Monday, May 23, 2016

So Little Grows in the Summer

I love being able to grow two crops a year here in Florida, but very little grows in the heat and rain of the summer.  I usually grow only sweet potatoes, okra and southern peas, but Southern Exposure had a great article on varieties that grow well in hot temperatures.  I need to give them a try.

Sunday, September 16, 2012


The USDA has updated the Plant Hardiness Zone Maps.

Although the update is appreciated, I have found that micro climates make a big difference in Florida gardening.  It is amazing what a little shade or protection from a freeze can allow a Florida gardener to achieve in their yards.  The zone map is a guide, but don't be afraid to test the limits of your planting to the next zone if you have a plant you really want to try growing.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Southern Magnolia

I cannot think about the South without visions of Magnolias.  I was blessed with a huge 100 year old magnolia on the property where I am living.  Magnolias are perfect for this part of the country.  They like our sandy soil and are resistant to most diseases. It is one of the most beautiful shade trees you can plant in your yard.