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April Showers Bring May Veggies!

Spring has definitely sprung, and if you haven’t done so yet, now is the time to get those vegetable plants in your beds if you live in the northern part of the country. As you’ve seen on this blog, raised beds are the way to go, and organic gardening is far preferable to using […]

Beautiful Cabbage!

Beautiful Perfect Cabbage-BiotaMax Treated Side

 

Isn’t this a beautiful sight? This tender young cabbage plant is just perfect, growing beautifully because of the proper probiotics I added to the soil by using BiotaMax. Not only do the right organisms in the soil aid in growth, but they strengthen the plants so that disease […]

Get Your Beds Ready!

South Florida planting time will soon be here. Now’s the time to get the weeds all pulled from your beds, and re-fill the beds with soil. If you have a composter or a compost pile, now is the time to turn your beds into fertile growing boxes. Take the time now to enrich your […]

The Musical Fruit

Ahhh, beans. Broad beans, French beans, yard long beans, lima beans, soy beans, green beans, yellow beans, purple beans – how many varieties of this great source of protein can you name?

There are two basic types of bean plants: bush and climbing, or vining beans. They grow easily, are a “green” […]

Plant Placement

The biggest challenge I faced as a new gardener was how to place the plants in my beds so each would thrive. The seed packets were helpful for the plantlets that I started from seed, as they usually give the height that the plant will grow as well as well as how far apart […]

Beautiful Legumes

I’ve posted before on the beauty and efficiency of the bean and pea family, the legumes. Sugar snap peas are so sweet fresh from the garden it’s amazing. Within 10 minutes after picking, they begin to get starchy. I call them the gardener’s snack, since they seldom make it all the way into the house. […]

The State of Tomatoes

I picked another quart of cherry tomatoes this afternoon. Those Sweet Million plants just keep on producing. I’ve probably gotten 4 or 5 gallons per plant this season!

As I was inspecting my new plants, I pulled off the dead branches at the bottom. I don’t know why they do that, but the big tomato […]

Planting Seeds, Not Seedlings

There are plenty of vegetables that you can direct sow the seeds in your garden. Carrots, radishes, beets, corn, beans, peas and lettuces all are sown directly into the garden bed.

I now like to pre-treat the areas I’ll be directly sowing seeds into with BiotaMax. This ensures that the first roots […]

Composting Basics

Compost is the result of organic material that’s been decomposed by aerobic decomposition into rich soil. Nothing nourishes your garden like good compost. Making compost is simple and easy. You can use any number of the many composting devices sold, and if you live in the city or suburb, definitely need an enclosed compost bin. […]

The Effects of the Cold

I’ve been talking with quite a few south Florida gardeners lately and we’ve all come to the same conclusion: the long cold winter really stunted a lot of our crops. My basil never got nice and tall like it usually does, and although it’s still growing, I don’t have the abundance of basil that […]