The East London Garden Society

The Voice ‐ July 2019

Comment by Geoff

Geoff Juden

Many exciting things seem to be happening in our environment just now.

With many players in the arena trying to determine the best way forward, one of the best ways to progress would be to have a stronger living environment by addressing how gardeners are able to progress in creating a better garden for all.

We all need to listen to those who are at the forefront of gardening. This includes those who manage our public parks and gardens.

Pollination of Fruit Trees

Apple Tree

The lack of pollinating insects in some areas of fruit production in China has forced producers to pollinate their fruit trees by hand. In these areas, the excessive use of pesticides and the lack of a natural habitat put an end to all the pollinators that inhabited the ecosystem.

There is increasing awareness of insects and other pollinating animals for agriculture worldwide. In the long term, they are basically the only ones responsible when it comes to growing food and without them agriculture could collapse.

But, there are simple solutions to avoid their collapse. Learn how. Back to top

Are Coffee Grounds Good for The Soil?

Coffee Beans

Applying spent coffee grounds around your garden for amazing results is one of the most common gardening tips going.

James Wong put the theory to the test.

See what he found out! Back to top

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

He was a simple farmer, he hadn’t seen a computer and certainly not many white people in his life. But his mind prevailed and his inventions made lives better.

At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family’s home. Now 22, William Kamkwamba, shares his moving tale of invention that changed his life. Back to top

Earthworms in Your Garden

Spanish Slug

Earthworms in your garden may help prevent invasive slugs from devouring plants.

Slugs creep through a garden, lubricated by their own secretions, leaving a trail of mucus behind. In their wake is destruction since their rapacious appetites can require them to consume several times their own body weight each day, chomping roots and leaves with guillotine‐like jaws and thousands of backward pointing teeth. Hermaphroditic as adults, they lay tiny pearls of eggs easily mistaken for fertilizer beads in potting soil, allowing them to rampantly proliferate in gardens and nurseries.

However, new research suggests there might be simple ways to ward off slug damage. See Earthworms in Your Garden to see how. Back to top

Cooking in a Different Way ‐ Cancer‐Fighting Tea

Essiac tea

Rene Caisse, a Canadian nurse, treated her patients with an inexpensive, natural cancer‐fighting tea for fifty years (free of charge!). She had the support of many renowned scientists, respected doctors, and cancer survivors until she died in 1978.

People are always seeking alternative remedies and the biggest respect should be given to the Ojibwe people of Canada (Turtle Island), who shared this secret recipe with her. After meeting with an Ojibwe medicine man, Rene discovered that she could cure her patient’s cancer with an herbal tea he prescribed. After taking his advice, the cancer patient was surprisingly still alive, thirty years later.

To this day, thousands of people swear by the results they get from this Essiac cancer‐fighting tea recipe. It is a strong anti‐cancer agent, possesses strong anti‐inflammatory compounds, and strengthens the immune system. It also helps detoxify the body by acting as a natural liver cleanser and lymphatic‐mover as well as improving the digestive function.

It is made from the following ingredients:

Sheep Sorrel

  • Traditional folk remedy for cancer and disease
  • High in vitamins A & B complex, C, D, E & K
  • Rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, silicon, sulphur, manganese, copper, iodine, and zinc
  • Strong antioxidant properties

Burdock Root

  • Traditional cure for illness and disease
  • Purifies blood and promotes circulation
  • Helps eliminate toxins through the skin and urine
  • High in vitamins A & B complex, C & E
  • Rich in iron, magnesium, chromium, potassium, cobalt, phosphorous, silicon and zinc
  • Rich in antioxidants

Slippery Elm Bark

  • Traditional folk remedy for soothing cuts, burns, ulcers, and sore throats
  • Aid digestion and toxin removal
  • High in vitamin A & B complex, C & K, as well as calcium and selenium
  • Powerful antioxidant

Turkey Rhubarb

  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Helps eliminate toxins in the digestive tract
  • High in Vitamins A & B complex, C, and rich in calcium, iron, copper, iodine, potassium, sulphur, and zinc
  • Known for its effectiveness against chronic liver problems

Be sure to use organic ingredients when making this tea, otherwise you’ll be drinking a concoction of pesticides and herbicides and doing the body more harm than good.

The recipe below gives you ingredient amounts to make a large stock of cancer‐fighting tea for you to use every day. For general health, drink ½ ounce of tea in two ounces of water once daily (on an empty stomach at bedtime is ideal). To fight disease like cancer, slowly increase to 1 ounce of tea in two ounces of water once daily.


  • 1½ cups of burdock root
  • 1 cup of sheep sorrel root
  • ¼ cup of slippery elm powder
  • 2 tbsp. of Turkish rhubarb root


Mix all herbs and store in a seal‐tight jar. For a quart of tea, add 2 tbsp. of herbal blend. For a gallon of tea, add ½ cup of herbal bend.

Bring water to a boil in a glass kettle or cast‐iron pot, add herbs and boil for fifteen minutes before covering with a tight lid and steep for twelve hours.

The following day, reheat the water but do not boil. Allow to settle and then strain out the herbs. Store in a refrigerator. Back to top



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