Black Gold

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This is my black gold (compost) from last year. It was a little wet, so I opened up the lids to my compost bins. Then the compost got a little too dry…LOL. Gardening is never boring.

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I used some of the compost to plant this years seeds the other night. It’s hard to find more nutritious soil. Looking forward to see them sprout in a few days. I really enjoy growing my own (and other peoples) food.

Do you have a garden? How is your spring gardening coming along? What are you planting this year?

Yours,

Maria

Planning 2017’s Garden, Part 2

My garden plans have progressed a little since last week. I’ve picked a good place for a garden with an abundance of sunshine, and I started to clear it from unwanted vegetation.

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The fence was covered by a thick layer of ivy. To utilize the space, and the sunshine, I had to take it all down. There’s still some more leveling that needs to be done before I can put in garden beds. This year they will be of a more permanent kind, made of wood. thequeensgarden-1The garden beds for my annual vegetables are going to be on the left side, then a green house, and a tool shed to the right (grey rectangle.) The whole area is going to be fenced in. The little tree between the greenhouse and the garden beds is a young nectarine tree that someone already planted there. Of course I’m keeping the nectarine tree.

My container garden is going to be along another fence line, slightly in front of the toolshed. (Container Garden: 6 Olive Trees, 4 Fig Trees, 1 Nectarine Tree, 1 White Peach Tree, 4 Elberta Peach Trees, 1 Pomegranate Tree, 1 Sweet Cherry Tree, 1 Wild Plum Tree, a bunch of 1-2 year old apple and pear trees of unknown variety.)

Within two weeks I’m going to start seedlings inside, and in the beginning of April I’m hoping to have the garden beds in place, and everything in the ground. The green house, and the toolshed will be a project for later this summer. I have an idea of what I want to grow in my garden beds (heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, corn, pumpkins, watermelons, zucchini, Sweet Bell Peppers, Jalapeno hot peppers, baby spinache, strawberries, blueberries, basil, cilantro, oregano, rosemary,) but I haven’t figured out exactly how I’m going to organize the crops. The whole garden area has sunshine all day long. (I live in USDA plant hardiness zone 9.)

Are you in the middle of planning a garden of your own? What are you growing in your garden? How do you go around planning what to grow where?  I’d love to hear about it!

I hope you’re having an awesome weekend!

Yours,

Maria

Happy National Watermelon Day!

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From my garden, Happy National Watermelon Day!

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No better melons than the ones you grow yourself!

I hope you had an awesome day today 🙂

Yours,

Maria

The Organic Garden Project – Update

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We’re by the end of May, and it’s definitely time for a garden update! It’s about six weeks ago since my daughter and I built the garden beds, and planted our seeds. You can read about how we did it here.

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The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. – Gertrude Jekyll

 
For us there was no other choice than doing everything Organic. That means a little more work, but it’s definitely worth it. So far our only challenges have been; a baby rabbit eating our strawberries, and some kind of leaf bug on our radishes. The signs of a bug visiting the plant, is only on the green part of the radishes, and not on the actual radish. They have to be very small, because there’s nothing I can see by just looking at them. The radishes are among the vegetables that we are harvesting every day, they are big, and taste great. To get rid of whatever bug eating the leaves we are spraying them with a mixture of equal amounts of apple cider vinegar, and water. It seem to help.

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You have to get up and plant the seed and see if it grows, but you can’t just wait around, you have to water it and take care of it. – Bootsy Collins

 
We also put dried coffee grounds around the garden beds, and sprinkled on the top soil. Our garden is shaped like an “L”, we have radishes on both ends of the “L”, they both have the same problem, not other garden bed are bothered by bugs. Since we started the apple cider vinegar, and coffee ground treatment, it’s getting much better. The radishes are flourishing, so I’m not overly worried about the bugs.

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. – Thomas Jefferson

 
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We’ve been blessed with a couple good rains since we planted our garden six weeks ago, something that have been very beneficial.

We’ve harvested a lot of cilantro, and I mean A LOT. The basil, thyme, and oregano are also doing fine. The day before I decided to take the pictures, I harvested what was left, and used it for a big stew I was making, so no photos of the herbs for the moment. I’ve harvested them on a daily basis for a couple weeks, and decided to completely cut them down, and let them grow back. Herbs taste so good when they are young, and fresh.

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I’m thinking of re-planting a couple of the garden beds. Dig them out, and plant celery, maybe some artichokes as well. I didn’t plant celery, and artichokes. In fact I’ve never had, but after visiting one of my friends gardens this weekend, I’m tempted to give it a try. The temperature is going to be in the three digits for the rest of the week, so I might wait until the worst heat wave is over, before doing that.

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. – May Sarton

This garden project that I am doing with my daughter, is a lot of fun. It inspire us to learn more about gardening together, and gives some continuity to our days. We have to take care of the garden every day. It actually made me start thinking about how it would be to homeschool her. We both love projects, I have the teaching background. I know we could do it. Still thinking about if it’s the right thing for us, while looking into different ways of doing it. If anyone of you have experience of homeschooling, I would love to hear about it! From the research I’ve done, I see that there’s a lot of different ways to do it.

Before it gets to hot, it’s going to be over 100 in a few hours, we’re going to our next project. Ariel have very fast become the highlight of our day.

 

Enjoy this beautiful day!

Love & Light, Always

Maria

A Shift In Consciousness

Going green doesn’t start with doing green acts — it starts with a shift in consciousness. This shift allows you to recognize that with every choice you make, you are voting either for or against the kind of world you wish to see. When you assume this as a way of being, your choices become easier. Using a reusable water bottle, recycling and making conscious daily consumer choices are just a few… 

Bring the right peaceful atmosphere to your home, in the shape of a beautiful sunset over an organic ranch in Nevada.

Organic farming appealed to me because it involved searching for and discovering nature’s pathways, as opposed to the formulaic approach of chemical farming. The appeal of organic farming is boundless; this mountain has no top, this river has no end.

― Eliot Coleman, The New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener

I was listening to a radio show the other day when one of the hosts said;

Healthy people think differently than sick people.

I haven’t been able to get that sentence out of my head. Do you think that’s true? In a way I believe it is, without good health we can’t take proper care of our family, or enjoy life to the fullest. ..BUT …. What’s your thoughts?

Namaste,

Maria

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