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Root Vegetables

Root vegetables are fun and easy to grow. I always love the surprise of finding out how big the veggies are when I finally get to pull them. Carrots, radishes, beets, turnips, sweet poratoes, regular potatoes are all fun and easy to tend.

Radishes can be sown very close together. I generally divide a square […]

Consider a Salad Bed

I love to grow one bed just for salads. I don’t know why, but lettuce is one of my favorite things to grow. It grows quickly, requires only partial sun, and can be harvested a little at a time for weeks. Arugula is one of those plants that will regenerate if you cut […]

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 […]

Another Plan for Your Raised Beds

Here is another plan for one of your 4′ x 4′ raised beds. To me, the main reason for gardening is the tomatoes, so I always dedicate one or two of my beds to tomatoes and the accompanying herbs and onions that compliment the tomatoes.

As you can see in this bed, I have four […]

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 […]

Root Vegetables

Root vegetables like beets, turnips, carrots, parsnips, onions, rutabagas, and radishes are easy to grow in raised beds or containers, and if you love them like I do, they’re very rewarding crops.

What most novice gardeners don’t think through before planting their root veggie seeds is that they need a good depth […]

Recipe – Alice Waters’ Carrot Soup

A couple of years ago my brother Bob and his wife Janet gave me a cookbook by Alice Waters called “The Art of Simple Food.” It is wonderful. She has a deep respect for real food, organic vegetables, grass fed beef, free range poultry and eggs and all things good. This carrot soup recipe […]

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 […]

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 […]