My Florida backyard garden is a source of so much happiness and so many wonderful vegetables. Here in the Florida panhandle (zone 8b), we can grow something fresh and healthy all year long. Vegetable gardening in northwest Florida is sometimes challenging, but it is very rewarding to grow plants that are both beautiful and productive. In this blog, you are invited to peek over my fence and watch my garden grow.
There are many sites and blogs dedicated to the
outdoors; why did I decide to add yet another gardening blog?
It started when I decided to start vegetable gardening in the Florida panhandle. I found
myself (as many of you are) searching for resources that would first tell me
what should be planted and then show me what they were growing. Usually
my dear research assistant, Mr. Google, provided me with zillions of sites and
I found what I needed on the first page. However, I found it hard to find many
people sharing their gardens in my area (zone 8b). What I did find I read voraciously
and studied intently. I love gardening and have learned so much; both by research,
and by hard-won experience.
In this blog, you are invited to peek over my fence and see my garden.
Some tell me that I have the coveted green thumb, but I say with H. Fred Ale,
“My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things
from the plant’s point of view.” I hope that I can create a resource to
make gardening a bit easier for you. I will also share resources that I
I am so grateful that I have my little garden journal to refer to as I start seeds(see my seed-starting tutorial here, plant my okra( I have a great no-slime okra recipe!), and harvest tomatoes; but now I plan to have an illustrated journal here, on coffeetocompost.com. I find that few things are more cheerful in the damp cold days of February than looking back to pictures of the enthusiastic garden in June.
I love to have my hands in the soil, feed the compost, watch little sproutlings grow, and feel the hope that a packet of seeds brings(I also have a post on how I get seeds for free!). If you eagerly await the seed catalogs each year, obsessively monitor your seedlings’ progress, frantically try new ways to outwit frost,or just want to figure out how to have fresh basil this year; let’s garden together.