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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 […]

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, […]

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” […]

Root Vegetables

Root vegetables like beets, turnips, carrots, parsnips, onions, rutabagas, and radishes are easy to grow in raised beds or containers, and if you love them like I do, they’re very rewarding crops.

What most novice gardeners don’t think through before planting their root veggie seeds is that they need a good depth […]

When to Plant?

I recently received this email from a reader.

Message: First i wanted to say thank you for such a wonderful and informative site. I have been reading for the past month or so your posts.

I currently live in Tampa and im looking to be moving into a house w/ a nice back […]

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. […]

Plant Your Fall Garden Seeds Now!

By now all of you Florida gardeners should have your seeds started. If you don’t, there are plenty of seed starting systems available, and it’s not too late to plant your seeds. If you get them started this week, You’ll be able to move them into your outside beds in mid-October, at 6 weeks […]

Northern Gardeners: Start Your Planting!

It’s Monday. A new week begins. For those of you in the Midwest, Eastern US and other Zones 6 – 8 areas, now’s the time to get over to the local nurseries to see what plants they have. Don’t just look for flowers for the yard. Delve into the vegetable section and see what healthy […]

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 […]

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 […]