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How is the Garden?

As you already know, one of the number one questions we get is: how is the garden? This question helped to encourage this site. The answer is a lot of good things are happening in the garden. While we still are keeping our eye out for slugs, snails and flies, for the most part they seem to be under control. But, Mother Nature is always full of surprises. So we will be keeping our eyes peeled. We have seen a few snails here and there. They are tricky because you do not always know what is in the shell. We currently have been treating the garden with the Organic Pest remedy: Oatmeal. Stay tuned for updates on if this Organic Remedy for snails is effective.

The Vole seems to have been taken care of. We have seen no more signs of eaten leaves although there are still a few flies around. The ants however seem to be our most difficult pest. We have been doing a regimen of ground black pepper and water solution, fertilizer for the plants health, marigold flowers (which ants dislike) and Neem Oil, all which should help. Some help more than others. Overall our Organic Remedies have worked although the verdict is still out on the ants, snails and slugs.

Our Roma Tomatoes, San Marzano Tomatoes, Squash, Pumpkin, Sugar Baby Water Melon and Green Bean Plants are all doing very well. They have developed root systems and have begun multiplying their leaves and growing tall. We believe a Vole was causing a lot of havoc in the garden. Now that we have addressed that problem the garden seems to be taking off. Two of our bean plants have been leaning over. Their stalks are very tall, lean and can normally bear the weight of its fruit (beans) thus far. However, we identified two bean plants that needed some additional support so; we staked them with a few wooden paint stirrers that we got from the paint section for free. We will still have to keep our eyes open for flies, snails and slugs so they do not eat the leaves and the harvest. We thus continue to treat the plants with Neem Oil (an Organic Pest Remedy).

Have you started a garden? Do you have house plants? Send us pictures and leave us a comment telling us all about it. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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MiMi’s Inspiration

African Marigold

MiMi and mom gifted us a Cynoglossum Amabile (Chines Forget Me Not) growing kit. Soon after I picked up another kit of Echinacea from the same location. They like a good deal just like we do so it was perfect and the Echinacea has begun to sprout from the kit I got. I did use a different pot then what was provided by the kit. On May 26, 2020 we posted the article “Crowded”  including a video showing how to use growing kits (specifically how to activate the growing medium). Click the article name “Crowded” to view the article. 

After which, MiMi and Mom got a kit for themselves and decided to grow Lavender & Chamomile. Two of our favorite flowers. Both can be used to make teas and both look very beautiful. Lavender is one of those amazing flowers that can be used for almost anything such as making oil scents, perfumes and you can cook with it. So, we though that was pretty cool and hope MiMi is having an awesome learning experience like us. So, we felt inspired to check out this store too since they (MiMi & Mom) are so good at finding deals. And we did. They had a variety of several kits there.

We did not pick up a kit. However, we did pick up some unexpected good advice. We were telling the staff all about the problem that we were having with ants and how we were really looking for an Organic Remedy to the issue. And it just so happen that a few of his family members were really into gardening also. He told me that ants hate Marigold and a few other plants and herbs. We were considering putting up a boarder around the garden. After doing a little research on the matter we discovered that he was 100% correct about the Marigold and ants. Needless to say we got several packs of Marigold Mission Giant Yellow (there are several varieties of marigold) to plant around the boarder of the garden. We also got one full fledge plant: an African Marigold. Some of its flowers are still blooming. Other flowers on the plant have already bloomed as you can see. Naturally the plants are more. So, we got a plant (it looks like four plants in one pot) to get us started and several seeds to keep us going. The seeds will take a week or two to sprout and over 2 months to bloom. We will soon separate the plants out into separate pots to spread the ‘remedy’ around.

As with all our ant Organic Remedies we are being persistent and trying to give them time to work. Because we have serval remedies at work if one does not work than we hope the other will. In the interest of time we are trying multiple avenues. So far the ants seems to be checking the Marigold out and she is standing firm. We will be making observations regarding all our remedies. We are learning too MiMi. Stay tuned to see how things go. 

Where are some interesting places you have found help or information? Have you ever considered using a plant as a pesticide? What other Organic Remedies do you know of that you can share with the community? Did you know ants also hate coffee grounds? Did you know that coffee grounds are good for compost and as a fertilizer? Read more about coffee grounds in our May 24, 2020 article “Compost & Coffee Grounds”. As always you are the best part of what we do. stay healthy.

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Let it Rain

It has been about a week since we were frantically in the garden center enlisting the help of staff to help us resolve some of the clandestine pest issue we were facing. We saw the flies concentrated in one area and we just could not figure out what was attracting them. Come to find out they were eating all of the Cabbage & Brussels Sprouts up before we had a chance and doing a pretty good job at it. We were able to identify Neem Oil as an Organic Source for preventing the flies from eating our plants. If you would like to learn more about Neem Oild read our article “Neem Oil” dated May 18,2020. The flies were our unknown pests. We found Neem Oil in a spray bottle solution initially. Since then we have sourced 100% pure Neem Oil and will make our own water solution. It is also recommended to use liquid soap to make the Neem Oil easier to apply to plant leaves. We will start with water and warm it slightly if needed. Stay tuned to find out if we decided to add soap to our own solution.  Neem Oil is also a pesticide, fungicide and miticide so we have found it useful for several things.

The Vole was our unseen culprit. We have been looking a long time for this pest, but it never reared its head. This left us scratching our heads until perfectly healthy plants were being uprooted and our transplants were taking so long to catch root as well as develop root systems. The Mole Max addresses the problem of mole like animals solely with sound so it is very Organic, Natural and overall Environmentally Friendly. So, far these two remedies seem to be working well and we could not be more thrilled. We find them to be very unobtrusive to our food chain and the environment as a whole. Spinach is even trying to make a comeback although it may be too late for Kale, which was just beginning to thrive.

The rain has brought some challenges to our pest regimen. We are still applying the Neem Oil solution and waiting on the Pure Neem Oil to arrive. We applied the Neem Oil solution in the hopes that it will not wash away fast. The Mole Max is unaffected by the rain while the Ground Black Pepper solution is still unknown. We stopped applying the Ground Black Pepper solution in fear that it would get washed away as soon as we applied it, but we have not seen any signs of ants outside with all this rain. So, we will focus our Organic Ant Remedy inside while we wait for the rain to let up. Stay tuned to find out how this remedy works and if we try another one.

Thank you for taking this journey with us. Have you already introduced Organic foods and products into your diet? If not, what is stopping you? How has this publication helped you with your Organic Journey? What have you learned on your Organic Journey that you can share with the community? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Stay Healthy!

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