a clue that you are on the right track. So the trick is to find a statement that feels better. Let’s use the subject of money as an example. So if I say that I don’t have enough money and that I feel like I’m never going to get ahead, that doesn’t feel very good and people get stuck in that place. Then they look at their bank account and that just proves it to be true. So a more general approach would be to
say that there are people that are making it and getting ahead and that feels a little bit better. So next you could say that a raise or a promotion is is likely to come your way and if you believe that, then you are turning more and more in the direction of what you want -and you can switch your focus from despair and turn your attention to the possibility of actually getting what you want. The reason that positive affirmations don’t always work is because we have to believe in what we are saying. If I jump straight into saying that an overabundance of money is flowing to me now, well that can be hard to believe – because my bank account says otherwise. It can be difficult to focus your attention on something that you don’t believe and that is why we need to find a general statement that we can get behind and gradually work our way toward the right direction. Your inner being will let you know by giving you a clue about how a given statement makes you feel.
So maybe you are in such a deep place of despair about the subject of what you are wanting, that you just can’t seem to find any point of view that gets you going in the right direction. If that
is the case, then it can be a good idea to look for evidence of well-being in your life experience and get some momentum going based on what is working for you. Reach for something that you sincerely feel that can support your belief that you are in a good place. In other words, start by counting your blessings and focus your attention on those things in order to get your Mojo going. Once you get to a place of optimism, a place of hope, you can
prepare your point of Attraction to accept that more good things are sure to come. If you can believe it, then more good things are
sure to come. What is your inner being telling you right now? Can you find the way to focus your attention on what you want and believe that it will come?

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nature

Ascaris Round Worms – Horse Worms

Do you suspect that your horses may have worms? Here are a few Ascaris Worm Facts: Parascaris equorum, also known as Horse Worms, are a type of Giant Roundworm which resides within affected horses. This article covers how they live and spread and symptoms to look for in horses – plus easy and cost effective treatment of affected animals.

Ascarids are one type of parasitic nematode worms. Also known as giant round worms, they affect the intestinal tract of vertebrates all over the world and can wreak havoc on livestock animals such as horses. Let’s examine the lifecycle, dangers and treatments of ascerids.

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This jar of parasites is on display at my local veterinarian clinic. They came from one of the horses here in rural North America, where parasites can be a real problem. Ascerids usually trouble young horses whose immune system’s are not yet fully developed. They can lead to weakness, depression, stunted growth and potentially fatal colic.

Most ascerids are host specific, meaning that they will grow into adulthood and reproduce in only one single type of host animal. These equine ascerids known as parascaris equorum, occur in horses, donkeys and zebras but are not capable of infecting dogs pigs or humans for instance.

Equine ascaris are usually the size of a pencil, but the females can get much larger – up to 14 inches long. Healthy female ascerids can lay hundreds of thousands of eggs per day. These eggs are passed on into the open and can lay dormant in manure for up to ten years or longer, until they are picked up by other grazing horses. Adult equine ascarids usually reside in the small intestine, however freshly hatched larva will invade the gut wall and travel to the liver via the lymphatic system.

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Then after about a week they will molt, reaching the next larval stage, when they migrate to the lungs, traveling through the bloodstream.

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From there they are coughed up and swallowed, returning once again to the small intestine, where they can mature into adults, mate and begin laying eggs – typically within just 10 weeks from being ingested. It is common for adult horses to develop an immunity to ascarids; so they are more of a problem with young horses.

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If your horse is under 2 years of age, keep an eye out for symptoms such as weight loss, poor growth, lethargy, a rough hair coat, coughing, nasal discharge, pot-bellied appearance and/or colic. This problem can be taken care of with an oral worming treatment by your local veterinarian; also available online if you prefer to take care of it yourself. I will post a link to oral worming treatments if you would like to compare prices on the best horse worming medicines available. Check the link below…

 

– Here is a link for you to compare the best prices for horse wormer medicine on Amazon: safe-guard horse dewormer on Amazon

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As far as long term prevention is concerned, it would seem like a good idea to clean up and remove any old manure from the your horse’s living area when possible. We have all seen horses nibble on road apples when they get bored, and that is where the eggs would be picked up. I hope that this has been helpful and informative for my fellow equestrians out there.

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Gardening

Propagating Raspberries and other Perennials

Every year I dig, divide and store my raspberry canes and other perennial garden plants, over the winter, in order to make more plants in the spring; Expanding the garden, and having enough to share, sell, or whatever I like. Why do I think it’s a good idea to dig them in the fall? Because digging up and transplanting raspberry plants in the spring seems to cause them stress; many of my trans-plantings have failed this way (about 90%).

So I harvest my canes in the fall and store them in a cool, humid environment. This gives them time to recover from being divided, and gives them a chance to grow roots and shoots. It basically gives them a better chance to get a head start, before they are transplanted and called upon to perform. This next image shows bare root raspberry canes which have been stored over the winter. Notice the white growth around the roots. If you dig and divide your plants in the spring, they will have to grow these white roots before they can proceed with leaves, and may be set back or die under the stress.

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Here is the process that I use: first trim the Canes and remove the leaves, then dig up the roots, being careful not to damage them. You can remove the soil by pounding the clod until it breaks away, then separate the canes by pulling them apart or by cutting them apart. Each cane should have a section of roots and large roots can also be kept. Roots will grow their own cane.

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Wrap the roots in a moist towel and store in a partially breathable bag for the winter. I use a dog food bag and store my roots in my cellar. You could keep them in a refrigerator or in a cool dark room. Just be sure to check them and don’t let them get too dry. On the other hand, don’t get them too wet either. Too much moisture will promote mold, slime and decay. I like to stay at about 50% humidity – you can achieve this by using a dog food or bird seed bag, folding the bag over on top, allowing a little bit of space for the roots and canes to breathe.

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Five months later my stored roots have growth protuberances which is a great sign that they are alive and ready to grow. I dig a few holes in the backyard, water them in and plant my best canes. And there you have it: more raspberries than I could want. Below is the full video demonstration on youtube:

 

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Also available on youtube is a quick, full video demonstration of Rhubard Propagation:

It’s a lot easier than you think, just watch and see…

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And another quick full video demonstration on How to Propagate Comfrey on youtube:

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Spirituality

How To Raise Kundalini – Chakra Cleansing

When you Balance your Chakras, Kundalini Energy is able to flow freely. So what happens next? First of all, what is Kundalini and this talk about balancing Chakras?

Kundalini is a powerful spiritual energy believed to be located near the base of the spine. When Kundalini is raised, one Chakra at a time from the base of the Spine, all the way up to the top of the head, it can unlock miraculous human potentials and release your hidden genius. When you nurture your Energetic Spirit with Kundalini Energy, miracles can become commonplace, luck is on your side, and a mystical light glows within you. You can become Divinity.

This legendary energy can be awakened by cleansing your Chakras, one at a time, allowing them to open and let pure cosmic energy flow through you -connecting you to your higher self. Otherwise known as an awakening.

Each Chakra requires its own specific strategy to open the Chakra and clear the way for Kundalini energy to flow naturally and permanently. Stay with me here, as I explain what causes each Chakra to become blocked and how to cleanse and open each individual Chakra. Please be sure you are in good physical, spiritual and mental health before attempting to perform any of the techniques in this post.

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Opening a random Chakra won’t do much good if there is no energy flowing to it. Kundalini energy lies waiting at the base of your spine in the Base chakra so that is where we need to start, to get that energy awakening.

  • The Base Chakra or Root Chakra is associated with primal energy and relates to your most basic survival needs. This Chakra can become blocked by fear. Energy becomes blocked in Chakras just like water in a stream can become blocked by debris. You must let go of your fears and allow them to flow downstream. What keeps most people down in life is that we are holding on to traumatizing emotional events. Everyone does it; after all it’s only natural to hold on to things. That is how we learn and grow. You can let go by identifying your fears and deciding to let go. It’s as simple as that: We are in control of our status if we want to be. Once your Base Chakra is clear, Kundalini will rise to the Sacral Chakra.

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  •  The Sacral Chakra is our energetic center of passion and pleasure and it can become blocked by guilt. If you, like many others, are holding on to some kind of guilt from sometime in your life, you will need to identify what event may have caused this guilt and forgive yourself. Life happens – and along the way we do our best. It’s time to forgive yourself and let go of your guilt so that it can flow downstream. Meditate on this if you need to, but know that it will be pointless to move on to the next Chakra if the previous ones remain blocked. Once your Sacral Chakra is clear and open, Kundalini will rise to the Solar Plexus Chakra.

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  • The Solar Plexus Chakra is the center of willpower, confidence and self-discipline. This Chakra can become blocked by shame. Have you ever felt ashamed of something you have done? This shame can block your confidence and willpower. The path to cleansing this Chakra is acceptance. Accept yourself for who you are; accept yourself as you are and Kundalini will rise up to your Heart Chakra.aura

 

  • The Heart Chakra is our center of pure love. The Heart Chakra is the central Chakra out of our seven chakras. A unifying Chakra and a center of healing. This Chakra can become blocked by grief. Grief and loss can be tough to deal with and letting go of grief can take time. Keep in mind that love eventually heals all wounds; let love heal your grief and move on. If you succeed in letting go of grief, then Kundalini will be allowed to rise up even further to the Throat Chakra.
  • The Throat Chakra is the center of truth and can be blocked by lies. Whether we lie to ourselves or to others, it is a sure way to block your energy. If we accept ourselves then there are no need for lies. Positive affirmations of acceptance can be very useful for cleansing the Throat Chakra. Speak the truth and your Kundalini will rise to your Third Eye.

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  • The Third Eye Chakra is our energetic center of deep insight. An open Third Eye Chakra can give us access to inner guidance and extra-sensory perception. This Chakra is blocked by illusion. It’s been said by many that reality is an illusion. Many have said that, because many have seen the truth: Reality is an illusion. We live in a
    reality of separation, where we exist in a world as a complete unit, apart from everything else. Reality, according to those who have seen it, is that everything is connected. Not only is everything connected; everything is all one and the same. We are all part of one singular consciousness. We are all each other – we are everything. Realizing the true nature of reality will cleanse your third eye and safely open it for good. – More information on Opening Your Third Eye (blog post). Finally your Kundalini can rise up to the Seventh Chakra on the top of your head: The Crown Chakra.

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  • The Crown Chakra is the energetic center of thought and is related to pure cosmic energy. The Crown Chakra is blocked by earthly attachments. If you wish to raise Kundalini fully and allow pure cosmic energy to flow through you, putting you in touch with your eternal self; then you must let go of your earthly attachments. This doesn’t mean that you have to give up your home and live on the street with nothing. You can still have things, just give up your attachment to them. This is why people on the spiritual path do sometimes give away their belongings – because attachments weigh us down. If you wish to fly, you must become light and fluid and our attachments slow us down.

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