January has been really warm again this year. Warm, and wet here in Central Florida! We are still getting mosquitoes and sunflowers in our backyard!
When we do get a touch of cold, the winter veggies love it. Our collards, bok choy, cauliflower, and broccoli have done well despite the warmer season.
We have volunteer tomatoes growing up our sunflowers. I think they are going to be cherry tomatoes. Yum.
Our moringa tree is getting almost as tall as the banana trees. I am planning on re-potting it soon.
Our little gardeners have a renewed interest in our gardening efforts this month. Both girls have been awesome little worker bees! They are planting seeds, growing flowers, and helping us lay new edging and improving our soil for spring.
One lone orange is left on our tree, but I am super excited that my lemon tree is in bloom for the first time!
Winter is my favorite time to garden in Florida. Warm afternoons, cool nights, and delicious veggies, what is not to love?! We’ve had a dozen fires in our backyard fire pit this month. We also have been ordering seeds and preparing things for spring. Yes, I am in love with January gardening in our sunshine state!
The next blog post is a book review on an interactive children’s gardening book, and then I promise to update about the school garden. The children have been busy getting ready for spring!
Happy Gardening, Bee
Hello February, where did January go!?!
The garden has been keeping my busy since we returned from our travels.
The warm weather is splitting the cabbage and burning the strawberries, but the tomatoes are doing good. Tomatoes?! LOL Feels so funny to have tomato plants producing in January!
Here’s the garden at the beginning of January…
Wild Cherry Tomatoes
We’re still getting a few handfuls of collard greens. I’ve been adding them to our soups.
Parsley by the front door.
Carrots ready for harvest.
And at the end of the month…
Burnt Strawberries… too much sun, heat, and not enough water.
I wanted to show several shots of the cabbage… After much investigation, it seems to have split from the heat and a busted water hose. We ate it right away and it was still delicious though.
On a positive note, we planted spring seeds and the verbena is starting to bloom.
Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s been since Christmas since we last updated. The garden is going well. With the holiday recovery completed, I think I will be able to post more regularly again!
We are still spending some time helping the community garden dissolve (the local college bought the land to turn it into a parking lot). We have found the plants and gardening items some great homes. We took in these pineapples and are hoping to nurse them back to health.
Some of the stepping stones, in the new walkway, are from the community garden as well. We are hoping the steps help with the foot traffic and dirt in the backyard.
Lettuce season is winding down. As usual we have enjoyed it! With the warmer winter this year, it wasn’t a stellar crop, but we enjoyed quite a few dinner salads!
Since the weather has been warmer, my Seminole pumpkins never stopped producing!
The collard greens were a first and my favorite this year! I will definitely grow them again! We have been picking off them since early December.
The beautiful red Pentas are the only thing blooming in the backyard. Above right, we have marigold seedlings started for spring gardening.
We’ve been having fun making terrariums with the little gardeners!!! A post with details coming soon.