For all practical purposes, I have become something of a banana/pineapple/papaya farmer. I have planted so many of these around our property - I am not sure what I am going to do with their crops. With respect to pineapples, I have planted two varieties - a sweet golden variety and a red variety. There … Continue reading I have baby red pineapples!
I have spent many sublime hours working in the garden over the past few months trying to get some major projects done before the real heat and humidity of the rainy season set in. We have booked a long camping trip to Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee … Continue reading Rhapsody in hue
I devoted an entire day a while back to removing several very large shrubs that the previous owners had planted along the courtyard of our house. I had decided our property will have a tropical aesthetic exclusively, so the scrubby plants had to go. It was difficult work, as these were not small plants and … Continue reading An accidental focal point
I have been gardening for decades and have built some fairly remarkable outdoor spaces in the various places our family has lived. However, it was not until we relocated to Florida that I discovered two approaches to living in harmony with the environment that have radically changed my worldview. Those would be permaculture and deep … Continue reading Permaculture and deep mulch gardening
The name [Florida] comes from the daring adventurer Juan Ponce de Leon, who accidentally stumbled upon the Florida peninsula ....The year was 1513. Ponce de Leon was searching for gold and the "fountain of youth" -- a legendary spring that gave people eternal life and health. He sailed from Puerto Rico on March 3 with … Continue reading “Winter” blooms
Every time I visit a nursery, I unlock some new achievement level for fitting plants into my SUV. Between Christmas and my own shopping, I have found some amazing gardening tools worth recommending to others. (Note: This is not a sponsored blog post. I am not getting compensated in any way for recommending these items. … Continue reading My favorite gardening tools
For most of the country, the colder months mean preparing garden beds for their winter dormancy. Down here in the South Florida tropics, however, folks are preparing their garden beds for winter planting. Crazy, I know. We are frost-free year-round in Zone 10a, and living right on the water means we would not have much … Continue reading A remarkably easy way to construct a sturdy trellis