2019 Newsletter 20- I’m ROOTING for you

2019 Newsletter 20- I’m ROOTING for you

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Back when I was attending college at UW-Madison, I learned a very important lesson about the nature of disease. In one of my classes, I had the task of injecting a pure strain of campestris (or more exact Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris -Xcc for short) into a number of cabbage plants. This is a deadly disease of the crucifer family of plants. You may have heard of it by the common name – black rot. It is extremely bad, as it lives in the soil a long time after the plant is infected, resulting in the inability to ever plant cabbage in that field again. Yes, it is that deadly.
My assignment in the class was to explain to the professor why each and every plant I injected did not get the disease. In fact, only about 50% or more contracted Xcc!
I remember this assignment so clearly because I thought every plant was going to die. How could they not when I was injecting this horrible disease into them? Well lo and behold, not only did half of them survive, they also did not exhibit any symptoms. How could that be?
Organisms that make plants sick are called pathogens. All species of plants are subject to disease. The occurrence of plant diseases vary from season to season, depending on the presence of the pathogen, environmental conditions, and the crops and varieties grown. Some plant varieties are particularly subject to outbreaks of diseases while others are more resistant to them. In addition, plant pathogens are very similar to those that cause disease in humans and animals. Disease cannot develop if any one of the following three basic conditions is lacking: .
(1) the proper environment (2) the presence of a pathogen, and (3) a susceptible host. That semester, I learned that every plant, just like every human, has an immune system that fights against bacteria and fungus attacks.
Plants if kept evenly moist, fertilized a little, and given enough sunlight, will most likely fight off most diseases. Sometimes, the plants need a little help with fungicides and bactericides. It is the same with humans: drink enough water, eat enough whole plant foods and stay away from junk food, and enjoy life – we also can fight off many diseases. Some times we also need help, and we look to the doctors and healers in our lives.
That’s why it’s critical to continue to keep your body strong and your spirit healthy enough to enable you to do the things that that bring you joy in life. Today, remember to take time to fill up your spiritual cup. This could be anything from taking a walk in the woods or smelling the flowers, to making a trip to church on Sunday. This is how we renew ourselves when we’re down-and it’s something that can be easily neglected. 
God Bless – Signing off until next week,  
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Going to a baa-baa-que
Basil Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise
We had a great group of attendees for our Cooking with Herbs class this past Sunday, but we didn’t get to this amazing burger recipe, so I am sharing it here for everyone to enjoy. Adding th fresh basil keeps the meat super juicy and flavorful.
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatos ( from the bag no packed in oil)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves-chopped
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning (dried)
  • 2 garlic cloves – minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup shreeded mozzerella cheese
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • fresh basil leaves for garnish


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