MelissaSchollaert_HeirloomHome-00167Photo by Melissa Schollaert

I’m going to start this post with a pretty picture of my herbs so you don’t get scared off when I show you what my garden beds look like now. Don’t run away, please stay my friends!

Underwhelming, right? Happy Tuesday, y’all.

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Over Labor Day we spent six hours outdoors cleaning things – I ripped out a lot of stuff, I’m surprised I left a few plants. I had to stop myself from clearing everything out because some plants were OK! The basil will eventually freeze. For the most part I removed tomatoes, squash leaves, and things that were spent.

I left the last bed as is – by accident. The trash was full and I was too tired.

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It’s full of basil, a small rose bush (for decoration, you can see some red flowers in the middle) and tomato plants. This bed will be non existent by December so I’ll let it run its course because I’m tired.

Oh and this guy – he’s fired. He hasn’t been doing his job. I guess he’s become a lawn ornament now.

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This mama quail was just hanging out with her babies all over my garden beds – which is fine, they are eating bugs anyway. Quails are so scared of everything. I had to slowly open and close the door and they just knew I was there and took off. Benjamin says it’s because they know they’re tasty and everyone wants to eat them.

Grapefruits are ripening. Who wants some?

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It looks like we’ll be having oranges…

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In 20 years.

I bought this guy for $35 at Home Depot and he had way more leaves and branches and a few baby buds. They all fell off with the heat and he lost some limbs. He also looked bigger in the pot which added about 12″ and planted in the ground he’s actually 6″ in height. Don’t you hate when you thought a guy was taller than he really is? ;)

I need to just buy the already fruit bearing trees for $150, they are so worth it. This is why saving money is a waste of time sometimes – you waste time.

We also cut down the Asian pear tree (what we thought was one anyway, it seemed like the apples were just permanently hard):

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It got some leaf disease spread by bugs that target pears and apples (our horticulturist Noelle Johnson who has an informative gardening blog) helped us figure it out. I was supposed to cut it back to control the disease but it was just too late. Wah! It’s like most of the fruit trees that were on our property when we bought it started dying – good thing we’ve added some trees!

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Now that most of the beds are cleared (what you see above those yellow things are dried tomatoes), I will add a few starters from the nursery but my friends at GrowJourney sent me a pack from their Seeds of the Month Club by Tyrant Farms. They know what seeds you should be planting now which takes the guess work out of it – and their website has the coolest information so you can learn more about your seeds, how to grow and harvest and save more seeds! You get five packets of choice heirloom gardening seeds from certified organic farms around the country.

It also comes with two extra packs of seeds for you to give to friends – because growing and sharing is important in the gardening community. We should each grow things and then swap – wouldn’t that be fun?

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The site is very user friendly and the cutest graphics – I was telling Benjamin about how adorable the site is. I’m such a visual person, I recently complained about a menu not having pictures. I know, I’m so high class.

Sometimes though, you just can’t envision it!
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Seeds are such a great way to save money. These are things I’ve started from seeds that are still around – I saved these artichoke seeds myself from artichokes that seeded last year! Add seed harvester to my list.

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Green onions – I neglected them this summer, so sad. I can’t wait to have an abundance so I can make green onion pancakes again, so yummy! It’s an Asian thing, it’s not what you think.

And sometimes, it pays to be totally lazy – I left an artichoke dead and babies sprouted! Alright, saved me some money.

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I threw a ton of seeds in my raised planter that is right off our patio (as you saw at the top of the blog). I have no method, I take a weed tool make a trench and I throw them in. I’m not the best example but it works, things grow.

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I had cleared out the overgrown flowers and it looks like I’ll be growing some mustard and arugula in here now. I might add some flowers for color because I love seeing punchy colors from the dining room.

Anyway, that’s the big update around here. I can’t wait to show you how things grow!