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By Kerry M. Davis
Hey there, my name is Kerry (thatís me in the picture up there) glad you are here. I have been a health nut for a while but never truly realized my passion for it until a few years ago. I have been a massage therapist for over ten years and known ...
Chronicles of an Iron Belle
Hey there, my name is Kerry (thatís me in the picture up there) glad you are here. I have been a health nut for a while but never truly realized my passion for it until a few years ago. I have been a massage therapist for over ten years and known for my ability to Ďtortureí people. The CIA wasnít hiring so I pursued an Infant Massage Therapy certification in an attempt to figure out when things start going awry as we develop and stopping them before they cause trouble when we are adults. Person after person would come to me seeking relief from their pain and all I could do was iron it out with a massage, the rest of the work was up to them and I soon found that not too many go to the gym and know what to do or have a personal trainer who gives them a good program. A major contributor to this issue is the lack of communication from the client to the professional out of ignorance of their own body all because we are so busy with the other demands of life to even listen to what our body is telling us. This blog will give you that understanding.

All that background stuff brought me to today: a certified personal trainer who LOVES kettlebell training (my fave move is the Turkish Get Up), loves running, and loves acting like a kid (I have three!). I hope you enjoy the journey with me as we tackle understanding our bodies and how to get the most of your time at the gym, beat injury, figure out what muscles are doing what, and have a few laughs along the way. Understand that I am a massage therapist and personal trainer, not a medical doctor so the advice I share here is strictly that: advice. To see the kind of work I do (with my hunk of a hubby) click here.

Please drop me a line though, I would love to hear all about you!

Take care,

Kerry M. Davis LMT, CIMT, CPT
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By Joey Norsen
April 25, 2012 12:01 a.m.

We gave up chemicals in the garden a few years ago, without much thinking about the challenges it would then bring!  Above all, weed control and fertilizing.  We found an easy solution to replace chemical fertilizers – composting (a post on that another time).  Weed control, on the other hand, has been an uphill battle.  Weeds are never-ending.  They are the one and only thing I dislike about gardening.  Often, I end up giving up by the end of the season and letting them take control of the garden.  But that only decreases yields and leads to more problems.  This year I am determined to not let them win.  So I’ve been desperately searching for some organic methods to controlling weeds.

Come to find out, there are lots of ways to battle weeds without chemicals.  Here are a few:

Corn gluten – This is found in products like organic Preen.  You sprinkle it on the garden before the weed seeds germinate for the season, and it keeps them from sprouting.  However, corn gluten prevents all seeds from germinating – meaning your good seeds, too.  I tried this one year without a ton of success.  Maybe I applied it too late, or not frequently enough (you have to keep applying throughout the season), but I still had lots of weeds.

Black plastic – I have not yet tried plastic.  Black plastic is definitely an effective method of weed prevention.  However, you have to be careful with it.  First of all, it attracts heat.  Sometimes that can be beneficial, but if you’re not cautious, it can easily fry your plants.  Also, it is an impermeable material, which prevents water and nutrients from getting through to your plants.  If I get really desperate, I may try black plastic next year.  But I’d rather use a method that actually adds nutrients to the soil.

Landscape fabric – Landscape fabric works similarly to plastic, but it is porous, so it does allow water and some nutrients to pass through.  It’s not quite as effective as plastic (some really persistent weeds can still penetrate it), but it is a really good option.  I’m using this in my perennial herb garden.  The fabric will last several years, so once I get the garden weeded and the fabric laid down this year, I shouldn’t have to worry about it for awhile.

Newspapers – In our vegetable garden, we’re opting for newspapers to help control weeds.  The newspaper will obviously break down over time, but it’ll add nutrients to the soil as it does.  We’ll lay several layers thick of newspaper down across our entire raised beds, and then we’ll poke holes where we put in plants or seeds.  This will be covered with a layer of mulch.  

Mulching – There are lots of organic mulches out there that will actually benefit your soil as they break down over time.  Grass clippings, wood chips, bark and straw are all good and common options.  Just be sure to lay a nice thick layer (I always skimp and make it too thin, which doesn’t work to prevent the weeds from getting through as well).

Whichever method you choose, I wish you luck in winning the battle against weeds this season!

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