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Plant Supports

This beautiful cucumber trellis is a great example of utilizing every square foot of real estate in your raised garden bed. I love that in this picture, the gardener planted lettuce all around the cucumber trellis, which has very shallow roots. The cucumbers will send their roots deeper into the soil so you won’t […]

Seed Catalogues Are Coming!

I just got my new Burpee catalogue in the mail, filled with delightful photos of the huge variety of seeds that are available for the home gardener. I just love this time of year and drool over the beautiful vegetables that I can grow. For the Florida gardener, now is the time to plan […]

Beautiful Cabbage!

Beautiful Perfect Cabbage-BiotaMax Treated Side

 

Isn’t this a beautiful sight? This tender young cabbage plant is just perfect, growing beautifully because of the proper probiotics I added to the soil by using BiotaMax. Not only do the right organisms in the soil aid in growth, but they strengthen the plants so that disease […]

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 […]

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 […]

Buying Pre-Made Raised Beds

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: raised beds are the best way to grow vegetables. When it comes to raised beds, the deeper they are, the better. Soil levels settle with rain, and I like at least 10″ depth for growing most vegetables. My beds are 18″ deep, mainly because the greater […]

Get Ready For the Cold!

This is a re-post for those preparing for cold conditions in Florida. Central Florida is forecast to get a frost; South Florida will get down to 40°.

We do, on occasion, get a frost down here in the land of balmy breezes. We usually have plenty of warning, as Florida is a big agricultural […]

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 […]

How Does Your Garden Grow?

By now all you northern gardeners must be thrilled with your rapidly growing seedlings as they take on the summer sun and are beginning to set their fruit. Early summer brings with it the blooms from your flowers and the promise of fruit on your tomatoes and eggplants. Your cabbage and broccoli are beginning […]

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 […]