Posts from the ‘Florida Vegetables March 25, 2009’ Category

Oh No, Not my tomatos!

Oh No, not my tomatos.  After weeks of rain now.  I must say so long to the beautiful tomatos.  After all the rain it was more than they could take.  Still more rain in the forcast.  As I picked every last green tomato off the dead bush.  I couldn’t help it.  My thoughts,,,yes it’s sad.  It’s times like these we must continure to count our blessing.   My way of looking at it is. …Thank God, I like  Fried Green Tomatos! 



May 24th 2009 too much rainTomatos May 24th 2009 rainfall

Fried Green Tomatos


Watch what we pray for?

Here in Florida it has been so dry until this last week.  I have prayed and believed for rain to come this way.  And boy that’s exactly what God has sent our way.  I am still not complaining though, because if anyone knows to what he is doing it is the Good Lord himself. For he knows whats best.   I am glad it has been raining for my gardens sake.  And looking back on all the years of our drought conditions here in Florida.  Yes, I thank God for the rains.  Because when the tempertures here in Florida reach into the 90’s with no rain in the forcast everyone suffers. Our lawns start turning brown right after greening up and growing strong.  Right after you get it green it starts parching turning brown and ugly. 

Anyone that has a garden suffers.  For a Gardener it’s not pleasant to stand by to watch your garden wilt and die from lack of rain, after you have put so much of your  time and hard work into it.  Already normally this time of the year Florida tempertures start rising into the 90’s. Gardens and lawns after no rain wilts very quickly.  With no rain the only thing we can do by hand watering ourselves, keeping it alive.  Then being careful not to wet the leaves is the best you can do.  Such as to only water at the base of the  plant.  Because watering the leaves of your veggetables will turn the leaves yellow.  Too much of the chlorine water applied to the plant it will surely die.  I have learned from experience not to touch my veggetables with chlorine water.  Thats my experience to living in the City having to use this (chlorine)city water.  BAD BAD results.   I do my best not to water with this water.  

 I pray and Thank God for the rain.  Even a Flood I must Thank God!   Now  I am starting to wonder when the rain is going to stop.  I must still THANK GOD !!  AND REMEMBER THE RAINBOW …….my heart felt thoughts for today takes me to. 

Gen 9:8-17 (KJV)

 8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

Vegetable Garden

My 1st picked squash.  After 3 days of rain I walk out to my garden and see the squash plants under water only the leaves of the plant shining through. As I look closer at my squash plant beneath the sand with a steady stream of water flowing over it.  As I get closer I see peeping at me part of a submerged yellow squash burried beneath the watery sand.  Squash doesn’t take long to grow.  This one here is only about 3 to 4 days old. Squash matures very fast.  It can be harvested every other day.  This one squash could be steamed cooked in the microwave with butter and onions.   YUM YUM. Squash 05 21 09

Gardening in Florida


Hypoestes, Polka Dot Plant

DSC06442Many Blessings holds true. Oh How it grows!! Starting with My family as my number one garden. I love my garden and as it grows it changes. I have found out through my past that life is what you make it. Never look back on what you have sowed. It’s how you have sown it. Starting with love, handle it carefully with lots of prayer. God will do the rest if we do our best.

(Jeremiah 31:16,17)

Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border.

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2009-almanacI started out using the Grier’s Almanac years ago. I was taught this from my father who through the years had done the same.
My experience now using the Almanac have found it to be my a #1 guidance with all my planting, weeding and fertilizing.
As a child most of my gardening experience was a hands on experience such as helping my father. And now as I look back memories of Dad and I realize those times in our small garden were some of the greatest times we had together. My Dad could grow most anything, some would call him as having a green thumb. Over the years I have taking a lot of tips on Gardening from him. I highly recommend going by and getting yourself a Almanac and give Gardening a try.
Almanac Book planting is using the 12 signs of the the Zodiac and their relation to the body. The moons sign is given on the monthly pages and is used by many for guidance to planting, harvesting and other activities. The Suns Sign is given on a chart at the times indicated.

Now lets get back to TBerry’s garden. I started planting March the 18th. Right away right after I had pulled up my fall garden. Which I haven’t even mentioned it yet, I will put in a few words on it later time. My fall garden turned out to be such a success, such a blessing to me and many of my church friends who loved fresh greens. This was my first fall garden and I enjoyed it more than my spring garden. Mainly because bugs in the fall and winter are not as bad. I had plenty of greens to share with everyone. Fall gardening was such an injoyment. I can’t wait to do another one.

Now lets get back to my spring garden. TBerrysFlorida Garden and on with the planting after pulling up all my collard greens, mustard’s,turnips, and spinach. I started preparing the soil for planting. March 18Th, this year I decided to plant this Spring garden different than all my other gardens, such as instead of planting seeds in raised beds, I planted in a valley bed (a trench). Why did I want to do this after all these years you might ask. Reason is it being Florida and the past years I have had to water lots by hand under almost drought conditions, hot weather with no rain for months. I know from experience. This year I hope this years planting in a valley will help with not having to water as often. Planting in a valley sure helps with my water bill. I do this by place the water hose at the end of a row with the water barely running out of the hose. This gives the water a chance to soak to the roots gradually as it runs along the side of the plants. I let water run down the trenches along the sides of the vegetables and every 2 weeks I fertilize with a slow release fertilizer. This way it doesn’t burn the plants. Burning my garden with fertilizer is has been a bad experience for me and very easy to do when their is no rain in the forecast. So far so good on this method of valley planting. It seems to be much easier than trying to water the sandy hills.


  • Blackeyed peas
  • Speckled Butter Beans
  • Okra *cow horn
  • Bell Pepper (plants)
  • Tomato’s (celebrity)
  • March 19, 2009
  • Squash seeds (yellow)
  • Cucumber (seeds)
  • March 20, 2009 (all seeds planted in pots)
  • pepper (dattil) (Cheyenne)
  • cumquat’s, not sure if they will come up.
  • Mary gold flowers
  • Red climbing fern (from a friend) not sure what it will look like.


planted in Valley/1 wk later from planting dateThis picture is just one week later. Peas and Okra planted in valley’s Valley planting 03/25/2009
March 25Th
This is a picture I took just weeks later 4/30/2009 TBerrys Black eyed Peas are GROWING SO FAST.
TBerrys Garden Blackeyed Peas04/30/2009Growing Peas in Florida useful information on growing Field Peas, Black eyed peas.