Category Archives: Garden Planning

Anticipating Fall Vegetable Gardening

Remember the garden looking like this? This was early July. It got much, much worse after that. And this was pretty bad! Needless to say, summer came upon us and we did not keep up with gardening. A few weekends ago we spent some time getting it all weeded and attempting to get new mulch […]

summertime blahs

Despite the blue skies in the photo above, the weather here in Southwest Florida has been DREADFUL this week. I always tell people that “summer” is our version of “winter” because it’s a whole lot of extreme temperatures (very hot, as opposed to cold, but some of the plants are just as sensitive to it), dark […]

Herb Bed/Perimeter Bed Update

The herb and perimeter beds are proving to go slower than we wanted, mostly because I can’t help as much as I would like, being pregnant as I am currently. It really makes me feel guilty watching Chris do all of the work. However, he’s done an excellent job with the digging and my dad, […]

Finally, the herb beds…

We finally began working on the perimeter herb/vine/perennial vegetable beds this weekend. Chris was able to pick up the cedar wood we use for the raised beds on Thursday morning since the store was going to be closed on Good Friday. We began working on the beds on Saturday morning and almost finished getting the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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! – […]

busy bee

I’m finally settling back into my regular garden routine. It’s odd to me that while the rest of my gardening friends are sort of on a break (whether they want it or not), gardening season is kicking into FULL gear for me. I’m in Southwest Florida so our “good weather” season is when the rest […]

autumn seed order

I have been asking Tom to help me pick out some fruits and veggies for the garden, and yesterday morning we sat down for a few minutes and decided on a few different things and placed an order with Park Seed. I used to order seeds and purchase plants pretty regularly, but now that my […]

Fall Veggie Gardening

Thankfully Autumn has arrived! And with it a bit of cooler weather, or at least weather that doesn’t lend to profuse sweating in the afternoon. The sweet dumpling squash I have in a container in the vegetable garden is doing really well and even has two fruits now. Let’s hope they hang on until harvest! […]

September! Finally!

I’m excited because the calendar says it’s September, even though the weather doesn’t. Just a few more weeks… This week I actually did a lot of gardening. I didn’t think there was much to do but when I REALLY looked around I saw plenty of little things that I wanted to take care of. I […]

Fall Garden Planning and Planting

Ahhh, fall. Oh, wait, it’s not fall yet. However, it *is* time to start getting ready for fall gardening, especially if you are in the south. If you are in the north you should have been doing that a month ago. Here in greater Houston Chris and I have been using the book Year Round […]

passiflora and seed order

You might remember that last year I got a little obsessed with passiflora, and wound up getting ordering four different varieties of them from Hirt’s. All four of the plants took off as soon as I repotted them, and grew like crazy. However, only two of them bloomed. One of them (I believe it’s a […]

Phase II of the Garden

Another video today. 🙂 Enjoy!

Flower Bed Update

I opted for a video today. 🙂 Enjoy! ‘Cause I know Chel is gonna ask, the hibiscus is Bahama Bay Enlightenment! We couldn’t resist!

pollinators and planning: Project Bee

I’ve been thinking a lot about pollinators lately. I have a few plants outside (beyond the screened in lanai which holds the bulk of my garden) that require pollination and NONE of them have grown fruit/veggies this season. Just last year (or maybe it was the year before?) I was getting tons of peppers and […]

Square one

So last week I had the bright idea of doing a search for tires on Craigslist. I was looking for old, used, worn out tires. For free. To use in the garden. Something different to grow my potatoes in. Most years, by the time I get the onions and potatoes planted there isn’t much room […]

The Flower Garden | Phase I

Not long after we moved into our house I started eyeing a spot on the south side of our house and out towards the front of our house as a potential flower garden. However, in my head this was going to be a long term project, plant in some areas, add more as we moved […]

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 […]

out in the garden; into the pale moon

I started my spring crop of tomatoes and peppers last week. New Year’s Day to be exact. I was kind of excited to get things going. I started everything in the kitchen and had to listen to the wife moan about my taking over the dinner table. I left the seed tray there until this […]