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MiMi’s Response

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We are surrounded by nature and God’s wonders constantly. But, when one slows down or stops to take a closer look, things begin to look a little different. One can see how the small and simple things are connected to the big and profound things. Indeed when you observe nature and all its wonders the discoveries are endless. Scientist have only begun to scratch the surface in some areas. So, when MiMi saw her Cynoglossum Amabile blossom, she had a sense of awww that I have heard many adults echo as the garden grew one sprout at a time. It is easy to stand in aww of God when you see how a little water, soil, seed and sunlight can transform a tiny seed into trees and if we are lucky a delicious watermelon.

How have you observed the wonder of God? Many people have simply said “wow” in response to the progress of the garden. What were your “wow” moments? MiMi and Mom decided to start growing their own edible flowers and purchased a growing kit. How can you start your own “wow” moments? Share your comments 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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MiMi’s Flower

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MiMi’s flower has come a long way since they were just a couple of seeds. Her flowers’ have begun to finally blossom into beautiful clusters of deep lavender. They began as a few seeds in a growing kit. MiMi and Mom have since gotten their own growing kit with 2 different flowers. MiMi’s gift blossomed into a wonderful exploration between MiMi and Mom into starting their own kitchen garden. And the Cynoglossum Amabiles are a wonderful addition to our front porch. What easy and simple ways can you start your own garden along with MiMi, Mom and many others. Since the beginning of the pandemic many people have begun their own gardens for various reasons. Do you think starting a garden as a response to the pandemic is a good idea? Why? Share your thoughts below by posting a comment. 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 growing!

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How is the Garden

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The Garden is progressing very well. MiMi’s flower has grown pretty big. She out grew another pot and will probably out grow this one too. We are thinking of just getting a pillar. She really wants to be in the ground. But, we will see how we do with the pot for now. She has come a long way from a small little seed in a little bucket a few inches tall to a ma-mouth pot that looks great on the front porch. We recently moved a few plants from the back porch to the front porch (oregano, dill and chives). We put these plants in bigger pots hoping to give their roots more space to spread out and grow up. We also have echinacea on the front porch that went into a bigger pot. We freshened up cilantro hoping a few more seeds will sprout filling out cilantro’s bunch. And Parsley is doing just great and is absolutely delicious.

We also harvested some parsley from the garden and placed it into some water until we cook it. We believe that we have “Korean Lettuce”. It has grown into a full grown plant. And the cayenne pepper has one full pepper on its plant. One pepper is all you need with cayenne so, that is good. We know a few people who like it hot. Do you? If so, stay tune for updates on cayenne pepper. Have you ever grown a plant you knew very little about? We did: our “Korean Lettuce”. Stay tuned for how we cook up this mysterious treat. Have you been by our neighborhood garden? What are you waiting for? Schedule a time to come by.

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How is the Garden?

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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.

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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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MiMi’s Flower Moves

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When MiMi’s flower came to us, it was just a pack of seeds, a pot and growing medium. Since then the plant has grown into a thriving seedling. We have moved it from our “nursery” aka the lawn table set to the front porch to adorn the front yard. It has not grown into a full flower yet. But, she is in a new and larger clay pot with fresh soil and a lot of sun to grow. She already is brightening up the place and should grow into a wonderful addition to the front yard.

As we previously stated, MiMi’s flower was somewhat of an experiment as we placed all the seeds into the pot. The packet recommended sowing just a few and saving the rest. So, we got a lot of sprouts and may see some crowding in the days to come. We will be keeping an eye on her. She may need to be divided up in to more pots to give each flower space to grow or she may just go into a bigger pot so all the flowers can grow together as a bouquet. One of the things we did notice with the growing medium and pot within a pot method, which allowed excess water to both drain and be captured (similar to a plant tray) is that MiMi’s flower had a well developed root system and was very moist.

For a few dollars this is a wonderful way to bring color and life to your front porch and home. As you know from the articled “Professor Plant” plants can offer many health benefits beyond just beauty. Having a plant potted is a wonderful way to have a living bouquet that is sustainable and does not die on you within a week. As you also know, MiMi & Mom have since gotten a lavender and chamomile flower. These are two of my favorite flowers because they are not only beautiful they are editable. So, we are looking forward to an update and full pictures to share with everyone. The inspiration is flowing free.

How have you been inspired by these articles? How has someone in the community inspired you? What are your favorite flowers? Have you considered growing them in your yard or in a container? As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing.

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MiMi’s Flower

MiMi’s Cynoglossum Amabile (Chinese Forget Me Not) flowers have finally bloomed. These short and thick sprouts are sure to grow into a beautiful addition around the house. For only a dollar this is a great way to introduce your children to gardening. The growing medium discourages over watering because it is a little lose, runny and slow to absorb. Similar growing mediums are available for growing other seeds / plants. These blocks are sold individually from kits and come in blocks of different sizes. They also come in packs with a tray. These packs also have growing medium sold in different sizes.

Kits are great because they take some of the guess work out of beginning to grow plants that many newbies face. The Soil Blocks and Growing Mediums offer the gardener a way to save in many forms. If you would like to learn more about Soil Blocks read our article titled “Soil Blocks” dated May 4, 2020. So far, we favor well drained clay pots. Many kits will not come with a clay pot but you can find one at your local garden center for a little more than $1 depending on the size you want. Metal pots can be lined and if you are remaining true to the Organic Journey you probably do not want to use plastic pots.

Among the Cynoglossum Amabile flowers we also found our Korean Radishes sprouting all over the place now that, fingers crossed, our vole problem is under control and we do not have underground munching going on. Our Pumpkin, Sugar Baby Watermelon and Beans (Green, Pinto & Lentil) are all doing very well. The plants have been getting plenty of water from Mother Nature over the last several days and are slotted to get a lot more over the next several days. We love and we think the plants do too. As soon as the rain lets up and we get a few sunny and calm days, we will set some plants out for transplanting and hopefully get the rest of the plants out into the garden. We halted transplanting until we could figure out our pest problem and then came the rain. So, hopefully we will get back on track in about a week.

We have a few squash and melon lovers out there, we are sure they are happy to see them sprouting and doing well. What pest problems have you encountered? How can you use these Organic Pest Remedies around the house as well as in the garden? What do you think the benefits would be? Do you think it would help save money and improve your health? Share your comments with the community by positing 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 growing.

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Crowded

MiMi’s Flower started it all. MiMi & Mom brought us a Cynoglossum Amabile (Chiense Forget-Me-Not) Flower Growing Kit. We spotted the same brand in the gardening section of our local dollar store. When we saw the Growing Kit we were pretty excited. So we got the Echinacea Purpurea Flower Growing Kit also. Echinacea Purpurea is known for its ability to boost and build up the immune system, which is a perfect way to stay healthy in this Corona climate. You guessed it. It is an edible flower and can also be put on salads. When we bought Echinacea Purpurea home we decided to do an experiment on crowding. Just a note, the Echinacea Purpurea seeds from this Growing Kit are 100% Natural and come from Czech Republic. MiMi’s Flower (Cynoglossum Amabile) is also a 100% Natural Seed coming from the Netherlands.

We sowed all of MiMi’s Flowers in the one pot provided in the Growing Kit. While the Echinacea Purpurea we sowed in 2 pots (because we had already moisten our growing medium and had enough for 2 pots); we also sowed it in a Soil Block and directly in the ground. We sowed 3 – 4 seeds in each location and saved the remaining seeds. As all flowers grow we can observer how these plants handle crowding (since the packet did not provide spacing instructions) and how they react to the different sowing environments (pot, Soil Block and directly into the ground).

You will also find videos in this article showing how the growing medium in the kit absorbs water as well as how the Soil Blocks absorb water from the bottom up going from a dry medium disc into moistened growing medium. What did you learn from the videos? Would you like to see more videos? We have a You Tube channel now. Be sure to check it out and see what is new. 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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Cynoglossum Amabile

Cyboglossum Amabile or Chinese Forget Me Not, or as we like to refer to it: MiMi’s Flower is the newest seed in our garden. As always we are happy to be on this journey with you and want to thank MiMi and everyone who has been involved in the garden for the many forms of their contributions. So we got the Cyboglossum Amabile and read the instructions. Pictured above is all that the kit says you need to begin. It is pretty much all we begin with. While you can start this plant indoors, we decided to start this plant outside on the lawn table so that it could get all the sun it needs. The package says to save some seeds for later but we sowed all of them. This could lead to crowding. But, in some ways we are new to this just as you are. So, we decided to experiment a little and see what we get by sowing all the seeds. We pray that these seeds are successful. If so, we will transplant them to our garden and cut some for inside the house.

You can obtain one of these kits from almost any store with a garden section. They cost around $11. Some are a little less. Some are a little more depending on the seed, pot and growing medium. They are not that dissimilar than our Soil Block. The Soil Blocks are just growing medium. The kits also come with a pot and seeds. When sowing with Soil Block you use no pot. You can get about 36 much smaller pellets of growing medium or Soil Blocks for $4. The directions on the growing kit are clear and fairly straight forward. They are easy to follow and a great way to get started sowing and gardening in or outdoors. As we stated, we sowed these outdoors and think they will be a beautiful addition in the garden and around the house.

The instructions had us place the growing medium in a bowl, which was very soft and runny until it absorbed the water. We then placed two thirds of the medium in the pot; placed the seeds on the medium and then covered them with the remaining third of growing medium. We then topped it off with a little water. MiMi and Mom also gave us a cute metal pot, which we placed the seedling in since the medium is a little runny when wet. Metal pots need a lining because they heat up in the sun so quickly and can scorch the plants. The pot provided in the kit was perfect as a lining and had some space at the bottom for catching the soil but allowing for drainage. The space measures about 3/4 of an inch. The pot provided in the kit is well drained with several holes in the bottom of the pot. So, we think it should all work out perfectly.

Like we do with all our seedlings, we will be watching the progress and praying for a successful full fledged plant. Stay tuned for updates and for news about what is budding in the garden. How can a growing kit help you get started growing your own plant? How can children learn about gardens and farming? Growing a plant is a wonderful lesson in the cycle of life. How can you get your children involved in growing their own plants and starting their own gardens? 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. Thank you for stopping by.

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