Grow a great cutting garden

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A wise mentor once told me if you only have $5 buy yourself a loaf of bread and a single flower for happiness, then splurge with the rest of it. That advice has stuck with me. I am a lover of flowers, and I make it a habit to purchase myself a bouquet every time I go to the farmers market. There’s something about flowers that just brings me happiness. This year as I sit and dream of what to plant in my garden, I have made the decision that I will plant a flower garden. I need to turn a plain-Jane backyard into an inviting space (yes, the back yard dream continues). We now have two huge empty spots of dirt- one where the hostas used to live and where that horrible nonfunctional water fountain lived. So, I thought wouldn’t it be great if we filled them with flowers?

Our gym looks into the backyard, so what better way to get through that time than by watching Mother Nature’s array of colors evolve. It is also my hope that it will bring a smile and moment of joy and beauty in the world to my neighbors as they walk by with their dogs and take in the beautiful curb appeal. I dream it will cut down on my own flower bill- how I dream of sharing those bouquets with family, friends, workmates, and anyone who could use a lift. We can all be Emily.

Here are a few tips for starting your flower garden and a few good reads.

  1. Get an idea. Is this going to be a vegetable garden? An herb garden? A flower garden? If you choose to grow flowers, do you want annuals, which you must replant each year but which give color most of the summer? Or do you prefer perennials, which have a shorter bloom time but come back year after year? You can mix any of the above — after all, it’s your garden. Just one bit of advice: Start small. ‘Tis better to succeed just a little, than to fail grandly.
  2. Pick a place. Almost all vegetables and most flowers need about six hours of full sun each day. If your lot is largely sunless; many plants tolerate shade. Check plant tags or ask the staff at your local garden center to find out how much sun a plant requires.
  3. Put the garden where you can’t ignore it — outside the back door or near the mailbox. Place it close enough to a water spigot that you won’t have to drag the hose around the whole yard.

Good Reads

Feed Your Soul: Plant a Cutting Garden by Kathy LaLiberte

Burpee Flower gardens

Viability – It’s All in a SeedbyMistyMeadows

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An untold story

There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you – Zora Neal Hurston


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Best Farm to Table

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I came across the sign above today at my favorite outdoor farmer’s market. It truly made me laugh out loud and shake my head. For those of you who can’t read the sign, it reads “organic broccoli 79 cent lb ‘friendly reminder, if you take the stem off you will be charged $1.69lb’.

I hear a lot of stories as a clinical social worker and I am happy to report I am often still surprised by people’s antics. I also wonder if Esme, saw the same sign, as her theme for the month is green leafy vegetables. I shared my recipes for Spinach salad and Fruit salad. It is my hope to share them in a massive recipe swap others will be encouraged to eat what’s in season and reminded to check the bargain bin. A good meal does not have to be expensive. Most importantly, I want to encourage others to plant something (below are a few good inspiring posts).

Though if you’re like MSW, I am just looking for a good healthy recipe. Check out these! What’s your favorite green leafy vegetable? I am also really curious about the craziest sign you have come across. Tell me below in the comments or on Instagram with the tag #reallifeofanmsw.

Garden Reads :

The Herbal Gardens

How to Plan Your Edible Garden

Anatomy of a Pot

What does it take to grow a tree?

How to  cut down on food waste

The Woman Who’s Inspiring a New Generation of Black Farmers

Girls Project: Helping Girls Transform Their Future by Gardening

Eat More Ugly Fruit (+Veggies)

One Little Conversion

 

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Abundance

Donate food to the local food pantry.


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Perseverance

 

When I was seven, my grandmother looked at me very seriously and said in her calm, kind way, ‘ You must learn perseverance,’” relates product designer Karen Young in an anecdote that could benefit any budding business owner. “She made me repeat it, spell it and memorize the definition. She gently explained that sometimes in life you have to carry on in the face of great challenges and adversity- Karen young

 


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