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Echinacea at home

Echineaca Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

As we shared with you earlier this week, we are down to one plant. All other plants have found a new home and echinacea was one of them. I want to think her new care taker for being so patient as I prepared her for her new home. Since we are in the midst of a pandemic, I would be remiss not to tell you that among many medicinal benefits echinacea (one of our most requested plants) is a great source for building one’s immune system. With many with pre-exiting conditions being hit hard by COVID 19, Dr Peoples recommend that one take immune boosters to maintain good health during the pandemic. So echinacea, although it will take some time to bloom, is especially significant today.

Learn more about how echinacea can ‘enhance‘ your immune system and its healing powers:

Thank you for sharing an update and pictures with us! As we can see she growing up big and tall. She will grow about 4 to 5 feet tall. Plant holders like you are sending in pictures and keeping us updated on their plants progress. You can too by emailing us at contact@shidonnaraven.com. We love to get your updates and glad good things are sprouting around Hampton Roads and helping to keep people in good 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.

Bring home your own parsley plant

Parsley Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook
Parsley Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

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For your Mother

Marigold Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

My neighbor’s mother has many flowers and plants adorning her yard. Her plants are huge, beautiful and well kept. So, when my neighbor saw this marigold he was immediately attracted to the marigold that had not yet sprouted. Since he first spotted her, she has grown up into a little plantling. She is in a pot with plenty of room to grow. Her leaves are short and complex blades stacked closely upon each other. Many flowers sport their foliage long before you every see a bloom collecting in the sun’s resources and feeding its growth so that it can bloom. As we stated earlier this week, the last of our container plants went out this week to homes across the Hampton Roads area. This marigold was one of the last ones to be delivered this week. We are expecting beautiful things out of her. There are many varieties of marigolds so this one promises to be different from what you typically see.

We feel in love with marigold when we saw her because she was a much needed solution to our persistent ant problem. True to our organic goals we did not use any chemicals to manage the ant problem but strategically placed marigolds around the garden and in time our ant problem dwindled down to not visible. But, just because they are not visible does not mean they are not there. Nonetheless, it resolved our ant problems more than once. In fact, we sent one of these plants home to a neighbor’s house as a companion plant. The dill plant we sent to our neighbors house was covered in plants, so we sent the marigold over also. The ants soon disappeared.

Parsley Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook
Parsley Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cooks

Have you ever given someone flowers as a gift? Were they living: a plant? What are the benefits of giving flower plants as gifts rather than cut flowers? Consider our last plant: parsley as a gift for someone special. She has harvested consistently and is doing great. She is a flat leaf parsley plant packing a punch of flavor. 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 sharing.

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Eggplant in Bloom

Eggplant Flower Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

Our beautiful eggplant is in boom sporting elegant lavender flowers. She has grown slowly but steady. Unlike our other plants across Norfolk, she is in the ground. This week we delivery the last of our container plants and only have one left. We have a few updates on the plants that have gone out. We hear that most of the plants are doing well. While some ran into more challenges than the other ones. These plants are perfect for this urban environment that these homes are in. Container pots offer a great deal of flexibility as they can be moved for a variety of reasons. Regardless of where your plants are they are sure to bring you much pleasure and benefit. What are your favorite eggplant recipes? Where are you writing from? What types of plants do you have? 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 sharing.

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Preparing Lavender for her new home

It is always a joy to see plants grow from seeds into plantlings. This particular lavender is now a plantling and ready for her new home, so we got her all prepared for the trip. For this lavender plant we did the following:

  • Picked up a clay pot that she would have plenty of room to grow in. she can stay in this pot, but if one puts her in the ground she will probably grow bigger. We chose a glazed clay pot with a bottom drain hole. The clay is a natural material. The glaze will keep moisture in and reduce the amount of water needed to water lavender. The drain hole at the bottom will keep one from over watering any plant.
  • Filled the pot with organic soil especially since she is edible
  • Transplanted her from her old pot to her new pot
  • Gave her a healthy dose of water, although she likes little water, so she could settle into her new home and recover from all the disruption of being transplanted
Parsley Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

Pick up your own parsley plant today.

The final plant is what she should look like, although she is just getting started. Are you ready to transplant your own plant? What questions do you have? Post them below. What will you grow in your own urban, or otherwise, garden? 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 sharing.

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Growing Lavender

Growing Lavender
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Recently we sent to a new home (what we believe to be) lavender. It could be in a very young stage or just a different variety but our lavender looks nothing like this. We could have mixed up our labels as well. For the most part we have done a pretty good job and know what everything is, so this is an unfolding mystery. The plant acts just like lavender in that it thrives on fairly dry soil with little water. It is always interesting to see how plants grow, but this shall be extra interesting. Thank you for taking this journey with us. There is always next year and we have plenty of lavender seeds. We pray she does very well in her new home. So far, we have only good reports.

Richard Bray’s Medicinal Mushrooms: A Practical Guide to Healing Mushrooms is a must have for your ‘medicine cabinet’ and library. It is a resource to the healing powers of mushrooms and which mushroom to eat for a particular medicinal benefit. We recommend getting up before it goes up. It was just published August 2020.

What plants would you like to see us grow next year? We already have a request in for strawberries. Which plants would you like to grow on your own? Which plants help with your particular health concerns? 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 sharing.

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Pumpkin, Externally Yours

Pumpkin Vine Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook
Pumpkins Grow more Roots
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Recently we discovered that our pumpkin had been cut at the root. This pumpkin has endured much and had to be re sown a few times. We wondered since it has vines that anchor itself to the ground and also pull nutrients from the soil that way, could it still survive. Our researched yielded a resounding yes. In fact they grow additional roots as well. What wonderful things have you learned about your plants, yes even house plants? What have these articles taught you? How have these articles helped you? 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 sharing.

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Jacqueline Kennedy’s Rose Garden

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Rose Garden
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The Whitehouse Rose Garden was established in 1913 by Ellen Louise Axson Wilson and has been with us for over a century. During times of great struggle many people begin gardens. In fact the Rose Garden was begin as a Victory Garden during a time when the United States was at war and there were food shortages. Yet again we see that during the pandemic many people are inspired to begin their own gardens each person with a particular reason of their own. How could you and your family benefit from a garden? What type of garden would you plant floral, vegetable, fruits? Why do you think gardens are popular during times of economic distress? 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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Italian Flat Leaf Parsley and Curly Parsley

Parsley Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook
Flat Leaf and Curl Leaf Parsley
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FYI: ours is a Flat Leaf and full of flavor.

The wonderful thing about growing your own plants and maintaining plants is that they are gifts that keep on giving. Several plants can be feed and harvested time and time again. Many plants will last 2 years are more like this. Your savings will quickly add up with a herbal kitchen plant (kitchen garden) of your own. Many people simply do not buy fresh herbs because of the cost. After a couple of uses, a kitchen gardener will soon get their money back and then some.

We have grown this beautiful Parsley Plant Organically without any chemicals. While her seeds were not organic, she was grown organically. She has harvested well and stood the test of time. Furthermore, she has a deep as well as rich flavor and is ready to be taken home. You can pick her up locally (Norfolk, VA) and take her home for a $10 donation to Shidonna Raven Garden & Cook’s Garden. When you get her home start outside from your porch and then slowly acclimate her to your kitchen window seal over a 3 – 5 day period. Water her, giver her sun light, refresh her soil periodically and fertilize her with organic fertilizers every week or every other week to continue to feed her the nutrients she needs. Most importantly enjoy! Harvest about a third of the leaves at a time from the outside of the plant. Allow her leaves to grow back and continue to harvest. Should you have any questions, just post a comment or send us an email. Time is always of the essence so please do not wait or hesitate to ask us. Have your own recipe. Awesome! Share it with the community by posting it here. Thank you for your generous donation. 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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Michelle Obama’s First Family Garden

Michelle Obama’s First Family Garden
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The world agrees there are many things to like about Michelle Obama and her garden is just another thing to add to the list. Her garden is a prime example of a Kitchen Garden, which is a little different than having a mini garden (like herbs) in your kitchen. What did you learn from Michelle Obama about gardening? What can you apply to your own garden? How did you benefit from seeing Michelle’s First Family 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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Good Plant, Good Work

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It seemed as if the plants would take over our front porch. Slowly they have been leaving for one home or another. The lavender plant and marigold plant we have on there now will soon go off to its on home. When it is all said in done we will keep a lavender, dill, Chinese Forget Me Not (from MiMi & Mom) and a marigold plant around. Marigolds, like many of these other plants are great to keep around. Marigolds are great at keeping ants at bay. We have been enjoying nibbling on the dill and other plants.

Indeed, the wonderful thing about growing your own plants and maintaining plants is that they are gifts that keep on giving. Several plants can be feed and harvested time and time again. Many plants will last 2 years are more like this. Your savings will quickly add up with a herbal kitchen plant (kitchen garden) of your own. Many people simply do not buy fresh herbs because of the cost. After a couple of uses, a kitchen gardener will soon get their money back and then some.

We have grown this beautiful Parsley Plant Organically without any chemicals. While her seeds were not organic, she was grown organically. She has harvested well and stood the test of time. Furthermore, she has a deep as well as rich flavor and is ready to be taken home. You can pick her up locally (Norfolk, VA) and take her home for a $10 donation to Shidonna Raven Garden & Cook’s Garden. When you get her home start outside from your porch and then slowly acclimate her to your kitchen window seal over a 3 – 5 day period. Water her, giver her sun light, refresh her soil periodically and fertilize her with organic fertilizers every week or every other week to continue to feed her the nutrients she needs. Most importantly enjoy! Harvest about a third of the leaves at a time from the outside of the plant. Allow her leaves to grow back and continue to harvest. Should you have any questions, just post a comment or send us an email. Time is always of the essence so please do not wait or hesitate to ask us. Have your own recipe. Awesome! Share it with the community by posting it here. Thank you for your generous donation. 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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