#BlackGirlWhoGardens

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So, it’s been a minute since I’ve updated here on the blog about how the gardening is going.

Well, I decided to revive my long-forgotten about YouTube channel with a new series: #blackgirlwhogardens. It’s fitting since I love to garden and I’m a black girl. Wow, what a concept.

Anyway, this is going to be a short and sweet post: check out the video! Please let me know if you have any tips!

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Summer Recap

We did a lot this summer and it was a lot of fun. From swimming to the beach to just enjoying life! Though I do wish we did just a bit more, I’m proud we accomplished a lot. So, let’s go!

Swimming lessons:

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If you followed my IG stories, we enrolled Bear into swimming. It was rather coaxing to get him to take his lessons and lots of promises were made (and kept). I wouldn’t call Bear a swimmer but he knows the basics. We’re going to enroll him again this fall.

Beach:

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Sadly, we didn’t go to the beach very much! We actually only went once but we went on a special day – our 10 year anniversary!

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That was pretty cool to explore Long Beach. We haven’t been there in a long while and it was just nice to be surrounded by the ocean breeze. We got to see dolphins swimming! It was for a brief moment; so brief I couldn’t capture a pic, but it was a cool experience!

Enjoying the new place:

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We’ve had quite  a few ups and downs in our new place and tbh, we’re so over it. However, it was nice to have Bear experience having a front yard and a back yard.

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Besides, how often does an ice cream truck pull up in front of your house? C’mon!

Gun range:

It was my first time shooting a gun and it was very cathartic. No matter where you stand on the gun control issue, I do recommend every woman should learn how to shoot a gun if need be.

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Gardening:

This summer we had several epic heat waves so my garden that kicked all sorts of booty during the spring was flopping harder than a Katherine Heigel movie. But I managed to get something!

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Being a kid:

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I had Bear participate in a lot of kid activities where he could just enjoy himself. I mean, yeah, I’m dope, but sometimes Bear needs someone his own age and size? LOL. It was fun to let him just run around.

Now Bear is starting his final year of preschool and I’m researching many schools around our old neighborhood since we’ll be moving back there pretty soon. Now I get to have Bear in school full-time next year and eh….I’m not sure how I can handle that, LOL.

Issa Garden Update – So What The Hayle Happened?

It’s been a while since I’ve done a garden update so let’s get started on the successes and fails! Yes, I’m proud of my fails because it tells me to try harder. Let’s go!

Fails.

It’s only fair to highlight the fails before the successes. I’m doing this to show even the ‘I’ve never picked up a tool in my life’ folks that gardening is not something you just plant, water a little, and you have your own version of FarmVille. Lots of patience, and sometimes, things will just be bad beyond your control.

Red Bell Pepper:

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So, I finally got my red bell pepper! She was sunburned just a tad but we figured, she could still be edible. I washed her off, cut her open and well, found a guest:

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Yeah, a slug.

Clearly, we didn’t eat it and well, I hope she enjoyed the bell pepper.

Strawberry:

We actually had a couple of strawberries from before but the bugs ate them! So, we grew some more and well…

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She came off pretty. That little brown thing at the bottom is just soil. However, the strawberry wasn’t sweet. It was actually super tart. Maybe I plucked it too early or maybe it was the soil. We’re still experimenting.

Gerbera Daisies

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This was a case of too much sun. Way too much sun. Notice how the sign says part sun? Well, I clearly didn’t adhere to that. I learned my lesson that I would need plants that require full sun or start paying more attention to where I place certain plants.

Now that we went over my fails, let’s celebrate my successes!

Successes

Lavender and rosemary

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This bush has grown super fast! I’m still not sure what I plan to do with the plant, though I had an idea of using the lavender and rosemary to burn.

Tomato:

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I still don’t have any tomatoes! I’m not sure what’s going on. My plant is super huge now and is actually growing outside of the cage we just bought! I hope to get some tomatoes soon!

Sunflower

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I officially have three sunflowers! I’m going to cut them this weekend and put them in a vase to enjoy inside.

Yellow Bell Peppers

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My yellow bell peppers seem to fare better than the red one. No sunburn here. I hope to cut them soon, probably over the weekend!

Calendulas

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My calendulas are growing pretty well! These seeds do require a lot of sun so I think that’s where I’m being successful the most with – plants that require a lot of sun. I don’t think I’ll eat these, but I do want to pluck them and put them in a vase.

Succulents:

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Watering them has helped a lot but also purchasing the succulent plant food. Aren’t they so pretty? I really love them.

Grass:

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This is a new project for me. I purchased grass seed that’s also drought resistant to grow the grass. Our yard didn’t look bad before but it could look better, you know? I will post updates on this.

Orange Tree

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I think out of all of my successes, I’m very proud of the orange tree. It had no buds whatsoever when we first moved in. Some water, plant food, and a lot of attention really made it grow. I’m super proud of it. I can’t wait to taste the oranges!

So, that’s it for a garden update! If you have a garden, how’s it going? Do you have any tips for me?

Issa Garden Update!

My little garden that could is coming along nicely. So, let’s check out what Mother Nature (and numerous bees) have helped me.

Because I have so many plants in my garden, I’m going to break down this post into four parts – succulents, edible plants, fragrant plants,  and tree. Yes, just one tree.

Succulents:

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I recently purchased succulent plant food (and honestly, I had no idea it existed nor was it something that succulents needed), and I think it did the trick. The first picture are two many succulents I purchased within the last few months. Bear picked out the slightly funky one and while it wasn’t my first choice, it ended up being the best choice. Two more succulents flourished! How about that? Kids sometimes know best.

Edible Plants:

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My bell pepper plants have just sprouted! I HAVE MY FIRST BELL PEPPER! I’m just so proud. This plant in particular, was on the verge of dying so I’m really stoked that I saved it and it’s flourishing.

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I might need to move my strawberry plant. It’s behind my monstrous tomato plant and I’m afraid she’s not getting enough nutrients and water because of the tomato plant. But I’m also afraid if I move her, she’ll die. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Why, yes, this is the tomato plant. It was small and now it’s pretty huge. I have to get a cage to contain it. I hope these tomatoes are delicious!

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Beside the tomato plant is a little sprouting of green onions. I just hope these survive because this is my second attempt!

Fragrant Plants:

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According to Dr. Google, this type of lavender is french. There are several types of lavender and they all serve different purposes (yeah, I didn’t know that neither). It won’t be as fragrant as the other lavenders, but I can use the growing rosemary along with it to make soaps and oils. I personally plan to burn it like incense or white sage, so we’ll see how that works.

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The above planter are my daisies. I just love how pink they are in contrast to how yellow the planter is. On the bottom are my calendulas I picked up from Whole Foods. Apparently, I’ll be able to eat those calendulas or use them for tea. We’ll see. I’ve never eaten a flower I’ve grown so this is will be interesting. I should also have poison control on standby.

Orange Tree:

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My little orange tree that could. When we first moved in, we inherited the tree from the owners, who told us it was there when they purchased it. At first I was really bummed because of orange tree envy. My tree only had one orange while everyone else’s had a full bloom! Over time, a few more grew but still, not enough.

I did pick up these spikes and put some plant food at the base. I also regularly watered it and I think I’m starting to get some bubs going. I hope to see a lot more fruit within the next few months. I would love to stop buying orange juice at the store and just make some at home!

This my garden update! Do you have any tips for my tomato plant? I really don’t know what to do?!

 

Garden Update!

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Going to Home Depot has now become a tradition of sorts. 

My new home project of creating a garden is fully underway. (Click here for a refresher.) Here’s an update on how things are coming along:

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Here is an updated picture of the small and cozy garden. Let’s go by each plant. Construction toys are not included.

Bell Peppers:

I’m super excited at how the bell peppers are growing! The red ones are on the right, and if you remember when I purchased the plant, it looked like this:

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It was the verge of dying. So, all she needed was some love and care!

Tomatoes:

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I am legit surprised at how fast these are growing. I’m going need to invest in a cage but I need to see what’s going to happen with these tomatoes before I do get one. But wow!

Lavender:

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This is also growing pretty fast! I’m growing the lavender primarily for fragrance, and have a natural home scent. I love how they’re turning out!

Strawberries:

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I’m still unsure about the strawberries, but it’s only been a couple of weeks so I need to have some patience. But they seem to be doing well.

Succulents:

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Apparently succulents need food? I was always under the impression they only needed sun and water. Nevertheless, I picked some up and sprayed a little on the succulents we have.

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I used an old planter we had for a minute and moved the two recent succulents we’ve purchased. The one on the left is what Bear personally picked out. He really loves to garden now.

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Or play toys. Mainly his toys.

Gerbera Daisy:

I picked up this gerbera daisy and planter because I wanted so more color in our little backyard. She’s blooming so it’s working! Plus, I just love how that planter looks! I’m so in love with it.

Calendula:

I picked up these calendula seeds from Whole Paycheck…erm, Whole Foods, a while back. Apparently I can eat the petals and steam them in tea. I’ll keep that in mind.

I planted them in a spare planter so we’ll see what happens! I hope the bees do their magic!

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Avocado:

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I’m still on the fence on planting an avocado seed. I read up it can take at least 3-4 years to grow from a seed, and I’m not sure if I have that kind of patience. My mother suggested I just buy a mini-tree and plant it. I think I’m going to do that.

Ethan and my Granny:

For those new to my blog, I have a son before Bear, who died in infancy several years ago, so I often honor him in many ways. To the left, the cross I’m holding is a similar one to the one we buried him. To the right, my late Granny used to love butterflies (which is why I also love butterflies), and she always loved the Monarch one. My Granny had a garden in her backyard as I was growing up and I think I inherited my green thumb from her. I decided to honor them both in the garden.

The added addition of the butterfly and the cross gives the garden a sentimental and spiritual feel. They’re always with me.

I’m still working on my compost but I think I need to pay more attention to it. I’ve been ignoring it and really, it’s not something I should be ignoring. It doesn’t smell too bad (it does smell, to keep it one hundred), but I need to start doing more with it or just toss it.

I have an orange tree I’m still trying to get some more fruit from. When we first moved in, it only had one orange and now it has six. So, I just need to be patient with that one.

Gardening is a labor of love, but I take a lot of pride in my little garden. I’m just blessed to even have one!

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