How To Grow Jalapenos (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

Do you like spicy food? If so, jalapenos are a MUST in your garden! I’m a hot food wimp, but my husband judges how good a food tastes based on how spicy it is. I always joke that as long as I cut up a fresh jalapeno and sprinkle it on his plate – seeds and all […]

How To Deal With Armyworms (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

Something happened this weekend while we were camping. I left the house with a raised bed full of kale, spinach, beans and tomatoes and I came back to this swiss-cheese-esque MESS. After examining the plants a little closer, I came face to face with dozens (maybe hundreds? maybe millions?) of tiny black caterpillars hiding on […]

March Garden Update (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

What a month! Instead of diving into my spring garden as I promised in last month’s update, we decided to put our house up on the market – and it sold in a weekend. But just because we’re moving doesn’t mean that I didn’t grow great things in my garden this month! 🙂 Spinach I’m […]

How To Grow Kale (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

Kale is so hot right now. Remember when I said I adore spinach? Well, Farmer Ross (my husband) loves kale. Don’t even bother giving that man a salad that doesn’t involve kale or you’ll hear him moan and groan his way through dinner. He even claims that kale is the only vegetable that makes him feel […]

How To Grow Spinach (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

I adore spinach. It’s my favorite green out of all the greens in the garden. (But, shhh, don’t tell my other plants.) The mild taste of spinach makes feeding dark leafy greens to kids in the form of smoothies or pancakes impossibly easy. Plus, I’m obsessed with any salad that features the trifecta of spinach, feta […]

5 Reasons NOT To Garden With Kids

Having one – or many – little kids running around provides an additional complication for a wannabe gardener. I  know from first hand experience what it’s like to garden with kids since my children were 2 and 4-years-old when I started my first garden. Yes, gardening is an awesome way to get free produce. But gardening can be messy. Gardening […]

February Garden Update (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

Our winter garden is in full swing. So far, I’ve been sharing individual posts for each plant I’ve grown – like radishes, and tomatoes – but I also wanted a place to share what’s in the process of growing. For that reason, I’ve created my new monthly garden update. Ta-da! Welcome to the first edition for the […]

Bolting: Why Is My Lettuce Growing Flowers?

I had an interesting development in my mixed greens garden bed this week. My lettuce grew flowers. From the top of each plant were long stems with tiny buds. Every day is a new adventure in my garden, but this new growth threw me for a loop. After some research, I realized my lettuce was […]

My Experience Growing Cauliflower (Central Florida – Zone 9)

Cauliflower won the “best in show” award for my winter garden. With its waist-high green leaves, it looked like a plant that belonged under the sea – not in the backyard of my Central Florida home! I almost wrote the cauliflower off as a bust, like our pumpkin-less vine, until a nice cold snap in […]

How To Grow Basil (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

There’s something about basil that makes even plain ol’ Spaghetti taste gourmet. If you’re a beginner gardener like me, I strongly suggest adding this herb to your “must-plant” list because it’s easy to grow and delicious to eat. Plus, it smells divine in the garden. (I wish you could scratch and sniff my picture above. Mmm.) It’s so simple that I’m convinced that anyone can do it. Yes, I’m even looking at you – […]