Posts from the ‘Fall’ Category

Global Warming??? Uh..It’s Freezing in Florida,,,Brrra


Wow,,this is a Florida Weather report.  We are finally getting some cold temperatures.  Sorry, No I don’t believe in global warming. For three  nights straight its has been in  the 20’s with  freeze warnings.  I have lived here in Florida over half my life and never seen such cold weather to continue like this  for 3 straight nights.  I just don’t believe in Global Warming. To many days of freezing weather. I have stayed inside, trying to keep warm. Cold weather like this to me is a blessing, especially at this time of year. No complaints from me.

Weather report below for Florida

..HARD FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING
TO 10 AM EST TUESDAY…
…HARD FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH
WEDNESDAY MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSONVILLE HAS ISSUED A HARD
FREEZE WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH
WEDNESDAY MORNING. A HARD FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM
11 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM EST TUESDAY.

THE FRIGID AIRMASS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH AT LEAST MID-WEEK.
TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST TO BOTTOM OUT IN THE LOWER TO MID 20S
EARLY TUESDAY MORNING WITH LONG DURATIONS OF SUB-FREEZING
TEMPERATURES EXPECTED. SLIGHTLY WARMER TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST
ALONG THE ST. JOHNS RIVER BASIN. NORTHWEST WINDS OF 5 TO 10 MPH
WILL DROP WIND CHILL INDICES INTO THE UPPER TEENS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HARD FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE
IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND
OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION. YOUNG CHILDREN…THE ELDERLY…THE
HOMELESS AND OUTDOOR PETS ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO THE COLD.
TAKE MEASURES TO PROTECT THEM. BE PARTICULARLY CAREFUL WITH
PORTABLE HEATERS…THERE IS DANGER OF FIRE OR POISONOUS FUMES.
APPROPRIATE ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO ENSURE EXPOSED WATER PIPES
HAVE ADEQUATE PROTECTION FROM THE COLD TEMPERATURES.

A HARD FREEZE WATCH MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE.
THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

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Compost Bed


Today I turned it or should I say stirred it up.  My worms are growing well and seem to be getting big and fat.  I have been putting all my leftover vegetables,  in together with soil and mulched leaves from my yard.  I have been mixing this for over a year now.  I started mine out with a small plastic round garden pond.  It seems to be working out great.  I also dumped in some fishing worms that my son and I had left over from  fishing.  Today I sprinkled a little gardening lime and mixed well.  They say this is what will help it to break down quicker and also that the worms love the sweet soil. eweh!!

I put wigglers in here during the summer months but this looks like an earthworm to me.

This here I think is a grubb, the kind that gets into your lawn and eats the roots of your grass up.  I am not sure though.  I will have to check into this.

Garlic is Growing!


Day 6 Garlic is growing!

Beautiful!

Collard Greens


November 18th Today is the day I am harvesting the first mess of Collard from my garden.  Boy, that sounds very southern talk to me.  These Collard like the Turnips this time of year are growing very well here in Florida.  I am happy with my small garden with  2 small rows of Collard Greens.  My first harvest is going to friends.  The only thing I am doing is cutting the tops off (leaves).  I am leaving the roots of the collard plants and in about 2 to 3 weeks they will be ready for cutting again.  This time of year they are normally growing pretty fast.  But, of course to me they seem to grow faster with cooler temperatures.  Our temperatures here in Florida have reached the high 70’s and low 80’s at time.  Cool at night.  All my greens haven’t been touched by the frost yet.  I can’t wait till cooler temperatures.

Harvest: This  first mess of Collards I am so happy to give to my brother. I can guarantee frost or no frost, when he gets through cooking these they will be tasty.

Note: I am so glad that when I planted these that I did my best to drop only one seed into the ground at a time.  This sure made it easier when it came time to thin them out.  By being carefully precise on dropping each little seed.  I had very little work to do on thinning them. So much easier.  Last year I had not knowing no better, had drop 5 or more seeds in one spot. By doing this, they don’t have the room to grow.  This year I have each collard plant spaced at least 8 to 12 inches apart.  They are really growing.  Pat myself on the back !  I go Girl !

Turnip Greens


November 18th Today is the day I am harvesting the first mess of turnips from my garden.  Boy, that sounds very southern talk to me.  Turnips this time of year are growing very well here in Florida.  I am happy with my small garden with  2 small rows of turnips.  My first harvest is going to friends.  The only thing I am doing is cutting the tops off (leaves).  I am leaving the roots of the turnip plants and in about 2 to 3 weeks they will be ready for cutting again.  This time of year they are normally growing pretty fast.  But, of course to me they seem to grow faster with cooler temperatures.  Our temperatures here in Florida have reached the high 70’s and low 80’s at time.  Cool at night.  These turnips like my mustard greens haven’t had no frost.    Picture below November 2nd 2009Turnips

Harvested Today I harvested a big  13 gal plastic garbage bag.  1 whole bag full.  I rinsed them off in my wheel barrel till they were squeaky clean and given away to friends.  I always give my first harvest away. Happy friends I have ! I love this part of gardening.  Thanksgiving is here and I am so thankful.

 

Broadleaf Mustard


November 18th. Today I harvested all the mustard from the garden (cutting just leaf). Thanksgiving is right around the corner.   I was thinking about waiting till we had our first frost here in Florida.  Maybe 2 days before Thanksgiving Thursday.   I changed my mind because these big leaves were falling over starting to get too big. I decided to harvest and give away to friends. The leaves of these mustard greens I was so proud of. They are huge. I didn’t want to wait till the bugs started to get to them. Temperature here in Florida still in the high to mid 70’s. These greens are too beautiful to let the bugs have them. I do see a few aphids on the leaves of some, but they haven’t did any damage yet. I manage to harvest a 1 and a 1/2-13 gal garbage bag full.  I rinsed them off in my small wheel barrel til they were squeaky clean.

Weather Today the weather outside is beautiful.  I couldn’t have picked a better day to harvest my vegetables. Mid 70’s.  I am now hoping for the cold weather to start.  Maybe by the time I pick my next mess of greens a frost will have come and gone.  A light frost on the greens seems to sweeten them up at cooking time. They don’t have that bitter taste.  But, I have taken my greens before and washed them put them in freezer bags and its does the same thing.  They frost right up!  Florida for ya.

Thanks to the American Soldier


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A Soldiers daughter

This day while strolling through my garden.  My thoughts ramble back to my Dad who was a gardener and I am very proud to say he was American Veteran. Thanks Dad who was in the Korean War.  And to all the American Soldiers who have fought for this Country in the past and present.  Thoughts of my Dad who served in Korean War. Today  I have more respect for all he went through now that I am older. This is just my opinion and many may not agree with.   I see so many veterans not getting the respect that our veterans so rightfully deserve.

Dad is no longer here but all his stories stay at heart are still with me.  Once again I would love to have the chance to re listen to my dad his stories and ask my dad his opinion on some of the things happening in this world today.  So many questions  he could help me to understand.  I am sure my Dad and I would share in the same issues, burdens and most of all prayer in need of for this Nation.

Proud to be an American

Thanks again to you all who served this country.   I today know just how blessed I am for Your Service.   Thanks to you and to  God for your dedicated service. Thanks for the  freedom for which this country still stands as One Nation Under God!

Thank you !! My prayer is for God to Bless and comfort every American soldier this Veterans Day.  I pray for you to receive  the love and respect that you so rightfully deserve this day.  I pray for many of you that when you are in  stress, or feel lonely, that you get a Warm Hug of appreciation and receive the comfort you need.  I pray for you all.    Please remember God is always with You.  My prayers and thoughts are with you. Thanks Again…….to you, my dad and other soldiers.  From An American Soldiers Daughter, I proudly stand and salute you. 

In Gods Love, THANK YOU!!


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If interested here is a website that I ran across for the occasion

How To Salute And Pay Respects To Officers