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For the Love of Tomatoes

I have to admit that the main reason for my garden is the tomatoes. Most grocery store tomatoes are varieties that have been bred for appearance and shipping durability, but are often mealy and tasteless. There is an almost endless variety of tomatoes available in the seed catalogues and garden centers, with […]

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 […]

Rainy Days and Mondays Always Make Me Smile

It’s been raining since last night, a quiet, steady, gentle rain. I’m thankful. We need a good drenching. My garden is loving it, too. It’s a good start to the week.

Newly planted tomatoes need lots and lots of steady moisture. Now is when they are all developing those healthy root systems, and the well […]

Broccoli, Broccoli, and More Broccoli – Again!

I wrote before how broccoli plants keep producing for weeks, and here’s what the plants look like during their third or fourth production of broccoli. As you can see on the left, the heads take on a fractal formation, very geometric in some and in others some very logarithmic spirals emerge. They look weird, but […]

Growing Like Weeds

When I bought the tomato plants the other day, one of the pots contained 2 tomato plants (the seedlings were never thinned) growing together. I should have planted the two tomato plants together, then with a scissors cut the smaller of the two seedlings at the soil level. But I decided instead to […]

South Florida Planting

Until this week, it’s been too hot here to plant my garden. The tender young plants do not like the intense hot sun, so I’ve waited until this week when we’ve finally gotten a break from the heat. Usually, I like to get my garden in during the first week of October, but we’ve had […]