How to grow impatiens in your garden?

Impatiens love water, well drain soil and shade!

They are annuals for spring and summer, so make sure you plant them after the danger of frost has passed.

Water them 3 times a week if planted in flower beds, if you use them in planters they will need almost every day watering.

Best of all, impatiens do not need deadheading. We like to fertilize them with kelp fertilizer every month. And at moment of planting we incorporate to the soil Espoma Organic for flowers.

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How to make your annuals bloom all summer?

For the last couple of years we have been trying Flower Tone from Espoma Organics and every year seems to work better and better.

We are a fully organic gardening company and we are so excited to have found an amazing fertilizer to use in our flower beds and planters.

The product is very easy to use, just add it to your soil and mix it about 4” deep. Then plant your annuals are usual. Water after planting and enjoy the blooms!!

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Why Vincas are perfect for a dry summer?

Vincas and more vincas! These beautiful annuals come in so many colors that you can blend them with any other plants to make your garden or pots look fantastic. Vincas don’t like to be with wet roots, so water them when the soil feels dry but not too dry. So, water them only when the surrounding soil becomes completely dry. They prefer full sun and well drain soil.

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The truth about Dandelions

  


Back in Colombia, (where I come from) dandelions are part of our childhood, we blow their seeds every time we have the opportunity, we as kids loveeeee them! They are everywhere! Playgrounds are never treated with chemicals so dandelions are part of our grass year around! 

Now, I am teaching my daughter how to do the same thing…blow them when you see them… And… She likes it!! 


I know there are found as weeds worldwide,  but did you know that they actually are flowering plants in the family Asteraceae? Yes, same as Asters, calendula, chrysanthemum, gerbera, dahlia, zinnias…. And many many more. So maybe this weeds is not too much of a weed! Furthermore, is completely edible and has amazing health benefits including antioxidants! 


I am going to try this recipe over the weekend it seems delicious is pretty much is like cooking spinach http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/sauteed-dandelion-greens-242014


And hereby there are 3 ways to prepare dandelion tea: http://omgirlsguide.com/2013/04/22/how-to-make-dandelion-tea-3-ways-dedicated-to-earth-day/


I hope you enjoy it, Thanks for reading! 




5 Best Container Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners

Its always frustrating to start a gardening project such as growing vegetables and have poor results… Maybe you are selecting the wrong vegetables! I found this nice article about the 5 Best Container Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners. http://brownthumbmama.com/2014/02/5-best-container-vegetables.html . I will like to add cherry tomatoes, kale (from seeds), arugula (from seeds) and green onion (from seeds)! I have tried all of this in the past and it is awesome how easy they are. The cherry tomatoes will grow like a weed so think ahead and buy a tomato holder and cut down the tips of the plant. With the kale and the green onion you can leave one plant to get flowers and then pick up the seeds and start all over again, you will have 100% organic seed and plants (off course you will have to buy organic seeds and use only organic fertilizers.

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GREAT Gardening projects for Toddlers!

I found this amazing article* about regrowing some vegetables and some fruits using kitchen scraps! In the article the main idea is to provide you with some ideas to save some money by regrowing these edibles organically. I believe these are GREAT projects to teach your toddlers how plants grow, they will be responsible to take care of the plants while they grow, they will learn where those edibles come from and maybe learn how to prepare them! So, start saving some kitchen scraps and enjoy your self cutting, planting, watering, eating and saving some money!!

*http://cookingstoned.tv/blog/2014/02/food-that-magically-regrows-itself-from-kitchen-scraps/

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Where can I buy Organic Seeds?

If you are like me and like to start to germinate your seeds indoors, now its the time to order your selections. So where to buy organic seeds?

Cherry Tomatoes Organic Tomatoes Peaceful Valley

Over the years, I have tried different suppliers for organic seeds and so far I have 2 very favorites ones:

High Mowing Organic seeds, because they sell nothing but 100% certified organic seeds. They have over 600 heirloom, open-pollinated and hybrid varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seed. Their philosophy is all about healthy communities and a better planet.

And what I like the best is that they are really passionate about healthy food and farming.

You can buy theirs seeds here:

http://www.highmowingseeds.com

Culinary Herbs Organic tomatoes

Peaceful Valley, because they provide low cost organic growing supplies such organic seeds and the information and tools needed. You can buy organic seed by the bulk or by the small package. And if you want to increase your crop yield, you can buy from them amazing liquid organic fertilizers.

You can buy their seeds, fertilizers and garden tools here:

http://www.groworganic.com

Organic Tomatoes rare Peaceful Valley

Organic Kitchen Garden

The owner wanted to have an inviting herb garden close to the kitchen and have an area where she can enjoy a morning tea. We created it a fusion of French, Italian, Latin and Asian kitchen garden, using herbs from around the world, a dwarf peach, a chandelier topiary form gala apple, 3 different varieties of strawberries, salvias, sage, stevia, 3 varieties of oregano, lemon grass, coneflowers, mints, rosemary, laurel, cat grass, catnip, borage, bee balm, Chamomile, chervil, dill, cilantro, 3 varieties of lavender, calendula, lemon balm, thyme, marigold, purple basil, basil, curry… and many more. We installed 4 planters with 4 different themes: Asian herbs, French herbs, Latin Herbs and Italian Herbs. The incorporation of a water feature as a focal point gives the complete area a relaxing touch. We left space to have a sitting area using a Faux bois style bench and finally we installed beautiful maintenance free grey tone pea gravel.

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How to grow Strawberries?

How to Plant Strawberry Plants

from http://www.netherlandbulb.com/

Pictures: Arcoiris Design Gardening

Organic Strawberries at Arcoiris Design Gardening

Step 1. CHOOSE A CONTAINER FOR THEM

Be sure the container has drainage holes in the bottom.

Step 2. FILL THE CONTAINER WITH SOIL THAT MAKES STRAWBERRIES HAPPY

Strawberries like deep, loamy soil that drains well. This means that it should contain plenty of organic matter

Step 3. GET YOUR STRAWBERRY PLANTS

Your next step is to find some plants and put them in the soil.

There are two main kinds of strawberries available: “June-bearing” and “Ever-bearing” or day-neutral varieties that can bear from early summer right up until your first frost. While June-bearing varieties can take a year to establish (you normally plant them now for next year’s harvest), ever-bearing plants will give you fruit the very first year and may allow you to extend your harvest over a period of weeks or months.

Step 4. CARE FOR YOUR PLANTS AND ENJOY

Get them some sun on the balcony, rooftop, patio or doorstep.

For optimum production, keep your strawberry plants well watered throughout the growing season, and enjoy your homegrown strawberries. Plants should continue to be productive for at least 2-3 years.

Atlanta Blooms at the Botanical Garden!

Every year the Atlanta botanical garden brings to their visitors the best Bloom exhibition of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses. Featuring a quarter – million flowers of different colors, shapes and fragrances. I visited yesterday and I truly recommended for a nice family weekend!
Here are some pictures of the gardens and some inspiration for planters.
I hope you enjoy!

Atlanta Botanical Garden

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