Growing Summer Vegetables in Florida

Growing Summer Vegetables in Florida

The extra hours of daylight can be a calling to many of us to spend a little more time outside, but the hot and humid weather can be difficult.  It isn’t impossible, but it can be difficult to grow summer vegetables in Florida.  If you are feeling the urge to spend time in your garden, take these tips to make your summer vegetable garden successful: Plant Selection:  The saying “right plant, right place” is just as important in your veggie garden as it is in the landscape.  Summer humidity is tough on plants, so only a few of our crops will be successful.  I would recommend sticking with sweet potatoes, okra, southern peas, collards, and cherry tomatoes.  Sounds like a traditional southern dinner!… Read Full Post
Containerscaping

Containerscaping

New to the world of gardening and landscaping is the term “Containerscaping.”  What does this mean?  It is simply the idea of combining large containers into your yard and garden as focal points.  The idea itself is not new, homeowners have been doing this for years, but this new term really highlights some great ideas. Agaves in containers are a low maintenance option. Using large containers in your yard is easy to do.  It provides a great focal point, and for those afraid of commitment, there is always the option to move them around or take them out in the future.   It doesn’t require any back-breaking digging or shoveling and your plants are simple to replace or maintain because of the height from the ground. … Read Full Post
My Tillandsia Bouquet

My Tillandsia Bouquet

Perfect for beach weddings! Its only been a few weeks, but I have been getting a lot of questions about the bouquet and boutonnieres  from our wedding.  And while technically, Miss Smarty Plants should probably be Mrs. Smarty Plants, this blog isn’t going to change! Here are a few photos of the bouquet and boutonniere from our wedding.  Aren’t they lovely? Here are some simple directions to make your own: Plastic base covered with ribbon. I started with this simple plastic base from Hobby Lobby that cost $3.99. I’ve never made a bouquet before so I need something to build off of at the beginning. I also bought some different ribbons to help dress up the plastic handle of the base and eventually used this for the boutonnieres too.… Read Full Post

Beautiful DIY Flower Containers

Creating a great looking flower container doesn’t have to be a mystery anymore.  This is a great way to add color to small spaces or as a way to greet people to your home with some terrific looking plants.   Follow these tips for your perfect flower pot: Thriller-Filler-Spiller.  This is the key to your perfect pot recipe.  These three components are the little secret that makes containers on glossy magazine covers look so good.  Let’s break it down: Thriller: This is the biggest plant in your container.  It is the eye-catching component that gives you the added height and can also include color or texture.  A few to think about for our area include cannas, grasses, ti plants, crotons or even small palms. … Read Full Post
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