How Does Your Garden Grow?

Well, it’s mid-September in Florida. Up in Washington, I’d be experiencing milder weather, the occasional crisp morning, or maybe even a straight up cold morning. Here? My phone tells me it’s 80 outside, and expected to get up to 88. While that’s not so good for my soul (who can drink pumpkin spice lattes and eat soup in weather like this?), it’s very good for my garden!

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Itty bitty butternut squash! There is at least one more on this vine so far.

Male sugar pumpkin flowers. There's one small pumpkin just getting ready to start out, but the female flower hasn't opened yet.

Male sugar pumpkin flowers. There’s one small pumpkin just getting ready to start out, but the female flower hasn’t opened yet.

Malabar spinach next to the trellis. I love the red vine!

Malabar spinach next to the trellis. I love the red vine!

Kentucky Wonder bush beans. The upper crop was planted in August, and bottom crop was planted about two weeks ago.

Kentucky Wonder bush beans. The upper crop was planted in August, and bottom crop was planted about two weeks ago.

My cucumbers are growing like crazy! Hopefully I'll have enough cukes to make some pickles!

My cucumbers are growing like crazy! Hopefully I’ll have enough cukes to make some pickles!

Start of a little yellow squash. Both my squash and zucchini plants are staked in my square foot garden.

Start of a little yellow squash. Both my squash and zucchini plants are staked in my square foot garden.

Pumpkin vines climbing the arch, with bee balm in the corner and sweet red pepper plants off to the right.

Pumpkin vines climbing the arch, with bee balm in the corner and sweet red pepper plants off to the right.

This morning I planted two varieties of carrots (Danvers and Dragon) and some Lacinto kale before I was forced inside thanks to a thunderstorm. When the storm passes, I’ll hopefully finish my planting. I’ve got some mesclun, buttercrunch lettuce, and romaine for one box. In the other box, I’ll plant beets and swiss chard. I also have some broccoli starts that will be put out in the next month or so.

My only frustration is with the stupid, crazy ants. A month or so ago, I started some heirloom tomatoes from seed in some planters outside. These are great seeds, and usually have no problem coming up. Well the whole 14 day germinating period goes by, and there’s not a seedling in sight. So, I figure it must have been too hot and I just try again. Again – 14 days, no seedlings.

I go out to see if I can dig up the seeds to see if they even sprouted. I start pushing back the first layer of dirt only to find that a colony of ants had made a home in my tomato pots! I don’t think they ate the seeds, but I’m sure they moved them so far down that they didn’t sprout.

I have some tomato seedlings in the house now, but I don’t know if they’ll grow fast enough to produce any fruit this year. I hope they do, because I have some great spices growing and I really wanted to make and can my own spaghetti sauce.

Oh, the joys of gardening…Anyone else new to gardening in Florida? Any tips?

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