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The time is now to plant my Fall Garden. Here in Florida entering the end of September.  I am excited about planting this year.  I learned so much last year at planting my fall/winter garden last year  that I wanted to give it another shot this year.   This year I must confess I cheated at the tilling it up getting it ready for planting.  Yes I cheated. I had my boys do the job.  The tilling is the hardest part especially if you hoe it like I do.  It is the hardest part of gardening to me.  So many people will not tackle having a garden just because it is a lot of work in the beginning at getting it all prepared for planting.  Spring and Fall gardening no matter what the season, hardest part is preparing your ground for planting.

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I had my son and his little friend to help me prepare my garden for planting.  They  hoed and raked the weeds.  The weeds had taken over where I had just let it all go.  It was a true mess, full of weeds.  My son wasn’t happy about him helping me that day.  We discussed it as he grumbled with the labor of it.  He complained and ask, ” why do we have to have a garden”?  Then I had to refresh his memory back to last years garden.  He remembered how much better the fresh Spinach was straight from the garden.  He had commented about how much better it was.  Then he grumbled less about helping me.  But, he loves fresh spinach.  He bragged so much about Moms spinach from the garden.  “It’s so much better tasting he would say”.   He is only 12 and like all kids his age are going to grumble when they  find real work to do.   After  he found out the hoe was a real stick and not a game, a joystick, a video game.  If you know what I mean.  This hobby of mine was not his way of  fun at all.  Sorry, I just had to throw that in there.   ok,  I  won’t go there.

I sure hope they learned something  that day.   After all, Gods word does say “Train up a child  in the way he should go and he will not depart from it”.  I sure hope they one day will return and remember the day of all the hard work.  What can I say,,,,those boys did a great job.  Of course I had to pay them.  I Thank God they didn’t charge by the weed though.    The boys were done with the small garden area within 2 hours which was done at their normal after school play time.  My son only likes the Spinach.  Thank God for those boys for a job well done.   They seen on that day, gardening wasn’t as easy as it looked.  Especially when they were working the hoe.

Ready for Planting The boys did such a great job.  I have never seen the garden this clean from weeds.

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PLANTING TIME

September 26th

  1. I planted 4 rows of NE Spinach,
  2. 2 rows Mustard Greens,
  3. 2 rows Turnip Greens,
  4. 2 rows Collard Greens.

Banana Spider Yikes, I will be glad when they are gone. Now in November cold weather hasn’t reached Florida. They are still hanging in there.

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Grass Hopper I couldn’t resist the Fall Colors.  This type of grasshopper can eat a lot, doing damage to a nice looking crop in no time.  I heard the best way to kill these is to  SMASH THEM !!! In the past I have seen hundreds of their babies that were so quick at getting away, that by the time I get a spray they have scattered all over the plants.  They are a Gardener’s # 1 enemy.  They can do damage quickly. So take a guess to what happened to him, right after his picture was taken.  “SMASH em Good”!!!

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This here is a Luffa Gourd Sponge

I took a picture of this thinking it was cucumbers left over, that was still trying to grow.  But the Luffa Gourd flower looked  in size much bigger than a cucumber.  This plant came up all by its self this year.  I had planted some Luffa Gourds about 4 years ago.  I hadn’t planted any this year.  But, here it is.  I took a picture of it.  This Luffa Gourd attached to one long vine on my fence.  Flowered blooms are many, but I don’t think it has time to produce the fruit. It is too late in the season.                                                                                                                                          Luffa Gourd or Sponge

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This Luffa Gourd Flower

FALL GARDEN 11/02/2009Fall Garden 11 02 09

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