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Sunday, December 11, 2022

DO YOU HAVE THE THYME TO GROW?


Harvesting Thyme, Green Onion, and of course Greens, these are the benefits of keeping your garden growing year-round! This is the harvest of the fall for the second Thyme! The video also shows the dehydration of Vidalia onions as well as Mexican Thyme and a few other herbs that are grown in our garden! 


REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED AND DEHYDRATE SOMETHING!

What have you got growing on in your garden? Leave a comment, we always love to hear from our WhollLivin Garden Family! 

ENJOYING A LATE FALL HARVEST!


Having a late Fall harvest is a true blessing in your garden journey. just when you think everything is all done, you check and you see more greens, plenty of green onions which we discussed are a must-have in our garden for a continual harvest year-round. The greens are Rainbow Chard, Swiss Chard, and a few Turnip Greens that were growing in the garden for a surprisingly hearty pot of greens!!  

REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED AND GROW SOMETHING! 


What are you growing for a Fall harvest? Leave a comment and let us know, we always love to hear from our WhollyLivin Garden Family!

GARDENING WITH TRINNTY!

Teaching them young to do the things you love to do that are fun, productive and down right rewarding is important to the life of your garden. Just think you have grand children you taught to garden and harvest and as the years go by you are not feeling upto the task. Tou have these not so little ones who remember being in the garden as a child and are enthusiastic to help you maintain your garden as an adult! This is a rewarding experience for both you and the child! Teach when they are young and they will remember the importance of growing your own fruits and vegetable garden and share with their children! Featured in this video is Trinity who came to visit from Houston Tx. Trinity thoroughly enjoyed gardening and harvesting the tomatoes that she put straight in her mouthI In her words they were "YUMMY" and this is the reason we teach them to grow at a young age for the gratification of knowing it came from your soil, your hands and straight to your mouth and thats what Trininty was able to enjoy!!
REMEMBER TO DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED AND GROW SOMETHING!
Do you have garden guest in your garden who love to help out? If So drop a comment we always love to hear from our WhollyLivin Garden Family!

Saturday, December 10, 2022

PRUNING FOR THE WINTER!

Pruning for the winter is essential to the growth of some plants for the coming garden year. We had several trees that needed pruning in the winter. It was a kind of hit or miss for us but, we figured it out by the growth pattern of the trees. Take the Pomegranate for instance, this tree was a volunteer tree because a pomegranate was eaten and a seed was tossed and BOOM a tree was born! Each year it grows like crazy but has yet to yield us some fruit. Aa a rule of thumb it takes about 2-3 years for the pomegranate tree to produce the fruit we love to eat! They need plenty of direct Sun atleast 6 hours a day and good drainage. Fortunately the seed was tossed in the right place in our garden! After this pruning we are expecting a fabulous yield this year and we will keep you up to date!
REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED AND PRUNE SOMETHING!
Have you pruned your trees for the winter? Do you even prune them at all? Leave a comment telling us how you do your pruning, we always love to hear from our WhollyLivin Garden Family!

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

FINALLY GOT SOME RAIN!


We have the odd pleasure of getting rain the spring and summer months. This was that occasion! Having rain in your garden is obviously a blessing. When we get rain we are ecstatic and do our best to make sure to position all containers so they have access to the short lived rain. Cherish the rain you get in your grow zones and try to collect as much as you can in the zones lacking rain. Grow as much as you can while you can!


Do you get enough rain in your grow zone? Leave a comment we love to hear from our Whollylivin Garden Family!  


REMEMBER TO DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED AND GROW SOMETHING!

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

PLANT VOLUNTEERS?


What are plant volunteers? Are they plants raising their leaves in order to say I'm next? Of course not, they are actually plants that have been transplanted either by the wind or birds dropping the seeds they harvest! Yes, you can get a free plant or even a free weed lol if you garden long enough! 


In this vlog I discuss finding a new Lemon Tree, and a new Fig Tree! Both trees costing anywhere from $30-60! I am not sure what kind of Fig or Lemon tree they are, but they are welcome in our garden nonetheless! I am sure it will take some time for them to bare fruit like the rest of our fruit trees, but we are as patient with these as we are the rest! 


Do you have any volunteers in your garden? If so drop a comment, we always love to hear from our WhollyLivin' Garden Family!

REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED AND GROW SOMETHING...ANYTHIING!

NOPALITOS OR CACTUS?


We grow Nopales or Cactus for its nutritional value and its great taste, but beware if the thorns! When added to a plate of rice this dish is amazing. This Cactus will also grow Prickly Pears that are also know to taste sweet and delicious as well! You can buy Nopalitos cut, cleaned or de-thorned from some international produce stores. We decided to plant Nopales to cut out the middle man as we do with all of our produce! 

What are you growing that is considered unusual or prickly but edible? Leave a comment and let us know, we always love hearing from our WhollyLivin' Garden Family!

REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED AND GROW SOMETHING EXOTIC!




THE END OF A GARDEN BREAK

Its that time again where we take a break form gardening. We generally take some time in the months of August and early September. Its usually a time to sit, take notes and go over the things you would do differently, what grew to your expectations and what did not. What seeds to grow in the next season and what to harvest now. Most gardeners in Zones that have four seasons have a winter break where there is a frost, snow cover and lets face it outdoor gardening is over! Here in So Cal we have the pleasure of gardening year round, which is why we need to take a break from the physical work of gardening, for lifes sake. When you you take a garden break? Do you have both indoor and outdoor garden projects you like to tend to? Leave a comment we love to hear from our Whollylivin Garden Family!
REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED AND GROW SOMETHING!

GARDEN LOVE!

We call this one "Garden Love" for obvious reasons, we LOVE gardening and of course harvesting! Putting in all the hard work during the winter, Spring, Summer and Fall to produce self sustainable food and produce for your family has got to be the most gratifying experiences you can have as a gardener! Grant it, you have to get down and dirty, and try not to come up with any worms on your fingers lol, but of course thats part of the joy and we LOVE worms for the undeniable resources they provide, from eating the pest we dont want to leaving their castings for nutrients that our fruits and vegetables absolutely LOVE! Love, there goes that word again! Do you LOVE to garden? If so, leave a comment telling us what you like to plant and why, we always love to hear from our WhollyLivin' Garden Family!
REMENBER TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED, AND GROW SOMETHING!

RELAXING SOUNDS!

Rain drops are the sounds we love to hear in our garden. If have a water bath, or a water fall is absent in your garden, try recording some real rain drops and plant the speaker somewhere in your garden hit the play button and WHALAH! You have some relaxing vibes to listen to while gardening! Here in Southern Californiina it never rains is our "motto" with that said, we look forward to ANY rain that comes our way! Forget summer rain, we do not expect that here...but late fall and winter is when we get our blessing of rain and the fall garden loves it! Now, its the time to tie up the patio umbrellas, pull out the rain umbrellas and take cover! Its usually chilly for us at this time and great time to put a log in the fire cozy up and listen to nature do her thing! How Often does it rain in your grow zone? Do you rely in watering in the summer like we do? Or do you get an abundance of rain to make your garden beds happy and moist? Please leave a comment, we love to hear from Whollylivin'Garden family!
REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED, AND WATER SOMETHING!

CANDLE MAKING!

Making candles is a new project we started this fall! We picked up some wax and wicks and boom we have canDles! Have you tried candle making? If so what were the colors and or additives you used? The next batch of candles we make will be more creative by adding something from the garden, a splash of color, maybe even a scent or two! Please leave a comment if you enjoy candle making, and make sure you give us the details on the color scheme and any additives you use! Lets be creative together!
REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED AND CREATE SOMETHING!

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

TAKING A GARDEN BREAK!

Remember To always Do Your Best Be Blessed and Grow Something. Anything!
Sometimes we need to take a break. A break from the norm so to say. A break from gardening, cooking, writing, even thinking. Stilling your mind to breathe in the aromas of life especially life in the garden. 

Yes that's right, life in the garden! 
 
So I took break from planting pruning, clipping, digging, tying, screwing, hammering, tacking, hooking, feeding, raking, shoveling, sweeping, hosing down, touching up and of course planting!

Two things I didn't take a break from was harvesting and watering what's here from Spring. Watering is always important in a city where it never rains, we need to water in order to maintain the growth of fall plants to come as well. Keeping the soil moist between feedings allows us to have a easy Fall/Winter growing season. 

We are still waiting on the Brussel Sprouts to get larger, while eating the leafy greens they produce! YUMMY! Sometimes I feel a little guilty for not dropping more seeds and just watching what's already here grow. But then I realize we all need a break...Now its time to get back to work! 

Do you take garden breaks? If so, for how long and why?

Leave a comment as to when and why you take garden breaks! We love hearing from our WhollyLivin' Garden Family!
REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED, AND TAKE A BREAK!

Sunday, July 24, 2022

HOW TO HARVEST YEAR ROUND!

Have you ever wondered how you can have the ability to harvest from your indoor or outdoor garden year round? Wonder no more, because if you try growing just two of these items you can and will have a harvest year round. Let's start with the Green Onion or Scallion some may call them. These long green stem onions have a two fold harvest. I say this because you can buy them in bunches usually with the root attached to start your plants. You can cut the onion stalks for cooking and plant the bulbs in the ground or in a container for never ending onions. When the onions begin to flower you can decide how many flowers you would like to have by picking off the flowers, but when dried they will yield you seeds and not tiny ones either big black beautiful seeds! If you let them fall to the ground they will grow you new onions year round. Enjoy the Harvests! Next, is the Rainbow Chard notice I didn't say Swiss Chard I didn't say Swiss because Swiss Chard grows a little different than the Rainbow. Rainbow Chard seems to give out larger Leaves and have a heartier growth pattern than the Swiss, and they have a beautiful red color along the stem. I have had Rainbow Chard in the garden for three years now and they just keep on growing and growing using the cut and come again method. Rainbow Chard contains 3 times the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin K and is loaded with vitamin A. Chard also helps to combat cancer, reduce blood pressure and enhance performance in sports. Who Knew? Always,
Always Remember To Do Your Best Be Blessed And Grow Something...Anything!!

HARVEST BRUSSEL SPROUT GREENS!

Have you thought about or even tried to eat the Brussel Sprout leaves from growing Brussel Sprout plants? Theses tasty Collard Green tasting leaves are as nutritious as the tiny little cabbage vegetables we love to eat! Brussels Sprouts are a Brassica plant that grows in Spring for a Fall/Winter harvest IN ZONE 10A. They require lots of water in the early stages down to the harvest. The leaves are generally harvested to expose the neck of the plantss so that the small cabbage like crowns can grow in the space the where the leaf was. Do not expect regrowth of leaves for the same purpose just look for the Brussel Sprout! If you haven't already, try growing a batch of Brussel Sprout seeds so that you can enjoy the plant from the leaf to the fruit!!
Always REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED AND GROW SOMETHING!!

Monday, July 11, 2022

GOT CHICKENS?

This chicken Feeder is amazing and if you have a few of theses lil cuties then this will essential to you and your coopers!! We are hoping to get some Chickens or some Quail in our garden home. If you either have meat birds, egg layers or have a desire to home some this is the must have for watering your coopers!
Remember To Always Do Your Best Be Blessed And Grow Something...Anything!
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Saturday, June 25, 2022

THANK YOU TO OUR FOLLOWERS WHO SEND US GARDEN GIFTS!

Receiving mail from a content creator such as myself is always gratifying. Sharing seeds, plants, seedlings, and ideas is an important element in the growth of our gardens! In this blog post I will be sharing some of the seeds I received; some of which are most interesting to me because I have never planted them before. One is the Patty Pan Squash, this squash resembles a flying saucer and they grow in abundance; so you want to be sure NOT to plant too many unless you are donating to a Farmers Market or have a community garden donation source. Another alternative to donating is Canning and storing for long term use. Which brings me to my next topic canning. Learning how to can is an essential tool to have for the times we are in today. When growing up our grand parents made sure we had the edible resourses from their gardens to self sustain our families. Another seed recieved was the Kolhrabi, this is another plant we have yet to grow in our gardens here. This is an exteremely medicinal plant that will be discussed in a future blog. I hope you enjoy the vlog and
Remember To Always Do Your Best, Be Blessed and Grow Something!
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PICTURED : GREEN ONION GOING TO SEED!

These are the typical Green Onions commonly know as the Scallions that can be easily grown in a window sill, a container or in ground giving you year round access to onions! I have always planted this variety of onion for their convenience and availablilty. Cooking a meal and being able go to the window or yard and pinch a few is always gratifying to me, but the really cool part is that you can go to your local Farmers Market or grocery store and purchase some with the roots intact and probagate your own for future onion harvest year after year! This is a game changer or those who are gardening on a budget, buy once eat many! You can allow then to go to seed or pinch off that beautiful white flower to stop the process and keep growing the onion. The next alternative is to harvest the seeds after they have dried waiting until you can see the little black speckss; these are the seeds! Happy Harvest!
Remember To always Do Your Best Be Blessed And Grow Something...Anything!
How do you grow your onions? Leave a comment we always love to hear from our WhollyLivin' Garden Family!

PLANTED 30 EARS OF CORN!!!

Planting corn is a fun thing to do whether you have a small space or a large one. Corn comes in many varieties and can be used for grilling, creaming, on the cob or for popping! Corn tends to grow up to six feet tall and Sun Flowers are up there with them! The ears are silky and watching grow can be anticipitory because they love lots fo water, grow real fast make sure you record their progress because you will be picking them soon.
REMEMBER TO DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED AND GROW SOMETHING...Anything!
Have you tried planting corn in a small space? If so how did it go? Leave a comment we always love to hear from out WhollyLivin' Garden Family!

CANDIED TURKEY BACON & HOME FRIES

This video shows the making of Candied Turkey Bacon using maple syrup at the end of frying. I tried this method over and oevr and it does not disappoint! I always fry the bacon in Extra Virgin Olive Oil with the temperature on medium then to low. My secret ingredient is adding a cap full of Liquid Smoke Hichory flavored to bring out the bacon flavor we tend to look for in pork bacon and, it works fabulously every time! Flipping bacon constantly to ensure the bacon does not burn or over cook. When the bacon is done in the same pan I add the maple syrup which will bubble up and then glaze the bacon hard. Making a crispy bacon that taste like pork bacon without compromising! Enjoy!
REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED AND COOK SOMETHING!
How do you cook your Turkey Bacon? Are you creative with it? If so let us know by leaving a comment. We always love to hear from our whollyLivin' Garden Family!

Thursday, June 16, 2022

GARDEN UPDATE

Planting squash can be easy it seems for some, but for us having them grow into fruition is the hard part. I have had the opportunity to grow this beautiful plant in several varieties on several occasions; the thing is I have always planted them in containers. With that being said, I have yet to have one grow into aduldhood, and always watching them fall off either at the very beginning stages of fruting or shortly there after. Next season my goal is to find a space for them in the ground to see it this will yeild a healthy crop for us pray for us! Thank you for visiting the vlog!
Always REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, BE BBLESSED AND GROW SOMETHING...ANYTHING!
How do you grow your squash? Have you ever grown them in pots? Please leave a comment and let us know how they do, we always love hearing from our WhollyLivin' Garden Family!

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

WE GOT OUR 1ST SQUASH!!

Planting squash can be easy it seems for some, but for me having them grow into fruition is the hard part. I have had the opportunity to grow this beautiful plant in several varieties on several occasions; the thing is I have always planted them in containers. With that being said, I have yet to have one grow into aduldhood, and always watching them fall off either at the very beginning stages of fruting or shortly there after. Next season my goal is to find a space for them in the ground to see it this will yeild a healthy crop for us pray for us! Thank you for visiting the vlog!
Always Remember To do Your Best Be Blessed And Grow Something...Anything!

HOW TO GET YOUR BLUEBERRIES TO BLOOM!

We have had our Blueberry Bush for about a year now. We purchased it from a local nursery here in San Diego California. We always try to support our local garden nurseries and this nursery had what we wanted and more! When we purchased the Bush we didntl quite know how to care for it. Not knowing that it was an acid loving plant we just let it sit and watered it as we do the rest of our garden. We quickly notice thst she was NOT happy and we did our due diligence to research the matter. That's when we found out that we neede to purchase azealia food becasue they are acid lovers as well. This was indeed what the bus was asking for and we finally harvested some berries! How do you care for your Blueberry Bush? Are their different varieties we are not aware of?
REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, BE BLESSED AND GROW SOMETHING!
Leave a comment and let us know how your Bush is doing, we always love to hear from our Whollylivin' Garden Family!

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We have the odd pleasure of getting rain the spring and summer months. This was that occasion! Having rain in your garden is obviously a ble...