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Herbs are Up

Some of our herbs are finally popping up. Oregano, sweet basil, lemon basil, and parley are enjoying themselves under our kitchen counter light. It’s not much, but it’s a mood-lifter for me. We’ll move them outside in a week or 2 to the garden. Until then, they’ll sit on the sunny windowsill in the Boys…

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Signs of Spring

in the midst of our zone 9a winter, we’re seeing more signs of spring. The dogwood is covered in little lime green dots. The azaleas are showing off their delicate flowers. Our new irises are shooting up bloom stalks. Blueberries making themselves ready. Frilitaria popping up after 2 quick freezes took out the early growth.…

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Throwing Out Soil

Sometimes, you just have to throw in the towel. Or in the case of gardening, throw out the soil. I reached that point yesterday. My seed saunas had only produced a dozen viable plants out of about a hundred. I’m frustrated but really, I should have expected that. I knew the soil was iffy in these…

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Milkweed: You Can Grow That!

Milkweed is a nursery plant for monarch butterfly caterpillars. I’ve always thought it was hard but decided to take the plunge this year and grow it. Turns out, it’s not hard after all. Yes, we can grow that!! The Wonder Kids filled up the leftover plastic trays with soil. Garden tip: when your kids finish…

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Seed Stars and Flowers

It has become a tradition around our house to make seed stars and flowers every winter. It helps us get ready for spring and get our hands into some soil. This year, we made seed stars and flowers for our Valentine’s Day party with our homeschool group. The Girls Wonder helped me mix up a…

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Restarting Herbs

Our herb seeds are getting the same Plan B treatment as the tomatoes and peppers. We had some leftover pie pan lids so they became herb seed saunas. ?? We planted 2 kinds of basil, oregano, and parsley. Something else was planted in 5 of the pellets but just as soon as I planted the…

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This Year’s Roses

I’m learning that growing roses in the Golden Isles is different than growing roses in Atlanta. With our year-around growing season and sandy soil, some roses grow better here than others. Our local Golden Isles Rose Society has been very helpful and patient as they teach me how to grow roses down here. Since some…

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Plan B for Peppers

Initiating Plan B for the tomatoes also meant initiating Plan B for the peppers. Thankfully, we had some leftover plastic muffins trays from the grocery store to make this task easier. Our grocery store had mini-muffins on sale for buy-one-get-one-free plus they had a $1 off coupon since they were 1 day past the “sale…