Posts tagged ‘Planting’

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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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 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. 

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.

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 !

Florida Fall Gardening


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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.

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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.

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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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