Beginner’s Guide to Growing Tomatoes

Beginner’s Guide to Growing Tomatoes

Growing tomatoes has probably been one of my greatest challenges since moving to Florida. When I lived in Ohio, I enjoyed bumper crops of tomatoes. I had more tomatoes than I knew what to do with. I was canning salsa, spaghetti sauce, whole tomatoes, you name it. I...
Low-Maintenance No-Till Gardening

Low-Maintenance No-Till Gardening

Are you tired of traditional gardening methods that leave you and your garden burnt out? Do you feel like growing your own food is like fighting a losing battle against your environment? What if I told you that you can increase your garden yield, reduce weeds, and...
Florida Edibles to Plant in February

Florida Edibles to Plant in February

February is a big month for planting in Florida. While there is still a slight chance for freezing temperatures, most vegetables need to be started this month if they are to produce before the summer heat and humidity kills them. I’m still starting lettuce seeds...
Florida Edibles to Plant in January

Florida Edibles to Plant in January

January is the beginning of our warm planting season. Most of these plants will not survive Florida’s summer temperatures, so they need to be started early if they are to have enough time to produce before they start to die back. In some cases, the plants will...
Florida Edibles to Plant in December

Florida Edibles to Plant in December

December is an exciting time to garden in Florida if you can find the time with all of the holiday hubbub happening. Don’t let the graphic fool you, you can still start collards, kale, lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage from seed. You can start onion seeds, but I...
Florida Edibles to Plant in November

Florida Edibles to Plant in November

Lots of fun things can be planted in November. The cool temperatures means greens, broccoli, and peas do well. All of these vegetables grow quickly, so don’t be discouraged if it’s on the transplant list, but you haven’t started seeds. You can also...
Florida Edibles to Plant in October

Florida Edibles to Plant in October

October doesn’t look like it has much going on, but there are still a lot of seeds that you can plant this month. I’ve recently discovered Mary’s Heirloom Seeds, and she provides some very good month-to-month planting guides specific to Florida. As...
Florida Edibles to Plant in September

Florida Edibles to Plant in September

September is the first month that we might see evening temperatures low enough to start herbs, greens, and lettuces. They are fast growing plants, so you could start them this month and transplant them a couple of weeks later. Strawberries may be available for...
Florida Edibles to Plant in August

Florida Edibles to Plant in August

Woohoo, Floridians can start gardening again! Welcome to August, the hottest month of the year, but we have gardening to keep us optimistic about fall. So, I think UF may have overlooked the fact that you can’t transplant seedlings in August if you don’t...
Florida Edibles to Plant in July

Florida Edibles to Plant in July

The planting recommendations from UF for July actually surprise me as I’ve been told to start tomato seeds on the 4th of July. Otherwise, you can see that there isn’t much gardening happening in July. I’m not doing anything this month because of my...