Wide-row vegetable bedsMy wide-row method of planting is similar to Square-Foot gardening where seeds or plants are spaced so crops have room to grow, but little or no room for weeds. The trenches between the rows allow for good drainage and can be sized so that a larger crop has room to spread.
|After the wide-row mounds have been created, then I pack the trenches with pine needles right up the the level of the planting surface. The two wide rows with bare soil have not yet been planted.|
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|I love that the blue curls, a native annual, |
plants itself all over our yard.
This plant is on my Blueberry Hill.
Update on Blueberry HillLast fall I wrote about moving my blueberry bushes to Blueberry Hill. Well, I'm happy to report that the blueberries have done well and there was a good harvest even though they'd just been moved. Other plants and animals have also moved onto this habitat/thicket.
Today, I spotted an Io Moth caterpillar munching on the blueberry leaves. In looking at the information on this moth, no one mentions blueberries as a larval food. As I've said many times, a real butterfly gardener cheers when her plants are being eaten by a caterpillar. For more information on this moth see this Featured Critter Profile from IFAS
|Oooh! An Io Moth Caterpillar was working on my blueberries. It's a beautiful Caterpillar, but don't touch. Those stinging hairs can irritate your skin.|
Tropical sage: the most successful native wildflower in our yard!I wrote about how tropical sage (Salvia coccinea) changed how I garden in Evolution of a Gardener.
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Fall/winter edible gardening is the best season in FloridaGet started on the right foot, with everything you need to know in our book, "Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida"
We cover all of Florida right down to Miami and have sorted the crops by plant family (not the alphabet) so when you rotate the crops between the beds, you'll have a better idea about what crops belong to which families.
I hope you're enjoying fall in your gardens and in our parks.
Green Gardening Matters,