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In the Garden: Smells of the Garden

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Red (purple) onions in a pot.

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I moved two pots of purple and white Globe onions to this area. When I finished moving the onions, I smelled like the onions…

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Pink Amaryllis is blooming.

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Beets up close.

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Most of these beets are ready to be harvested. Yellow onion seedlings are on the other half of the bed but they are hard to see right now.

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Baby Ponderosa lemon. Lemon and orange flowers smell like candy.

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Marigolds. Marigolds have a smell but its not delicious. It’s a great mosquito repellent though. I have a Rosemary plant and they repel mosquitoes too. Mosquitoes hate aromatic plants.

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White Globe onion in pot. I placed these in the ground also.

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This is my newest specimen. It’s called Grape Hyacinth. It smells like an expensive French perfume. I have it at the front door. When the flowers die off in a few weeks, I will transplant the foliage/bulbs to another pot. I hope it makes babies! Purple is one of my favorite colors.

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Red Amaryllis are blooming. Amaryllis are beautiful but they have no smell. Amaryllis are in the lily family too. My bubbling brown sugar daylily has no smell either. It’s kind of hard to find (locally) flowers that are beautiful and smell delicious.

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White and pink Amaryllis blooming.

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More onions over here. There are beets over here too but I’m not sure that they will stay. They aren’t looking to well, maybe transplant shock occurred. Way down yonder, I have sweet peas growing.

 

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In the Garden

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Blueberries.

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Pictures of Misty Blueberries in the ground. I might add more blueberries next year. I need netting to cover these from the birds. They love berries.

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The orange blossoms smelled like candy this morning! It smells similar to honeysuckle.

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The onions are in ground. You have to look closely to see them or click on the image to enlarge it. There are seeds planted in the middle but they have not sprouted yet.

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I moved this rose over here.

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The broccoli and cauliflower are still producing.

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I have bricks left over. I want a mango and avocado tree. Buying an avocado tree would probably be cheaper than going to the store weekly to buy them. Avocados are getting expensive!

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I love cool pink, purple and white combination of flowers in the front yard. The white flowers are on the other side but I did not take a picture of them. I also love hot spicy colors of red, orange and yellow in the vegetable garden.

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In the Garden: A Pretty Mess

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This is my garden wagon. I re-used crates that I bought from the dollar store (or somewhere) while in college.ย  Don’t mind my go-go mud boots. Gardening is a dirty job hence the name of this blog post: A Pretty Mess.

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I recently saw another girly-girl gardener on youtube. She has a purple garden shed with flowers surrounding it and its very beautiful.

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She rides a bike too. Her bike is yellow/white.

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Three orange blooms today. There are two more about to open on the top but the camera cut them off. I planted onions in the ground the other day. I still need to plant the blueberries and move the rose. Hopefully, Sunday I can do it.

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In the Garden

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Broccoli Florets have formed on several of my plants.

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This Hamlin Orange Tree is covered in blooms even though it’s still cool here. My Ponderosa Lemon Tree is covered in blossoms too but I did not take a picture of it.

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Onions are getting bigger. I need to get these in the ground soon. I still have not moved my rose and planted the blueberry bushes either.

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This is a beet that I have growing in a pot. The leaves look sparse or meager to me.

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These are my beets that are growing in the ground. The leaves look much healthier. Maybe the ground dirt has more nutrients? Beet roots don’t grow very deep so I assume its because of more nutrients in ground dirt. I’m thinking about composting or making my own dirt in the future.

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I came back to this post because I saw that I have a few cauliflower growing too. At first, the leaves were covering the heads. Now all I need is a cow and a few chickens…just kidding. No really. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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In the Garden

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This is about half of my carrot harvest.

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I gathered a few sweet peas today. I gather them a couple of times a week.

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Most of the carrots grew long like this but I did have a few with splits or cracks. I threw those away.

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I bought two blueberry ‘misty’ bushes last week. Hopefully, I can get them in the ground this week.

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I planted beets in rows. This is the first time putting them in the ground. Usually I plant them in pots.

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My patch of broccoli and cauliflower.

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These are more sweet peas seedlings on the other side of my cauliflower. I plan to move the peas over soon because I’m going to move my rose bush over here. And where my rose bush is now, I plan to put the blueberry patch.

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I pulled up this yellow carrot. Then a few minutes later, I pulled up another yellow carrot.

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I pulled a white carrot. It looks like a parsnip?

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All the carrots are pulled.ย  I’m going to plant onions in its place, in the ground soon.

Now I understand why I hear some people saying ‘It’s important to know where our food comes from’. Last night I was watching this backyard farmer on YouTube. He put pig manure on his green leafy vegetables! I have never seen that before. It made me wonder what they could be putting on the greens at the supermarket. For now I will just diligently wash and pray over my greens from the supermarket but I plan on growing more greens for myself. Greens grow better up northย  (or north of where I’m at) but I will try to grow them.

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In the Garden

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Cauliflower and Broccoli: This is my first time growing both so I did not plant many.

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It feels like spring these last few weeks.

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Carrots growing wild.

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More beets growing. I harvested some recently and have been adding the root and green leaves to my smoothies with an apple, banana and (store bought) broccoli florets and water.

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A few weeks ago, I divided these brown sugar day-lilies and gave some away. I hope to get a big explosion of blooms again. Day-lilies need to be divided about every 3-5 years to keep them blooming.