This morning in my side yard garden there was nothing to pick, plant, trim, train, or work on. However Creature, my side yard garden cat did require feeding.
In spite of the weather the peppers are doing quite well, most notably the Cubanelles. These plants will survive the hot, humid summer and pick up production again in the fall when the weather turns just a bit cooler and dryer. If the foliage is any indication, which it is, the sweet potato crop will … Continue reading
The weather is still the deciding factor in all gardening activities. The skies have been overcast and there has been more rain for the past week. My side yard garden is very wet, but not suffering any undue stress. Recently I did an experiment using a small amount of hydrogen peroxide in water as a … Continue reading
Too much rain to be in the garden. I need some sun to dry things out.
The rain is still coming and the sky is still grey, perfect weather for powdery mildew on vegetables. An online friend, John Beville, recently posted in my favorite, local gardening forum, Grow Gainesville!, that he uses hydrogen peroxide spray in his garden. After doing a wee bit of additional research I decided to give it … Continue reading
As happens in a hot and humid area the tomato horn worms and the stick bugs synchronized their watches and arrived in my side yard garden on the same day. For me that signals the end of the spring growing season, and the end of the fight to keep the tomatoes growing in the garden. … Continue reading
The official total rainfall over the eventful 48 hours was 9.33″. Today we are covered by a thick blanket of clouds, so the high temperature for today has only reached 72, it actually feels cold outside. The sun is an incredible heat driver. Our normal afternoon temperature for early June is in the low 90s. … Continue reading
We have officially entered “the wet” with 80% chance of rain becoming a reality; my swale is swamped and my gullies have been washed. One of the nice things about the sandy, porous soils here in north central Florida is that rain drains away quickly, even all day heavy rain. This morning when I ventured … Continue reading
Loss, it’s hard to bear. We who garden form some kind of attachment to our plants. We spend our time, money, and effort on their well being. We have high expectations, and in some cases, say with fruit and nut trees, long term commitments. Discovering, upon visiting your vegetables or fruits first thing in the … Continue reading
Once summer starts in my side yard garden there is less to pick and less to do, and I have to admit I have less inclination to go out and do gardening. I spend at least some time out there every morning, before the sun is high and the temperature is hot. The vegetables that … Continue reading