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!

Garden Fresh

Broccoli is one veggie we've had great success with. The delicious taste of "garden fresh" broccoli from our little patch was surprising. I realized how much better fresh tastes than store bought. My daughter even asked for seconds. I can assure you... that NEVER happened before. 

Homegrown tomatoes are a must! We are fortunate enough to be able to grow tomatoes for most of the year. We start fresh plants in February and August. During our hot summer months, only cherry tomatoes and some newly-bred heat tolerant tomatoes will produce.

Each season, we amend our veggie patch with compost from our compost bin. All our vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, shredded paper, leaves and some dead plant material go into our bin to create nutrient-rich compost to enrich the garden soil.

Florida is known for oranges and strawberries. It wouldn't feel right to have a yard without a citrus tree. We grow a variety...navels, tangerines, temples, lemons, grapefruits. The heavy scent of fragrant orange blossoms floating on the air is intoxicating, and a sweet memory from my childhood.  We also grow pineapples and Brown Turkey figs which produce large sweet figs.

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