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How Good Is Your Soil???

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Is it “good enough” to produce healthy vegetables (results)? Do you tend to it on a daily basis by hoeing, removing weeds and rocks, watering, adding organic nutrients and/or soil compost free of chemicals?

My love of gardening began with soil that was “untouched” for many years. Except for weeds and clumps of hay-like grass, nothing of value grew there. I made a conscious decision to give that soil new life and start a new hobby by growing a few vegetables and herbs. Making that decision was my first step. Because I wanted to be successful at gardening, I made a list of goals that needed to be accomplished before I could plant my first seed. Getting tools and fencing ready, tilling the soil, removing rocks and weeds, and adding organic nutrients to the soil were items on that list. And it was all hard work. I then drew a diagram that would depict how I wanted my garden to look, where to plant the tomatoes, zucchini and a variety of herbs, along with marigolds. The diagram remained in view as a daily reminder of what the garden should/would look like.

Every day, I spent time nurturing that soil. Some days, I tracked 10 minutes of “gardening” which was soon increased to 60 or more minutes daily. When you find something you really enjoy doing, time passes by quickly and “work” becomes fun. I looked forward to tending the garden every day.

Some of my previous blogs contained pictures of my “work in progress”. The following pictures depict successful goals completed. At the end of the season, I will continue to keep the soil nurtured so the end result of a fruitful harvest will take place year after year.

Yes, there is a subliminal message here. How good is your soil????

Zucchini in Bloom

Zucchini and Marigolds

Grape Tomatoes - early stage

More Grape Tomatoes

Red Grape Tomatoes – ready for picking!)

More Red Grape Tomatoes

Yellow-Pear Tomatoes, Red Grape Tomatoes with Zucchini

Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread

5-Ingredient Zucchini Soup

Zucchini Boats- cheddar, turkey, beans, tomatoes

Got the message????
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LYNNIERN 9/20/2014 9:33AM


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PRIN1978 9/12/2014 9:04PM

    You took time with your "soil" now its time to attend to mine! Keep it up!! emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 9/1/2014 12:52AM

    Your garden looks great. Yummy.

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ONESPOTLEFT 8/31/2014 7:38PM

    your veggies look great

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PICKLESMOM21212 8/31/2014 5:05PM

    Your garden is beautiful! I live in an RV park in the South. Mississippi soil is not good for growing anything but kudzu...LOL! So, I got some huge pots, and planted my tomatoes, peppers and onions. I had enough salsa this year to feed the entire RV park! It doesn't take a large area to make a garden. Even people who live in an apartment can have an indoor garden. It just takes a little ingenuity!

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SPARKFRAN514 8/31/2014 9:42AM

    emoticon emoticon work our garden (S) thanks for the blog . a good garden outside makes for a great garden inside. emoticon

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REFFIE1 8/29/2014 2:33PM

Yummy! Your garden looks productive and you must be very proud. It is also a money saver I am sure. Also, you know what hasn't been sprayed on it! We grew a honey crisp apple tree from basically a branch. Finally, last year it produced one apple but it was delicious! This year there are 15 apples on the tree. It is more apples than tree. Very rewarding! emoticon

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HEMAMALINI100 8/29/2014 11:15AM

  Awesome! Your blog is inspiring and delicious, I would like to eat all those veggies in the picture right now emoticon

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LINDA! 8/28/2014 2:29PM

    You have some delicious freggies on your blog. I am now hungry just looking at it.

Keep up the great work!! emoticon

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BEVPRESLEY 8/27/2014 11:08AM

    There is nothing better than nice fresh vegetables. My girls didn't eat canned veges till they went off to college.

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GERRYH2 8/26/2014 1:56PM

    What a great garden and message! I hope you will write another BLOG with more thoughts about the "internal garden".

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SHKIRK 8/26/2014 1:34PM

  Thanks for the message. We all need to "tend our gardens" emoticon

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BILL60 8/25/2014 1:30PM

    I am utterly impressed. Thank you for sharing

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LJOYCE55 8/25/2014 10:10AM

  Love stuffed zucchini - thanks for the idea for this week's menu.

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/25/2014 9:35AM

    Fantastic vegetables. I get the message. I started out with 10 minutes and increased to almost 2 hours. My soil is fertile but could be better

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JSTETSER 8/25/2014 6:03AM

    AMAZING! I want the recipe for zucchini soup!
Go girl, GO!

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SHESMITH1 8/24/2014 5:49PM

    Beautiful!!!! I am soooooo jealous. I have no sunshine for vegetables. I've tried to no avail to grow some. But, I love my big shade trees. I can't have everything. The farmers' market is my favorite place to go in the summer. I get my "digging-in-the-dirt" fix with shade plants.

I love your subliminal message. I think Jesus gave a similar one... :)


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SIOL55 8/24/2014 4:43PM


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MSBEKANATOR 8/24/2014 3:57PM

    The garden is beautiful and the produce looks amazing. I love both zucchini and grape tomatoes, so this is actually making me hungry, lol. Absolutely love your subliminal messaging.

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~INDYGIRL 8/24/2014 2:46PM

    Great blog! Love gardening and tips

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LESLIELENORE 8/24/2014 1:56PM

    emoticon emoticon

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JERICHO1991 8/24/2014 1:52PM

    Great message. Thanks.

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YICHE12 8/24/2014 12:10PM

    I just may come knocking on your door when I get my next garden going for hints and advice. Your veggies look great! emoticon

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DBELLE39 8/24/2014 8:35AM

    Awesome blog, Thanks for sharing those pics of the yummy veggies ---I'm officially hungry now. LOL.

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OPTIMIST1948 8/24/2014 8:22AM

    When the cherry tomatoes are coming in faster than you can deal with them - dont be afraid to freeze them. They are *fab* in soups and casseroles during the winter.

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MSLZZY 8/24/2014 8:05AM

    Very nice. I hear you loud and clear. Guess I need to work on my "personal" soil too.

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    Lovely produce!

I love gardening and have 16 raised garden beds. I'm very lucky to have beautiful mountain soil, but I still add soil supplements to keep it all healthy. I'm just now coming out of Winter here in Australia so the race is on to prepare the beds for the Spring planting. There is nothing better than fruit and veggies from your own garden. Great to see I'm not the only one


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SPEEDY143 8/24/2014 12:41AM

    emoticon You reap what you sow emoticon emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 8/23/2014 11:49PM

    Very nice!

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/23/2014 10:20PM


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KRYS210 8/23/2014 9:52PM

    emoticon You are successful in whatever you attempt because of your determination and persistence! I am so very proud of you for your accomplishments both in the garden and personally!

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NEVERORNOW 8/23/2014 9:48PM

    I'll have some of that zucchini bread. :) What a beautiful garden and a wonderful message of the importance of setting goals and working hard to reach them. My hubby and I only have a small garden but love working in it and feasting on the tomatoes, peppers, and beans, as well as the joy of the flowers we grow. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos. Very inspirational!

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USFBULL 8/23/2014 9:41PM

    nicely done and i want a boat, looks tasty emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/23/2014 9:11PM

    Your zucchini boats look delicious. You certainly made strides in your garden and it is time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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VEENAS1 8/23/2014 9:10PM

    Wow! You are amazing! I believe I have said this before, I wish I had a yard so I could grow vegetables and fruits. Thanks for sharing and continue to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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GOOZLEBEAR 8/23/2014 9:07PM

    Love your pictures and your garden, everything looks so tasty. I'm afraid I don't do much gardening except for some flowers. With us coming back and forth to the mountains we would have a bunch of weeds like the flower beds!!

Thank you for sharing with us. Wonderful blog!!!


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    Yes, when you set attainable goals, and follow through with your habits, you get to reap some truly great rewards. Good Job!!

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AUNTALICE2 8/23/2014 9:02PM

    Loved your produce!! Nice pictures! And I would love the zucchini bread! mmm! emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 8/23/2014 9:00PM

    Enjoyed your blog. Our garden did great this spite of the heat.

We've harvested A LOT of veggies!

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COOLRAIN 8/23/2014 8:44PM

    Oh Wow! I'd hoped to get started on a garden this month, but no money and WAY too hot and humid. Waiting for the cooler weather to come. Since we garden in the winter here on the Gulf Coast of Florida, I still have months of good gardening ahead of me. As to my soil--mostly sand. Going to put in raised beds, build up my compost, and garden that way. I love your blog. Wish you lived in my neighborhood. I'd come soak up some of your knowledge. Thanks for sharing.

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