Posts tagged ‘growing vegetables’

Cow horn Okra May 17, 2011


TBerrys watching the okra that doesn’t seem to have taken off as I expected.   I have lost a few bushes.  Not sure to as why maybe to not enough rain.  We didn’t get any rain for a long time till last week.  This is just an update of the Okra.  As you can see here pictured to the far right they are not more than a foot tall and they are putting out blooms for the ones that are left growing

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May 17, 2011 Cow Horn Okra can see first Blooms

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.

Gypsy Sweet pepper 5-17-2011


TBerrys Garden!!!  May 17th I see just the tip of this my Gypsy Sweet Pepper.  This is the first for me as to ever growing them.  Last week I put some Magnesium Sulphate or (Epsom Salt)on them and all my pepper bushes.   Aprox a tablespoon is all I put per potted bushe.  They have greened up quickly.  Last year I learned about adding Magnesium to my peppers when they seem to be yellowing.  Thanks to one of my blog comments.  Thanks again for the tip.  I am this year also trying this on my tomatoes along with the of course putting lime that tomatoes bushes love.  So far my tomatoes and peppers are looking great.  More info on Peppers, fertilizing etc.   Click More info Epsom Salts

Picture May 17, 2011. This is an image after applying Magnesium Sulphate a week ago.

May 17, 2011 Gypsy Sweet Pepper In Bloom.

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

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 !

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.

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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.