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Help Growing Herbs Indoors

Growing Herbs Indoors

I know some of you have started gardening at home and some have taken plants in. We are super proud of you for getting started growing. As Brother Butler says, you will not regret it. This “article” is for you. We have struggled too. Beginning a garden can be a serious undertaking and learning curve. But, worth it. So this “article” is here to give us some tips on how to grow successfully indoors. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing!

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Gardening with Kids

Gardening with Kids

Gardening is awesome. But, it is better with kids. What are creative ways you can get kids involved in gardening? What about the one above! Write down 3 ideas and share them with the community by leaving a comment. What are the benefits of teaching your children how to grow their own plants? As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Food Additives & the FDA

Food Additives & the FDA

An interesting point to note is that farmers typically grow food in the ground while scientists often create “food” in laboratories. Food products that you find on the shelf can include “foods” created in a science lab rather than on a farm or garden naturally. During this Organic journey it has been important to know how the food that ends up on our table is produced. The interesting thing about food production is how transparent it is not when you are looking at your food and their labels in the grocery store. What is also interesting are the standards of the government agencies that regulate the food industry and the many loop holes around these regulating bodies. Do you think companies who manufacture food additives in labs should determine whether a food is safe for consumption or not? Would you rather eat food manufactured in a lab or grown on a farm? Would you rather eat food produced by a scientist or by a farmer? As always you are the best part of what we do. Stay healthy.

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Cooking Healthy Fast

Cooking Healthy Fast

Do you have any healthy quick meals you eat? Do you consider how what you eat can benefit your life style and health? Did you know combining certain foods with your exercise routine can enhance your exercise and the impact of exercise on your over all health and fitness? As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Harvesting Parsley

Harvesting Parsley

Yesterday we harvested Parsley from the garden and garnished a vegetable and lamb stir fry dish with it. Parsley stole the show! Are you ready to harvest your own kitchen or outdoor garden herb? It is recommended that you only harvest a third of your herb plants so the plant’s leaves can continue to photosynthesize and grow more leaves for harvest. What did you learn about harvesting? Not ready to harvest yet? Post a comment and tell us why. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Cooking with Parsley

Chopped Garden Fresh Parsley

We stir fried onions, green peppers and lamb up and garnished with Parsley from our garden. The parsley was a nice finish to the meal. We served more vegetables than meat, which is recommended for a heather diet. The Parsley had a rich, fresh and nice flavor. It was the star of the show! We are hoping now that we have begun harvesting our Parsley plant that it will yield more leaves and produce a bigger harvest. It is recommended that one only harvests a third of the plant so the other leaves can photosynthesize for the plant and grow more leaves. We are salivating and hope that more leaves grow soon. Stay tuned for how to harvest Parsley. As always you are the best part of what we do. Stay healthy!

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How to make a Kids Garden

We hear MiMi has started a few flowers. We will see if we can get an update. It is amazing how the things children learn stay with them for a life time. What better thing to teach them than sustainable gardening and providing their own food? In the above video there are simple yet great tips for teaching kids how to garden. What can you learn from teaching a child how to garden? Some gifts are priceless and last a life time. Have you considered giving the gift of a garden? How do you think children can benefit from learning how to garden? As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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How is the Garden?

Parsely

Harvest Parsley

Parsley has been doing very well, so we cut a few stems to encourage growth. Our Parsley plant is not as full as we would like it and it is recommended to only harvest about a third of your plant so it can continue to photosynthesize through its other leaves and keep growing. We harvested Dill several weeks ago and when we harvested the whole plant the plant had a difficult time regrowing leaves, so we think there is some truth to this. Mom will be adding this herb to her chicken and lamb wrap today. This is a great way to begin to introduce more fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits to your diet.

Chinese Forget Me Not Flower

MiMi’s Plant Moves

Where we are, Norfolk, VA USA, the heat has been sweltering. One day we found MiMi’s plant completely slumped over. She had dropped all of her leaves in dehydration. We immediately gave her a big helping of water. That day was a hot day. We also had to take her out of direct sun light. It was just too much for her. She has bounced back beautifully. So, never give up on your plants! She lost a couple of leaves. We tried pulling but they will have to be cut because the roots are so deep. Deep roots is a good thing. She will soon need a new pot, which we have ready for her. We are so excited to see her bloom. This is a beautiful flower plant and a wonderful addition to our home. She definitely brightens up the place and sends us good plant vibes as plants do. We can not thank MiMi and Mom enough for bringing a little joy around our home. Mom has grown very partial to the plant as well. She watches her carefully and waters her also. Getting involved with the plants is addictive and easy to do. Be careful once you have one before you know it you will have another.

Over the last several weeks we have been learning a lot about health and food. We are glad you have been enjoying it as much as we have. We have a few surprises in the garden we can not wait to share with you. It is a lot of work, but we think it is well worth it. What plants did you think were going to perish on you but survived? Did you know you should clip dead leaves to encourage plant health and beauty? Have you considered growing Parsley as your first kitchen plant? As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing!

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The Natural Effect

What is the difference between Natural & Organic? What does natural really mean? How do you feel about Natural vs. Organic products? How does this change the way you shop and what you consume? As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Shopping Natural & Organic

What have your purchased that is Organic? What questions did you have as you shopped? What would be helpful to you as a consumer when shopping Organic? Write down the answers to these questions and post them in the comments. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!