Observing the Growth - A Sad Discovery - My Garden Journal

in Natural Medicine2 years ago


Twenty days ago I introduced you to our first little garden.

Having this garden has awakened some childhood love and memories of enjoying outside life and being free to observe and learn about nature. I have shared about my past tragic events and how this love of the outside world was dampened.

I would now like to move on from there and share with you some updates on our garden.

As I said before, these plants have become my little babies. They were adopted into our family and just as I keep watch over my children I am always looking out for my plants.

We spotted a really huge raccoon and a curious rabbit this week so you can imagine how much more I’ve been keeping watch over our garden.

My parents suggested I sprinkle some grounded cayenne pepper throughout the garden to help keep predators away. I also spray a mixture of essential oils that deter pests and at the same time are beneficial for the garden:

𝚁𝚘𝚜𝚎𝚖𝚊𝚛𝚢 -

𝚁𝚎𝚙𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚏𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚜, 𝚏𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚜, 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚚𝚞𝚒𝚝𝚘𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚒𝚗𝚜𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚕𝚊𝚛𝚟𝚊𝚎source

𝙱𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚝𝚘𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚐𝚛𝚘𝚠𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚗𝚞𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚞𝚙𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎source

𝙿𝚎𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚝 -

𝚁𝚎𝚙𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚙𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚊𝚛𝚜, 𝚏𝚕𝚎𝚎𝚜, 𝚏𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚜, 𝚊𝚙𝚑𝚒𝚍𝚜, 𝚜𝚙𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚜, 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚝𝚕𝚎𝚜, 𝚖𝚒𝚌𝚎, 𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚜, 𝚜𝚕𝚞𝚐𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚗𝚊𝚒𝚕𝚜source

𝙱𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚞𝚗𝚐𝚞𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚜 𝚐𝚛𝚘𝚠𝚝𝚑source

𝚃𝚑𝚢𝚖𝚎 -

𝚁𝚎𝚙𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚝𝚕𝚎𝚜, 𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚐𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚜, 𝚌𝚞𝚝𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚖𝚜, 𝚛𝚘𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚎𝚜, 𝚌𝚊𝚋𝚋𝚊𝚐𝚎 𝚏𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚔𝚜source

𝙱𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚜 𝚟𝚎𝚐𝚎𝚝𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎𝚜source

𝚃𝚎𝚊 𝚃𝚛𝚎𝚎 -

𝚁𝚎𝚙𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚚𝚞𝚒𝚝𝚘𝚎𝚜, 𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚔𝚜, 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚜, 𝚏𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚜, 𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚙𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚜source

𝙱𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚞𝚗𝚐𝚊𝚕 𝚒𝚗𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚎𝚠source

𝙲𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎 -

𝚁𝚎𝚙𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚜, 𝚊𝚙𝚑𝚒𝚍𝚜, 𝚏𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚜, 𝚛𝚘𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚎𝚜, 𝚖𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚜, 𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚔𝚜, 𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚑 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚋𝚞𝚐𝚜source

𝙱𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚔𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚖𝚘𝚕𝚍/𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚎𝚠/𝚏𝚞𝚗𝚐𝚞𝚜 𝚘𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚜𝚘𝚒𝚕 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚜source

𝙾𝚛𝚎𝚐𝚊𝚗𝚘 -

𝚁𝚎𝚙𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚚𝚞𝚒𝚝𝚘𝚜, 𝚌𝚞𝚌𝚞𝚖𝚋𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚝𝚕𝚎𝚜, 𝚌𝚊𝚋𝚋𝚊𝚐𝚎 𝚋𝚞𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚜, 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚝𝚕𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚜𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚏𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚜source

𝙱𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚞𝚗𝚐𝚞𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚐𝚊𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚗source

𝙻𝚊𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛 -

𝚁𝚎𝚙𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚏𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚜, 𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚜, 𝚏𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚜, 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚚𝚞𝚒𝚝𝚘𝚎𝚜, 𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚔𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚙𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚜source

𝙱𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚕 𝚙𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚜 𝚜𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚊𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚞𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚜source

𝙱𝚊𝚜𝚒𝚕 -

𝚁𝚎𝚙𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚏𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚜source

𝙱𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚞𝚙𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚟𝚎𝚐𝚎𝚝𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚗𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚐𝚛𝚘𝚠𝚝𝚑 𝚘𝚏 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝚜𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚘𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚘𝚎𝚜, 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚗𝚜, 𝚋𝚛𝚘𝚌𝚌𝚘𝚕𝚒, 𝚙𝚎𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚙𝚘𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚘𝚎𝚜source

There are other essential oils that you can explore such as lemongrass, pine and orange that will also benefit your gardens.

I also add in water and a little bit of liquid castile soap to my spray mixture.


I put together some comparison photos of when we first planted the plants just 20 days ago compared to how they look today. The before photos are on the top and the current ones on the bottom.

Observing the growth of our plants has been a real treat for my family. My kids are amazed at how much each of them have grown.

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Here is a final comparison from inside the gate...


It’s really incredible seeing these comparisons. Just to think they still have some growing to do.

We’ve had a lot of rainfall lately as you can see the mud splattered on the plants. I haven’t had to water in almost a week which I don’t mind. After the rains I go out and spray the plants as well as the soil with my mixture to help keep the pests and fungus away.

I love that we can naturally and safely protect our plants and even encourage better growth.

The Sad Discovery

I’m sure you all remember the beautiful iris plants I revealed to you?

Gardening definitely has it’s learning curve and I have quite a bit to learn.

I felt I should have known this due to how fragile they were but I didn’t take any preventive steps to prevent this...


We had two hard rains and this is the result afterwards. I should have staked them to help them be stronger. Although I think even if I did that the hard rain would have still ruined it’s delicate petals.

Thankfully we can still reroot and plant them again at the end of Summer. I researched about it and it seems to be an easy process. We’ll just have to make sure to take away any rotted roots and stems to get them healthy again.


You can imagine how upsetting it was when I found them lying on the ground, hurt, helpless and fading away. I knew there was no saving the ones that had already bloomed so I removed them :(

Well that’s gardening for ya. I’m glad I know what to do now so hopefully next Summer we can enjoy them longer :)

Being excited about gardening has got me back outside more and enjoying the nature around us. Once the rains taper off I will need to get out there and pick some weeds.

Oh and we found out that plant we thought might have been a fruit bearing plant is actually a tree. It was this one...


My father told me if I don’t get rid of it, it will suck up the nutrients away from our garden vegetables. I definitely don’t want that to happen so

bye bye tree! 👋🏽

Stay tuned to my garden journal because next up I’ll be sharing how our strawberry planting day went ;)

All photos are my own and were taken with our Cannon EOS Rebel T6.


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I see iris topplings as opportunities to cut the beautiful things and bring them into the house where I can look at them often!

First year huh? I'm in my third. It's nice to meet you.

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I remember when I posted about them and you commented too bad they only last a day. I thought maybe that was a typo but nope, you wrote exactly what you meant to write 😂.

That's a good way to keep them around longer. They are just so fragile. Thanks for sharing what you do with them.

Yep first year. I’ll be coming by again to see how yours is going.

Thanks for stopping by and supporting :)

There is nothing quite so beautiful! I'm on a search for yellow Siberian irises, which I have only seen once in my life.

Thanks for the tip!!

I just looked them up and they are beautiful! I didn’t realize how many different kinds of iris plants there are until I started posting about them. I just saw black ones too.

Sure ;)


That is useful information. thank for sharing

You’re welcome :)

Thank you for visiting ~

Lovely post. I enjoy gardening too. Thanks for your sharing 🥰

Thank you so much! It’s really been fun so far. 😊

I appreciate the visit and feedback ~ 🌺

Amo tu jardín....que preciosas están las plantitas.
es un muy buen ejemplo para seguir ya que en estos tiempos difíciles se hace mucho mas rentable para la familia tener un jardín para suministrar lo necesario para la mesa. excelente post!

I love your garden....how beautiful are the little plants.
It is a very good example to follow because in these difficult times it is much more profitable for the family to have a garden to supply the necessary for the table. excellent post!

Thank you! We love our little garden too. ☺️

Yes for sure. We are a family of seven so this garden will definitely be very beneficial for us.

Thanks so much for reading. I’m glad you enjoyed ~

these plants have become my little babies. They were adopted into our family and just as I keep watch over my children I am always looking out for my plants

They understand our feelings 👌

I am seeing that they do. 😊

Thanks for reading and supporting ~

Excellent post, it is not necessary to use agrochemicals to control pests and diseases in the garden, nature has its own recipes.

Thank you! I couldn't agree more :)

Thanks for reading and commenting ~

Fantastic journey. All the growth makes me so happy! Especially the side-by-side photos! And I'm glad you take the irises as a learning-experience. I also learned more than I expected about essential oils applications in gardening. Very cool. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙏

(P.S. When you say 'I should've staked them', was that a tongue-in-cheek Hive Power joke? Intentional or not, that's a gold line.) 🤣

Thank you @ryzeonline! I didn't realize how much they have grown until actually doing the comparison photos. They really help show the growth. 😊

Oh great I'm very glad to hear you learned more than expected about the oils. We've been using essential oils for about 9 years now. I honestly can't imagine being without them. They are so beneficial in the home and in the garden.

Lol it wasn’t intentional but now that you’ve said that it would have been a good one. 😅

Thanks for the visit and for always supporting and commenting ~

Yes! Before-and-afters for the win :)

Such tiny little drops with such big impact!

Hahahaha, I loved it either way.

And my pleasure! 🙏

Neem oil is a very effective natural repellent. Remember to dilute according to instruction. Best wishes! 😄

Thanks for your helpful input. Neem is an amazing oil as well ~

Hola buen día tu post está muy bueno tiene sugerencias que le servirán a mi mamá que le encanta la jardinería

Thank you :)

I'm glad to know my post could be of help to your mother. Thanks so much for visiting ~

This is my first year of growing veggies in my garden, and I'm as excited about it as you are! In my garden, slugs are the biggest threat and I'm been hunting them every day so they don't eat my plants. My tomatoes aren't doing too well. I think I put them outside too quickly. Our spring has been very cold, so they're basically at a stand still.

That's very useful information about the herbal oils, thank you! Judging from your post, I should probably plant my basil next to my tomatoes :-)

That's great you're excited! It's a lot of fun learning and watching everything mature.

Sorry to hear about your tomatoes. We've had non-stop rain this Spring and it’s been on the cooler side as well.

I’m glad it was helpful to you. I’m also going to try the onion and garlic spray mentioned above as well. Maybe a variety would do good for our gardens. Have you posted photos of yours, I’d love to go check out your blog to see it

Thanks for the comment ~

Have you posted photos of yours, I’d love to go check out your blog to see it

You know, I have been meaning to, but I keep putting it off. I definitely will post about my garden, but it will probably be once the weather starts to pick up :-)

Okay cool! 🙂

Wonderful and inspiring! I've only managed to get some bean plants going, but I'll get there 😅

Haha yes you will get there! If I can do this anyone can, that's a serious comment. 😄

I'm glad it was inspiring to you. 😊

Thank you for reading and commenting ~

Thanks for info, my garden is under siege from pests

It was a pleasure to share :)

I hope you are able to get it under control ~

home garden can easily provide you healthy and organic food. And your plants looks as well. Keep gardening ☺️

Absolutely it can! It's such a wonderful blessing to have :)

Thanks so much for the compliment of our garden and the encouragement ~

My way to not pest the plant is I make an organic spray using garlic and onion.

  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 2 to 3 cups of water

Finely chop the garlic and onion and soak in water for 1 to 2 hours or more! Strain it and put it in the spray bottle! Done! Use it! Do it once a week!

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Wow! Both onion and garlic are both amazing so I have no doubts this will work good in our garden. I will seriously give this a try. Thanks so so much for sharing @kennyroy!

love your garden!

Buen dia. me encanto tu post . Yo también disfruto de la jardinería. Gracias por compartirlo. Bendiciones

Thanks so much :D

Sorry the rains came and knocked your beauties over. That fence is cute, so I am assuming you don't have any rabbit or deer problems, cause that would be a smorgasbord.

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Thank you. If only I would have known what to do before the rains hit.

Thanks, we love our little fence. ☺️Thankfully we don’t have any deer around but we do have a couple of rabbits. Crazily they haven’t came near our garden. They graze the grass right across from it which is closer to the woods we live by but they haven’t touched our food. I’ve been keeping a lookout but hopefully it stays that way.