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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spring Planting

Beefsteak tomatoes ripening on the vine.

Today Rick and I planted several more tomato plants. I am not satisfied with the large tomatoes I’m getting so far this season. They’re delicious, but far too few for me. Some kind of disease killed two of the three beefsteak tomato plants I had, and the resulting […]

Receiving Shipped Tomato Plants

Two days ago I received my order of tomato plants from Gardener’s Supply. I purchased two of their tomato grow bags to test them along with their container mix and organic tomato fertilizer. The plants arrived separately, shipped directly from the grower. The box they arrived in was a 12″ x 12″ x 12″ […]

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 […]

Prepare Your Soil

There are a few things to think through as you plan your summer garden. Your garden needs full sun – at least 6 hours a day of full, direct sun. For those of you in the tropics, a southern exposure is necessary, and make sure it’s not shaded. Decide on the placement […]