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Category: Gardening

Last Day in Hawaii…

Kauai continues to delight us! Rob and I visited Orchid Alley in downtown Kapa’a on our last day in Hawaii. The tiny store includes a butterfly garden, but only sells orchids, which seem to grow in an infinite number of shapes and sizes–there was one that…

Bonsai and Butterflies: A Visit to Heathcote Botanical Gardens

Want to see some beautiful flowers?  Heathcote Botanical Gardens is a ‘must see’ when you visit the Treasure Coast. We decided we needed to see what all the fuss was about and weren’t disappointed.  Let’s go on a garden tour! I expected the traditional…

Compost for the Garden

I’ve got a confession to make:  I love gadgets. That love for gadgets has even made it to the garden.  I have an automatic composter. I planted my first vegetable garden in 1988, the spring after we moved into our very first house.   The house itself wasn&#8217…

Watering the Garden

40 quarts of water. That’s what it takes to keep my garden’s thirsty tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, beans, herbs and lemon happy each day.  I have a hose, but most days I make 20 trips out to the pool deck carrying my 2-quart…

March 15, 2016 Garden Update

Ideal growing conditions create amazing gardens.   When we lived in Michigan, I REALLY worked hard to get my garden started every year.  Each year I tried to make it better.  Raised beds–Check.  Black plastic–Check.  Irrigation system–Check.  Great compost–Check.  Tall deer fence&#8211…

Pruning Magic

My tomatoes are taller than I am. I am still shaking my head in amazement that it’s March and I have healthy, gorgeous, GIGANTIC tomato plants.  This Michigan Girl is a long way from home.  Usually in March I’m sitting next to a nice fire, scanning…

Garden Experiments

I’m gardening in a foreign land. Here’s what I’ve learned about gardening in the Deep South:  Throw out most everything I’ve learned through my lifetime of northern gardening and start over again.  It rains in Florida…really hard.  It’s…