Grow. Eat. Live.

Grow.  Eat.  Live.
Grow. Eat. Live.


Monday, May 18, 2015


"Prepping Those Garden Beds"

Garden Elevated Raised Bed
May 10, 2015

The time has finally come - "The Gardening Season is in FULL SWING." 

Home Depot Starters
(vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers)
Home Depot Starters

 I haven't been out in the backyard for months and not even when we had snow.  As the temperatures started to heat up in New York, I started to take a peep out last Sunday to see what needs to be done and see what has sprung up.  What a surprise to see this in the elevated raised bed.  Wow!  MUSTARD GREENS!  Remember back last spring/summer 2014 I've planted the seeds and transplanted the sprouts into the bed?  Memory a bit fuzz?  Well, maybe you can remember this picture I've took last year...

Last Summer 2015

You see the long stem with branches like sticking out.  Well, those were seed pods and it must have exploded into the soil and now came back in full force this year with strong growth of nice thriving leaves.  So, Japanese mustard greens are perennials.  How about that!

I throw out old debris and removed some of the top soil.  I mixed new soil and added peat moss, organic garden lime, and organic garden tone.

Prepped the soil for new seedlings
May 10, 2015
Those Japanese mustard greens sure is hogging up the bed.  I had to remove some to try and contain it to one area.  The dead looking branch patch next to it I think is my lemon balm plant.  Oh my!  I hope there is some kind of life hidden in it because I'm going to miss making my lemon balm punch.

I went to the Farmer's Market and Home Depot to pick up some starter plants because some of the seeds I've planted has not sprouted.  Time is essential when you live on the east coast with the hot weather being limited.

some starters herbs, tomatoes, and vegetables

I planted the following; golden yellow cherry tomatoes (love them from last season- so sweet and juicy), purple basil (love the smell and the flavor), parsley (still had in a mini pot from last year), radicchio, marigolds (a must keeps bugs and pests away- smells stink but the flowers are rich in color and bright), stevia, and seeds I've planted in egg cartons that hasn't sprouted, such as, strawberries, sweet red peppers, cilantro, padron peppers (got from a coworker who went to Spain), and tomatoes.

Elevated Garden Raised Bed 2015
May 10, 2015
Mustard Greens, Purple Basil, Stevia, Tomatoes, Parsley, Marigolds, Radicchio, Peppers

I love eating snow peas.  They are so sweet.  I bought a pack of organic snow peas seeds and planted them in this box.  

Planted Snow Peas
May 10, 2015

Reminder every Monday is Harvest Day on Daphne's Dandelions


  1. I love plants that self seed. I saved some lettuce seed last year and in that area I've got little lettuce seedlings coming up.

    1. It saves us money and less work to plant too.