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Companion Herbs and Flowers

Basil is a wonderful companion to tomatoes.

I’d like to take some time to tell you about the basic companion planting tips that I’ve found to be very beneficial. I read once that growing basil next to your tomatoes makes the tomatoes more flavorful. I don’t know if this is really true, but they […]

Tomatoes!

There are few things as rewarding to grow as tomatoes. In fact, for me, they’re the reason for growing anything. It’s all about the tomatoes.

Warmed by the sun, a vine ripened tomato rinsed with the garden hose is one of the best snacks a gardener has. The flavor cannot be […]

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 […]

Recipe – Marrakesh Carrots

5 lbs organic carrots, scrubbed and sliced thinly 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 3 lemons, zested and juiced, about 2 tsp zest and 1/3 cup juice 1 Tbsp cumin 1 Tbsp paprika 4 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed 2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper 1/4 tsp cayenne 1/2 – 3/4 cup extra virgin […]

Pickles Again!

I made a small batch of pickles again today – only six jars. We ran out of our sliced pickles months ago and I miss them. Today I made all sliced pickles for sandwiches (the photo above is from a previous batch of spears.)

The last jar I saw of Vlassic […]

Recipe – Broasted Fingerling Potatoes

This past week at Costco we picked up a big bag of fingerling potatoes for under $8. If you’ve never made these tender, flavorful spuds, try them some time. We love them. I’ve boiled them, roasted them, steamed them, but found that the best method of preparing these little spudlets is to braise them in […]

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 […]