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Asparagus Time: Lessons About Life

Posted by admin May - 5 - 2011 - Thursday Comments Off

Asparagus time?

Sorry for my strange excitement about asparagus, but I always look forward to picking and eating the first fresh batch from my garden. I just picked some today! It’s usually the first green vegetable available every spring. And if you can get it fresh, like picking it yourself from your own garden, it is absolutely fantastic. It’s even good raw!

I’m big on gardening by the way. I even recommend it in my book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible For All Ages. Gardening does amazingly good things for your overall health and wellness.

Asparagus growing is a great analogy for most things in life, like relationships, careers, faith, and prosperity. In case you haven’t noticed, all the great things in life take time – it’s a lesson in patience.

Asparagus as an analogy for life? LOL. Yep you read it correctly. That’s why they call me the “down to earth” doctor.

For example, many people tell me they would like to grow their own asparagus, but they lose their enthusiasm when they learn that it takes a couple of years from the time you plant until the time you can pick. And worse yet, if you plant and lose your patience, picking too early, then your asparagus won’t come back.

Even more like the realities of life, there are a few particulars. You must plant in good soil, and not just anywhere with good soil but in a sunny spot. And this sunny spot with good soil must be well drained – not in a low spot. Whew, it’s getting complicated isn’t it? Oh wait, don’t forget that there are going to be weeds, lots of weeds that you have to keep up with!

So, there is a procedure, and rules, and a way to do it, and it takes time. Welcome to reality! This is about the way the world works when you want something good.

Sorry to depress you but this story gets brighter if you read on. LOL.

But in the end, the efforts in growing asparagus are all worth it. You’ll know what I mean if and when you ever take your first bite of just picked asparagus. Mmmm, mmmmm!

Now, there is an option; you can just go out and buy it. Most grocery stores carry asparagus, and at this time of year, spring, it’s very reasonably priced.  Not a bad alternative to growing it yourself, eh? I can’t argue, even that store bought asparagus has it’s benefits for your health and can be quite tasty. Enjoy it!

Sorry to steal some of your asparagus joy, but the reality is that the store bought, corporate grown stuff may likely contain potentially harmful toxic residues from the insecticide and herbicide applications. And the nutritional content is lacking compared to the home grown or organically grown variety because the soil it was grown in is likely mineral depleted. Don’t forget I said “sorry”. The lesson here is that taking shortcuts, taking the path of least resistance, has it’s consequences. (You might argue that you’ll wash it thoroughly. Sorry again, washing is always a good idea, but the toxins are known to be in the flesh also.

So there you have it – lessons in life from asparagus. The lessons being that good things take time and effort but it’s usually worth the bother, and that if you lose your patience acting too quickly you may not have another chance, and that you can take short cuts but there is usually a price to pay for it.

And then there is the issue of faith. Yep, you must have faith that your efforts will produce, and that also is an important component for life.

No, this is not a dream. LOL.

Now, I’m going to cook my favorite asparagus recipe: 2 scrambeled eggs mixed with chopped asparagus (1/2 inch pieces) and topped with grated Swiss cheese. This must be what heaven is like! Thanks God.

What lessons have you learned by observing the world around you?

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Farm Life – Blazing New Trails

Posted by admin October - 4 - 2010 - Monday Comments Off

Farm life for me is a lot of work, but it’s fun work! Well,  most of the time. LOL.

This time of year, fall, involves getting many things done outside before it’s too cold to do them here in Wisconsin. I finished up with my firewood pile, started pulling out the garden plants, had the pigs butchered, now it’s time to blaze some trails. Yep, every fall I make some trails across my acreage for hiking and cross country skiing. My land is rented out to the government in a program called CRP, Conservation Reserve Program. The government planted wild flowers and wild grasses as a sort of prairie restoration. According to them, this gives the land a bit of a rest, allowing it to build up minerals and nutrients, and acts a refuge for wildlife. I see deer, turkeys, coyotes, pheasants, hawks and cranes all the time, I guess something the government does actually will work sometimes! LOL.

These wild grasses are taller than me!

As part of the CRP arrangement, I’m permitted to cut a trail for my personal use. It’s not easy to cut through wild grasses that are 8-10 foot tall. But leave it to me, the “Down-to-Earth” doctor, to get it done simply, economically, uniquely and in a fun way. For example, I use a mower that is 87 years old! LOL. And I love the thing. It’s a horse drawn McCormick Deering sickle mower.

Dr Tom Potisk with ancient sickle mower

Sickle mowers were popular around the turn of the century and used to cut grain and hay. It has a 6 foot long reciprocating cutting blade that slides along the ground essentially scissoring the grass off, leaving a perfect trail for my needs.

My fresh cut trail through prarie grasses

The way I found this gem of a machine was kind of funny. Since my gas powered riding lawnmower would never handle this “jack-and-the-bean-stalk” size wild prairie grass, I drove over to the local used farm implement dealer expecting to buy a big tractor for the job. I told the salesman there of my needs and I saw big dollar signs in his eyes.

“Well, I’m going to sell you this tractor for $3700.00 and this mower attachment for $1200.00,” he said gleefully with a big smile.

Just then I spotted this old sickle mower off to the side nearly covered in grape vines.” How much is that old thing?” I interrupted.

“Oh that’s  over 80 years old and to be used as  a lawn ornament. It’s $60.00,” he said as he attempted to wave it off and pull me towards his office.

“Well does it work?”

“It was brought here decades a go as a trade in, but it likely still works because those things are made tough, to be pulled by a horse. Now step over here and I’ll draw up the papers for your tractor and…..”

“Forget the tractor” I declared, “I’ll take the old sickle mower!”

The look on his face was like that of a child whose puppy had just been taken away. I’ve been using it successfully year after year. I pull it with my small skid loader.

I love it’s simplicity, “tank” like solidness, and that it does not burn any fuel itself. I often wonder what stories it would tell of the farmer that originally used it and the long gone horses that pulled it.

I bet it would also say “I’m made tough and I’ll keep going strong if you give me good maintenance!” Oh boy, I feel a blog post coming on about prevention of health problems.  LOL.

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