Garden update – seeding

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.


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.


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.


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?


It looks like we’ll be having oranges…


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):


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!


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?


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!

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.

artichoke greenonion

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.


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.


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!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.


  • Noelle

    Hi Diana,

    Your garden looks great and ready to go! I still have to clean mine out ;-)

    I enjoy your garden stories and the surprises that gardening tends to bring our way, whether good or bad. But, where is the fun if everything in life is predictable?

    Hope all is well with you, Mr. Wonderful and the bunnies :-)

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Noelle! We are getting ready for our winter rye too! As soon as I get back from Boston it’ll be time to get on it, I can’t wait for that lush green and to be out there gardening ;) Good point on the predictability with the gardening, I seem to go well with the always experimental, haha :) We’ll see you soon! xo!

  • Aaron

    Yes! We highly recommend using the Berkeley hot composting method. You can go from start to soil in 3 weeks or less. Plus, it kills pathogens and diseases and even burns out almost every species of weed seed imaginable. Here’s a good primer from University of California Davis:

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Thank you! Printing instructions now and will have to pick a day when the weather cools down to get working behind the gate! It’s a little scary at the moment!

  • Aaron

    Love your yarden! Wish we lived in a warmer climate zone where we could put our citrus in the ground rather than lugging huge pots inside each winter. Looks like you’re going to have quite a grapefruit harvest this year. Quick thought: maybe consider starting a small composting operation on-site with your old plants, tree trimmings, etc. Recycle those nutrients and promote the beneficial microorganisms that keep your plants healthy and disease-free. Oh, and thanks for mentioning GrowJourney! Look forward to seeing your first fall harvest! :)

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Aaron! Thanks – I want to compost and we tried two years ago ( but it didn’t seem to work well being far from the house, it dried up, etc. etc. Any other suggestions? Maybe we picked the wrong way to compost? I would love to start that, yet is there any way to avoid getting those darn grass sprouts or weeds in my garden?


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