Weekends Are Meant For Gardening
The weekend was meant for planting. At least our weekend was. We have been planting tomatoes, green peppers, peas, beans, and flowers. We actually have been planting for the last two weekends.
We had decent success with the fall garden and are hoping for more success with the winter/spring garden. Planning a garden frugally is crucial for success. We purchase all of our vegetable plants from the South Brevard Nursery in West Melbourne, Florida. We buy from a true nursery for a couple of reasons.
- The vegetable plants are less expensive at the local nursery. We were able to purchase 4 packs of tomatoes, peppers, and broccoli for id="mce_marker".99. The large box stores usually do not have 4 packs. The plants are bigger, but cost 3.49 for one.
- The plants you purchase are in season for your area, not what the garden center management in God knows where supplies. To many times I have bought plants to just lose them to the weather because the time to raise them was past. My husband and I are novices at gardening here in Central Florida.
- The knowledge the owners of those garden centers have is worth their weight in gold. They know the bugs and diseases that affect the area you live in. They can give you the best advice. The blueberries I planted last year didn't make it, but the dirt we have just wasn't conducive to the plant. The advice given to me was perfect. I just have decided to no longer grow blueberries until a container garden can be put together for them.
Once you know where you are purchasing your seedlings and seeds it is best to decide exactly what you want to grow. We eat so many tomatoes it is crazy. I make spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, salsa, and we use them in salads. This makes the number one item to plant is tomatoes. Green peppers, yellow peppers, and jalapenos are next. We have broccoli that I hope to get a few more pickings in before the plants die.
We went to a local feed and seed to purchase 1/4 pound of bean seeds and 1/4 pound of pea seeds. According to the feed store owner peas are nearly over so hopefully we get a bunch before the weather gets too hot. I have half of the seed leftover. The beans can get a couple more crops in and the peas will have to wait for next fall.