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It’s Time to Plant Beans!

Ahhh yes, the musical fruit. Full of fiber, protein and deliciousness. Here in South Florida, about the only things that will grow well during our tropical summer are sweet potatoes and beans. Sweet potatoes require very little maintenance, and I like them because they cover the beds with vines and push out the weeds. When […]

A Walk Through My Dream Garden Part1

As I peruse this year’s Burpee catalogue, I imagine my dream garden. I see eight or ten raised 4′ x 8′ beds, filled with the perfect mix of compost, vermiculite and peat moss. The walkways between the beds are unobstructed and wide enough for my garden cart. Each bed has a trellis frame at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Growing Pole Beans

I learned the hard way that not all beans are pole beans. Some are bush beans and they won’t climb anything. But pole beans will wrap their vines around anything they can and spiral their way up and up.

This is one of my bean beds. At seven weeks after planting […]

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 […]

Companion Planting: Control the Critters

Companion gardening is a terrific way to prevent many types of problems, but it also is a way to enhance your vegetable garden in many ways. Companion gardening is a method of pest control that’s used around the world. Certain plants benefit your vegetable garden by increasing flavor, confusing pests, attracting beneficial insects, or providing […]

The Beauty of it All

I have the great privilege of hosting a garden that God Almighty is growing. This is the time of the season when the plants are all so beautiful, with their fruits beginning to appear. It can only be God Who came up with such an awesome design for growth. Years ago I […]