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No sense leaving them behind!

It looks like this will be my last year planting in my temporary gardens. At this point we are shifting our focus down to own land, and hopefully we can have a house built there by some time next year. Among the plants that have been reseeding themselves and spreading is the Lemon Balm.

I know that it looks like a mess in this photo, and that's because it is. I didn't really tend to it and it was in a very dry location. Since it is a perennial, it'll be coming back year after year, so I thought that it would best to transplant it this year so that it is established next year already down on our land.


This was my assistant for the project, "Monster Truck the Pepper," our oldest boy. He's a quick learner and a helpful lad when he pays attention, so I wanted to at least expose him to the general idea now. Hopefully this information will be there for years to come.

Around the main plant are plenty of little seedlings that have now sprouted. We love the fresh lemony flavor of the leaves and I enjoy it often in my herbal teas.

Using a small shovel we carefully dug around the small seedlings to make sure that the root system was not only intact, but also still firmly rooted in the soil when possible. The less that we can disturb these young plants the better the potential success of this transplanting project will go.

This one is a good example of a seedling with an intact root system still in the soil. It should transplant very easily.


Soon, we had a whole bucketful of little Lemon Balm plants. Even if some do not survive, the ones that do will be back for years to come, and the seeds from those plants can be used to grow even more if we need them.

Down on the land we planted them where we have already used animals to remove all of the undesirable plants like Green Briers and Poison Ivy. Once these plants were removed, I covered the soil with a layer of mulch to prevent new growth of plants that we are not intentionally planting.

To prepare for the transplant, we just removed the layer of mulch and exposed the soil beneath.

We then placed the young seedlings on top of the soil. The one in this photo had already lost most of the soil around its roots.

Rabbit manure and compost are two key gardening elements on our homestead. These are what we will use to try to get these plants off to the best start that we can.

We applied moist rabbit manure around the plants and over the roots. This will not only be supplying them with vital nutrients while they grow, but will also help keep the roots moist and the plants alive.

A generous layer of compost was then added on top of the manure. This is also some rich organic material with many benefits for out young Lemon Balm plants.

We then carefully covered each little plant with mulch again, leaving only the stem and leaves exposed above the surface.

Even though the rabbit manure underneath was already moist, we gave them each a little water to welcome them to their new home. So far, most of them are doing very well.

The more useful plants we can grow on our own land, the better off we will be. The more members of our family understand how to tend to the plants, the easier that job will be. This is especially beneficial when we used perennial plants, because they get planted once and last for years to come!

Monster Truck did a great job and we now have Lemon Balm plants growing on our land. We will have to see how they are doing in the spring!

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Wish I had you for a dad.. You are so good at so many things, but that's your best role. Good luck with the lemon-balm and all your new endeavors. So much going on in your life and you hold that weedy little plant up like it was a jewel. I really like you. Peace and Health.


Thanks, your comment made me smile!

Ohh very nice. I don't know exactly what these plants are but they look very similar to mint leaves and when I read that you use them in your tea I thought I would ask you if they smelled and tasted link mint?

I am guessing by their name they taste like lemon although I am unsure because they really look like mint.

What else do you use them for other than for tea?

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They smell and taste like lemon. I mostly use them for tea, though there are other flavoring uses. You can also eat it.


Wow, I learned something today thanks for that. Hmm, I love lemon so I would probably use it a lot. Do they seed and flower like regular plants?

I might have to try and get my hands on some of them and grow them here in California. I just started growing my first plants here in California. I picked something super easy... An Aloe plant! Massive benefits as well as health uses so I thought it would be a good one to start with. Also an easy pick.

Thanks for the info brother! Praying for your family!


Thank you! They do seed well. And they spread good too!


Oh nice, I will have to see if I can find some locally and plant them. I don't have a lot of space and will have to put them in buckets but thanks for the tip! If I can save money and buy some property it would be awesome to let them spread on their own! :)

Thats smart, get some go-to annuals started the season or more ahead of time - especially for those like you with winter!

Keep establishing!

Even the young brother of mine is of a great assistance in the process..... Kudos to you bro

Thank you for your post.
UpVoted as usual 😉

Nice and quick decision @papa-pepper

That’s great that your plans for your own property are coming together

It always makes me smile seeing your little helpers with you on projects

Brings back fond memories of helping my dad in the garden at that age


Very cool! Thanks man! I can't wait to progress even more!


I can only imagine how it will feel to move to your own land and know all you do will be permanent for you and the little peppers

Your posts are always really inspiring @papa-pepper!

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Thanks man! I hope that you've been well. Thanks for dropping by!


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Ah, I was wondering.


A good tutorial. Clear and briefly. Perfecto.
Thank you for sharing


Thank you for checking it out!

That's great that you are teaching your kids life skills and to appreciate nature

Lemon balm is one of my favorite herbs. I use it in my cold herbal teas.
I just did a post update on saving one from my indoor garden. Ironic... we're on the same herb wave length today!


One of my favorite too!

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I'm asking for young lemon seeds from you @papa-pepper. I also like to plant all the plants in home gardening. We sing the same hobby. But I have to learn a lot from you. Thank you very much for giving science @papa-pepper.

Awesome to see youngins learning! Teach them early and they will retain the knowledge...


Mission accomplished. It's splendid.

I remember planting some of these plants in the place where we lived before. I don't even know what has become of the plant, cos we left the area almost immediately I planted them. Maybe I should just go back to take a peep at them.
This post has really piqued my interest


You should go check!

Incredible post. Lemon balm can survive anything! Thank you :)

I've never thought of using rabbit manure. I don't have rabbits, but there are so many wild ones in my area... I wonder if their manure could be collected... And there is masses of sheep manure on the hills. I will put some thought into it!

wow this is a useful work friend, good luck my yakawan,
success is always for you my friend,

I really loved your assistant:) and it is also my plan in future to have lemon and other plants in my balkony. Thanks for sharing.


Good idea making use of that balcony!

@papa-pepper If you put fresh excrement on it, do not you burn the plant? for the high levels of ammonia that will release in its decomposition?
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Actually, no. Rabbit manure is considered a "cold manure" because it will not "burn" the plants. You can even plant directly into fresh rabbit manure as it does not need to be composted first, like so many other manures do. Good question!


the transplant is successful so my restlessness aside I did not know that the rabbit manure is considered cold, I also ask you and the urine of the rabbit that contains urea is added to the manure?


Yes, we do not separate out the urine.

a perfect job friend, if you can know what tree it is

Hey my friend it's great to see that you do replantation and contribute to ecosystem


Thank you!

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Oh yeah I love lemon balm this stuff really smells great and very easy to grow and it kind of spreads everywhere I had drop some seeds all around the yard and now it kind of springs out everywhere. Nice be well and enjoy the day. @papa-pepper

this is a great post. again what kind of tree it is.
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Cool. You're raising a bright future for the world. Have been following your posts here and its so inspiring. Now that i have a kid of my own, I know whom to look up for the perfect upbringing.

Nice transplant work! (Annnnnnd...I am digging on kiddo's nickname. ROFL Awesome!)


Yeah, it's a good one! Thanks!

Herbs are a big boon to the family homestead garden. My new garden here hasn't got as many as my old one (27 different types) but I am working on it.


Very cool! We plan on growing a lot of different herbs, one plant at a time!

Be careful, that plant will take over if you don't keep an eye one it. Then again if you planted it where you don't care if it takes over the area then you should be good. I started off with a little bit of it and it took over a large area that I did not want it. You have to get to those roots to kill it but it always seem to find away to grow even after you thought you got all of the roots.


Oh yeah, it'll spread. Thanks!

the best thing to do to after this transplant is to check it regularly perhaps its developing or not.

I love lemon balm tea! Grow a bunch of it myself from seed and from cuttings.
Did you know you can use crushed lemon balm as a honey bee swarm attractant? It is not as attractive or as long lasting as lemon grass oil but the scout bees will definitely check it out when they are searching for a new home.


I had no idea about that! Very cool! Thanks for that wonderful tip!

I've never thought of adding rabbit manure in a moist form. Just another reason to get rabbits one day, I guess. Good luck on them establishing nicely by the time you move there.


I actually add water to it to make it completely saturated. It also works well when applied as a type of plant "tea."


Cool. I've only ever seen it spread in it's natural 'pellet' form on the ground to decompose on its own.

very beauty job dear

I really like your photos

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My sister has rabbits coming out of her ears. I'm going to ask her if she has extra manure this winter I can use for gardening this spring. Thanks for the inspiring post.

What a happy little guy!

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