Category Archive: Keeping up with the Joneses

what's new with the Jones family...Mandolin, SaveTheWorld, ManDog, and the rest of the clan

Jun 11

Gardening for Brain Power

Gardening Jones takes a look at exercising your brain through gardening.

Many years ago I read of a study that showed that activities that involve the brain having to predict outcomes help to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. Other studies have shown that physical exercise alone may help, but this study was more specifc and certainly more emphasis was on the types of activities. These included chess and …

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Jun 10

Not ‘Just Another Hoe’


‘Weed’ is an interesting word. It is both a noun and a verb, the meaning of the verb is to get rid of the noun. You might consider the opposite of ‘weed’ to be ‘harvest’. Also a noun and a verb, though here the meaning of the verb is to gather in the noun. As …

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Jun 04

You Can Grow That – In a Greenhouse

Gardening Jones takes a look at how she is using her wee greenhouse to get more produce.

Admittedly I was disappointed in the wee greenhouse we bought; I had expected more. I thought it would stay warmer during the cold, and I didn’t expect it to be able to get so hot so very fast. I had done some reading up on it, but most people that write or videotape about their …

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Jun 02

60 Till 60

In 60 days I will be 60 years old, a feat not everyone gets to enjoy. But when I take stock in how well I am aging, I find a number of areas for improvement. I often have to take steps one at a time due to joint issues. I find I am having sinus problems …

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May 21

A Perennial Food Garden

Gardening Jones shares what she is doing to make part of her gardening easier.

There’s an old joke that the older you get, the farther away the ground gets. It’s funny, but it’s also basically true. Our largest part of the garden is by the road, which also seems to be getting farther away. The beds are raised, but only slightly. So we decided to make that part the …

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Apr 15

Easy Raised Beds

building rasied bed

You can build a raised bed pert near anywhere. All you need is the right sun requirements for what you want to grow, and materials for the bed that will hold the soil. If the area you choose is on an incline, make sure you keep your bed level. Otherwise, after a rain you will …

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Apr 04

Veggie Conversation Starters – You Can Grow That!

Gardening Jones looks at the many color varieties available in a few everyday veggies.

Whether it’s in your garden or at the table, they are so many different varieties of everyday veggies that you are bound to get them talking; if only to say “You can grow that?” Let’s look at cauliflower as an example. So many kids, and adults as well, shy away from this healthy veggie. But …

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Jan 09

The Big Bug Hunt

Gardening Jones shares info about The Big Bug Hunt project.

Because I am obsessed with gardening, my husband says “possessed”, I often come across sites that not everyone will find. That was the case this morning when I opened an email from Mother Earth News. I will admit I don’t always open their emails, but this particular one was on planning  a garden and if …

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Jan 09

11 Edibles to Grow in a Survivalist Garden

You might look at your garden differently if your very existence depended on it. Of course you would consider balanced nutrition, but you also might look at storage ability and depending on where you live, even growing edibles in disguise. Here are a few foods to consider if you want to rely more on your …

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Jan 03

Toxic Waste

The Intrepid Gardener shares her first experiences in the veggie garden.

This guest post was printed with permission by the author Cheryl Pendleton Knepper, aka The Intrepid Gardener Years ago when we first moved to Arkansas, I really, really wanted to start a garden, but sadly the soil here is made of lots of clay (lots). That combined with no knowledge of growing in the extreme …

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