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Marigold Flowers on Order

Marigold Flower Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

When we learned more about Marigold we fell in love with the flower all over again. When we first began the garden we had a huge ant problem. The ants came out in a full fledge army not just a few. They were moving significant amounts of soil and uprooting plants and seedlings by digging from bottom up right in their pots. So, when we learned that ants disdained them, we got several seed packets and placed them strategically around the garden. It took some time but our ant problem was soon reduce to almost non existent. When one first starts gardening, one wonders will these organic remedies work? Am I doing it right? We have remained true to our organic journey and did not use any chemicals while growing our plants. The Marigolds have been no exception. In fact they helped us along our organic journey.

Many neighbors and gardening cohorts come by from time to time to view the plants in containers and the garden. When one of our neighbors came over and saw the marigolds he immediately put in an order. They are coming along very nicely as one can see. Once they have grown and are more easily managed, they will go home to his mother. Want to take a plant of your own home? Shop our plants. Would you like to start your own garden? Wonderful! What questions do you have? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth 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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Sowing, Growing & Harvesting Carrots

Sowing, Growing & Harvesting Carrots
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The great news is if you know one root plant you pretty much know them all. Similar types of plants share similar growing and harvesting needs. Similar to radishes these roots will come close or above the soil when they are ready. As Chef Ponder would say, do you know the true color of carrots? The true color of carrot is purple. Do you know how we got the orange carrot? They added beta carotene to the carrot creating the color orange. How did this video help you? What did you learn about food and food production?

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How to make a Kids Garden

How to Make a Kids Garden
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We hear MiMi has started a few flowers. We will see if we can get an update. It is amazing how the things children learn stay with them for a life time. What better thing to teach them than sustainable gardening and providing their own food? In the above video there are simple yet great tips for teaching kids how to garden. What can you learn from teaching a child how to garden? Some gifts are priceless and last a life time. Have you considered giving the gift of a garden? How do you think children can benefit from learning how to 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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Organic Integrity

What do you think about the standards of these organic growers? Would you rather a farmer grow your food or an industrial corporate complex? If you could set your own standards for Organic Growing, what would they be? As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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Food & Science

Food and Science
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Is it okay to eat foods that have GMO (genetically modified food), pesticides and irradiation if we do not know the health effects? Should we be test subjects without knowing? Should food be a matter of science or biology? Eliot Coleman believes food should be more a function of biology. Do you think health producers should be responsible for any health problems you have if you get sick from foods they said were okay to eat? Is producing ‘more’ food more important than 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. Stay healthy.

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What is Organic?

What is Organic?
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Did you learn anything new about organic food? Is organic food the new normal? Do you think GMO (genetically modified food) is okay to eat? What do you want to know about GMOs? Share your comments with the community by posting 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 as what we do. Keep sharing.

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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).

Have you started a garden? Do you have house plants? Send us pictures and leave us a comment telling us all about it. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing. 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.

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Saving Time in the Garden

Garden Sprayer

We do not have many big tools in our garden tool box but, we have a few key tools that have begun to save us a ton of time. The sprayer pictured above is holds a gallon. It pumps the air out of the container and you hold the lever down for a continuous spray powered by air pressure. The more pressure the more liquid sprayed. There are sieves to filter the liquid so, what you put in the container must be fairly liquid. For things that are less liquid like our ground pepper and water mix we use the water can. We can more than cover our garden space with 2 passes of the water can. The holes in the water can are larger and should be able to hold most mixtures you apply to your garden.

Besides watering the garden, we also fertilize on a regular basis. We have also been applying different mixtures to the soil and plants to discourage pests. You will find that your Organic Remedies are less processed than chemical remedies and, thus may require a water can or sprayer that can hold a less refined liquid.  Thus far the water can, oscillating sprinkler and sprayer are all we need to apply what we need to the garden as well as save time. The most expensive item was the water can because we opted for metal over plastic. There is always something to do in the garden so, anytime we can automate or save time in a manner that makes financial sense for our size garden we do so.

Did you know that you can use wooden paint stirrers to stake smaller plants? Do you know how to stake a plant? Read our article “Stake Holder” dated May 9, 2020 to learn more about staking. Curious as to how you can save time in your garden? Just Ask! Did you know that you can get globes that water your house plants as needed? All you do is fill the globe. Want to know more? Just Ask. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing.

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Organic Remedy for Slugs

Organic Remedy for Slugs

Velmer shared with us the rich benefits of used coffee grounds. She scored some major points with this natural resource. Coffee grounds can be used in compost (the filters as well). They can also be used as soil fertilizer. And they can be used as an Organic Remedy for slugs. Our cabbages and Brussels Sprouts have had a time with flies to slugs to snails. We were searching for the correct Organic Remedy to remove these ‘pests’ from our garden as they do not promote plant health and growth. In fact they eat faster than we do! We could barely keep up with how fast nature was moving.

Just when we thought one pest was gone, we discover that we are dealing with a few pests. Some of the pests are in different growth stages. So we had to lay down an Organic Remedy for flies, slugs and snails all at once. The great thing about many of the Organic Remedies (coffee grounds a case in point) that we have been using is that they serve multiple purposes. As the coffee grounds deter the slugs and as they are worked into the soil, they will also fertilize the soil. Typically you would till the coffee grounds into the soil for proper fertilization. Nonetheless, it should have some positive effects.

While our Cabbage & Brussels Sprouts plants may not ever recover, we believe that getting rid of the pests is an overall good idea for the garden. We want to put a big welcome sign out for those insects and animals that do promote the goals of our garden, such as lady bugs, butterflies, bees and birds. What else are used coffee grounds good for? Can you use any of these Organic Remedies around the house? Did you know that vinegar and water can be mixed and used as a Windex? Did you know that eliminating or reducing the use of chemicals in your home can improve your health? Did you know there are organic cleansers for the home on the market? As always you are the best part of what we do. Stay healthy.

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Savings

Nature is an interesting thing. Just when you think you have a pest under control, you do not and just when you think a plant is done, it comes back. During this journey the days have been rare when I have felt ahead of the curve when it comes to pests. Some of the seemingly easiest things to do are not Organic. The Organic Remedy can be that of great patience as it will often work in conjunction with nature and on her time table not ours. If all things are effective, our known pest issues should soon come under control. Things definitely seem to be getting better and not worse although time will tell. We still have a ways to go with the snails and ants in the garden.

The good news is that we believe the Vole was the root of the problem as it was eating our vegetables from underneath the ground. We will be keeping our eyes peeled and hoping things come under control. There are a few things that have truly been time savers for us affording us an opportunity to give our attention to other things in the garden and they both surround watering and pest control applications.

First we purchased a water can, which is designed to mimic the application of water in a manner similar to nature (rain fall). My can is super fast and can cover a large amount of space in a short time. I placed both my fertilizer (promote plant health) and ground black pepper (ant deterrent) in my water can and was able to apply it within minutes. The second solution was an oscillating water sprinkler. By the time we put our salad on the plate for dinner the garden had been watered. We came out to check the sprinkler and had to turn it off because it had spread so much water so fast it was beginning to pool.

These two items saved me so much time I had time to transplant a couple of plants into new pots; clean some previously emptied pots and clean up around the garden. Anytime you can save time around the garden through automation or quick applications for example do so. What are some things you do to save time? What are some new ways you can save time? What is the cost savings or expense to these methods? Does it make sense overall? As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing.

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