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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Sweet Potatoes (Central Florida – Zone 9)

Growing sweet potatoes was the highlight of my fall garden! They were the easiest plant to grow – yes, even easier than as radishes and mixed greens – and they produced TONS of root vegetables to eat. I have another batch of sweet potatoes growing right now and I plan on continuing sweet potatoes until they won’t grow anymore. How […]

How to Grow Corn (Central Florida – Zone 9)

This article contains affiliate links. What’s a farm without some corn? I would never have jumped into gardening with a full-blown corn row, but farmer Ross, my husband, had other plans. Similar to when he ran a 30K (18.6 miles) without training, he decided his first crop in our garden would be corn. 🙂 This crop was definitely not as easy to grow as […]

Growing Radishes (Central Florida – Zone 9)

If you are looking for a quick, simple vegetable to jump-start your garden – look no more! Radishes are very simple to grow and take no time to produce beautiful root vegetables. We are harvesting our second full round of radishes…and we only started planting them in late September. (That should tell you how quick and easy these […]

How To Deal With Tomato Hornworms

This post contains affiliate links. I’ve learned one unexpected lesson during my first tomato season – growing organic fruit is not for people who are afraid of creepy crawly, science fiction-type creatures! Traditional tomatoes are treated with dozens of pesticides – and I get it now. If you’ve seen the things I’ve seen, you’d be tempted to […]