Posts tagged ‘Florida Gardening’

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.

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

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

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.

________________________________________________________________________________

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.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Photos 5-31-2010

 

________________________________________________________________________________________________

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

________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Planting Garlic


My First Planting of Garlic December 4th. I am not sure if it will even grow. I read many sites on planting garlic. Why not give it a try. I am located in the northern part of Florida. Most websites that I have read said I could plant my garlic now. Planting times could be between the months of November to country where the ground does not freeze solid in the winter, garlic may be planted anytime from October through January. Check with good gardeners in your area for a local planting date. With me I am going to give it a try. I know I do love to cook with garlic. We’ll see. For anyone that lives in Florida and is more experienced with growing Garlic, I am open for suggestions, so please leave a comment to help me out.

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!

 

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.