This is the day tha tthe Lord has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it.

Salmon Falls Prims

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How does your Garden Grow???

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Linking up with ~ Feathered Nest Friday


I don’t have much of a garden going yet this year, but I thought I would share a few tips I have always used in gardening. I also have a few pics to share from the past years. My favorite flowers to grow are

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and of course Sunflowers

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and my most favorite that I love to grow for cutting in the summer are Cosmos


I have always had some kind of a garden and everyone should.

You will reap the benefits in the Fall….. the pic below is my old potting shed covered in bittersweet.(aaaahhhhh Such happy memories)


Victory gardens were very much encouraged for years.~ Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort. In addition to indirectly aiding the war effort these gardens were also considered a civil "morale booster" — in that gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution of labor and rewarded by the produce grown. This made victory gardens become a part of daily life on the home front. Magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post and Life printed stories about victory gardens, and women's magazines gave instructions on how to grow and preserve garden produce. Families were encouraged to can their own vegetables to save commercial canned goods for the troops. If you don’t have space for a large garden, you can always use containers or planters outside you door or on a patio or deck. Also how about a pot of herbs on your kitchen window sill??



add a few plants outside your door


use containers



add a bird bath


add some folk art; especially in the Spring, before things start to bloom



add bird houses or bird feeders


This was a bird house and feeder that we made with our son when he was younger. It was a bed and breakfast.


Composting!! I have always done this as much as I could. Just start a pile in the corner of your yard. A list of items that you can compost is below. If you would like more detailed info you can go here:

Do compost~ fruit and vegetable scraps and skins (no citrus), coffee grounds(and filter), egg shells, grass clippings(no deadly weeds), hair; tea bags; deadheaded flowers etc from the garden. Cover with a bag of topsoil and mix and water regularly. (Again, just the basics) This will help nourish your plants.(do not compost any meats or grease)

Feed plants~I use Jerry Bakers tips. You can find him here:  He has lots of great ideas for organic gardening. I used to listen to his radio show  all of the time  while driving.

All purpose Tonic~

1 can of beer; 1 can of coke; 1cup of soap(mixture of baby shampoo, lemon dish soap- not antibacterial, murphy's oil soap); 1 cup of ammonia; 1 cup of miracle grow plant food Mix together and add 1/4 cup to a gallon of water and feed plants every three weeks after the temp stays above 40 degrees at night(keep out of reach of children as it will be bluish and look like something to drink)

For insect control~ mix - 1 cup Soap Solution ; 1 cup chewing tobacco juice- make this- 2 Tbsps. chewing tobacco wrapped in cheesecloth and leave soaking in a gallon of hot    water.                                                                    1 cup antiseptic mouthwash~ use 1/4 a cup of this in a gallon of water and wash plants every 2 weeks



The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
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Children love to help….


Another tip~ add cut hair(haircuts,cleaning your hair brush etc.) and oatmeal when planting bulbs in the fall.


Fall……when you reap most of the benefits of your hard work!

….and then you can relax

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Through the open door a drowsy smell of flowers.

—John Greenleaf Whittier



That’s all for now, I know I said this next post would be the giveaway. I will put that in the next post so it is a separate one. I am not sure exactly what the giveaway will be, but it will be something to do with Americana. Becky has received her box of goodies from the sweet liberty swap and has posted some pics of what I sent her.The giveaway may resemble what I sent her…..maybe…..You can visit her by clicking the pic below. 

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These are a few things that were included.


The pics below are a few things that have been added to my etsy.



American Girls Doll Furniture








Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to check back! I have a sale going on on my blog as well~

Blessings ~Sara


  1. Pretty country gardens.I bet your grand kids give you the giggles alot.They always look like they got the many prim touches.Love the bumble be in with the yellow flowers.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  2. Wow, thanks for sharing all the pictures and tips! I used to have a huge vegetable garden in Maine at our orchard, but since we've moved I am currently in a rental house and only have a few hanging plants :( I do miss my big garden but I don't miss the upkeep!

  3. Sara~ oh, girl compliments to you on a wonderful post full of beauty & terrific tips~ your gardens are gorgeous~
    thanks for sharing

  4. Hello Sara, loved the gardening pictures and thanks for the tips,great!!! So nice to see the flowers this time of year.Blessings Francine.

  5. Hi Sara.. wow, that is one jam packed, pretty and informative post. Thank you for the garden tour, love your bountiful pansies! And..I want one of those Red, White & Blue freeze pops. Thanks for joining in this week...Blessings, Traci

  6. Hi Sara! Awesome garden photos and wonderful tips! You've inspired me to get the kids involved and enjoy the blessings of having grown your own produce!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Loved all your tips and wonderful pics even the little cuties!!

  8. What beautiful gardens you have ..with all the country trimmings *LOVE* all that i see! I thank you so much for the tips & sharing along in the Tuesday Display Chain.

  9. Sara, your gardens are beautiful. does the bittersweet on your shed berry? I'll have to say those grands are mighty cute and could upstage a garden. Thanks for the tour. BTW love that Americana pillow!

  10. What a wonderful post, Sara!!, love, love hollyhocks and cosmos....oh - and bittersweet!! You really packed a lot of wonderful in this one. Those kids are adorable!! I especially love the little sweetie with the watering can.....And....that Americana applique pillow is GORGEOUS!! Wow - you're a lady of many, many, talents! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  11. What a great post. I loved every bit of it.
    Beautiful flowers, sweetie pies and info.
    Thanks for all your sharing good friend.

  12. Hi Sara...THANK YOU for such a great post...I LOVE your country garden...hollyhocks and cosmos are my favorite.. I will be putting all this great information into my gardens this year...everything that I am trying to do this year...composting, organic,..Mary

  13. Your tips are just in time for this season. Thanks. Your flower beds are so pretty. The photos of the children with the popsicles & in the gardens are so dear. Blessings!

  14. Loved looking at all of your pictures and reading your great tips. I have never heard of cosmo flowers, might have to look into them, I like them! Have a great day.
    Be blessed!

  15. Morning Sara,
    What a fun and interesting post.
    Our garden center here has a Victory Garden every year - and there are a few planted elsewhere in town and I do see them alongside the roads when we travel...I think this is a wonderful idea and I remember them from when I was a little girl as well.
    Your photos are just beautiful...I loved looking at all of them.
    Oh and your flowers for cutting...Cosmos...wish I could grown them here but we have no sun and also a black walnut tree (neighbors...) it kills most things.

    I want to grow Hollyhocks so bad along side the garage but my husband hates them...he said it reminds him of when he was little - EVERYONE HAD THEM. yes they did and that's why I want them...a childhood reminder. Just may put some in behind his back and see what


  16. my adult grandchildren live in Shasta Lake, Calif. Off of Blanck Canyon Rd. You blog is great! I really like the signs, especially the gate and flower box combination.!