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Magnesium for Roses

November 17th, 2017

As I mentioned yesterday, I use epsom salts in the garden in a few different places. One of the places I discovered where it is very effective is on roses. I have always read that roses like a foliar spray of magnesium, but I never got around to doing it until this summer.

I mixed 1 Tablespoon of magnesium in gallon of water. I transferred it to a spray bottle and sprayed the leave of my rose bushes every three weeks. The results were amazing. I started spraying in early August and afterwards all of my roses produced a small second flush of blooms. They also put on lots of lush green growth and looked much healthier than they have the past few summers.

For being such an inexpensive thing, epsom salts are really a valuable addition to the garden. I use Ancient Minerals brand because I trust them. This winter I’ll be researching to see if there are any other plants that appreciate a foliar magnesium feed. Next year I’m going to start feeding the roses when I see new growth.

Do you use epsom salts in the garden?

Using Magnesium in the Garden

November 15th, 2017

My mom always used epsom salts in the garden, she would use them on her tomatoes and peppers. Last year, I started to do the same. It made quite a difference in the amount of fruit and health of the plants. There was zero blossom end rot with a monthly magnesium drink.

I use Ancient Minerals brand, which is the same brand I use for myself when I’m soaking my feet.

I simply add one quarter of a cup to my three gallon watering can, stir to dissolve, then water the leaves and soil of my tomatoes & peppers. Check back tomorrow and I’ll tell you about another way to use magnesium in the garden.

Do you have any gardening tips/tricks to share?

The Market

November 14th, 2017

I’m slowly getting the Cultivate Simple Market going. This weekend Mr Chiots set up the e-commerce site for me, now I need to watch a few videos and start adding products. I also made 100 seed packets. The text/lines are printed and I stamp the image above them. I’ll be using these to package all the seeds I harvested from the garden this summer. I’m also planning on selling empty ones for those that save their own seed.

Overall, I’m super happy with the way they turned out. I’m looking forward to using them for seed I save myself and for gifting them to gardening friends. Stay tuned, I’m working hard to get the store up and running in a week or two.

Do you save seed from your garden?

Oh Celery

November 13th, 2017

I’ve been growing celery for years as it’s a main ingredient in my home canned tomato soup. Each year it gets better and better and this year was the best year yet. Most often, my celery is OK for cooking, not so great to eat raw. Celery can be a picky crop, it’s greedy to be sure. Lots of water and lots of food is what makes it thrive. If it’s not provided with the perfect conditions, it’s hollow, tough, and only fit for stock. This variety is ‘Tango’ which was sourced from Johnny’s Seeds.

I’ve been harvesting stalks from my plants for a few months now, we like them sliced on top of salads. When the weather decided to dip down below freezing every night, I decided it was time to harvest all these lovely plants (10 in total).  They will be paired with a few roosters from the coop to make a wonderfully rich chicken stock for the freezer. It’s quite exciting to finally master growing something and to find your homegrown product is leaps and bounds over what you can buy.

What crop have you struggled to grow in the past?

Friday Favorite: Witch Hazel

November 10th, 2017

Witch hazels are lovely for so many reasons, the main one being that they are one of the first things to bloom in early spring. In Ohio, our native witch hazels bloomed in winter. Earlier this summer, I got an ‘Amethyst’ hamamelis at Fieldstone Gardens.

Not only do witch hazels bloom very early in spring, they also have the most gorgeous fall color. This small tree was planted below the living room windows. I chose this spot so we can see the beautiful fall foliage and particularly so we can enjoy those early spring blooms. Since it’s a small tree, topping out at 8-10 feet, it will be perfect in this spot. I’m pretty excited to watch this beauty mature and settle into the garden.

I’d have to say that witch hazels are one of my favorite small tree, coming in tied with dogwoods.

What’s your favorite all around small tree?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.