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A tour of the GARDEN.

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Monday, April 21, 2014




emoticon I am enjoying the wonders of the path that eating a healthier lifestyle has lead me on. Never before have I opened the door to growing a winter garden. High costs of food and hubby's reaction to the bills was my motivation.
The more I learned, the more I realized that home grown foods are more nutrient dense than foods sold at the grocery store. Raising food has become a new-found passion, all because of a small diet change. This first photo is NOT my vegetable garden or of me, but the beds are a similar size placed next to the house between us and the fence.







In this narrow space, a tiny scrap of land I raise a patch of wheat grass. It fills most of the vegetable bed. The benefit of raising wheat grass outdoors is I can cut it often harvesting it for my green juices. It regrows quickly and does not have to be replanted unlike grass grown in flats. Since it has a large amount of soil for the roots to go down, it can draw up nutrients deep out of the earth. The sunshine increases the chlorophyll content which is added nutrient density. If you google wheat grass medicinal properties online you will find it has many different healing effects. I find it gives me lots of energy. It is a must have. If I don't get my daily dose of GRASS, I just don't feel as good. The difference in my HEALTH is very noticeable. The vegetable bed also contains a large parsley plant which I cut over and over again for greens. It keeps coming back growing larger and larger. There is an Iris at the other end, a plant I found displaced after some flooding last winter. Now that it has been restored to health I will plant it on the hill behind our home.







emoticon This is a close-up of some oat grass which is beneficial for the brain and nerves along with other good qualities. It has lots of B vitamins. It looks weird because it has had a bad haircut. Next to it I started some alfalfa and red clover for juicing. Red clover is good for cleansing the blood stream and lymphatic system. They all have super nutrition density. The plants were started from sprouting seed sold from Sprout People. One day I soaked some peas before we went on a trip. I couldn't use them before we left, so I planted them in the vegetable bed. They are sprouting peas which I can harvest over and over again for the greens. Pea shoots are very high in protein. In another pot I have flax seeds which grew about 8 inches high before I harvested and let them regrow for juicing.







emoticon In the front vegetable bed I have Romaine lettuce, a red speckled lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, parsley, oregano, garden cress, and other herbs. The garden cress came from some plants sold at the grocery store for eating. It had enough roots that I was able to plant it in the garden. Now it grows and I cut, snip and it regrows for me. emoticon Green onions were started by saving the white bottoms and replanting them in the beds. Green onions contain more nutrition than onions. The same thing happened with dill and lemon grass. They started as herbs purchased at the grocery store with a few roots. I harvest the tops and plant the bottoms. That is frugal thinking. I don't need to purchase any greens for juicing. All are home grown.

emoticon When I want to make juice I go and cut the lower leaves off, letting the top grow. It's the freshest juice ever. It has allowed me to harvest since fall. The bed is not very large, but I have not had to purchase green for some time. It blows me away how much money I have saved with these two vegetable beds. Nothing can compare to the sense of satisfaction of going outside and picking from the garden just before juicing. There are ADVENTURES in gardening. You do have to watch out for slugs, snails, and an occasional spider. Yes, I have done the I have got a spider on my neck screaming dance. emoticon All while the cat watches in amusement. Our trash can holds a snail I salted that I accidentally brought in. The salt kills it, no poison needed.







On the patio which takes up a lot of the yard I have pots of herbs, more wheat grass, sunflower sprouts, and lettuce. I am posting them to show you can grow your produce in a small pot on the patio. Again the lettuce I cut and it keeps coming up over and over again. It's easy to grow. This is my first winter garden ever. So I don't have experience growing winter plants. It was easy to grow the plants. All you do is run to the garden center, grab plants, and plant. Any scraps left over from juicing are composted. It's so earth friendly. emoticon





When I was 3 or 4 I used to put honeysuckle flowers in water so I could have some perfume. Little did I know years later I should of put them in oil to draw out the scent. It amazes me to look back now and know even back then I was a smart little girl, experimenting at such a tender age.

emoticon Yesterday I made a jar of rose oil. I read online that rose petals contain properties that fight cancer and other diseases. It has powerful antioxidents. Hummm. It got my mind thinking. I can juice some rosepetals when I make my morning juice. After all I have consumed rose tea sold at the grocery store. The flavor is nice and it's good for the nerves. Why not make a jar of rose oil. I took fresh rosepetals and some MCT oil and added them to a jar. Later I took a wooden spoon and pounded the rose petals to release the essential oils in them. The oil helps to draw the rose fragrance into it. Leave the rose petals in for a few days then remove them. The procedure can be repeated 5 times to increase the strength of the fragrance. Keep the jar out of sunlight. I can just imagine how wonderful it will smell. emoticon My lavender is in bloom. I can make some rose lavender oil or perhaps some lavender oil all by itself. So many possibilities. Some online sites use dried flowers, others use fresh.







Juicing does not have to be expensive. It can be made very inexpensive. Right now I am mostly purchasing an occasional celery, cucumber, lemons, and fresh turmeric and ginger roots for juicing. I tend not to use very much of what I don't grow myself. The leaves in the garden give me more than what I need. It is not very much work to care for the potted plants and raised beds. Hubby has them being watered by drip irrigation. I mostly harvest an occasional weed. In the front yard I planted some cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers. My yard is so tiny I put pots where I can.


Growing gardening has eliminated my need for taking a vitamin pill every day. I used to take loads of supplements that were expensive. The healing properties that come from food can not be duplicated by a chemicalized pill manufactured in a lab. There is no comparison. Growing and juicing my greens is less expensive then purchasing green powders in a jar that have been sitting on a shelf for months. Freshness matters. I feel it in my body. The results are evident. Gardening saves me money.






In the front yard, all in pots I have bell peppers, jalapeno, watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, and more herbs. The potted garden makes gardening easy. emoticon


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WHITEANGEL4 6/30/2014 10:56AM

    Boy what beautiful gardens. Mine did not turn out that pretty, but we are enjoying some nice bounties from the plot. I plan to put the boards around mine and add some more soil and minerals for a fall garden. Iam starting to compost which I think will be beneficial to my garden. I have had good luck with my herbs this yeard and have some trying for use later in the colder months

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MINDYJ1 5/7/2014 5:31PM

    So cool! Way to go!

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ANGELN325 4/30/2014 6:14AM

    Thank you for sharing your garden with us. I've been growing flowers, but I'm rethinking my garden lands for possible food. What do you do to protect your garden from pests?

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NASFKAB 4/29/2014 12:14PM

  Awesome

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MSROZZIE 4/25/2014 10:14PM

    Wonderful effort and I learn so much from your blogs. Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PIGGYWAY 4/25/2014 7:52PM

  SO GREAT I GOT TO GET MINE GOING emoticon

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 4/25/2014 7:22PM

    Wow, you put so much into your blogs, and I do appreciate that. You have inspired me to do a garden myself. I had talked to my husband time and time again about creating planter boxes close to the house so I can grow my own produce, but he hasn't gotten on board as of yet. Well, I'll be in my dads garden dropping seeds again, and hopefully it will turn out better than last year. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful information. Lynn

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LADEEBIKER1 4/25/2014 6:54PM

    I love vegetable gardening. I recently moved from my house to an apartment and I'm having a very hard time with it. At my house I did pot and ground gardening. I'm sort of out in space right now cause I'm out of my norm. I think I got to get over the move from a house that I've been in forever. I think I'll sit this year out and see what next year will bring for my psyche. But knowing me I will grow something on the balcony.

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MOMMY445 4/25/2014 3:14PM

    such a beautiful garden!

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 4/25/2014 2:09PM

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REDSASSENACH 4/25/2014 1:39PM

    Going to try wheat grass after reading this, thanks. And I think I'll also start a pot or two of green onions. And strawberries.

I have little baby broccoli plants coming up. Later I'll have tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, cilantro, lettuce and kale.

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FLACA80 4/25/2014 11:30AM

  Awesome so happy for you and your new ways of living emoticon I'm in the mist of changing my ways as well..

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MOONGLOWSNANA 4/24/2014 11:23PM

  I need a raised bed! I can't bend over to pull weeds or pick up stuff, but a raised bed would put things up where I could manage a garden. I still have a couple of weeks to wait to plant plants. It might be too late for me to do seeds... Thanks for the inspiration!

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CICELY360 4/24/2014 11:01PM

  lovely

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AMBER461 4/24/2014 9:27PM

  Thanks for sharing your ideas. I am just like you right now I have celery, parsley, oregano, sweep peppers, thyme, marjoram and cherry tomatoes planted in raised
beds.

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MAYBER 4/24/2014 8:22PM

    Thanks for sharing your garden ideas fabulous and fun
One day at a time love prayers peace God bless
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AJB121299 4/24/2014 8:11PM

    nice

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PACKERMANN 4/24/2014 5:56PM

    great job! great ideas!
thanks for sharing!!!

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SAMMI-SAM 4/24/2014 5:41PM

    Apparently, I need to eat wheatgrass....

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DOILIEQUEEN 4/24/2014 5:21PM

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RADIOACTIVEGN 4/24/2014 2:48PM

  I'm so jealous of your space! I don't have any space to garden right now, but hopefully some day :)

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PROPMAN1 4/24/2014 2:45PM

  Right now i'm not growing anything because it's still rather chilly. Hopefully next month i can start doing peas, tomatoes, etc. Wish me luck.

p.s. you're very lucky to have such a green thumb.

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SWEETRACHEL313 4/24/2014 2:28PM

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ARTISTGATOGIRL 4/24/2014 1:11PM

    I share your love of gardening! emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 4/24/2014 12:41PM

    You inspired me to get some lettuce seeds and see if I can grow the in my little indoor garden. It gets a lot of sunlight.

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KLONG8 4/24/2014 11:22AM

    When I saw the title of your blog I couldn't wait to dive in. Here in Colorado growing season lasts from March through October - greens go in first and everything else after Mother's Day - we do occasionally get snow in May! Anyway, the greens are planted in our raised bed, I have some herbs just screaming "plant me" in pots in the kitchen but I'm waiting just a little longer before making the plunge. And right now I'm spending time cleaning things up so I'll be ready to plant.

Yay spring!

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DSHONEYC 4/24/2014 11:08AM

    Wow, I am inspired. Know nothing about juicing greens but want to check it out after reading your blog. Have a raised bed with plots of parsley, chives, garlic chives, oregano, rosemary, basil, mint, tomatoes and lemon cucumbers - as well as drawf grapefruit and Mexican lime...wish I could take my wasteful lawn and turn it into a haven for greens. Water is so expensive here.

Interesting that the pop up ad next to your blog is for Roundup...now that's out of place. I am a farmer at heart, growing up on a large farm in the great San Joaquin Central Valley. I believe in pulling and hoeing weeds...leave the chemicals in the store!

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LAVENDERLILY 4/24/2014 10:23AM

    Thanks for sharing. I am planning a small vegetable garden. I like the idea of raised beds.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 4/24/2014 10:21AM

    We live in the same region, yet I am so behind! LOL Guess I know what I"M doing today :o)

this was a wonderful blog! I love looking at gardens and your ideas are simply .. amazing!!

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DELLMEL 4/24/2014 9:46AM

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NYASHAB 4/24/2014 9:07AM

  Awesome.....you inspire me.

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SHERYLP461 4/24/2014 8:52AM

    What a wonderful garden!

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WALLINMW 4/24/2014 8:52AM

  Love!

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INGMARIE 4/24/2014 7:54AM

    WOW. emoticon impressive to say the least, I learned a few things reading your blog
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I will have to try wheat grass, a friend gave me some lemon grass also.
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  I love your garden!

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WRITERWANNAB 4/24/2014 2:41AM

    You are a marvel & should take pride in your garden. I would love to do raised beds. Maybe after I move next week, I can. emoticon

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ILUVMY6SWEETIES 4/23/2014 11:32PM

  Beautiful Garden! We are also doing raised bed gardens this year! I had never thought of growing wheat grass or oat grass, I am excited to try this out! I tried something recently you might find interesting. I cut off the end of a celery from the store, and I put it in a jar with some water at the bottom, in just a few days it started sprouting new life from the middle. Now I just need to bury it in dirt and i'll have a celery plant that should have more growing over and over :) Good Luck with your Gardening!

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MOMMY445 4/23/2014 8:42PM

    those raised beds are amazing!

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