Visiting Duke Gardens in Fall

Visiting Duke Gardens in Fall

  Each year we make our annual pilgrimage north for the holidays. While I love to visit public gardens anywhere we visit, late fall doesn’t always tend to be the best time. Unless you are visiting Duke Gardens in fall. Sarah P. Duke Gardens is situated in the heart of the Duke campus. The stunning topography, stone work, plant combinations and quality of horticulture make this a must visit any time of year. But fall?  Oh yes, visiting Duke Gardens in fall is a very special treat.   Our visit in late November was one of the last opportunities to take your dog through the gardens. As of January 1 the policy allowing dogs has been changed, but none the less it was great for us to get out and stretch our legs after a long car ride.… Read Full Post
How to Plant Beans

How to Plant Beans

Learning how to plant beans may sound basic, but if you are growing your first garden this will provide step by step details. Beans are one of my new favorites!  They are easy to grow from seed and their large size makes them manageable for planting. When to Plant Beans For Florida gardeners, the When is often more important than the How. The timing of planting dates is critical to success. Especially if you are originally from more northern climates like I am, getting used to this new “gardening calendar” is important. The best time to plant beans in Florida is September through December and February through April. Why not January?  Often the soil is too cool during this month for the seeds to germinate well.… Read Full Post
Starting vegetables from seed

Starting vegetables from seed

October is the perfect time to start growing your winter vegetable garden. If you are trying to save money or grow something unusual, starting vegetables from seed is your best option. Read on to learn tips for growing plants from seed. This is a big deal for me. I don’t usually grow much in terms of vegetables, but this year is going to be different. My 10′ x 12′ plot is in full sun and ready to go. Now all I need are the plants… It seems to me that if I am going to put the effort into doing this, I might as well grow something that I can’t buy at the grocery store. When I think of vegetable gardens, one of my most fond memories is eating yellow pear tomatoes right off the plant of my grandma’s garden.… Read Full Post
Fall Containers

Fall Containers

I woke up this morning to take the dogs outside and couldn’t believe it. There was a slight bit of coolness in the air! For Floridians who have been putting up with the unbearable heat and humidity since May, this slight break in the weather is a big deal. I am sure that many of you in other places are surprised that we celebrate 66 degrees. For a few weeks I’ve been trimming my summer containers back, trying to keep things in bounds and looking their best. These were planted in April, so six months later they are starting to go downhill. I am confident that if I gave them a hard pruning and watered more often they would come back well, but truth be told, I am ready for a change too.… Read Full Post
Fall containers- Add pumpkins!

Fall containers- Add pumpkins!

If you read the last post I wrote you saw the fun process of putting together a cheap and easy fall container. I was really happy with it but I felt like it was missing a little gusto.  My trip to the grocery store got me thinking when I saw a huge bin of little pumpkins.  I tried just setting them in the container but the container was really full and it just looked like I had, well, set pumpkins in without much thought.… Read Full Post
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