World Ark Magazine - May 2013 - (Page 8)
The Good Life
Tips for Better Living
Gardens To Go
f you failed to floss your
teeth today, you’re in good
company. The regimen of
brushing, flossing and visiting
the dentist twice a year is
a Western one, and in fact,
most of the world doesn’t
follow it. Their lack of nylon
bristles and fluoride doesn’t
necessarily mean their mouths
are full of cavities, though.
A combination of diets
devoid of sugar and processed
food and the use of twigs and
other time-tested tools for
dental hygiene help many
people in developing countries
keep teeth and gums healthy.
ere’s a clever idea brought to you all the way from Gideon village in
Malawi, where women found a way to grow heaps of healthy greens
right beside their front doors. Grace Banda, a 28-year-old mother of
four, keeps a line of burlap sack gardens planted with cabbage in front of
To make your own, you’ll need a large burlap sack, gravel, a tin can
with both ends cut out, potting soil and goat berries. If you’re plum out of
goat manure, compost works fine, too.
Step 1: Put the can in the bottom of the sack and fill it with gravel. Pour
equal parts soil and compost around it, up to the top of the can.
Step 2: Slide the can up to the surface of the dirt, refill it with rocks and
fill the area around the can with the soil and compost mix.
Step 3: Repeat step 2 until the sack is full.
Step 4: Cut staggered openings about 6 inches long along the sides, and
plant seeds in the holes.
The cylinder of gravel inside the sack helps distribute and drain the water,
ensuring that none of the plantings get too wet or too dry.
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Brushing teeth with twigs
that have been broken,
splayed and softened is
common in many cultures,
as are toothpastes made of
mud, charcoal, ash and other
readily available ingredients.
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