Posts tagged ‘Florida Garden’

Dwarf Gardenia 2013


Dwarf Gardenia May 23, 2013  This year I have planted 2 Dwarf Gardenias in my front yard where they can get plenty of sunshine.  They right now are loaded with blooms and have been continuously blooming for a month.  Pretty and sweet.  This plant grows to mature height of 3 feet with a 3 foot spread.   The white blooms can add a nice fragrance to any landscape.

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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.

Florida Garden Mourning Dove 4/27/2011


Just a small update to as to where I have been.  Busy I am that is with weeds in my garden.  I haven’t had time at posting as usual.  So here it goes. I seem to now be watering my garden pretty much every other day.  Trying to keep up. The soil is very sandy and dry right now. Picture below is it, to as just how sandy the garden is right now.  Everything seems to be growing well though. So far so good.  Pictured below-to the far right is COW HORN OKRA.  Yesterday I weeded the weeds out as good as I could then all around each of the Okra plants I placed Oak leaves to hold in moisture.  Last year I didn’t do this until later in the summer.   Just today I took this picture.  Boy oh boy the Okra seems to have grown lots just since yesterday.

Picture below here as you can see.  I know this is no big deal. But here you will see I took a picture of a Dove.  I spotted this Dove today as I was walking around in my garden.  I couldn’t resist taking a quick picture of this dove who was sitting so very still.  At this time it was very hot outside. My outdoor thermometer is reading 98 degrees F.  I think you can tell by the picture just how dry the ground is.

Here is a website for more info on these gentle little birds.

Mourning Dove  more info click here to this website http://www.all-birds.com/Mourning-Dove.htm

Blackeyed Peas 2010


Its Pea Picking Time!! Blackeyed Peas 2009 is where I started out planting my garden.  Or should I say I got serious about it.  Made myself a Blog Page as you see here TBerrys Garden.  I found a love for watching and growing my own garden as my father had in the past.  Now I see why he loved gardening so much.  As you can see hard work in the beginning of the season really pays off.  I love to look back at how far I have come at growing my own vegetable garden.  If I can do it.  Anyone can.  Also see Blackeyd Peas 2011

June 1st This time of the year is all I can do to keep up with my shelling of the peas. Shown here in picture. Is my fresh shelled peas. I now will blanch these and put in 1qt or 1gal Freezer bags to be frozen.

They are well worth all the hard work.

For more info on growing peas in the South. Click here Do it yourself Vegetable Gardening in the South  This site here has a great source of information  for a first time gardener. 

Crook Neck Squash 2010


Crook Neck Squash

Planted March 26 th Crook Neck Squash

Picture taken April 19th shortly after I had watered.

Crook Neck Squash

Crook Neck Squash

OKRA-Cow horn 2010


It’s sure been a busy time for me since I last posted. My Garden has really kept me pretty busy. COW HORN OKRA pictured here. I will do my best at postings with updated photos soon.

4 19 2010 Photo

Cow Horn Okra

COW HORN OKRA

June 8, 2010 2 rows of Cow Horn Okra

May 12,2010


Florida Tomatoes 2010


March and have I been busy preparing my garden for planting. I had very good success all winter with my Turnips, Mustard and Collards. Even my first at growing GARLIC. I harvested very little spinach. I have a ways to go with growing spinach. With trial and error I think they like limed soil. Don’t take my word on that though. I just jotted that down for my records only. I have lots to learn with growing spinach. All my greens were all looking great from the very cold weather we had here in Florida. I put up lots into the freezer and also gave lots away. I have such a small area that I had to pulled perfectly good plants up to make room for the Spring Vegetable Planting. We still have cooler temperatures here than normal. Last night it was in the 40’s. Today it’s to warm up to the 70’s. I notice that many gardens in this area I live still have Collards and Mustard Greens in their garden. I would to if I had more room for planting.

Tomatoes

Now lets move on to growing Florida Tomatoes. I planted Celebrity Tomatoes again this year. I wanted to give them another shot this year. Last years experience for me was a disaster as you can see from my last years postings. Oh No Not My Tomatoes!! Last year I got off to a good start with my tomatoes. Then we had a very rainy season. What a bummer! I lost all my tomato Bushes. This year I am going to try to prepare to do even better. We live and learn from our mistakes. This year I planted tomatoes Friday March 19th . Last year I had started out much earlier with all my planting. Nervous this year because we had so many freezes. My tomato bushes seem to be doing well so far. As they grow I will do my best to post updated pictures and comments. All comments and pointers are welcome. I will do my best to answer replies as soon as I can. Happy Gardening to you. You will find me in the Garden.

Planted March 19th. They today March 30th are approximately 7 inches tall.

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Diseased Bush Not sure what sickness. I had one bush pictured here with it’s leaves curled up with rusty looking rough spots. I haven’t had time to do any research yet. I trashed this bush after this photo was taken. The other bushes seem to at this dime be doing well.

Tomato disease and disorders info

April 19th photo

Pictured here is one of my Celebrity Tomato Bushes. See blooms on bush. Doing well.

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Photos 5-31-2010

 

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JUNE 2

WHAT A PRETTY PICTURE!!

Father In Law still has cabbage growing in his garden. I put cabbage that he gave me with Vegetables from my garden.

Pictured a perfect tomato

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June 8th

Oh No!! Pictured below. Fruit on this bush are not looking good. I haven’t diagnosed the problem yet. So far. I think the hot humid temperature and not enough space between tomato bushes is taking its tow on my tomatos.

Pictures of Ugly Tomatoes