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Buying Seedlings

Shopping for vegetable seedlings can be confusing. Just with tomato plants alone there are many varieties and types of seedlings. Going to the local home store’s huge nursery can be a fun trip if you know what you’re going to plant. The problem is, they may not have what you want to plant. But […]

Get Ready To Plant!

October is planting month here in south Florida, and any time during the month is good to plant in Zone 10. Ideally, it’s good to wait until mid month when the temperatures are likely to drop below 90 during the day. Tender seedlings don’t like extreme heat and hot sun, so get your beds ready, […]

Why Raised Beds?

Imagine a garden full of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, corn, beans, peas, broccoli, cabbage, greens, gourmet lettuces, radishes, carrots, onions, potatoes and herbs, growing in your yard in as little as 64 square feet. Utilizing a modified version of Mel Bartholemew’s Square Foot Gardening principles, we will explore an almost work free garden (once you […]

A Time To Plant

It’s October in South Florida, the perfect month to plant a vegetable garden. The humidity has dropped, temperatures are still in the 80′s, and the summer storms are still around for great irrigation.

If you haven’t built your raised beds yet, go get the lumber this week and get them built. See my post […]

Tomato Trees

Tomato Tree

This takes the upside down growing bag to new heights. I think it’s a great idea. Click on the picture to take you to Gardener’s Supply. They recommend Better Bush tomatoes for growing upside down, and they sell them too, I believe.

There’s room for three full-size tomato plants inside this oversize growing […]

South Florida Summer Gardening

I grew this sunflower in my corn bed one year. I love the logarithmic spirals in the seed head. God is so cool.

I’ve received several emails from readers here in sunny zone 10 who want to plant a garden now, in March. I’ve told them all to go ahead with the warm weather […]

Recipe – Fresh Vegetable Stew

I made this soup today. Yum.

The midwest and east coast areas are covered in feet of snow, the temperatures are in the 20’s, and your family is going to want a nice hot aromatic supper tonight. Here’s an old faithful recipe of mine for a meatless veggie stew. You can make it a […]

Recipe – Vegetable Ratatouille

I love eggplant. This recipe can be modified to use whatever produce you have on hand. Beans, peas, sugar snaps, corn – whatever vegetables you like can be added to this versatile dish. Meat can be added to this dish; shredded chicken, ground beef or lamb would be good. If using ground meat, brown […]