I love life!

Hi, I am Jo and this is my blog about my life. Here you will find entries on cooking, gardening, food safety and the interesting things happening in my search for an inexpensive and healthy way of living. My home is located in North Florida and I am relearning how to take care of myself at almost 50. This is the deep South so my garden and season may be a bit different than yours. I look forward to seeing what you have to say as time passes. Read on and have a beautiful day!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Getting Ready to Garden

Kiri hanging out .

Today, my first day feeling normal, was spent clearing out garden beds and digging volunteer sweet potatoes. Did I mention it was HOT and humid ???

The online weather almanac said it was 93 degrees. Nope, more like over 100. The temperature right now is 84 degrees and with the heat index that makes it over 90 degrees.  Roughly, 35% humidity. Sigh- South Florida Summer.

The tomato plants were started last weekend as well as assorted herbs and peppers. By the time I am back from my trip in 2 weeks they should be ready to be moved to the garden or at least to larger pots. There are 4 kinds of tomatoes; Brandywine, Floramerica, Amish Paste and Lemon Boy. Part of them will be placed in raised beds and the rest will be moved to 5 gallon buckets. I did not think I would have so many plants as some of the seeds were 6 years old. Amazingly, there was almost 100% germination.

The herbs and assorted flowers are going into a herb bed at the front of the house. My amazing hubby got the idea to rip out the standard Florida landscape bushes and replace them with  herbs. We bought the pants for the first planting a few months ago and the next round will be coming from seeds. Big money savings.

So much more to do. Luckily, this year there is a plan :)

Happy Gardening Everyone!!!