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For the Love of Lavender

Lavender Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

We started most of our seedling early in the season inside our mini greenhouse, which is actually a garage with several windows. Lavender was one of the plants we started in our mini greenhouse. We started our seedlings in February just before the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic. Since the pandemic many people have begun their own gardens for a host of reasons. Since our growing season for the seeds we planted did not began until March we planted inside in February and then transplanted them into the outside garden when the season began. There are several benefits to growing in greenhouses. Many gardeners and farmers use greenhouses or some type of greenhouse system to lengthen the growing season. Indeed I have seen some gardeners and farmers growing in snow season. Our homes are a sort of greenhouse for the plants we keep indoors. The plants needs are not the same when they are inside or in some type of greenhouse structure. Richard Bray gives an excellent brake down of the greenhouse in their many forms in “Greenhouse Gardening” . What was most helpful about “Greenhouse Gardening” was understanding how to create an environment in which plants can grow indoors. Bray reminds us that plants have different needs than we do when indoors and that their needs change when they are indoors as oppose to outdoors. Read our review of “Greenhouse Gardening” to learn more. “Greenhouse Gardening” can be found here.

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Mini Greenhouse
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Lavender was one of those plants we struggled with until we had a better understanding of how to care for our plants inside our mini greenhouse. She grew from a simple shoot into a shoot with several leaves. We re-potted her and brought her outdoors once the growing season began here in Norfolk, VA, USA. We were not certain if she would make it. But, these plants will surprise you. Just when you think they will not make it they come back in big and powerful ways. As you can see lavender has gown into a host of shoots with leaves and what we believe will grow into stems of lavender blossoms. We know a few people who like lavender so we kept sowing her until she grew into the large plant picture above. For gardeners and farmers alike the growing process can be one of trail and error even for the masters. Many have great difficulty growing lavender, so we were pleasantly surprise to see her flourishing. One thing to remember about lavender is to keep her well drained and sparsely watered. She does not like much water and her seeds must be properly prepared.

Did you know that besides smelling amazing lavender is an edible flower? Which edible flowers do you like? Many of us enjoy these flowers for their medicinal purposes (such as echinacea). Which edible flowers are your favorite? How do you eat them? We also know several tea drinkers. Share your comments with the community 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 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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Harvest & Cook

Harvesting has been slow but sure. So, we decided to cook up what we had since it was ripe and ready. We had one sole bean pod that was ready to harvest. Although there are a few more on the plant. And we harvested a few leaves from our kitchen parsley plant leaving some leaves to continue the growth process. We encrusted the chicken with the kitchen garden fresh parsley and garnished a salad with cooked garden fresh beans from the outside garden. We finished this meal off with an Organic lemon squeezed into a cup of water. We are looking forward to the harvest increasing so we can cook fuller meals with more garden vegetables, fruits, herbs and beans included. Stay tuned for what we cook up next.

We are so curious. What are your favorite recipes? We know a couple of you out there with kitchen gardens with edible vegetables and flowers. What have you been cooking up? Send us an email with photos. We love photos as you can tell. We hope you do too. What should we cook up next? Did you know that you can make the same fresh squeezed Organic Lemon drink also for under $2? How much do you spend on soft drinks?

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Harvesting Edible Flowers

Harvesting Edible Flowers
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Again, we know a few of you have edible flowers in your garden, so we wanted to talk a little bit about how you harvest them to eat. We also wanted to explore the range of options for preparing and cooking edible flowers. What did you learn? What will you make? Which edible flowers do you have. Send us a photo and we will share it with the community.

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Squash Flowers

Edible Squash Flowers
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Since pumpkin is a winter squash we decided to share this video with you. As you know we have several flowers in bloom on our Pumpkin plant. Come by our neighborhood garden and pick up a few and try some of the recipes mentioned in this article! We plan on adding them to a salad soon. Do you have some edible flower recipes? Share them with the community in a post! What are some of your favorite edible flower? Never had one? Are you sure? What is your favorite tea? 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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Garden in Bloom

Korean Radish Plant

The Garden is in full bloom all over with many plants sporting flowers. Pictured below you can see Cilantro on the front porch in plenty of shade from the sweltering heat. The Korean Radishes in the garden have grown up tall from little sprouts peeking out from the dirt to full blown foliage and blossoms at the top. It seems like every set of tendrils the Pumpkin plant brings there is a beautiful big yellow flower that follows. This plant is interesting indeed. As you know these plants can grow very big, so we are looking for big things from this plant. It should fill the backyard with plenty of warm hues. What are your favorite blooms / flowers? Are they associated with a fruit bearing plant? Are they edible? 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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Edible Flowers for Blooming Recipes

Edible Flowers for Blooming Recipes
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We know a few people with edible flowers in the in or outdoor gardens. Salads can easily be garnished with these edible flowers. Sweets can also be topped with them. How about a fired flower? How about a candied flower? Watch this video and find out how. Do you have an edible flower in your 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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Take me home Echinacea

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We also got an update on Echinacea. She is also doing very well in her new home. We brought these plants out from the mini greenhouse to the outdoors (Sweet Basil & Echinacea). We re potted them into bigger take home pots. These pots will allow the plants to grow a little while before they need to go into bigger pots or outdoors. Both plants can get pretty big (several feet tall). Or they can remain in smaller pots with a smaller root system. Just because a plant stays indoors does not mean it needs to be small. These plants can be planted into larger pots and be allowed to grow big.

We are also looking forward to hearing some good stories about tea from Echinacea. It may be a while so stay tuned. It is said that it takes 2 years before Echinacea can be harvested for tea. Regardless both Echinacea and Sweet Basil have set us off on another worthy and good journey of good nutrition and good health. These simple plants can have transformative powers within and without of us. I have seen a canopy of plants transform a persons day from just another day to an adoring conversation over plants and water. What do plants do for you when you eat them? What do plants do for you when you grow them? How do plants affect your mood and health? As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing.

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Too Grow Echinacea

Growing Echinacea
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Caring & Growing Tips for Echinacea

We will be keeping up with Echinacea and Sweet Basil at their new homes and hope these tips and instructions will give them a successful move into their new homes. We miss you dearly and wish you much growth. 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. To your Health.

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Growing Echinacea

Growing Echinacea
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Harvesting Echinacea and Growing it are two different things. Before we can Harvest Echinacea let us first discuss how to growing it into a beautiful and delicious Harvest. What did you learn new from the video? How will it help you with your in and outdoor plants? What questions do you have? 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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