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Two Sweet Petunias: Day 32

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Day 32: Getting Cozy I talked before about the plants getting “cozy” with each other. This week it’s like venturing into the jungle! Everyone is growing like mad, but despite the close quarters, all are healthy and seemingly happy. We harvested our first meal this week as well! A small (snack-sized) amount of broccoli, and from the herb garden some Romaine lettuce, sweet and red basil, dill and parsley. The dill will be great on fish and “dirty cabbage” (basically cooked cabbage with whatever I feel like putting with it), and the parsley is just going to garnish everything I eat (except maybe my oatmeal). I have yet to figure out what to do with all the basil though. I’ll probably “phone a friend” on this one…stay tuned! Day 32: Getting Cozy originally posted on Two Sweet Petunias, June 20, 2018. Follow along with Two Sweet Petunias this summer as they chronicle their family’s journey in year one of their Eco Garden.

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Two Sweet Petunias: Day 25

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Day 25: Tendrils & Tenacity One of the most amazing aspects of the garden is how it is simultaneously hearty and delicate. Let me elaborate. First, let’s talk about two aspect of heartiness: space and resources. The actual footprint of the garden is 4 feet by 6 feet, and we have no less than 20 different species of fruits and vegetables living not only harmoniously but thriving in this “cozy” environment. Additionally, because of all the rain we’ve had in Minneosta of late, we haven’t watered the garden once in the last week. And still, it thrives. This is thanks to the advanced air gap technology which keeps enough water accessible in the reservoir for the plants to drink all they need when they need it, without it seeping too deep down through rocky or sandy soil. The wonders of modern technology — or rather modern technology applied to the ways of yore. We should coin something here…”retro techno” gardening? I offer the following Day 16 (left) versus Day 25 (right) comparison below for proof of this heartiness. Ok, now let’s talk about the delicacy. And I’m talking about more the how delicious these vegetables will be once we harvest them. It’s simply awe-inspiring to think about the lifecycle each plant goes through to produce its…well, produce its produce! Each of the little flowers on the plant will eventually become a tasty fruit or vegetable, but the process from germination to proliferation through growth to maturation is so much more. These little plants have journeys of their own, and are so much more than what stocks our refrigerator produce bins and fresh produce aisles at the grocery store. Excuse the blatant anthropomorphism here. Sorry / not sorry. Every aspect of the plant has a purpose. The roots deliver nourishment to the…

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Two Sweet Petunias: Day 16

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Day 16: Growing Gains We have REAL SPROUTS! I would never get this excited about two of the smallest broccoli spears I’ve ever seen if I were examining them at the local farmers market or grocery store, but in our own garden…well it’s a downright cause for celebration — and another post! The gift of rain provided by Mother Nature herself last week was well received by our little garden. With the balancing of water reservoir and the overflow hose no flooding occurred and all the roots are holding firm in the soil! There are numerous tomatoes and lots of flowers on our four plants. In fact I placed tomato cages over them to support their skywards stretch! Beans are ready to blossom, as lots of little flower pods are visible at the top of our bean plants. And oh my the squash plants, pumpkin, cantaloupe and watermelon have more than doubled their size in two weeks! We purposefully planted these little gems on the outer borders of our garden so we can train the vines over the edges and out into the yard. We’ll see how that goes! Somehow I’m guessing the plants will be in charge and let their preferences be known. And that is how it is between a garden and her sweet petunia gals. We try things we think are best and the plants let us know if they are happy. Either they grow or we adjust. A little (or rather a lot) like life itself and our passage through it! I’m trying to be a good listener! Day 16: Growing Gains originally posted on Two Sweet Petunias, June 4, 2018. Follow along with Two Sweet Petunias this summer as they chronicle their family’s journey in year one of their Eco Garden.

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Beneficial Flowers for a Vegetable Garden

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All flowers are beautiful! With the thousands of varieties that can be purchased it is hard to pick just a few; however, there are certain types of flowers that can be very beneficial to a vegetable garden.  There are many different types you can incorporate into your garden that are not only pretty, but repel insects, encourage pollination and are edible! When planting these flowers in a raised or elevated garden one thing you need to consider is space. Some of these flowers can multiply and expand, eventually over taking your garden; in raised and elevated beds try to plant dwarf varieties or bush varieties that won’t exceed a certain amount of room. Here are few of the most talked about vegetable garden flowers and why they are good companions in-ground or elevated gardens. Nasturtiums  Nasturtiums are an easy annual to grow with edible flowers and leaves. Nasturtiums have a peppery bloom that can be put in salads and added to other dishes. They are good companion plants to cucumbers, squash and broccoli. When planted next to these vegetables they will trap aphids and repel squash bugs. Nasturtiums add a colorful beauty to the garden, have a nice fragrance and come in bush and vine varieties. In raised beds, they work well on the edge of the garden growing out and over the garden bed. Marigolds Marigolds are another simple flower to grow and maintain. They are one of the most popular flowers to grow among your vegetables because they repel bad bugs and attract potential pollinators. Known for their strong fragrance, marigolds deters nematodes and the aroma confuses pests if planted in or around your vegetables. Because they are a bush annual they work well in raised beds without taking up much space. Marigolds are especially beneficial planted next…

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