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The Story of Two Trellises

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Today one of our neighbors and garden cohorts came over to help us trellis our beans. Beans like tomatoes need something to grow up on. Pumpkin and watermelon will grow along the ground. But other tendril like plants like green beans and tomatoes need to grow up and not along the ground. Bean plants can actually grow pretty tall like tomato plants. So, today we placed the beans into 2 types of trellises. One type (red) is circular while the other (green) is a flat web of string placed between to poles or stakes, so that the plants can grow up and have plenty of space to bare their fruit.

Trellised Beans
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What other plants need to be trellised? Which plants can grow along the ground? How do you care for the plants that grow along the ground and not up? Wondering? Post your questions below.

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Harvesting Green Beans

Harvesting Green Beans
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We will be harvesting Green Beans soon. We only have a few Green Beans but they are beginning to get big. The plant itself is still very short compared to how tall it will grow. Yet and still the Green Beans are ripening. What did you learn about harvesting? What did you learn about Green Beans? How will this help you in your garden. 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?

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).

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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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Turning out Transplants

As the transplanting continues feverishly through May, the latest transplants are doing well. As we shared, since April is the big month to get plants out in our Zone, we are a little behind. We are filling in the rows in our garden. We also had some pests show up during transplanting which did not help since plants sometimes go into shock when transplanted. So, we wanted to put out the biggest and healthiest plants possible to mitigate any shock and to alleviate any pest attacks. We also had to make some adjustments for our mold loving garage, which we lovingly refer to as the mini greenhouse. We are thus filling in rows with plantlings and expanding a little to give every plant the space it needs to grow.

Green Bean – Transplant
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As you can see from the pictures Habenaro and Green Bean are doing pretty well. Habenaro is delicate and still making an adjustment to the garden. We made some adjustments we hope will help her along. Green Bean is from the second wave of Green Bean transplants. The First Green Bean transplant suffered an attack from an unknown pest. Both of its leaves were missing leaving only a stem that produced no more leaves. Green Bean and Pumpkin were the first transplants. They both suffered the same fate. We have our eyes peeled for the responsible pests. We also picked up some news seeds that will be sown directly into the ground since we are in May and probably past the last frost of the season. Stay tuned to discover what we have sowing up next.

The Brussels Sprouts & Cabbage = Cabbage Family, continue to form into globes as they grow. It is amazing to see its transformation from a collection of outward pointing leaves into a slow motion globe formation. We will keep you updated on the progress of these delicious globes. As usual we have culinary plans for these plants. From one gardener to another …”…check back”. The question we get asked the most other than, is it ready to eat yet, is probably how is this or that plant doing? Or what is going on in the garden? Normally the questions are very specific but the range is wide open. What questions pop in your mind? Ask. What have you enjoyed most about the Organic Journey? What are you most interested in getting an update on? Drop us a comment and we will get back to you. Chances are if you want to know someone else wants to know too. 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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Welcome to Our Organic Garden

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It has truly been a joy to begin this organic garden. The journey has been full with lots of publications and experience that has helped us learn along the way. We have seen some first fruits and are standing eagerly by for more.

Above you can see our transplants lined up and in the transplanting process. We will be writing more on the transplanting process and how you can do this in your own garden to increase the chances of a successful transplant.

Pictured above you can also see, green bean in the middle, a few successful transplants. The green bean plant has developed a second set of leaves and sprouted a third set of leaves below those since it was successfully transplanted. The green bean plant sprouts fast and was leaf first in the window, in our mini greenhouse as we call it, and just could not wait to get outside. The plant has done very well.

Spinach was another plant that could hardly be contained by its clay pot inside. When we put it outside it simply flourished and leaped forth out of the ground like a wild bush ready to hop on your plate and make a great spinach and strawberry salad.

We have all truly enjoyed watching them grow. A talented farmer once said that observation is key when you have your own garden. We are always putting our eyes on these little plants. What are your observations? What questions do you have? What would you like to see more of? What would you like us to write about next? Remember, you are the best part of what we do. When will you begin your organic 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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