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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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2010 Beauty of Flowers


Caladiums click for more info on growing Caladiums.

This is one of my favorite Flower Bulbs. They are so easy to grow and oh what beauty!

Sunflower voluntary come up all around my bird feeder.

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PURPLE PERIWINKLE

( vinca minor)

This beauty has such a wonderful fragrance. I have this planted near a window. When my windows are up. Such a sweet smell drifts in.

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I just love this Red miniature Rose Bush. I have had it for many years now. Growing up my chainlink fence. It stays pretty much in full bloom all summer. I really have to keep it well fed with 10-10-10 fertilizer.

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Canna Blossoms link here for more info on these flowers

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This Milkweed bug is very pretty with its red and black color resting on my 4 o’clock bush.

(Click on picture to enlarge)  It’s a Milkweed Bug  (more info click here)

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This is such a beautiful picture that I took. In this squash plant is a bee at work. Not sure at this time to as what kind of bee it is. I just love this detailed shot.

These creatures will eat every leaf in site. They say the best way to get rid of these is to “SMASH” them dead. I let this one live long enough for me to get his picture.

3/23/2011 its just march and and these pests have already started eating on my plants.  I am finding newly hatched babies everywhere.  The best solution I have found to these little pests is to quickly stomp, stomp, smash, smash!!  Yuk!!!

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Physical Description

The eastern lubber grasshopper, which at times can be a serious pest of young citrus groves, is approximately 2 to 2 1/2 inches long when fully grown. The adult is a brilliant yellow with red and black markings and is incapable of flight. The nymphs (Figure 1) are almost solid black with yellow, and occasionally red, markings.

Life History

The eastern lubber grasshopper overwinters as eggs which are laid in the soil along the margins of low, marshy areas. The eggs hatch the following spring and the nymphs migrate to the cover crop in adjacent citrus groves. This migration often results in feeding by large numbers of this pest, causing severe defoliation of young trees and occasionally even feeding on the bark of older trees. There is only one generation per year.

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


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.

My most frequent visited website

http://www.sermonaudio.com/main.asp

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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.

I PLANTED MARCH 18, 2009

  • 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.