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Children’s Garden

Children’s Garden
Source: USA.gov
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What a wonderful space! The Botanical Gardens in Norfolk, VA USA has a long and rich history. It is also an amazing place to go to and explore. You are also welcome to schedule a visit to our neighborhood garden. We have guests all the time who come by to get a first hand look at the garden and its progress. What other green spaces are there in your area? How often do you visit? How can you and your family begin to grow a plant in your own space? Write down 5 benefits of growing a plant in your own space and post it as a comment on the site. Do you already have a plant in your home? Send us a picture and we will share it with the community.

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Sierra Harvest

Sierra Harvest
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Source: groworganic.com

Would you like Sierra Harvest at your children’s school? How can Sierra Harvest help you? Need help with starting your own garden? How can this change your eating habits? Will you allow yourself to eat and live healthier? Why not? 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. Keep sharing!

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How is the Garden?

Pumpkin Flower

We always get the question: how is the garden? It is becoming a regular series around here. As most gardeners will say I will check back with you on the plant. Plants may take time to grow but when they do things can change quickly. My father is looking forward to a few pumpkin pies and we hope to deliver. We have a few fall babies around here so pumpkin is one of the most popular and exciting plants we have. Initially we though that only one was planted. But, sure enough two have sprouted and it is going to be tight in the garden. We believe that the pumpkins will be a beautiful addition to the backyard.

Both pumpkin plants have flowers in bloom, which means fruit should follow soon. The flowers are gorgeous and we would love to pick them, but we do not want to interrupt the pollination process. We also got the Parsley herb plant outside in a container and it is doing very well. Initially when we harvested Dill we cut all the leaves. We have since learned how to properly harvest most herbs. It is important to cut only a third of the leaves and to leave the rest to continue to photosynthesize for the rest of the plant. She is now doing well and should last for a few years. Thank you for taking this journey with us. What are your favorite herbs to cook with? Why? Post a comment and tell us which herb(s) you like best and what you cook with it. Have you started growing your own kitchen herb? Great! Send us a few pictures. We would love to share them 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. Keep sharing!

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Help Growing Herbs Indoors

Growing Herbs Indoors
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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. 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. Keep sharing!

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How to make a Kids Garden

How to Make a Kids Garden
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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? 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. 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? 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. Keep sharing!

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Grow Indoor Kitchen Herbs

Growing your own kitchen herbs
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Beginning to grow herbs in your kitchen can be easy, fresh and delicious. Which herb in this video would you like to start with? Do you think you are ready to start growing an herb indoors in your kitchen? No, what questions do you have. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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How to Harvest Parsley

How to Harvest Parsley
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One of the herbs we have in our Garden is Parsley. She has been doing very well, so we thought we should harvest her soon and let her grow back some more leaves. Do you grow herbs in your kitchen or outdoors? Which herbs do you grow? Which herbs would you like to grow? Above is a video showing how to harvest Parsley. This manner of harvesting is typically true for similar shaped herbs. As always you are the best part of what we do. What did you learn about harvesting? Was it helpful? 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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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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Garden Watering

Garden Tips on Watering
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We really liked these watering tips. They echo some of the practices we have been sharing in our articles. They also show how you can water plants in and outdoors in a sustainable and efficient manner that is healthy for the plants. We like sustainability and efficiency because it supports organic, natural and environment efforts while saving money and resources. It makes smart use of the resources we have. How will you water your in and outdoor plants diffidently? How has this caused you to look at plant care differently? Did you learn anything new? What are 2 tips shared in this video or in our articles that you can apply to watering your plants? As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing your comments and photos. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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