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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 End of the Lettuce

This is my beautiful lettuce bed, now bolting to seed as the weather is warming. Each plant will send up a tall center runner that will blossom and finally drop seeds. You can see in the top right a red romaine plant that’s sent up the final throws of lettuce. […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Harvest Continues

I harvested more broccoli again today. The seven plants have produced so much that I’m getting really tired of broccoli. As long as I keep picking off the florets, the plants will keep producing. I picked enough yesterday for two meals for us. The good thing is that because it’s fresh, it’ll […]