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Growing Marigold

Marigold Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

We received a report that one of the Marigold Plants we sent out is doing very well. While we have begun preparations for bringing the plants in for the winter this Marigold is still outside and doing well as this winter has had unusual moments of high temperatures. Like many flowers the foliage comes first and then bursts of blooms. This flower has a tall and sturdy stalk with lots of foliage and a bud that looks like it is ready to bloom autumn colors of yellow just in time for Halloween. Like many foods and flowers, Marigolds come in many varieties.

What are your favorite flowers? Which flowers would you choose for a rain garden? Why?

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Parsley and Marigold Plants

Parsley and Marigold Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

In addition to the garden, we kept a few plants in their pots for transportation to other homes. While we were planning to keep dill around, dill went to another home and we kept the parsley plant. Initially the parsley plant scarcely produced enough leaves for one meal. Since we have been harvesting parsley on a regular basis (about every 3 weeks) she has yielded a large enough harvest that we can clip enough leaves for a full meal and leave about a third of the leaves behind for continued photosynthesis / growth. We have been harvesting and eating from our parsley plant since the summer.

She is a prime example of how one can have a small kitchen garden right from their porch or from inside their home. Many people live in ares where they have a yard or no yard at all and thus are urban gardeners. So, we want you to know that it is possible. Not only is it possible, it is a nice fresh treat produced by your own hands. It is food and you know the source. You know that your foods were grown responsibly. We grew her without pesticides or any other chemicals. Her seeds may not have been organic. Nonetheless, she was grown organically and has continued to grow and thrive.

Speaking of growing organically, marigold is right next to her. She has not yet blossomed. We started the marigold plant late in the season to ward off ants. Marigold is a perfect Organic Remedy for pests such as ants who can carry your plants right off before you get to eat them. We like having marigold around because she discourages ants from coming around the house and around the plants. The pumpkin is a little treat we picked up from the local grocers as a Halloween decoration.

If you have never had a garden before or only had the occasional house plant or two, grow kits are a great way to get your feet wet and to learn the wonderful world of growing something. The good news is that if you have had the occasional house plant, you probably know more than you think you do. Herbs are a great way to get started too. They are easy to grow as small or as big as you want. They often have less resource demands. They typically need less water than say a tomato plant that will need a lot of space and more water.

What type of area do you live in, rural or urban? We have seen people grow pineapples right in their homes. What do you think you can grow in your space? What would you like to grow in your space?

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Moving indoors

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I don’t think I have ever met a plant that didn’t love being outside. However, its not every plant that can be exposed to the outside elements during a frost and still survive. Having experienced cold climates, typically its only the evergreens that can thrive during the winter without some type of shelter or aid. In fact, there are a few farmers who will tell you that they can produce a harvest in the midst of winter. However, these farmers are typically using some type of greenhouse or frame to shield their plants from the winter elements in some form or another. As we come upon the winter months this conversation is important because we are at a time where one should be making plans to move their outdoor plants inside or making winter plans for their garden.

Speaking of which, the following are a few tips for planning for your plants during the winter months:

  • Assess your plants needs
    • what are its light needs
    • what type of nutrients will its soil need
    • what will be its water needs
    • what will be its drainage needs
    • what will be its fresh air needs
  • based on your plants needs
    • where will you place the plant indoors
    • how will you provide for all of its needs

You have probably been feeding its soil the proper nutrients all along and this should not change much. One major thing to consider is where to place your plant indoors so that it will get the amount of sunlight it will need. Grow lights are a great resource that inside growers take advantage of when the light source is not as much as they need. Also, you may have allowed your plant to drain into soil or onto your patio or porch. Now that the plant will be inside do you have trays to catch any access water. During the winter months people sometimes let in as little fresh air as possible. But, your plants will want the fresh air. They breathe like people do and need fresh air also. Remember to monitor how your plants are doing with the temperature change. They do not want to frost but they don’t want to be in a sauna either. At least moist plants. Succulents and cacti would probably beg to differ. Different plants do have different needs.

What plants are you planning on bringing indoors? I have seen people with plants over 20 years old. That is fantastic. Some people have an amazing way with plants! Are there any plants that can be left outdoors? What is your biggest concern with bringing your plant(s) indoors?

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Cooking: from Garden to Kitchen

Kitchen Garden and Cooking
Source: NParks SG
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Have you started your garden? What is in your garden? What have you cooked from your garden?

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The Affordability of Organic

It has been reported that a single person will spend on average about $30 more a month buying organic. How much could one spend a month on one medication? How much more a month could one spend on one dietary supplement? Not all farmers agree that the USDA standards are strict enough. Some farmers argue that the standards have been eroding to compensate for corporate industrial farmers who want to use the organic label. But, we know, as informed consumers who read Shidonna Raven Garden & Cook regularly, that not all ingredients have to be organic just because the label says organic. Some of the ingredients can be non organic. The next time you go to the grocery store read the label of 3 items you buy carefully. What did you learn about the food you buy? Is the label transparent enough about the production of the food you buy?

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Michelle Obama’s Garden

Michelle Obama’s First Family Kitchen Garden
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Michelle Obama has been a great champion for good health and nutrition especially with children. Her garden is indeed a testament to that. Have you considered starting your own community garden? How can you get children involved in your community garden? Do you think they are growing food in space? 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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White House Kitchen Garden

The White House Kitchen Garden
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The White House has an incredible garden. The Chefs got really involved and enjoyed pulling food from the garden that adorned the plates of dignitaries. Its amazing to something go from a seed to a full fledged vegetable or fruit on your plate. Do you think if you grew your own foods your children would eat more fruits and vegetables? Do you think if you ate more fruits and vegetables that your children will eat more fruits and vegetables? Do you think eating more fruits and vegetables would improve your health? 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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Gardening Takes Off during COVID 19

Victory Garden during COVID 19
Source: CBS News
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During the great depression Victory Gardens became very popular. Why do you think Victory Gardens are becoming popular again? Why do you think gardening is becoming more popular during COVID 19? Do you consider a garden a necessity or luxury? 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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Hampton Roads Community Gardens

Hampton Roads Community Gardens
Source: City of Hampton
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Would you start a community garden if the space was free? Did you know they have a free community garden space program in Hampton? Did you know they have educational classes also? 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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Planning a visit?

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Recently we had the pleasure of visiting one of the echinacea plants we sent out and her new owner in her new home. As reported she is doing well. She will grow to between 4 and 6 feet. Nonetheless, she has the potential to be a perfect fit for this urban environment. Like many flowers and herbs, echinacea has many medicinal benefits. Both her leaves and petals can be harvested for this benefit. One can also get echinaeca in pill form to take as a dietary supplement to help with booting the immune system just to name one of its medicinal benefits.

What type of environment do you live in? Urban or Rural? Where do you source your foods from? Which types of foods do you eat? How much processed and fast foods do you eat? How much whole foods do you eat? Do you grow any harvestbale plants? 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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