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Preparing for a Frost

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 state.

Most of your vegetables will do fine in a light frost if you prepare correctly. The local farmers start their sprinklers, burn smudge pots, cover what […]

Inoculating Soil, Planting Onions – Tomorrow!

I’ve been in communication with my new friend Chuck Baugh of Custom Bio, the company that makes the soil probiotics. I am so excited to try this product, BiotaMax. I received samples from him on Friday and plan on applying it in the morning tomorrow if there is no wind. It seems simple enough to […]

Recipe – Caesar Salad

My brother Bob first turned me on to this recipe, although I’m pretty sure I use a lot more garlic than his recipe. Rick and I like it when the dressing has a bit of a “bite” from the garlic, mustard, and cayenne.

To coddle an egg, bring 1 cup of water to a […]

Soil Probiotics

I’m a big fan of probiotics. The yogurt industry has gotten a big boost from marketing products that contain the proper intestinal flora for optimal health. L. bifidus, l. acidophilus, l. casei and more have gained popularity as people realize that adding them to their diets actually helps their digestion, fights candida fungus infections, helps […]

Seed Starting

This is the first year that I haven’t started seedlings, and I’m sorry that I don’t have much diversity in the varieties of vegetables that shopping the seed catalogues affords. I don’t like being at the mercy of the local nurseries, but I just didn’t […]

Recipe – Vegetable Beef and Barley Soup with Wild Rice

The flavor of grass-fed beef really shines in this almost meatless soup. Beef marrow is an excellent source of CLA (protects against breast cancer) and other good fats. Save the “used” bones for any doggies you know.

Maggi Seasoning is a European made liquid seasoning containing soy sauce and yeast. It provides that wonderful […]

Welcome, Kailey Marie!

Our first grandchild, Kailey Marie was born this morning. It’s hard to think about my garden on a day such as this. Look at how cute she is!

No, she didn’t grow in my garden. But she’s prettier than any flower I’ve ever seen.

Happy Gardening! Tweet […]

Make Your Garden Attractive – to Beneficials

The first year I grew my garden, I started lots of sunflowers, zinnias and marigold varieties from seed. I happily scattered them throughout the garden, and suddenly my vegetable beds were alive with beautiful blooms. Along with the blossoms came lots of unexpected guests from the insect world. This, I found out, was a very […]

Bugs: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good

Anyone who gardens knows that insects are a part of the deal. I used to shudder and jump if an insect landed on me out there; now they don’t bother me at all. Like the lizards, they hop on, hop off. Most people assume that all insects in the garden are destructive, […]

Equipment Needed for Raised Bed Gardens

Another distinct advantage of planting your garden in raised intensive beds is that you need very few tools. Once your beds are filled, you won’t need a tiller since you won’t be walking on and compacting your beds. You don’t need a tractor or garden cart. You don’t need fancy gardening stools or knee […]