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The truth about Dandelions

8 Apr

  


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! 




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5 Best Container Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners

18 Mar

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!

3 Mar

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/

Regrowing food

Where can I buy Organic Seeds?

20 Feb

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

15 Jul

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.

Organic Kitchen Garden 01 AFTER

 

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For more information visit our website www.arcoirisdesign.com

 

How to grow Strawberries?

26 Jun

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.

How to plant Onions? How to Harvest Carrots?

19 Feb

How to plant Onions?

My Harvest

(This is me last year, with lots of vegetables…including my old radish jejejeje)

 

Last year, we started our first Vegetable plot in our neighborhood church with full sun. We have had 2 plots with about 3 hours of sun in our backyard for over 3 years (shade its limitation for higher yield). At our new plot, so far it has been an amazing experience. We planted, garlic, onions, green onions, carrots, kale, purple kale, radish, beet root and broccoli.

We have harvested lots, lots and lots of both kales, some carrots and 1 thousand radish!!

TIP #1: Radish grows very, very fast and all its ready at the same time, so plant according to your needs!
TIP #2: Fertilize your plot at least once a month with organic fertilizer. (Our carrots are still small and we planted them in October)

Hereby are 2 videos that I made today, enjoy:

How to plant Onions? http://youtu.be/0OH3DudIUz8
How to harvest carrots? http://youtu.be/sioxOxwfKGI

Thank you for visiting, your comments and tips are VERY appreciated!
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Growing Papaya tree in my backyard

13 Feb

Papaya

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Feb. 10. 2013.

For the first time, I am going to try to grow papaya tree in my backyard. When I was about 8 years old my grandpa showed me how easy it was. So here I am doing it once again after 28 years. I hope the weather allows me to see at least a couple of delicious papayas! I am drying the seeds to plant them during the weekend indoors. Please visit my blog later in summer to see how it goes 🙂

Procedure:

1. Select a delicious and sweet organic papaya. I selected a small variety USA grown papaya.
2. Cut it in half and pick seeds from the center of the fruit.
3. Place the seeds over a piece of napkin to dry them for about 5 days.

To be continuing…

 

Feb.23.2013

Finally, last weekend I planted the seeds on the soil. I used organic seed starter soil which I found at Pike Nursery.

Procedure:

4. Water the seed starter soil before filling the pots or water it in the pots before planting the seeds. This will prevent the seed to be washed after planting. Let it sit for a few minutes. (When the seed starter soil is dry, it tends to wash off the pot when you water it).

5.  With your finger open a hole in the soil. (About 1 inch)

6.  Remove your seed from the napkin and drop it into the hole. (With Papaya I do 1 seed per pot)

7. Cover the hole with soil, water it and then place your pots inside until spring. Make sure the soil it’s always moist. Seeds need moist to germinate.

To be continuing…

 

Dry Papaya seeds

Papaya 8

Papaya 7

Papaya 5

1 inch deep

One seed per hole

Cover with soil

Name and date

Which vegetables can you grow in February?

1 Feb

What to plant in February in your Vegetable Box?

Have you always wonder what to plant during the winter months in Atlanta? You can grow many vegetables that MUST be planted during the cool season. Hereby, you can find some of the vegetables that you can plant in February.

FEBRUARY PLANTING

Vegetable                            Days to harvest

Asparragus                                   2 years
Beets                                     55 – 65 Days
Broccoli                                  60 – 80 Days
Cabbage                                 70 – 120 Days
Carrot                                     70 – 95 Days
Collards                                    55 – 75 Days
Kale                                       50 – 70 Days
Lettuce                                    60 – 85 Days
Mustard                                   40 – 50 Days
Onion, green                                 60 – 90 Days
Onion, dry bulb                            100 – 120 Days
Peas, Garden (english)                     60 – 70 Days
Peas, edible pot                             60 – 70 Days
Peas, Southern                              60 – 70 Days
Potatoes, Irish                               70 – 90 Days
Radish                                      25 – 30 Days
Spinach                                     40 – 45 Days
Turnip                                      40 – 60 Days

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Colors of my garden – DECEMBER

7 Jan

Azalea

Azalea

 

Camellia Flower bud

Camellia Flower bud

Fatsia Flower

Fatsia Flower

Fatsia Flower and flower bud

Fatsia Flower and flower bud

Hellebore

Hellebore

Holly Berry

Holly Berry

Hyacinth emerging

Hyacinth emerging

Insect on leaf

Insect on leaf

Tree Berry

Tree Berry