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A greenhouse is one of the most well-known garden structures. Providing shielding from extreme sun, wind, and rain — greenhouses can significantly extend your growing season.
These sunny buildings come in a variety of shapes and sizes too. Heated glass greenhouses can fight against snow and cold in severe climates. Plastic sheeting can help create an impromptu structure to save a raised bed from unexpected frosts. Paneled greenhouses can help maximize or minimize UV rays depending on the material.
Whether looking for lean-to DIY greenhouse plans or a larger farm-scale design, there’s a greenhouse option for just about everyone. Check out some of our greenhouse plans, designs, and styles to help you build a greenhouse of your own.Glass Greenhouse Plans
Glass greenhouses were the only choice prior to 1950, and are still popular today. Glass offers a more permanent and weather-resistant structure, as well as lower relative humidity and less disease.Solar Garden Conservatory
Like a gothic mansion, this conservatory style greenhouse presents an imposing presence. Recommended for the serious grower, these intricately-designed windows add class and elegance to any plant home.Find it at Gothic Arch GreenhousesGlass Lean-to Greenhouse
Glass Greenhouse Video
The BuildEazy crew offer both free and $5 plans. This favorite stand alone lean-to design is accompanied by a how-to video.
Ever watched a glass greenhouse being built? This video from YouTube user Torbjorn Ahman shows the steps from start to finish.Rising Phoenix Sunroom
Find it at Simply AdditionsExtension Sunroom
For those who prefer to keep their plants a little closer, these impressive sunroom plans marry the indoors and out. This model is designed to take advantage of 180-degree views.
Find it at Simply AdditionsUpcycled Greenhouse Plans
If the Rising Phoenix is a little too large, this smaller house extension may be for you. At 120 square feet, this smaller sunroom still has room for plenty of plants no matter what the season.
Upcycling saves both building and environmental costs for any project. Insteading already has dozens of ideas on making greenhouses out of old windows and doors. Here are some additional upcycling ideas to get you thinking.Railroad Tie Mini Greenhouse
This tiny greenhouse is both easy and inexpensive. Doubling as a raised bed, this planter is filled with topsoil and manure, then covered in plastic sheeting over the wooden frame.Find it at Mother Earth NewsMobile Home Greenhouse Conversion
This project takes significant work, but the payoff is a truly unique (and portable) greenhouse. Utilizing an old house trailer that would have otherwise gone to waste, this upcycling project discusses many details including material sourcing and choice, building codes, and thinking outside the box for your homesteading projects.Find it at Mother Earth NewsHay Bale Cold Frame
Using upcycled and biodegradable hay bales, this cold frame incorporates clear plastic or recycled windows. Easily customizable in size, but not recommended for snow.Find it at High Mowing Organic Seeds
Discover more ideas for Straw Bale Greenhouses on Insteading.Plastic Bottle Greenhouse
Whether it’s bottled water or carbonated corn syrup, Americans go through a lot of plastic drink bottles. Save these from the landfill with these impressive greenhouse designs.Find it at Goods Home Design
Building a greenhouse can be a time and weather dependent project. If you aren’t able to start from scratch, you can still find many effective and affordable greenhouse kits to meet your planting needs. Check out some of our favorites.
Editor’s Note: Greenhouses made from lightweight materials like aluminum or plastic can blow away in bad storms. Have an anchoring plan in place before you build. Choose an anchoring setup based on your greenhouse type.Jamaica Cottage Shop Greenhouse
With five windows and a charming cottage design, this greenhouse is both functional and a decorative backyard staple. This kit is also available in plans if you want to build it from scratch.Find it at Jamaica Cottage ShopLarge Clear Greenhouse Kit
A powder-coated aluminum frame and polycarbonate Snapglass make this kit lightweight and impact-resistant — especially for its size.Find it at Palram ApplicationsMini Lean-to Greenhouse Kit
For those short on space, this mini lean-to combines the convenience of a raised bed with an extended greenhouse growing season.Find it at Greenhouse Mega StoreWalk-in Greenhouse
This walk-in greenhouse structure is meant as a temporary covering to protect your crop from pests and extreme weather. A quick and easy seasonal fix for strawberries, this isn’t intended to protect orchids in winter.Find it at Amazon4 Tier Mini Greenhouse
A patio favorite, this tiny greenhouse is for gardeners on a budget. The shelves are easy to assemble and the protective plastic film zips everything together.Find it at AmazonUV Hot House Tent
This hot house grow tent provides 12 shelves and ample space for all but the most serious gardener. A simple solution for mild climates.Find it at AmazonPatio-sized Greenhouse Kit
At 10×20 feet, this walk-in greenhouse is so big it has added windows. If you are looking for a larger kit, this greenhouse is for you.Find it at AmazonPortable Backyard Greenhouse
A nice idea for harder to reach growing spaces, this pop-up kit has zippers, windows, and UV protection as well as six different vents for air circulation.Find it at AmazonCorrugated Polycarbonate Greenhouse
Polycarbonate is an extremely durable plastic, in fact, you may have heard of it when purchasing impact-resistant safety glasses. Greenhouse experts like Grower’s Supply recommend this material for both its durability and its eco-friendly impact.
Polycarbonate panels are recyclable. They come in multiple colors and strengths, with a UV resistant clear panel being most common in greenhouses.
Currently, polycarbonate is super long-lasting, but not recyclable. We hope that as technology advances, new plastic treatments will help create additional environmentally-friendly opportunities.
Too often, plastic greenhouses are used in a very non-eco-friendly way—people put them up, find they aren’t durable enough, and end up chucking pounds of plastic into a landfill.
If you go with plastic, find something durable. If you really do want something temporary—say, just a cover to protect against frost—look for recyclable sheeting to reduce waste upon tear down.Barn Greenhouse Plans
Taking advantage of the versatility of corrugated panels, these greenhouse plans use both metal and polycarbonate panels.Find it at Ana WhiteSunken Greenhouse Video Series
Portable Polycarbonate Greenhouse Plans
This video series features multiple videos showing every step of this greenhouse build. The sunken technique for greenhouse walls offers thermal insulation with plenty of roof space covered in polycarbonate sheeting. The project is also designed for high wind areas.
Robin Builders provides examples of portable pre-assembled greenhouses. These sturdy frames can be moved to multiple different foundations.Find it at Robin BuildersInstalling Corrugated Panels
If you’re creating your own polycarbonate greenhouse, you’ll need to find an exact fit with plans. When it comes time to attach the panels to the frame, this article by the Natural Handyman can come in—well, handy.Find it at Natural HandymanPlastic Panel Greenhouses
Looking more like the corrugated plastic or a cardboard box, this plastic is more durable than polyethylene film but more flexible than corrugated polycarbonate. It can be used in many of the same plans as other plastics but is often used to keep out excessive heat.Solexx Greenhouse Coverings
Solexx is a well-known brand of polyethylene greenhouse sheeting. The translucent covering offers more even heating and protection against excessive sun not found in other clear greenhouse coverings.Find it at SolexxSolex Lean-to Greenhouse
Find it at Building a GreenhousePrimalite Greenhouse Sheeting
This Lean-to Features Solexx sheeting is described as maintenance-free. While there is a significant amount of project prep, this design is built to last for many years.
Primalite is the exclusive product of Polygal, offering a UV-resistant clear sheeting recommended for sheds and skylights.Find it at PolygalPlastic Sheeting Greenhouse Plans
Polyethylene refers to the plastic sheeting that is used for multiple construction applications, including greenhouses. The plastic is highly weather- and chemical- resistant. This is a lightweight option for hoop or wooden frame greenhouses. The plastic is not biodegradable but can be recycled.Geodome Greenhouse
Made from a sturdy wood frame and lightweight plastic sheeting, this greenhouse is both economical and visually stunning.Find it at Northern HomesteadGarden Bed-Sized Greenhouse
In true DIY fashion, this project helps you design mini-greenhouses to meet your specific garden bed needs. These quick and inexpensive projects look easy to change from year to year.Find it at Homemade HintsPVC Hoop Greenhouse
These hoop style greenhouse plans can be easily expanded. PVC is used for its flexibility and ease of assembly, although certain types of bamboo are flexible and fast-growing wicker might be an idea to substitute a more eco-friendly setup.Find it at Alberta Home GardeningCurved Cedar Cloche
Using conifer branches from your backyard, these simple wood and plastic garden cloches will help protect your crops from colder weather.Find it at Earth Easy
After some effort, we got our amendment trial beds finished and planted:
The final bed layout looks like this:
We got a decent rain right after planting these beds so we should see germination shortly. The beds were planted on October 23rd.
Many people were interested in the cost of amendments each bed. I’ll see if I can give you a rough estimate on the costs so far. The hardest one is Steve’s Mix, as I sourced materials from all over the place, in bulk, and have to divide those costs up into a tiny bed and figure it out.Bed #1: Dave’s Fetid Swamp Water
Dave’s Fetid Swamp Water can be free; however, I did throw a quart of kelp meal ($1.18) into this batch. I will also add a couple cups of Epsom Salts soon ($1.00).
DFSW is the amazing amendment I cover in Compost Everything.
Total Price for 12 weeks of application: $0.54Bed #2: Worm castings
Worm castings aren’t cheap, but many gardeners swear by them.
We paid $17.99 for a 12lb bag at Tractor Supply.
I will start my own worm bin soon. It’s been a while since I kept them and I look forward to raising red wigglers again.
If you don’t want to raise worms, the worm castings are cheaper on Amazon.
It cost $30 to amend this bed with 20lbs of worm castings.
Total price: $30.00Bed #3: Biochar charged with Dyna-Gro
I made my own biochar, so that part was free.
The less-diluted Dyna-Gro soak (4 times normal application rate) we used to charge it cost $0.75 for this bed.
Total Price: $0.75Bed #4: Dyna-Gro
Dyna-Gro is around $57 a gallon.
Application to a bed this size, however, is just a teaspoon per gallon of water. 768 teaspoons are in a gallon and I would use two teaspoons per two diluted gallon application, meaning the price per application is $0.15.
Price per 2-week application: $0.75
Total Price for 12 weeks of application (6 doses): $4.50Bed #5: Urine (diluted 6-1)
Urine and water are free.
Total price: $0.00Bed #6: 10-10-10
8.99 a 40lb bag. Amount used 1/4lb. ($0.06 of 10-10-10)
If we have a mid-season application, it takes us up to a whopping 0.12 over the season. No wonder people use 10-10-10…
Total price: $0.06Bed #7: Control
Nothing to see here, folks. And nothing to spend. Just dead Bama dirt.
Total price: 0.00Bed #8: Steve Solomon’s fertilizer mix
This is by far the most complicated amendment to calculate, due to the many ingredients and the tiny amounts of some of them. I will do my best. This is based on what Steve Solomon and Erica Reinheimer cover in The Intelligent Gardener, and is an intense mix of micro and macro nutrients with the goal of growing the most nutrient-dense produce possible.
The following recipe is for a 100ft2 of garden bed, so all prices at the end of each line assume dividing by 4.
4 quarts cottonseed meal (Cottonseed meal: $13.99 per 40lb bag) ($0.69 per 1 quart applied to bed)
1 quart garden lime (Lime is $6 per 40lb bag) ($0.15 of lime)
2 cups pelletized gypsum 7.99 per bag. ($0.08 of gypsum)
3.5 cups bonemeal, $8 for 4lb. ($1.00 of bone meal)
2/3 cup potassium sulfate ($6.50 for 5lb at AlphaChemicals.com) ($0.25 of K2SO4)
1.5 tbsp borax $7.99 for a 4lb box ($0.04 borax)
2 tbsp manganese sulfate ($10.50 for 5lbs) ($0.01)
2 tbsp zinc sulfate ($0.01)
2 tsp copper sulfate ($0.01)
1 quart kelp meal ($85 per 50lb bag) ($1.18)
1/8 tsp sodium molybdate ($17 per lb) ($0.01)
Total Price: $3.43Bed #9: Neptune’s Harvest Seaweed and Fish
$35.99 per gallon (9lbs) 1 oz added to 1 gallon of water application rate. $0.24 per application.
This bed is based on Patricia Lanza’s excellent book.
Total Price: $1.00Bed #11: Alfalfa
$19.99 a bale, used 1/10 of a bale.
Total Price: $2.00Bed #12: Rye and peas cover crop
Price of rye and pea seed was about $0.75, maybe. I bought both in bulk amounts for cheap.
Total Price: $0.75And the Story Continues…
Now we get to see what happens next. Seeds should pop up any day, then we’re off to the races. Hopefully we’ll get a mild winter so we get faster growth and an earlier harvest. I don’t want these beds to continue too far into spring, as I’d like to grow warm-season crops in them then.
Which bed do you think will do the best?
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We love potlucks here in Minnesota, and besides bringing a salad, I always LOVE bringing dips! Especially dips with cheese and bacon! This amazing dip is incredibly rich – and just perfect when scooped up with your favorite gluten-free chips or crackers. It will easily serve 4 (or more) and is super quick to throw together! Best of all – the kids will love it, and everyone will ask for the recipe at parties!Yield: Serves 6 (as part of a party spread) Warm Cheesy Bacon Dip Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes
This amazing dip is incredibly rich – and just perfect when scooped up with your favorite gluten-free chips or crackers. It will easily serve 4 (or more) and is super quick to throw together!Print Ingredients
- 3.5 oz smoked bacon, finely chopped
- 1 small-medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 7 oz cream cheese
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 3.5 oz grated cheddar cheese
- Fry the bacon pieces in a large pan until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Do not discard the fat in the pan.
- Add the chopped onions to the pan, reducing the heat to low and cook slowly until the onions completely soften and caramelize.
- Add the cream cheese, cream, and mustard and stir well. Allow the mixture to warm through and reduce a little over moderate heat.
- Add the grated cheddar to melt through, then fold in three-quarters of the crispy bacon pieces.
- Allow to cool before serving and top with the remaining crispy bacon.
- Serve with your favorite chips or crackers.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 450mgCarbohydrates: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g © Kate Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Low Carb / Category: Appetizer CLICK HERE to Pin this Recipe
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When it comes to making compost from autumn’s leaves, a few simple tips will go a long way to help create a fast working pile – and more importantly, one that can generate incredible compost for next year’s garden and
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Our first year on the homestead, before we got all our gardens started, we bought the bulk of our fresh produce at the local farmers market. I remember one sunny, late-summer morning when I spied a glossy, purply-green bunch of unbelievably long beans at a vendor’s stall.
Generous handfuls of beans were tied in neat bundles like a mass of dreadlocks, and I was excited. The last time I’d had them, it was after a grocery run in Chinatown when we still lived in the city.
The vendor looked surprised when I chose them. “You know what these are?”
“Yes!” I replied. “Long beans are amazing. Do you sell lots of them?”
The soft-eyed woman looked at me with a bit of a shrug. “You’re the only one who’s been interested. I’ve not made a single sale of these beans. Folks can’t get over the purple color — even though they turn green when you cook ’em.”
We left the market with the whole lot and feasted on garlicky stir-fried beans for lunch.
Now that we have our gardens well established, I don’t think I’d ever go a summer without planting a few rows of this underappreciated, super productive, bizarrely long beans.
Though they’ve been called many names including asparagus beans, yardlong beans, Chinese long beans, noodle beans, snake beans, dow guak, and Vigna unquiculata var. sesquipedalis, I’d hazard a guess that many of you have never heard of these legumes (by any name). But if I do my job right, I hope you join me in cultivating this beautiful, unusual, and delicious plant next season.What Are Long Beans?
The eponymous seed pods come in a variety of colors including green, purple, and even a shiny red. I know the name of these beans may seem an exaggeration, but it’s not a misleading one. The thin, edible pods of this vining bean are longer than any you’ve ever seen.
Though they really can reach an incredible 3 feet long in ideal conditions, they more usually grow to 1 or 2 feet — which is the variation part of the scientific name. Sesquipedalis means “foot-and-a-half” and is a pretty accurate measurement for most pods.Wren Everett / Insteading
These beans flourish in the heat and are actually more closely related to cowpeas than the common green beans you typically grow. And like cowpeas, they need a nice, long growing season — around 75 days. Though there are a few cultivars (such as orient wonder) specifically aimed at colder regions, gardeners in zones 5 and up will have the best success growing these beans.
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These are short-day plants, meaning that they won’t start flowering or forming those gorgeous pods until mid or late summer. Once they do start to flower, though, you may be surprised by the delicate beauty of their purple, pea-like blossoms. As an edible landscaping feature, they are definitely a conversation piece!Growing Long Beans
Yardlong bean vines grow large — around 8 feet long at full growth — but their foliage is not overwhelming and their growth can be directed vertically. So despite their size, they can handily fit in a smaller garden if you implement a nice trellis to allow for their vines, and make sure they’re positioned at the back where they won’t shade anything else.
Their vining habit is to slowly twist around a support as they grow rather than putting out pea-like tendrils, so make sure your support structure has some sort of pole or stout string for them to grab onto and twist. I have had great success lashing sapling trunks into a simple tripod. Any sturdy branch could do.
Direct sow these beans if you can, as they are not happy about being transplanted. If you live in an area with a short growing season, you can try starting them about three weeks before the last expected frost in larger, individual containers.wren everett / insteading
Don’t set out these heat-loving beans until the nights have reached temperatures in the 60s. Seeds should be put about an inch into the ground, and plants spaced roughly 4 inches from each other. I like to cluster four seeds around the support posts of my trellis, allowing them to vine up in a wonderfully twisty, somewhat unkempt symphony.
Yardlong beans need full sun, and though they do best in soil with a nice bit of compost worked in, they can do just fine in scanty soil as well. They are legumes, after all, and can fix nitrogen as well as the rest of their helpful bean family.
And like their cowpea cousins, yardlong beans are champs when it comes to drought. Though any garden plant does well with regular watering, a dry spell won’t spell disaster for your beans as it could for other denizens of your veggie patch.
Adding to their ease in growing, pests and diseases really don’t bother these plants very much, if at all. The only trouble you may face is an occasional summer with inexplicably low yields. I’ve not had that summer yet, but I hear they can happen.Harvesting Long Beans
Harvesting long beans is as easy as growing them. Simply pick them from the vine when they’re at least a foot long, and keep visiting your bean patch every day. There will be more waiting for you. Though they grow to a great length, long beans stay tender for a really long time.wren everett / insteading
They’re only too far gone once they start losing their green luster and turn pale yellow, and if they somehow get that far, leave those pods to produce next year’s seed.
Just be sure to leave the growing buds alone when you’re harvesting your beans. The buds will continue to grow pods on the same stem if undamaged.Saving Seeds
Saving seeds from your vines is a snap. They’re self-pollinating and unlikely to cross, so heirloom varieties will have no problem breeding true. Select some of the best-looking pods from your best-growing plants, and simply leave them alone. They’ll grow and grow and grow, shifting from their glossy green or purple to a waxy yellow. Then they’ll start to dry.wren everett / insteading
Once the seedpod is nearly dry — but not completely, or you run the risk of it shattering and scattering the seeds — pick it, and allow it to fully dry until crispy. A quick squeeze between your hands will break the brittle seedpods, and the shiny black or maroon seeds will tumble out. Store them in a dry, cool location until it’s time to plant again.Cooking and Using Long Beans
Though they’re sometimes called asparagus beans, I really don’t get that flavor from them personally. Though they’re undeniably beans in flavor, I think they taste different from green beans; perhaps with a bit more umami and less of the green grassiness you’re used to with common beans. If you have raised cowpeas as “green beans,” you have an idea how these taste. Regardless, they’re tasty, and you can use them any way that you would more common green beans, fresh or cooked.
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My personal favorite way to use them is in a spicy, stir-fry. Sliced on a bias, they add a fresh pop of color and texture.
You could even try twisting these flexible beans into knots and roasting them. Top with a sprinkle of olive oil, black pepper, and parmesan. The pickiest of kids could forget to dislike vegetables at the sight of that whimsical preparation, and join the rest of us in the bean appreciation!Long Bean Recipes
If you’re looking for ways to use long beans in your kitchen, here are some of our favorite recipes.
- Chinese Long Beans With Cracked Black Pepper from Food & Wine
- Spicy Stir-Fried Chinese Long Beans With Peanuts from Epicurious
- Wok-Seared Long Beans With Garlic from Williams Sonoma
- Grilled Long Beans With Creamy Pasilla Chile from EatingWell
If you have the chance to grow some of these enjoyable plants next season, I hope you do. And if you ever happen upon your own farmers market where there’s an underappreciated bundle of inexplicably long, slender beans, bring them home and give them the treatment they deserve.
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Earlier this month I received an email from Yolanda B:
“I watched you, in the past, weighing your produce and that was inspiring, so this year I’ve weighed all of ours. The garden is nearly done. We’ll have a few more tomatoes, and some overwintering kale, but otherwise, it’s finished. Not counting the loofah gourds (54.8#), we’ve brought in 973.24# this season! I am amazed.”
I wrote her back two weeks later (yes, I am behind on my emails!) to congratulate her on her success and ask if she had any garden pictures I could share. She wrote back to say yes, and wrote:
“As of this morning, the total is 998#. My sister suggested I pick some weeds to make up the 2 extra pounds. Actually, I’m sure I’ve eaten a lot more than 2# while working in the garden. I’m constantly munching out there.”
What a lovely garden she created!
Check out these beans:
And this basket of fresh vegetables:
This Yokohama squash:
About the Yokohama, Yolanda writes, “I planted just one vine and got maybe 10 of them!”
Here is some beautiful okra:
Yolanda writes about the picture below, “Loofah gourds. They go crazy and wander all over the garden!”
Here is a picture of her Bloody Butcher dent corn:
And some beautiful squash:
And the gardener herself, with a load of lovely sweet potatoes:
A thousand pounds of produce in 2020 – that’s good work!
Here’s my video from 2017 showing a weighing-in time lapse – this is the process that inspired Yolanda:
Unlike Yolanda, we had a bunch of pre-existing tropical trees on our land which really helped boost the yields.
Rachel just bought us a new scale this week so it may be time to start weighing produce again. It is time consuming to keep track of everything, and a little difficult when you tend to eat produce while in the garden, but it is quite interesting to see what your actual yields are. Weighing the harvest also gives you goals to beat.
I used to keep pretty good track of our harvests back on our old homestead in North Florida, which, at that time, was mostly yielding annuals:
Unfortunately, we left that place, then I spent about three and a half years renting as an ex-pat, two of which were spent on a property without land. Then I bought land but didn’t live on it all that long.
And now I am renting again.
I don’t quit, though. We’ll have our own homestead again eventually. And we’ve got a big garden already producing. I actually just picked some mustard greens for breakfast.
The best and easiest yields are from tree crops and perennials, especially in the tropics where jackfruit, mango, banana, pineapple and other high-yield fruits push the harvest weights way up. Yet you can do a lot in a backyard garden, too, especially with roots like potatoes and sweet potatoes, or large-fruited annuals like pumpkins and winter squash.
Wherever you are, grow what you can and try to beat your own records. It’s a lot of fun – especially when you have other gardening friends doing the same thing. Thanks, Yolanda, for sharing your 2020 gardening success!
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My friend Elizabeth has the same lousy, awful, no-good sandy, gritty dirt that I do. She lives four miles away from me and is also a gardener.
Last year she decided to deep mulch her garden area and see if she could turn her sand into soil.
Rachel and I visited her garden last night and I was able to take some comparison photos of the “before” soil and the “after” soil.
Check this out:
Which would you prefer to garden in?
It’s not just looks, either. Check out this pile of sweet potatoes Elizabeth just pulled:
And this beautiful Jing Orange okra:
And this lovely sorrel:
I love seeing all the life in a healthy garden.
Later this week I hope to film a video with Elizabeth where she explains how she built her garden. The soil is shockingly bad around her yard, yet her vegetable plot is an oasis of life and fertility.
Whether you have sand or clay, deep mulching is a great way to transform lousy native soil.
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What’s the latest on treating depression with the spice saffron? Years ago, I covered a head-to-head comparison of saffron versus Prozac for the treatment of depression in my video Saffron vs. Prozac, and saffron seemed to work just as well as the drug. In the years since, five other studies have found that saffron beat out placebo or rivaled antidepressant medications.
It may be the spice’s red pigment, crocin, since that alone beat out placebo as an adjunct treatment, significantly decreasing symptoms of depression, symptoms of anxiety, and general psychological distress. Perhaps, its antioxidants played a role in “preventing free radical-induced damage in the brain.” The amount of crocin the researchers used was equivalent to about a half teaspoon of saffron a day.
If the spice works as well as the drugs, one could argue that the spice wins, since it doesn’t cause sexual dysfunction in the majority of men and women like most prescribed antidepressants do. SSRI drugs like Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft cause “adverse sexual side effects” in around 70 percent of people taking them. What’s more, physicians not only significantly underestimate the occurrence of side effects, but they also tend to underrate how much they impact the lives of their patients.
Not only is this not a problem with saffron, the spice may even be able to treat it, as I explore in my video Best Food for Antidepressant-Induced Sexual Dysfunction. “In folk medicine, there is a widely held belief that saffron might have aphrodisiac effects.” To test this, men with Prozac-induced sexual impairment were randomized to saffron or placebo for a month. By week four, the saffron group “resulted in significantly greater improvement in erectile function…and intercourse satisfaction,” and more than half of the men in the saffron group regained “normal erectile function.” The researchers concluded that saffron is an “efficacious treatment” for Prozac-related erectile dysfunction. It has all been found to be effective for female sexual dysfunction, as well, as you can see at 2:35 in my video. Female sexual function increased by week four, improving some of the Prozac-induced sexual problems but not others. So, it may be better to try saffron in the first place for the depression and avoid developing these sexual dysfunction problems, since they sometimes can persist even after stopping the drugs, potentially worsening one’s long-term depression prognosis.
This includes unusual side effects, such as genital anesthesia, where you literally lose sensation. It can happen in men and women. More rarely, antidepressants can induce a condition called restless genital syndrome. You’ve heard of restless legs syndrome? Well, this is a restless between-the-legs syndrome. These PSSDs, or Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunctions, meaning dysfunctions that appear or persist after stopping taking these antidepressants, can be so serious that “prescribing physicians should mention the potential danger of the occurrence of genital (e.g., penile or vaginal) anesthesia to every patient prior to any SSRI treatment.” If you’re on one of these drugs, did your doctor warn you about that?
All hope is not lost, though. Evidently, penile anesthesia responds to low-power laser irradiation. After 20 laser treatments to his penis, one man, who had lost his penile sensation thanks to the drug Paxil, partially regained his “penile touch and temperature sensation.” However, he still couldn’t perform to his girlfriend’s satisfaction, and she evidently ended up leaving him over it, which certainly didn’t help his mood. But, before you feel too badly for him, compare a little penile light therapy to clitoridectomy, clitoris removal surgery, or another Paxil-related case where a woman’s symptoms only improved after six courses of electroshock therapy.
Pass the paella!
For more on the spice, check out:
- Saffron for Erectile Dysfunction
- Saffron vs Memantine (Namenda) for Alzheimer’s
- Saffron vs. Prozac
- Saffron for the Treatment of PMS
Those drug side effects sound devastating, but depression is no walk in the park. However, when one balances risk and benefit, one assumes that there are actually benefits to taking them. That’s why the shocking science I explored in Do Antidepressant Drugs Really Work? is so important.
What else may boost mood? A healthy diet and exercise:
- Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Depression
- Flashback Friday: Which Foods Increase Happiness?
- Flashback Friday: Plant-Based Diets for Improved Mood and Productivity
- Exercise vs. Drugs for Depression
- Aspartame and the Brain
- Coconut Water and Depression
- Benefits of Blueberries for Mood and Mobility
- Benefits of Rosemary for Brain Function
- Flashback Friday: Is Gluten Sensitivity Real? & Separating the Wheat from the Chat
- The Best Way to Boost Serotonin
- A Better Way to Boost Serotonin
- The Wrong Way to Boost Serotonin
For more on sexual health generally, see:
- Survival of the Firmest: Erectile Dysfunction and Death
- Do Men Who Have More Sex Live Longer?
- Best Foods to Improve Sexual Function
- Are Apples the Best Food for a Better Sex Life in Women?
- Viagra and Cancer
- Do Cell Phones Lower Sperm Counts?
- Dietary Pollutants May Affect Testosterone Levels
- Dairy Estrogen & Male Fertility
- Pistachio Nuts for Erectile Dysfunction
- 50 Shades of Greens
- Why Might Vegetarians Have Less HPV?
- Prostate vs. a Plant-Based Diet
- BPA Plastic & Male Sexual Dysfunction
- Male Fertility & Diet
What else can spices do? Here’s just a taste:
- Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds
- Cayenne Pepper for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Indigestion
- Which Spices Fight Inflammation?
- Ginger for Migraines
- Is Ginger Beneficial in a Diabetic Diet?
- Benefits of Turmeric for Arsenic Exposure
- Which Spices Fight Inflammation?
- Benefits of Garlic Powder for Heart Disease
Michael Greger, M.D.
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