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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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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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Echinacea Flourishing at Home

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When we sent this little echinacea plant to her new home she had 3 to 4 modest leaves. Since she has gone to her new home she has simply blossomed. Echineacea grows between 4 to 6 feet and should take up to two years to bloom. Her leaves and petals have many medicinal properties such as boosting the immune system, which is definitely a plus in the winter and particularly during a pandemic when people with pre-existing conditions can be at higher risk of catching COVID 19 than those who do not. Her new owner is looking forward to reaping the health benefits of this beautiful plant. Do you live in an urban environment like this echinacea plant owner? How do you care for your plants in your urban environment? What types of plants do you have or would like to have?

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Cynoglossum Amabile

Cynoglossum Amabile Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook
Cynoglossum Amabile Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

Garden Update – This little seedling has come a long way. She grew into a huge plant and can easily go into the ground and grow larger. Although her pot is small for her she cascades out far from the brim to soak in the summer sun. Many have started their own gardens, we sent some out and others got growing kits? How are your plants doing? What type of garden did you start? Are any of your plants fruit bearing?

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Luscious Lavender

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This lavender plant grew from a single shoot into the luscious plant you see today. It only takes a few seeds to produce such a plant. The seeds go a long way: multiplying into several shoots. As the season changes from summer to fall, there are things to consider when preparing our plants for the change of the season. For the upcoming winter season Terrableu suggests the following for potted lavender plants such as these:

When bring it inside for the winter, it will need to be acclimatized to its new location, to do this:

Move plant to a covered porch (receives less sunlight) to get it use to less sun for a few hours each day for a week or so, increase time toward end. Leave potted plant in this spot without moving for another week.

Move the plant inside house for a couple hours each day for a week, gradually increasing time inside.

Keep in a good spot that receives lots of sunlight and has good air circulation

Water less often than in the summer. Allow top inch of soil to be dry before watering again.

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What outdoor potted plants do you have? What climate or gardening zone do you live in? What will you do with your plants for the winter? 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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Echinacea at home

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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

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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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Marigold Flowers on Order

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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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Harvesting Dill

Dill Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

Dill was one of the plants we began early in February in our mini greenhouse aka our garage. She struggled for a while and was re-sown a few times. Eventually, dill was put outside away from the other greenhouse plants because she, along with several other plants, showed risk of disease. To prevent disease from spreading to other plants in the greenhouse we placed dill outside on the back porch in the fresh air where disease would be discouraged more given the limitations of our particular greenhouse.

She started to show some promise by sporting a couple of leaves. We then repotted her and moved her to the front porch where we could keep a closer eye on her and further away from insects. She began to flourished. She just loved being outdoors on the porch. Dill seems to be a perfect container, urban or kitchen plant. She has done very well in her pot. So, much so we could not resist harvesting a few leaves for a shrimp and lemon cream sauce dish. We used a few leaves as garnish.

Scroll up and down…learn more about greenhouses. We read this book. It helped us turn our struggling greenhouse plants around.

We learned a few lessons while harvesting. Because herbs like dill can only be harvested at about a third at a time, it is best to plant several plants or 3 times as much as you would want to harvest at one time. The plant needs the remaining leaves to photosynthesize and continue the growing process. What do you need to start your own container plant? Just want to pick up a plant all ready to go? Shop our plants. What are the benefits of having fresh herbs on demand? Share your comments with the community by posting 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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Sow What! The Basics of Sowing

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Sometimes its good to get back to the basics so, lets talk about the basics of sowing. Sowing is the beginning of gardening. After you prepare the soil, form your rows and select your seeds, one must sow the seeds in order to get started. There are a few different ways to sow. One can have a water garden, container garden, a garden with beds, a garden in a greenhouse or in the ground directly. This basically boils down to 3 forms of sowing: in a container. That may include a pot or a bed. Or in the ground. Or in water. We will be covering the 2 main ways to sow: either in the ground directly or in a container such as a pot or a bed. This will cover the basics, should you require more information just post a comment and we will give you more specific details.

Sowing in a Container

Sowing in a container involves selecting soil rather than preparing the soil on the ground. You will also have to select a container. Its important that your container has a hole in the bottom to allow for water to drain. This prevents over watering. We are partial to clay pots because its organic and ideal. Metal can scorch a plant. Glass can be difficult to find but a good choice. Plastic is just not apart of our Organic Journey. The clay pot can be glazed or not. It is recommended that your tray be glazed to prevent the surface your container is on from getting moist from the water from your pot. Choose a location with the proper amount of light. Give your plant the proper amount of water and fertilize the soil so the plant can continue to pull nutrients from the soil.

Sowing in the Ground Directly

Sowing in the ground directly involves tilling, fertilizing and forming the soil into rows that will allow enough space for specific plants to grow. Each plant will need a different amount of space. Preparing the ground soil is a lot more involved since it is not all in the bag. This can get very involved including testing the soil, composting and green manures. Similar to container gardening you want to give your plants the correct amount of water and light for the plant as well as fertilize your soil on a regular basis to replenish the soil with nutrients as the plants pull the nutrients they need. This is why crop rotation is popular with farmers because different plants will pull different nutrients from the soil. To even this process out they move crops around to prevent one nutrient from being pulled from a particular spot until there is not more.

Many people are beginning gardens because of COVID 19. Now is the time to get started! What would be the benefit to you and your family to start a garden? How much do you think you can save on your grocery bill? How much do you think you could save by obtaining a plant from us to maintain and continually harvest?

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Cynoglossum amabile flower
Cynoglossum amabile flower
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