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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The State of Tomatoes

I picked another quart of cherry tomatoes this afternoon. Those Sweet Million plants just keep on producing. I’ve probably gotten 4 or 5 gallons per plant this season!

As I was inspecting my new plants, I pulled off the dead branches at the bottom. I don’t know why they do that, but the big tomato […]

Grow Bag, Automator, Aqua Cone, Sea Magic, & BiotaMax Trials

I planted these little seedlings exactly 23 days ago. I have never, ever seen tomato plants flourish so quickly! I walked outside and said “WOW!” I couldn’t believe how big and healthy these two plants are. On these, I did everything right. I set up the growing bags with good soil and good organic slow […]

Tomato Automators

I have seen these for years at many gardening sites and in all the catalogues, and I must admit I’ve always been intrigued by them. This product is called a tomato automator. Here’s what Gardener’s Supply has to say about it:

These deceptively simple tomato plant surrounds will produce healthier, more productive tomato plants […]

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 […]

Lightning and Thunder!

I’ve always enjoyed a good thunderstorm. This morning the storms approached from afar. I awakened at about 3:30 with brilliant strobe lights in the bedroom and a 25 pound cat on my head. I’m not sure which one awakened me. The distant lightning was flashing continually and I was waiting for the booms to […]

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″ […]