Tag Archives: gardening in North Florida

First Green Beans of the Year!


I love being able to make this statement in the evening: “I’m going outside to harvest some vegetables for dinner.” The fact that I can ¬†just step outside to get ingredients for dinner is wonderful.

Last night a quick stir fry was on the menu. I love making stir fries; they are so versatile and it’s a delicious way to make good use of fresh produce.


Fresh green beans, wax beans, mustard greens, and garlic chives were such tasty additions to dinner.

Not many nutrients lost in storage; they went right ¬†from the garden to the cutting board. Don’t you just love fresh ingredients from the garden?

What have you made from your garden lately?

Fresh Salad from the Backyard Garden


Some are concerned with food miles. Not me. This salad was harvested mere yards from my kitchen.

salad from North Florida garden

Crunchy Bibb lettuce, colorful Swiss chard, sweet pac choi, and crisp radishes were fresh additions to a winter salad.

It is great fun to wander through the gardens, picking and pulling food from the ground, then enjoying its intense flavors soon afterward.

Have you started dreaming about your spring garden yet? If you are in North Florida, check out my February To-Do List for some ideas to get you started.

If your view of the garden is obscured by snow drifts, check out my post on how to get free seeds and start your collection.

If you are new to gardening, you can get some ideas from my posts on the basics of starting seeds, how to start composting, and why I mulch.

Gardening is soooo much fun!