Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas decorations are up

Today I spent most of the day decorating the outside of the house.   Every year I say, this is the last time I'm doing this, but every year all  my neighbors decorate their houses, so the guilt is on.

I will be away from the garden for the next ten days, traveling on business, I hope the wife remembers to water the plants.  
This post comes from my IPad, is a little different specially uploading pictures.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


From the DragonFly Garden

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sick Palms

MY Queen and Christmas palms in the front of the house are suffering from something that looks like black leaf diseases.  The new leafs are not healthy and both palms are dying, so I will be calling someone to cut them both.  These palms were planted by the builder back in 1990 when the house was built and were here when we moved in; I hate to see them go.  
All my bromeliads around the palms are cover with this black fungus, that is making growing anything in the front garden very difficult. 
Pictures from around the garden:
The birds were happy,

and the caterpillars were hungry. 
Flowers blooming this week   


The cucumber plants are growing fast and already have flowers  

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The winter vegetable garden is ready

For the last couple of weeks I been working on my winter vegetable garden.  This year I’m sawing seeds and I purchased seedlings from my favorite organic herb farm in Homestead.
In this bed I planted white onions, (from home depot) purple kohlrabi and mix greens. 
In the middle bed I planted red bell peppers, Swiss chard and I’m sowing spinach (nothing yet).  By the wall I planted cucumbers.

These are broccoli seedlings; the plant in the center is purple basil.  The container in front has mix greens.
This year I’m planting all my tomatoes in containers and the cherry tomatoes in hanging baskets. Let see if I have better luck. 

The weather has changed the cooler nights are perfect for growing vegetables; the only negative is that the dry season is here.  It stopped raining two weeks ago and my rain barrels are almost empty.