Posts tagged ‘Florida Vegetables’

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

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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

Collard Greens


November 18th Today is the day I am harvesting the first mess of Collard from my garden.  Boy, that sounds very southern talk to me.  These Collard like the Turnips this time of year are growing very well here in Florida.  I am happy with my small garden with  2 small rows of Collard Greens.  My first harvest is going to friends.  The only thing I am doing is cutting the tops off (leaves).  I am leaving the roots of the collard plants and in about 2 to 3 weeks they will be ready for cutting again.  This time of year they are normally growing pretty fast.  But, of course to me they seem to grow faster with cooler temperatures.  Our temperatures here in Florida have reached the high 70’s and low 80’s at time.  Cool at night.  All my greens haven’t been touched by the frost yet.  I can’t wait till cooler temperatures.

Harvest: This  first mess of Collards I am so happy to give to my brother. I can guarantee frost or no frost, when he gets through cooking these they will be tasty.

Note: I am so glad that when I planted these that I did my best to drop only one seed into the ground at a time.  This sure made it easier when it came time to thin them out.  By being carefully precise on dropping each little seed.  I had very little work to do on thinning them. So much easier.  Last year I had not knowing no better, had drop 5 or more seeds in one spot. By doing this, they don’t have the room to grow.  This year I have each collard plant spaced at least 8 to 12 inches apart.  They are really growing.  Pat myself on the back !  I go Girl !

Fall Gardening


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The time is now to plant my Fall Garden. Here in Florida entering the end of September.  I am excited about planting this year.  I learned so much last year at planting my fall/winter garden last year  that I wanted to give it another shot this year.   This year I must confess I cheated at the tilling it up getting it ready for planting.  Yes I cheated. I had my boys do the job.  The tilling is the hardest part especially if you hoe it like I do.  It is the hardest part of gardening to me.  So many people will not tackle having a garden just because it is a lot of work in the beginning at getting it all prepared for planting.  Spring and Fall gardening no matter what the season, hardest part is preparing your ground for planting.

strawscarecrowandpumpkinsPREPARING THE SOIL

I had my son and his little friend to help me prepare my garden for planting.  They  hoed and raked the weeds.  The weeds had taken over where I had just let it all go.  It was a true mess, full of weeds.  My son wasn’t happy about him helping me that day.  We discussed it as he grumbled with the labor of it.  He complained and ask, ” why do we have to have a garden”?  Then I had to refresh his memory back to last years garden.  He remembered how much better the fresh Spinach was straight from the garden.  He had commented about how much better it was.  Then he grumbled less about helping me.  But, he loves fresh spinach.  He bragged so much about Moms spinach from the garden.  “It’s so much better tasting he would say”.   He is only 12 and like all kids his age are going to grumble when they  find real work to do.   After  he found out the hoe was a real stick and not a game, a joystick, a video game.  If you know what I mean.  This hobby of mine was not his way of  fun at all.  Sorry, I just had to throw that in there.   ok,  I  won’t go there.

I sure hope they learned something  that day.   After all, Gods word does say “Train up a child  in the way he should go and he will not depart from it”.  I sure hope they one day will return and remember the day of all the hard work.  What can I say,,,,those boys did a great job.  Of course I had to pay them.  I Thank God they didn’t charge by the weed though.    The boys were done with the small garden area within 2 hours which was done at their normal after school play time.  My son only likes the Spinach.  Thank God for those boys for a job well done.   They seen on that day, gardening wasn’t as easy as it looked.  Especially when they were working the hoe.

Ready for Planting The boys did such a great job.  I have never seen the garden this clean from weeds.

Ready for Planting 9 25 09

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PLANTING TIME

September 26th

  1. I planted 4 rows of NE Spinach,
  2. 2 rows Mustard Greens,
  3. 2 rows Turnip Greens,
  4. 2 rows Collard Greens.

Banana Spider Yikes, I will be glad when they are gone. Now in November cold weather hasn’t reached Florida. They are still hanging in there.

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Grass Hopper I couldn’t resist the Fall Colors.  This type of grasshopper can eat a lot, doing damage to a nice looking crop in no time.  I heard the best way to kill these is to  SMASH THEM !!! In the past I have seen hundreds of their babies that were so quick at getting away, that by the time I get a spray they have scattered all over the plants.  They are a Gardener’s # 1 enemy.  They can do damage quickly. So take a guess to what happened to him, right after his picture was taken.  “SMASH em Good”!!!

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This here is a Luffa Gourd Sponge

I took a picture of this thinking it was cucumbers left over, that was still trying to grow.  But the Luffa Gourd flower looked  in size much bigger than a cucumber.  This plant came up all by its self this year.  I had planted some Luffa Gourds about 4 years ago.  I hadn’t planted any this year.  But, here it is.  I took a picture of it.  This Luffa Gourd attached to one long vine on my fence.  Flowered blooms are many, but I don’t think it has time to produce the fruit. It is too late in the season.                                                                                                                                          Luffa Gourd or Sponge

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This Luffa Gourd Flower

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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!