Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mid-Summer Gardening

There's no question that Florida summers are H-O-T and H-U-M-I-D. While it's not my favorite time of the year to do big projects . . . IT IS necessary for me to keep my garden in check or I'll end up with a jungle to deal with in October. And, every Florida gardener knows what that's like.

And, besides who wants to enjoy these beautiful creatures from inside. I like to spend time among the "wild things" in my garden.

In order to keep up . . . it's absolutely necessary for me to make a "to-do" list. Are you a "list" person? I can honestly say I wouldn't accomplish anything without my lists. 

And, even more importantly, in summer I must break my "to-do" list into small tasks . . . something I can run out and accomplish in 5 to 10 minutes. Tasks that take a bit longer are saved for early mornings or evenings.

This strategy works for me and as I check items off my list I feel a sense of accomplishment and my long list  is not so overwhelming. The best part is . . . things get done!

And, I get to spend most evenings on the front porch enjoying the butterflies before they turn in for the night, the hummers getting their last sip of wine for the day, the birds heading home, the croak of the frogs and the music of the crickets as the sun sets. And, if I hang around a bit longer . . .the sparkle of the lightning bugs as they fly out of the neighboring field.

What's your secret for getting tasks accomplished in the Florida summer?


Dawn said...

My garden is already a jungle! I was only gone on vacation for a week. I write my lists down too, some have to be put off for a while #1 incorporate home made compost into new vegetable beds. Hmm, maybe in late August methinks #2 shop seed catalogues for new vegetables, Okay that's manageable (in the AC).

Antique ART Garden said...

Yes, it is 100 degrees here right now, our climate is very similar to Florida's as you know. Will try to make more lists for myself, as they really do help. take care, Gina

Susan said...

Hi Dawn...I like #2 on your list..at least you can stay cool while you're doing that. :)

Hi Gina...I wouldn't get anything done without a list. I find myself reading my list looking for the easiest and quickest job I can do these days as the humidity is very high right now.

Rusty in Miami said...

Not my favorite time of the year for gardening. I'm with you, no major projects in the summer only maintenance, great butterfly pictures

The Not So Perfect Housewife said...

Oh man.. it's been so nasty outside and I have NOT been motivated to do anything..
There is TON of weeding that needs to be done but by the time it cools off in the evening.. the mosquitoes are out. Ugh..
Eventually I'll get back out there..

David said...

Yes, I can endure the Houston heat and humidity for about 7 minutes before I'm sweated down! Then I go cool off inside and plunge back out into the humidity for a longer round of weeding. I'd much rather wait until Autumn for summer is the time to just enjoy the butterflies and flowers and foliage....and hope for rain.
Nice post!

gardenmom said...

Hi Susan, love the pictures. Here in north florida, i have been miserable. Too hot to do anything in the garden, then it rains, and gets even hotter. Did pull some weeds late one evening. I am so ready for "FALL". see ya

FlowerLady said...

Hi Susan ~ Wonderful photos. I love your sunset view, so relaxing.

I don't usually make lists because I end up doing other things not on the list. I try to do a little, which usually turns into 2-3 hours in the mornings. We have 1/4 of an acre and I've got several gardens and they keep me busy. I so look forward to cooler weather. This summer does not seem as bad as last year was and for that I am grateful. I felt sick from the heat and humidity last summer and hibernated.

Enjoy all that peaceful beauty surrounding you.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

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