Sue Patterson

During my years of gardening in north central Florida I've tried a number of ways of keeping track of what happens in my garden during the year. This is a record that I can check back on, and a place for pictures and lists of what I planted and how it worked out.
Sue Patterson has written 51 posts for My Side Yard Garden

Today in My Side Yard Garden 03.11.18

I’ll start off by saying that my digital camera died so I’ll be using only older photos for a while. The weather’s been a roller-coaster ride in my side yard garden.  We had some 80s in mid-February, then back to near freezing nights on at least two different occasions.  Some of my seedlings got planted … Continue reading

Today in My Side Yard Garden 02.27.18

 Sometimes there is so much happening in my side yard garden, and so much work to do, that there just isn’t enough time left over in the day to record what’s been happening. February has been unseasonably warm. This gave rise to two things; first, the trees decided it was spring some more than half … Continue reading

Today in My Side Yard Garden 02.18.18

 February is becoming the transitional month in my side yard garden; making the transition from winter garden to spring garden.  The first buds and blooms are appearing on my fruit trees which means it’s time for the first fertilizing. I followed the Mittleider guidelines for fruit trees: for each inch of trunk diameter apply one … Continue reading

Today in My Side Yard Garden 02.09.18

 So much work to do in my side yard garden that there’s hardly time to write and record. The first fertilizing of the fruit trees is 2/3s complete. I applied 1 oz of Mittleider pre-plant mix and 1/2 oz Mittleider weekly feed per 1″ of trunk width to all of the containerized fruit trees. This … Continue reading

Today in My Side Yard Garden 02.01.18

Lot’s of activity surrounds my side yard garden. The cool weather crops are doing well, especially the snow peas. There have been so many that I’ve been able to freeze two pounds for summertime eats. Lettuce, kale, and mustard have been slow to recover from the freeze of a few weeks ago. Buds are beginning … Continue reading

Today in My Side Yard Garden 01.19.18

 Very little is happening in my side yard garden these days. The cold weather has put this gardener into a blue funk. I spent my formative years in the tundra of Wisconsin and Minnesota, and fled to Florida a long time ago to escape the cold and gloom. When cold and gloom shrouds my side … Continue reading

Today in My Side Yard Garden 01.06.18

 My side yard garden survived the first freeze of 2018. I picked the Swiss chard and the basil and covered the Verti-gro. The remains of the Swiss chard survived, but the nubs of the basil all froze.  The lettuce and greens were all picked to ground level and will come back. The snow peas on … Continue reading

Today in My Side Yard Garden 01.04.18

The hard freeze signals a true end to the fall, and hopeful beginning to the spring planting season in my side yard garden. The transition is reinforced by the arrival of the loved and long anticipated seed catalogs. Even with the advent of online ordering I still love to get paper catalogs, and I don’t … Continue reading

Today in My Side Yard Garden 01.01.18

 The new year is starting out on a very cold note in my side yard garden. A huge mass of arctic air is headed our way. The only way my crops will survive is if I harvest almost everything and then cover the nubs. Even then the forecast is for 3 to 4 nights of … Continue reading

Today in My Side Yard Garden 12.16.17 to 12.31.17

 My side yard garden has taken a turn, for the better. Throughout the past twenty years I’ve been experimenting with different types of gardening. Unfortunately I have no photos of those early days, and only a few written notes.  My motivation for writing this blog now is to capture my gardening history so I can … Continue reading

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