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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. 


See to touch a Rose

See to touch a Rose? The only way for me to capture the real beauty of my roses is through the lens of my camera. I love taking pictures of flowers. Photographing Roses is my favorite.Now to think I would love taking pictures as I do. My happiest moments right now and years past has been with a camera in my hand.

No joke. I must say it is joyful moments such as these you see here in my photos. Such beauty God created for us to see. I feel with our eyes we should be able to feel and touch. I look deep within the picture as if the picture can talk. Look closely at the Natural Beauty. Hear it speak. Today I share pictures for you to “See to touch a Rose.”













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Rainy Days!

I haven’t posted to this blog in quite awhile now.  I have a lot to catch up on.  And as far as my garden. .I haven’t been into doing any gardening at all, due to rainy Days.  Yes,  It’s still raining here in Florida.  Every day is just another rainy day.   Right now everyone is watching Hurricane Bill out in the Atlantic.  It’s all my husband can do to keep up with mowing  the grass.   My yard  is so soggy and wet.   I am looking forward to the soil drying out just enough so the ground can be tilled up again for fall planting.

Garden Talk

I started over with my peas.  Pulled  all  the bushes up on the 20th and replanted them Monday 22nd.  Oh Boy, the weather here in Florida is scorching.   It has been high 90’s and has even went in the 100’s.  I have to really start out early in the mornings like 6am is a good time for me to beat the heat and sun.  Today Friday 26th I really feel like I got alotdone today.  Starting out with watering of my Okra (cow horn) andfertilizing it.  I did alotof hoeing pulling up weeds from around my okra and my Newly planted tomato bushes.  Then today we had a late afternoon thunderstorm.  That worked out great.   I have always heard okra likes hot weather and plenty of  water.   Today was the first time that I had fertilized it since I planted the okra.  It has got a ways to grow in height yet.  So far so good, it sure is pretty.  The top of the okra is just up to my nose.  I am sure it’s tallness will pass me up because I am only about 5’1″ a short person.   I have cut quite a bit of okra off  the bushes already.  After today with me fertilizing it, I am sure it will take off.  I have always heard that keeping it cut is hard to do .  For instance keeping up  is to cut the okra pods off every single day.   After today since I fertilized it.  I bet I won’t be able to keep up it cut.   I was told by the lady that gave me this okra seed, that if I wanted to save the best seed, that I should  leave  the first 4 pods that grow on the bush, just for seeds.  To  leave them and let them grow, cutting all the rest just above those pods.  This way those pods get the most nutrients and is the first fruits etc.  I didn’t do this though.  Because I also had someone tell me that if you let the okra pods grow longer than expected that it would stunt the bush.   Oh well, this year at loosing all my tomato’s and this being my first year  growing okra.   I thought I would be careful and just try and grow it producing as much okra as I can.  I still have plenty of seed still that Mr and Mrs Deel gave me.  My experience next year will be more successful  I am hoping.  As they say, experience is good. Years of experience is the best.  I know I have a lot to learn.  I might grow for seeds next year.   I know one thing from experience.  Nothing is quite like going out to your on yard and cutting yourself  fresh vegetables to cook and eat.  No matter where you live gardening can be an enjoyable experience.  Big or small.  One of my most best times of the day is when I am  in my garden.  Mostly because I find myself in prayer and at that moment take the chance to look around and see nature for what the Lord has intended  us to see from all that he created.  We all are to enjoy his creations.  I must say my garden is where God’s at,  for me this is where  I always feel his presence a peacefulness of nature all around me while I am  in the garden.  Thankful for such beauty he has created.  God is an awesome God!


“Picking and Grinning”

Keeping up with my Garden of Peas in May has been a job.   I am loving every minute.  Sorry on  having to post here in June.   Here are some pictures I took on May 29th.   DSC07245


Pictured here all the peas from one picking to Shell “Help” !   I have a 82 yr old lady friend who loves to shell peas for me.  I’ll just have to give her a call.   Yes, “God is Sooo good to me”.DSC07303 I must say,  I’ve never  had a problem finding someone to take them.  A good way welcome a  friend/neighbor  is with fresh vegetables from the garden.

Pea Picking Time

Peas are growing well right now.  The rainy days don’t seem to bother them like my poor old tomato’s.  With picking my peas, I have had at least 4 good pickings of peas from my garden.  Each picking a 5 gal bucket full.   I have been shelling them as fast as I can.  And of course I have given some of them away to friends.  After I shell them I really enjoy blanching them and putting them in my freezer.  Blanching them to eat on months later.  They are as fresh tasting  months later with the blanching technique. This is one of my favorite dishes to cook.  My daughter and I love to lay pods of fresh whole okra on top of the peas 15 to 20 minutes just before the peas a well done.  Cooking a few pods of okra with the peas gives them a better flavor.  I know some people would say, Yuk !  But, that is the way my mother cooked peas for years.  I always wondered why my cooked peas didn’t seem to have the same flavor.  Moms secret  God rest her soul now,,I miss her.  Her secreat to the good tasting peas was it,,, cooking them with the okra.  Hhmmm  I’m getting hungry!!! just thinking about it.