Jun 16, 2011
Published in Vegetable Gardening

We're well under way now with our spring garden and have been enjoying fresh squash, zucchini and cucumbers for a few weeks now.  This picture was taken about one month after our first planting.  We started the squash and zucchini on the right of the picture first, and the watermelon and cucumbers a week or two later.  A few of the squash and zucchini were started from seeds in pete pots, then transplanted to the garden.  The rest of the plants were started from seeds, directly in the garden.  

Dec 30, 2010
Published in Yardstead Blog

With 2011 right around the corner, We have spent some time reflecting upon the events of 2010.  This always leads us to making some resolutions for the new year to come. As yardsteaders, we tend to mark time by seasons and we began thinking of resolutions to match the seasons. We didn't want to just go with the typical resolution of "plant more next year".  All the vegetables we plant each year such as zuchinni, heirloom tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, onions, garlic and so on were all popular in my kitchen this year, and we intend to devote more space to these crops next spring. But to be honest, we haven't planned well in years past and we don't have something planted in our garden through each season.  I think in Florida with our climate and mild winters, this is probably almost gardening criminal.  So our New Year's gardening resolution? Plan, Plan, Plan a four-season garden and make more space in the garden to grow more unusual varieties of heirloom vegetables and fruit! 

The Yardstead wishes you much Happiness, Health, and Prosperity in the New Year.  As always Happy Yardsteading to you and your family in 2011!

Feb 05, 2010
Published in Yardstead Blog

This time of year I always get so excited here at the Yardstead!  It is almost spring planting time.  Although we plant a garden through all four seasons, there is nothing like the excitement of Spring for us!  We had 14 consecutive days of freezing weather in January.  That is not normal in our area of the southeast.  We have lost some of our citrus and many plants such as our bamboo were burnt back to the ground.  We really hope these plants will begin growing again when the weather warms up. 

Amazingly enough, turnips, onions and garlic came through the winter garden for us just fine.  It is normal for us to plant potatoes in February around the 14th.  So next weekend we will be putting potatoes in the ground along with some cabbage and broccoli.  I plan to wait at least an additional two weeks to plant snow peas.  Also, the potatoes we want to try in 5 gallon buckets this year will be planted in a couple more weeks.  In early March all of the seeds for vegetable transplants into the garden in early April will be planted.

Our native pinneapple guava had no problem with the freezing this year.  We plan to plant some native paw paws this year.  We hope more natives mean less loss in any future freezing winters.

I hope everyone is thinking of their spring gardens.  Just going through the seed catalogs gives us spring fever.  Please check out Baker Creek heirloom seeds!  They have some amazing variety and if you want, you can collect your own seed in the following seasons.

Happy Gardening!