Monthly Archives January 2014

January. Still.

This week was a total zero in the garden. I watered once (which was unnecessary because it rained shortly after) and that was that. At least the geraniums are still blooming. What is UP with this winter? I was going back and looking at some photos from January in years past and while it wasn’t […]

Backyard Smoothie

Guest post from Stephanie Whitlock (Curtis Wife)   Hello, I’m Stephanie, Curtis’ other half or better half however you want to put it. When Curtis first started gardening I was a little apprehensive with all the space the garden was taking up in our tiny little backyard. We needed room for the kids to play. […]

Late January Around Here

Aside from being sick and done with these cold/hot/cold/hot/idon’tknowwhattheweatheris kind of days, January has given us some delighful days. Such as this weekend. Chris ended up putting in a new Carnivale apple tree to replace the one that the deer tore up. Originally we thought about leaving it to see if it would come back, […]

oh, january…

This (picture above) is pretty much January in the garden. Chilly and rainy. The weather is taking care of all my gardening tasks- since it’s chilly and not very sunny, nothing is growing very fast (no pruning) and since it rains every few days, nothing needs watering. So I basically just go out there and […]

Seed starting update

This is what happens when you don’t wait long enough for seeds to sprout and you go ahead and plant something else in its place. I now have Silver Fir Tree and Big Rainbow growing together. These Red and Orange Wonder peppers are doing great. Speed growing. The other types of peppers I started are […]

Spring Temptations

With a day like today it really is hard to fathom that it is still January. We’ve had some unusually warm weather this last week. Sometimes it is chilly in the morning but by mid-day it is in the 60s or 70s, which makes sitting outside for lunch the perfect idea. Really, I could go […]

signs of life

Despite my concern that our little cold snaps would prevent any of the seeds I recently planted from sprouting, this morning I was happy to find several tiny seedlings poking their heads above the soil in their pots. I guess the fact that we have had sunshine during the cooler weather helped a little bit. […]

Little Helper

I cannot think of a time when I’m working playing in the garden and these little legs aren’t right there behind me. He knows to put the feed in the bowl and the scratch in the dirt. He is only two, yet knows how to plant seeds. When I need that extra hand to carry […]

Biding Time

Early last week, we had the worst freeze we’ve been through as gardeners. Being as so far the greatest percentage of our gardening years has taken place in Florida, we didn’t get freezes or even sub 40* temperatures much. Of course there was that one time when 42* was too much for a starfruit seedlings… […]

dark and dreary

That is *not* a photo from this week- it’s from November. Beautiful fall. This week was truly winter. I’m in Florida, so I didn’t experience a lot of the super crazy frigid weather that other people did, but we did have our own “cold snap” and several rainy, cloudy, and dark days to go with […]

Bits and pieces

I usually plop down on the couch with my phone or tablet in the evenings and hash out a blog post. I couldn’t remember the last time I sat in front of my laptop. The battery is toast, so it stays plugged in and the seat we have isn’t really that comfortable. Luckily this evening […]

Growing ‘Shrooms

Not that kind!… 😉 You know the saying that the best time to plant a tree was five years ago? Well, it seems to be that mushrooms are the same way. These are the dowel rod plugs with mushroom mycelium, a variety of oyster mushrooms I believe. There was an information sheet laying around here […]

snapshots from an early spring garden

Hello, again! It’s been a few weeks since I last posted. Because fall, winter, and spring are basically one BIG season (with minor variations in temperature) here in Southwest Florida, I’m still just going about the normal, daily tasks of the garden. The big change for us is light- right now the days are “short”, […]

Back in the saddle

No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one! – […]