How to Order My Favorite Essential Oils

Ok, OK....I get it!!!  This whole ‘essential oil thing’ can be a bit overwhelming at first.  With that in mind, I created a beginner's guide for … [Continue Reading]

doTERRA! doTERRA! doTERRA!

A new day...a new adventure!!! Those of you who have been following my antics over the past few years know I am on a journey of natural health and … [Continue Reading]

Planting Potatoes on Top of the Ground

Well...finally!  A beautiful spring-like day and I was chomping at the bit to get outside and get started doing something...anything in my little … [Continue Reading]

Piedmont’s Gardening To-Do List for March

OK, Piedmont gardeners, you Zone 7'ers!!!  Whether you are a container gardener or full blown farmer, it is time to get your ducks in a row and get … [Continue Reading]

Best Buys for March

Saving money becomes more and more important for most of us and knowing when to buy to get the best price is most helpful.  This information regarding … [Continue Reading]

Spring Garden Planner

Another favorite spring 'tool' to download from Organic Gardening... Spring … [Continue Reading]

Seed – Starting Chart

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Store-Bought Honey Imposter?

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‘Crazy Good’ Dog Treat Recipes

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Terms & Origins…Very Interesting~

Where did the term “piss poor” come from?  How about "dirt poor"?  Tomatoes were thought to be poisonous for 400 years???  Read on for some 'crazy … [Continue Reading]

February’s Best Days in the Garden (2013)

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February Garden Plans in the Piedmont

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Buy These in February

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B12 Deficiency Facts

Do you have any of the following symptoms?  Fatigue, Anxiety, Irritability, Depression, Weakness, Stomach/GI problems, Neurological issues???  These … [Continue Reading]

Fight Colds With Food

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Crazy Good Creations Saves You $

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Best Buys for January

According to Consumer Report magazine the following items are best purchased in January for the best pricing: Bedding Carpeting CDs & … [Continue Reading]

Natural Spider Repellent Recipe

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Crazy Good Gardening in the New Year – Zone 7

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Recycle Candles & Save $$$

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Piedmont’s Gardening To-Do List for March

Piedmont’s Gardening To-Do List for March

OK, Piedmont gardeners, you Zone 7’ers!!!  Whether you are a container gardener or full blown farmer, it is time to get your ducks in a row and get started!!!  WHAT???  You aren’t growing at least one edible???  Well then, roll up those sleeves and get started! (See other entries about Till-less gardening in the ‘Gardening’ tab)  It isn’t hard at all and there is such pleasure in putting food on the table that you grow, knowing that it is organic and fresh…there is nothing like it.  Who wouldn’t want to dig into freshly sauteed squash, zucchini, red pepper and onions???photo[47]  This is what Organic Gardening advises us to do during the month of March:

  • In the middle of the month, plant a row of Swiss chard. Tender stalks will be ready to harvest in mid-May—and the plants will keep producing all summer.
  • Also in midmonth, sow other hardy vegetables, such as carrots, beets, kohlrabi, radishes, leaf lettuces, and turnips.
  • Transplant onions, shallots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, white potatoes and asparagus crowns to the garden.
  • Set out herbs, such as rosemary, chives, and thyme—but not tender basil!

I also have a book, Month-By-Month Gardening in the Carolinas, by Bob Polomski that I refer to as well.  He reminds us that we should:

  • Sow warm season vegetables in flats or trays such as eggplant, New Zealand spinach (heat tolerant), pepper and tomatoes.
  • Vegetables that resent root disturbance, cucumbers and summer squash for example, should be sown in individual pots or peat pellets.
  • Avoid sowing seeds too early or they may be ready for transplanting before outdoor conditions permit.  I use this tool to plan when to sow my veggies.
  • Put a sweet potato in a glass half filled with water and place it in bright light.  Detach the plants from the mother root when they are 6 – 8 inches long, pot them up and then plant them in the garden about three weeks after the last freeze, which for us should be somewhere around the last week of April.
  • Buy seed potatoes and cut them into egg-sized pieces containing one or two eyes.  Allow the cuts to dry and callous for a day or two before planting.  Plant them when the soil temperature remains above 50 degrees F.
  • Continue watering trays or pots of seedlings indoors.

I would add to these lists to continue making notations in your gardening journal about this year’s planning stages.  WHAT?*!? You don’t have a gardening journal/notebook???  Well, get one!Notebook - Picture with KeyTrust me, you will not remember specifics from year to year unless you draw diagrams, take pics and make notations!   Take a look at last year’s diagram and make your plans for rotating your crops to avoid pests and diseases as much as possible.

Yep, things are cranking up around here and I could not be more excited!  My mister is excited, too!  He loves coming home to fresh, organic home-cooked meals…even if his wife does have a little dirt under her nails and on her face every now and again. 😉  Hey…it washes off~

Best Buys for March

Best Buys for March

Saving money becomes more and more important for most of us and knowing when to buy to get the best price is most helpful.  This information regarding best buys during the month of March is from Consumer Reports.

  • Digital cameras
  • Humidifiers
  • Small consumer electronics (DVD, Blu-ray, etc.)
  • TVs
  • Winter coats
  • Winter sports gear

So if you are in the market for any of these items, buying them during the month of March should keep a little more $ in your pocket.  Happy shopping~

 

Spring Garden Planner

Spring Garden Planner

Another favorite spring ‘tool’ to download from Organic Gardening…

Spring Planner

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS PLANNER!!!

Thanks again, Organic Gardening, for another useful tool!!!