Category Archives: Fruits and Vegetables


This is normal for this time of year. With the warmer weather kicking in, everything decides to take off. I’ve been cutting chard, spinach, kale, and lettuce every few days or so in amounts like this. My wife makes herself a green drink every morning with everything here. It’s easy to get spoiled with the […]

Potato Planting

Now that our vegetable beds are in (see my post here on my blog) we have room to put things in the ground for the summer. The potatoes should have actually gone in the ground in February or early March at the latest, but here we are in mid-April and I just now got them […]

garden gadgets (etc.) that have caught my eye…

It’s definitely spring! No matter how many seasons I go through in my little garden, I always *forget* how busy autumn and spring can be in a Florida garden. For most of winter, my basic task was watering, and a little planting, and a tiny bit of pruning. This week, that all changed- I went […]

Annual Onion Planting

So last week I received in the mail 7 bunches of onions. Two each of Candy, 1015Y, and Red Creole, and 1 bunch of White Bermuda. I purchased them from Dixondale Farms. I was a first time customer of their’s, so having ordered my transplants before Christmas and receiving them during the week they promised […]

Tomatoes for 2013

It’s funny, my brother and I must be reading each other’s minds. Last weekend I was mentioning to Chris, my husband, that it was that about that time to start our tomato seeds. I then saw that Curtis had already started his over the New Years weekend. So, this last weekend we got ours started. […]

garden goals and resolutions for 2013

As I started thinking about what I wanted to accomplish to try in 2013, I naturally included gardening. Gardening is such a regular part of my life now, and it makes me so happy. In some ways, it’s hard to believe I’ve been plugging away daily at my “little” garden (which now takes up about […]

best laid plans…

On Friday I ordered a bunch of seeds from Renee’s Garden (the last day of their big seed sale!) and I was anticipating that they would have arrived earlier this week and I could do a post about planting them/garden planning for the next few weeks, but despite my stalking the mailbox, my seeds are […]


+Unknown morninglory +Bunching onion +Radish +Bunching onions +More bunching onions +Mmmm, radishes! +Mushroom sprouting from the new mulch. Just waiting patiently for things to fill in.

The neighbors

My gardening has given a few of my neighbors the ‘bug’. The lady across the street started a garden last year and has seen some success with it, growing squash and melons. It’s my next door neighbors that have taken to growing fruit. The picture above is of a nice sized pomegranate growing on a […]

Fall Veggie Gardening

This area on the south side of our house is where eventually I’ll put a nice walk through flower garden but for now, until we get our real vegetable beds put in, I’ll be using some of this space for fall and winter vegetables. It took a few days of work to weed through this […]

Spaghetti Squash Surprise

Last night in a rare time that my husband was home, we decided to cook one of our spaghetti squash for dinner. I was busy moving some boxes up to my studio so when I heard him make some noise as I shut the door I decided to let it be. Turns out he was […]

Taste of the Southwest

We went on vacation last week to one of my favorite states to visit. New Mexico. Not because I worked three summers in the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the northwestern part of the state and have a bond with it. The state is different. Of all the states I have visited, it is the […]

new workspace / new seeds!

My Passiflora (the first one I got, I now have four total) bloomed again yesterday! Pretty exciting, since I really worried that its little vacation into the garage during Hurricane Isaac would really hurt all the tiny buds that were on the plant when we had to transfer it. But they are still growing. One […]

The great flower snack

I’m love sunflowers. They bring in the summer weather and the greatness of a good harvest. I also love the seeds they bring. I pick up a big bag of sunflower seeds about every 3 or 4 days. Its my snack during work. Or after. Or when I venture out to a baseball game. I […]

autumn plans

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the benefits of gardening in ZONE TEN (yes, all caps, because it’s a challenging zone!) is that fall is a second spring for us. We get to garden year round. Whatever makes it through the soggy, blistering, and dark summers flourishes. And whatever doesn’t (vegetables, some herbs, fickle flowers […]

… all Misti’s fault… (aka my sudden passiflora obsession)

This is *all* Misti’s fault. A few weeks ago, she posted about Passiflora on her blog. I saw the photos and pretty much lost my gardening cool. I HAD to have one of those in my garden. HAD TO. I mean, look at them! Aren’t they gorgeous? Don’t they look like some magical plant from […]

The fall itch

It has been almost two months since the temperatures rose above 100 here in Fort Worth. It has been the same amount of time since I’ve done any extensive work in the garden. The nut sedge has taken over and is nearing a foot tall in some areas. Amazingly, the St. Augustine grass hasn’t done […]

Save and preserve

I must say that I’ve never saved any of my tomato seed. The only type of vegetable seed I’ve ever saved was okra about 2 years ago. After reading up on saving the seeds from tomatoes, it seemed like a long drawn out process that I didn’t really want to mess with. But with the […]

What Happens To Eggplants When…

…you can’t keep up with your garden during the weeks of moving…they get over ripe! I was actually kind of interested to see this phenomenon, overripe eggplants as they are a really cool color. I’ll be opening these up soon to see about saving seeds from them. In other news of excitement the rest of […]


While canning the last of the bulk tomatoes I cut a rotten spot out of this here tomato. While inspecting the insides I notice that a seed had sprouted. Instead of taking it out and planting it, I just stuck in with the batch to get canned. The different varieties of cucumbers. Lemon, Orient Express, […]