Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Early Winter Garden

I have lots of lettuce plants off to a good start for this winter. Also there are several Collards and a couple of pepper plants still left over from summer. I also started from seed some Snow Peas and Cucumber. The cucumbers probably will not make it if we get an early frost, but I thought I would give them a try since they tend to due much better when it is cooler here.

Here is a harvest from several weeks ago.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Early Summer Garden

I have been busy this year with other activites and I have not spent as much time in the garden. However, the garden is still alive. Here is a quick update on what it looks like today.

I still have a lot of Georgia Collards left.

And the Kale is still growing okay in the shade.
Several tomatoes are still growing as well.

Here are several pictures of some harvests I have enjoyed from the Spring Garden this year since my previous post.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Update on Spring garden

The transplants I planted last month are starting to take off. It has been a little cooler than usual the last several weeks so things have not been growing fast just yet. But I do now have some blooms on the tomatoes and squash, and most everything is looking pretty good.

The only disease issue I see right now is fungus on the cucumbers and peas - I mixed a teaspoon of baking powder with 32 oz water and sprayed on the cucumbers and peas to see if that will help clear up the fungus problems they seem to have. I also sprayed this same solution on the squash and collards as a preventive measure. The only other issue is that although the strawberry plants look healthy we have not seen any fruit - I believe birds or something else may be getting to the berries before they ripen. I need to put some kind of physical barrier over those plants when I can.

I am not sure how much good Calico is doing protecting the garden from rodents!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

New Spring Garden

Last weekend I cleared out the old vegetation that was left over from last season's garden. I am downsizing my garden a little bit this season. The raised bed gardens are so much easier that I removed my drip tubing from everywhere except the raised beds, and for this season I am only using my four raised beds. Also, I did not grow any new plants from seeds for this season, but instead I just used transplants for everything new this Spring. I still plan to raise more transplants from seed in the future, but to save time this season I skipped that step.
New vegetable garden planted out for this season - I finished painting my garden fence green, which really helps it blend into the landscape

This bed has some celery and parsley left over from previous seasons. I planted out new Marigold to help deter pests, Celebrity Tomatoes, Georgia Collard Greens, and Basil.

This bed has some Turnip left over, and I added Cilantro, Tomatoes, and Greens

This bed was primarily for peppers last year. I am skipping peppers this year because they were not as productive and I need to rotate my crops better. This bed now has Tomatoes, Zucchini squash, and Strawberries. I have never attempted to grow Strawberries before so I am interested to see how they do. The kids loved planting them. I may have to cover them with something to protect them from the birds.

This bed has some left over Mint, Lettuce, and Kale from previous seasons. I just added Cucumber, Peas, and Marigold.

A few final harvests from last season

Here are several images of some harvests from last season's garden. This past winter was unusually warm for even Winter Garden Florida, and the cool season vegetables did not do so well. Unlike past seasons I had very little lettuce because it all tended to bolt early. However, here are a few things I did get from the garden over the past few months.
Harvested greens, turnip, lettuce, yellow pear tomatoes, peppers, Arugula, and Bok Choy leafs December 28th, 2012
Harvested lots of Arugula, mint, Turnip, Tomatoes, Parsley, Greens, and a couple of banana peppers on January 5th, 2013
Harvested some tomatoes and Arugula, and other lettuce on January 11th. It was really unusual to have tomatoes this late into winter.
Large harvest January 23rd
A few more tomatoes harvested January 24th
Lots of yellow pear tomatoes and some Japanese Plums harvested February 8th. These tomatoes were very prolific but did not have as great of flavor as others I have grown.
Some Arugula and tomatoes harvested February 17th. I picked these early because I was having some issues with birds getting the red tomatoes.
A few more tomatoes and a nice Turnip harvested February 28th
Georgia Collard Greens harvested March 9th