Posts from the ‘Garden Rain’ Category

Tomatoes May 17, 2011

TBerrys Tomatoes are growing well.  This morning I saw at least 6 tomatoes hanging on one bush.  I am getting ready to go ahead a pick some of the biggest ones shown here tomorrow.  For Fried Green tomatoes.  I just last week fertilized them with Lime, 10-10-10, and Magnesium Sulphate.  Last week we also had a good rain shower to water it all in well.  Today all the vegetables are looking great.  I can’t wait to taste this big tomato tomorrow.

Picture May 17, 2011 First picking yes!!

Picture May 17, 2011 pictured here are 4 tomatoes hanging together making it at least 6 or more tomatoes on the bush.


Peas are here !! May 4, 2011

Yes Peas are finally coming on the bush.  Though still no rain in the forecast that I see.  I’ve been doing my best at watering every other day.  My prayer for now is God please send the Rain.  When it is dry like this the bugs seem to be even more of a pest.  Like peas are in bloom with snap size peas at this time.  Ants love to crawl all over them.  Right now I have been giving them a sprinkle of seven dust.  Seems to keep ants and grasshoppers away.  So far so good.  More info Black eyed Peas 2010.  Also see Peas 2009 “Pea Picking time June 2009”.  This years Peas in Bloom Picture April 2011 .

Picture May 4, 2011. Looking close at this picture you can see early peas coming on the bush.


Flowers in Bloom May 2011

Purple Periwinkle (Vinc Minor) April 2011 Oh how I love the sweet fragrance these flowers have.

Purple Periwinkle

This is a Bluish Purple Periwinkle.  I have this growing under my office window.  Early moring and late evenings while windows are up I can smell the sweetest smell as a breeze from the outside comes rushing in. 

Pictured below is a Beautiful

Red Gladiolus (link) for more info.



I keep these in the shade at all times.   I have to keep them watered or else they droop very quickly.  They are so Impatient when it comes to watering.

Care for Impatients Flowers:

(GREAT TIP) If they start looking leggy late in the summer, trim off the top third of their vegetation. This will promote the emergence of new impatient flowers, plus the plants will look better overall.

Uses for Impatiens Flowers:

Impatiens flowers are one of the dominant bedding plants in North America, especially for shaded areas. They are also used in container gardens, ranging from hanging baskets to window boxes.

Origin of the Name for Impatients Flowers:

Impatiens flowers take their name from the Latin, impatiens, “impatient.” They are so called because their ripe seed pods will sometimes burst open from even a light touch (as if they were “impatient” to open). This characteristic is especially apparent in a relative named, “jewelweed,” indigenous to eastern North America.

Blackeyed Peas 4/28/2011


First Bloom Peas 4/28/2011

Peas are now in Bloom. Weather is very dry.  Rain is in the forcast. Praying for Rain!!!  Click here to see last years Field Peas 2010 growing

Tomatoes Full Bloom 4/27/2011

Celebrity Tomatoes:  This variety is my favorite again this year. And now in full bloom.  Starting out so far so good. This is the first blooms and tomatoes.  My mouth is watering with just the smell at each touch of the leaves.  Such a wonderful fragrance.  These are the first of my pictures this year.  At this time the weather is great except for it being very dry at the moment.  No rain have we had in over 3 weeks.  Looks to be a dry year again. 

Celebrity Tomatoes Picture here is first of blooms 4/28/2011

Planting:  This year I planted each plant by digging deep whole and placing each tomatoe plant into hole with at least half of the plant covered with soil.  I first removed bottom leaves of each plant only leaving 2 branches of leaves sticking up from the ground.  I was told by a friend that this encourages more strength to the bush and root system. 


Fertilize:  I fertilized with 10-10- 10 very little after a week of being planted.  Lime: Tomatoes are lime lovers, and greener upper they absorb quickly so I only put aproxmately 2 tablespoons of lime around each plant  to start out with.  Then as plant gets bigger I monitor each plant according to how green it is.  I also think it keeps down tomatoe plant deseases.  Always watering plant at the base only is another thing I think keeps plant healthy and green.  Everyone may have other tips on growing tomatoes.  Please leave comments as to how your tomatoes are doing such as tips and tricks according to what state you live in is very important. 

Important Note: We can always add lime fertilizer but…remember we can’t take it away once it has been added to the soil.  Many vegetables according to soil by state and lacation varies with applying any kind of fertilizer.

Picture taken 4/28/2011 See here is first tomatoe

 Here is a Website I have found very useful information at growing tomatoes, diseases etc.  Click here   Also info adding  Epsom Salt, Magnesium to your vegetables Click here.

FL Weather 04/05/2011

Rain has been in the forecast for my area for some time now. Yet only a sprinkle did we get about 3 days ago. Just enough only to dampen the ground. The past week everyone around us has gotten a nice shower or two. Now today finally a hard windy down pour of rain came to us this morning. What a relief to hear. I was so glad to hear it pounding upon my roof around 6am this morning. My garden was pretty much starting to dry out. You could tell it really needed a good soaking. I have been consistent at watering pretty much every other day. Even with all the watering the soil was still pretty dry. Yesterday it was pretty hot and humid outside. I was pretty sure we were going to get some rain. The little watering that I do isn’t nothing compared to Gods watering. Today I didn’t go outside till later in the evening . And as I took a stroll through my garden I could feel a chill in the air. Temperature gage only reads about 64 F. Tonight weather forecast is to get around 48 F, early morning hours of 3pm temp is to only be 51 F and tomorrow only around 74 F. I am looking forward to tomorrow after the rain we had today. This is just a thought for tomorrow while the soil is wet I will possibly try to fertilize most everything. I feel this is a good time to apply 10-10-10 giving it another boost. 


Spinach “Oh Boy”


Growing Spinach in Florida, Oh Boy!

Normally speaking of Spinach.  Most people go Yuk with a frown of hatred for it.  I planted Spinach last year for the first time.  This vegetable was never a vegetable that my father planted.  I am sure if I had of told him that I liked it, he would have planted it just for me.  Especially since I was a little girl, very skinny and could have used all the nutrients that Spinach could offer.  When I was a little girl I didn’t like vegetables.  My Father being a serious gardener that he was, would have planted anything I wanted. He had a green thumb.  His fall garden  consisted of Turnip, Mustard, Collard, onions. I don’t think my parents were too fond of  Spinach.  I am much older now and I love it.  So does my son.  Last year when I planted 2 small rows.  My son kept asking for more.  It being my first year I had  a lot to learn on growing Spinach.  I still have lots to learn. With gardening, I have learned to expect the unexpected.  Every year gardening can go well. Sometimes gardening can turn out as a failure.  Such as mine to this years crop of tomatoes.  Too much rain and I lost all my tomatoes.  If your interested you can read my post  “Oh No, Not My tomatoes” !  I am praying for the better this year.


New England Spinach planted September 26th

I am looking forward to a good crop of Spinach.  This year I planted 4 rows of it.  If all goes well and the Lord is willing, I’ll  more than enough.  This year I planted New England Spinach different from last years.  I can’t remember what kind of seed I planted last year.  Possibly Savoy Spinach.  The only thing I can remember is that the Spinach I planted was a very small seed. The leaves were sorta curled.

NE Spinach is a much larger seed.  And from all I have read is supposedly a larger leaf. By the picture below so far so good. It seems to be doing well. Difference in it from last year is that it has a larger leaf.

New England Spinach

NEW ENGLAND SPINACH (collected information below)

Spinach is a hardy cool weather crop, ideal for an early New England market. Temperature for optimum production and high quality is 55°F to 60°F with day length of approximately 12 hours. Seed will germinate at soil temperatures of 32°F to 60°F and the young plants can withstand temperatures as low as 15°F to 20°F. Under the hot temperatures and long days of summer, spinach will bolt (develop a seed stalk and go to seed), which makes it unmarketable. The tendency to bolt varies with the cultivar, some being more resistant than others.

Spinach is grown for use as a cooked green vegetable or for greens in a salad. Growers who want greens for the market in the summer should consider beet greens and/or Swiss chard as substitutes. They produce well under high temperature and long day conditions.

There are two main types of spinach: smooth leaf and savoy (crinkled leaf). Both grow equally well and are marketed the same, but the savoy type, because of its crinkled leaf, is more difficult to clean.

Spinach can be seeded in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Sandy soils are generally preferred because they drain early and warm a little quicker. Two main crops are generally grown, one in the spring, another in late summer, seeded about six weeks before the average first frost. Growers in New England are having some success with overwintering spinach. A floating row cover can be used for protection. For overwintering spinach, particularly in northern areas, an early September seeding date is suggested. Survival of the early crop has been satisfactory following a mild winter with good snow cover.

Normally, plan on 40 to 50 days to harvest under good growing conditions, with 60 to 70 days for very early plantings. Good yields for fresh market will range from 5 to 7 tons/A and 10 to 12 tons/A for processing. Market spinach is usually washed before marketing, and if cut early in the day and iced, can have a storage life of 10 to 14 days. The most common containers are bushel baskets, tubs or crates, each holding 18 to 25 lb.

Spacing and Seeding

Desired plant stand is 6 to 8 plants per foot of row and 12” between rows. This requires 8 to 10 lbs of seed per acre (1/2 to 1 oz per 100 feet of row). Seed 1/4” to 1/2” deep depending on soil moisture and temperature. Deeper planting is suggested in a warm dry soil. Growers should attempt to seed to a stand as thinning is generally not recommended.


Apply lime according to soil test results to maintain soil pH at 6.5 to 6.8. Soils with low pH will result in slow growth and chlorotic leaves.


Because of sensitivity to magnesium deficiency, older spinach leaves may tend to show yellow color similar to a nitrogen deficiency. Low levels of magnesium in the soil can be corrected by using high magnesium lime (dolomitic) or by adding magnesium to the fertilizer. Do not automatically apply more nitrogen to try to develop the desired deep green color. Rather make a topical application of 10 to 15 lb magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) in 100 gal water. Spray to wet the foliage.

If magnesium was deficient, you will see a color change to dark green overnight. Spinach will accumulate excess nitrates if nitrogen is used in an attempt to induce green color. It is always best to check for magnesium problems before applying extra nitrogen if plants have chlorotic pale green color or yellow lower leaves.

Promote efficient nitrogen use by sidedressing nitrogen when crop need is apparent. Avoid putting fertilizer directly onto crop foliage.

Less nitrogen fertilizer will be needed if manure or legume sod was plowed down (see nitrogen credits).


Spinach can be harvested from 37 to 45 days after seeding. The entire plant can be cut off just above ground level when there are five to six leaves. Higher yields result when plants have 10 to 12 leaves.

Spinach should be kept cool and shaded after harvest. Spinach harvested early in the day, then iced will have a much better shelf life. Storage life is 10 to 14 days.


Planted Left over Spinach seed from last year. October 24th.

In between the NE Spinach I planted some seed of the other kind that I had good luck with last year.  The NE Spinach with all the space in between didn’t seem like a lot of spinach.  So I thought I would plant this in between all the New England plants.

This picture taken yesterday, shows it sprouting up quickly.

NE along with last years Spinach

Here NE is the larger.  Fresh small sprouts of the seeds just planted  is already showing .

(look closely it looks like small blades of grass)

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