This doesn't have anything to do with gardening, but the clouds in every direction around our house early this afternoon were amazing, so I thought I'd share them with you.
Isn't Florida wonderful???
Green Gardening Matters,
|Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida|
|The last okra harvest of the season.|
|Root-knot nematode damage on okra roots.|
|Fall tomatoes are setting fruit.|
|Progress on the de-lawning. I finished removing the rest of the turfgrass and I'll be planting an assortment of native wildflowers in this area. I also created a spur of the cart path to provide good access to the left side of the meadow area. My husband and I pulled a lot of tree saplings that were growing under the overhanging branches here, which opens up the whole area. See my last post Changes... for more details on this project. More to come...|
|For a broader view of how the front meadow fits into the landscape...|
|Beautyberry seedlings need to be relocated.|
|Loblolly bay (Gordonia lasianthus)|
|The newest section of lawn to bite the dust will be the unmowed portion next to the front meadow.|
|The sprinkler head that used to be in the turf|
needs an extender to spray over the vegetation.
|To define the new edge of the front meadow I planted three bunches |
of Elliot's love grass (Eragrostis elliottii).
|After the wood chips have been added to define the border |
of the lawn and to cover the cart path. The newly-laid
chips have a darker color than the ones laid the day before.
|Another 12 feet of lawn removed, but I'm not done with this particular project. I'll remove most of the grass and weeds between the love grass and the meadow's old edge and plant some native meadow wildflowers.|
|A variable dancer damselfly on the native blue curls in the morning.|
|A new USDA hardiness chart has been issued.|
|Newly planted fall garden next to the garage.|
|The sugar snap pea seeds are old, so |
I planted three at the base of each leg.
|The butternut squash is done for the season between its leaves being eaten and attacked by some type of wilt. I'll harvest the squash tomorrow and begin to prepare this bed for cool-weather crops.|
"You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,gardeners chant this:
Know when to walk away and know when to run."
You got to know when to grow 'em, know when to yank 'em,And then there were the bell peppers...
'Cause they're not gonna fruit for ya and know when they're done
You got to make room for more crops, know when to dig 'em,
Know when to plant away and know when to mulch.
|Bell peppers: wilted in the morning after a good rain--not good.|
|The roots never expanded beyond the size of their peat pots.|
|The roots were totally encrusted with nematode damage.|
|The back of the house beds.|
"I am finishing up the typesetting and about to work on the cover. The book is excellent! I'm learning a lot and spending too much time reading it.
The color section was crowded in 32 pages, Lynn saw we could add more pages and keep it in budget, so it is now 48 pages.
LarryI have to say that this is really nice to hear. It's due to be released in Feb. 2013. I can hardly wait!