Hello gardening friends & followers! We haven’t blogged since mid summer! We temporarily suspended our vegetable gardening and traveled for a little bit. We are happy to be back working in the garden beds!
We have been composting and replenishing our garden boxes. The purple beans are back (as requested by our little gardeners), and we are bringing indoors a few herbs and a young moringa in preparation for the coming winter. But my favorite thing about fall gardening is the crisp lettuce!!!
Halloween Crafting: Monster Jar Luminaries
When we haven’t been in the garden, we have been playing with the kids. This month we upcycled some old pickle jars into monster jar luminaries!
Painted the glass jars with acrylic paint (careful it stains).
Spray painted the lids.
Used a sharpie to draw on monster faces!
We hope you are having a wonderful autumn and will have more blog posts coming soon!!!
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We love upcycling materials around the house. One weekend while playing in the backyard, the little gardeners gathers up a bunch of sticks from our rain tree. We decided to glue them to a washed tin can to make a little backyard vase.
tin can, or other recycled container
We left the sticks different lengths to help arrange and hold the flowers.
We doubled up the stick layers to cover the aluminum. You could also paint the tin can for a little extra color to show through.
We’ve been enjoying flowers in our eco-friendly little vase all week!
This is a great series on creating a wildlife habitat from one of the Florida blog’s that I love to follow…
Remember to garden for the wildlife that help all our gardens grow!
Each year we go tent camping at different Florida state parks. Last weekend we camped at Little Talbot State Park in coastal Jacksonville, Florida.
Little Talbot Island is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast Florida. The park offered some gorgeous beaches!
The shells were MUCH bigger than our Ponce Inlet beaches.
The little gardeners running to see what dad caught…
The campsites were arranged too closer together, but we made do and had a fun trip!
We did a little hiking…
The sunsets were beautiful (and the mosquitoes thought we were beautiful too)!
Jacksonville Beach was having an air show in the distance and the girls enjoyed the sky writing…
We couldn’t have asked for better weather, and are looking forward to another camping adventure already!
We had a great time at our Daytona Beach Seed Swap Event earlier this month. I was so excited to take part, and the weather was beautiful that morning.
Here’s a video clip of our Seed Freedom efforts…
And here’s a list of the seeds I came home with…so cool!
Wild Florida Sunflower (small)
and onion bulbs from one of our sponsors Green Winters Nursery!
They are already sprouting in the beds…
I have a renewed excitement for seed saving this fall and I am looking forward to the next swap in January. The next one will be held on National Seed Swap Day, which is held on the last Saturday in January every year.
Sign up to be notified of future Daytona area seed swaps!
Happy Gardening, Bee
Florida summer’s make landscaping and yard work a tough task. Most summers my husband and I let everything grow wild and then we spend a few weekends in September trimming, clearing, and taking back our property.
While cleaning up the backyard, I gave the little gardeners some free time to do whatever the liked, as long as they stayed out of the way.
My littlest gardener, who is three years old, loves to catch frogs! So, she and her sister built little habitats in some of their beach buckets and spent hours chasing after frogs and lizards. They were so pleased with their efforts! ;)
…and mom was so pleased to get the yard work done! :)
“Vegetable gardening offers many benefits, including sun, fresh air, exercise, mental therapy, nutritious fresh vegetables, and economic savings. Vegetables can be grown year-round in Florida if you pay attention to the appropriate planting dates.” Check out UF’s IFAS Extension for more gardening info.
Here’s what we’ve been doing in our garden for the last month…
In September we started seeds for the vegetable beds… beans, collards, radishes, carrots, onions, and lettuce.
My oldest wanted to start the seeds in the playhouse and pretend it was her greenhouse. I think the protection of the playhouse was great for the seedlings.
We have been getting lot of rain here in the past month. The preserve behind our home is turning into a swamp and the mosquitos have been fierce. However, there are beautiful mushrooms everywhere.
Monarch butterflies are back in the garden.
The aphids are back too…
Our pineapple crop survived the transplant and is looking healthy!
Our avocado tree we started from a seed, survived the fungus it got and is looking good and healthy again!
Fall is a great time for bulking up your compost. We’re feature on EcoEtsy discussing tips for fall composting! Check it out.
Happy Gardening, Bee