Organic Gardening – How Mine Is Growing and Tips! Part 1

Organic Gardening – How Mine Is Growing and Tips! Part 1

How Does My Garden Grow and What It Has Taught Me

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It’s a cool, overcast, rainy day today and my garden is loving it!   Let me give you a quick background story  as to how my organic garden is doing from a month ago.

I started all my seeds indoors (like I normally do) back in March.  They grew beautifully!  By the beginning of May, they were ready to go out into the real world and be on their own and grow into wonderful, adult plants.  Proud mama! :)  Scott and I spent a few hours getting them all settled in to their new raised beds.  All was good!   Then, about a week later, a freak storm rolled thru on a Saturday evening bringing torrential rain, HIGH winds, and hail that covered the ground like it had snowed.  Again, can I say FREAK storm!  Never seen anything like it!   The next morning, we went out to check the property/ house/ cars and garden.  Everything was fine –  no damage – except to our newly planted garden plants.   They looked like they had been eaten by worms (full of holes and tears from the hail).  It pained me for a moment.  I lost a few things, but the rest were still intact – just a bit rough looking.     I picked up some of the plants that fell over and stood them back up straight and nestled their roots back in firmly.  Had to sow some new seeds on a few things.  Fertilized all of them with some organic fish emulsion to stimulate root /plant growth.  I have gone out every few days to weed the garden and talk to the plants (yes, I talk to my plants – they are a life source and can feel energy – so I give them LOTS of positive reinforcement and LOVE when I am amongst them).  It’s been about a month now since storm rolled thru and here is how they are looking.  We’ll have some beautiful bounty from these plants – it will just be a little longer to harvest than normal.   All was not lost.
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There are 9 zucchini plants here – thriving and about to bloom (a few weeds, I know!)  We keep grass growing in walk areas around raised beds.

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These are beets (left side of picture) and radishes (right side).  Wait!  I think I see something!  ????

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Radishes are READY!  They are such an easy crop.  Plant seeds and they are ready within 21 days to harvest for eating!

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There are two different varieties of kale.  Growing strong!  In the back are only two swiss chard plants that made it!  But they did and will produce plenty of nutrient packed leaves for eating!

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Behind the kale and swiss chard are several different varieties of peppers (colored bells, jalapeno, cayenne, mini colored, etc.)  They are bigger and greener than they were just a few weeks ago.

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These are 2 cucumber plants (2 more on other side of trellis).  Looking good!

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In this bed, there is parsley, cilantro, chives, stevia (yes, I know!), cinnamon basil, lemon basil, lime basil, chocolate basil (I know, again!), and regular basil.  Yeah!

I also have some tomatoes (about 9),  watermelons, asparagus, 5 blueberry bushes and 1 raspberry bush growing (not pictured).

So, THAT’S how my organic garden is growing – slowly but SURELY!  Tune in tomorrow for Part 2 on Thoughtful Thursday – it’s GOOD!

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8 Responses »

  1. Your garden is looking good! Glad some things made it through that storm. We got a late start this summer season but are growing zucchini (love raw zucchini noodles!), bell peppers, cukes, okra, onions, mint and basil.

    • Hey Ginger! I know – raw zucchini noodles are amazing – that’s why I’m growing so many zucchini’s in the garden. That and zucchini hummus! YUM! Your garden sounds great too! Hey, better late than never! :)

    • Thank you! I just picked some fresh lime basil this evening and put in some herbal tea to steep till morning – can’t wait! I plan on sending you a jar of dehydrated tomatoes when they come in – might be awhile, but I will! Maybe some other goodies that I can send real fast before going bad in the mail you can play with. XO

  2. Wow, your garden looks amazing! I’ve been thinking about starting to grow my own food – especially salad. I have a largish balcony so there’s no reason aside from my less than green thumb! At the back of my apartment, we have a huge community organic garden with a mini orchard and lots of fruit and veg. I shall have to keep coming back for some tips from you :-)

    • Hi Leah! Welcome and thanks! The garden looks twice as good since the pictures were taken for post. Everything is jamming. My one true tip is to send love to everything as you’re doing it (starting the seeds, planting, even to watering and fertilizing). I talk to the plants and tell them how beautiful and vibrant they are and can’t wait till they are huge and ready to eat. I say ” I have a wonderful, flourishing garden” – I create it! You can too! I absolutely encourage you to start some plants and go from there. I used to grow plants in containers on a small area and it was great. Awesome that you have a huge organic community garden to work/share/eat from. I will definitely have tips in the near future. Thanks for all you do on your end of posting/blogging – I love and appreciate it! Keep in touch!

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