![IMG_3277.JPG](https://steemitimages.com/DQmRPYJMR9t5SRSyA96vrX8KXrKTaGCiH1kKs1iA4sMbens/IMG_3277.JPG) It's fall and time to start new garden. Some will be confused, but don't forget-it's Florida. Here is everything upside down. When people harvesting their food we just planting it. ![image.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmVuCp66bivGBjNwCZUiduLdfSgurEz6VVRrDgCTvxsA5y/image.jpg)Nothing growing here in summer. There are few exceptions though. It's eggplants and okra. They love heat. But we are going to talk about everything else, besides those two. Like tomatoes and cucumbers, for example. If you plant them in summer they will burn and die in no time. So, solution is only one. Let's do it during winter. It's challenging sometimes because tomatoes do not want to set fruits if temperature at night will drop below 55F. That is happen pretty often in January-February. That is why we have two seasons: August(starting seedling indoor) - December and February(starting seedlings indoor) - May. I have few pictures fr
I'm into preserving and one way is dehydrating plants growing in my garden. Here's a few that I dried over the weekend. Beet leaves, Rhubarb, Chives, Spring onions, Calendula flowers and Parsley. As I happily pottered around my garden, I couldn't help notice how things had grown over the past 2 weeks. We are into the 1st month of spring here in Australia and it's such a busy time in the garden. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQc4zZfTU3Q ![20170520_210119.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmNe9xFQSPegFZSq5Dcfkx8JuNPyCbRHSURyHRe8kfFxop/20170520_210119.jpg) I thought a short mini movie could show off my dried foods nicely. All I needed to do was wash, chop and dry, easy as 1, 2, 3. Here are a few pics to show how easy dehydrating can be. ![2017-09-17-14-49-02.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmZ7n6ZuM4oCtAr5naDd6etogH5maHFSBRuVQrbK4YwwGR/2017-09-17-14-49-02.jpg) CALENDULAR PETALS TO MAKE TEA WITH. ![2017-09-17-14-49-30.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmVGfhtaMmCCvygdyvEoKcH74fgu1gADgJzRQi33Hmrqzt/2017-09
![SAM_2481.JPG](https://steemitimages.com/DQmXVYEiDsBwRSzQ6jHQvjtq2uB1ETQPPLRZRsxA1yqNc3w/SAM_2481.JPG) It's time for an update on my greenhouse. It is doing pretty well, though I should probably fertilize the poor things. Their produce keeps getting smaller and smaller and is ripening more slowly. That could also be because we are reaching the end of our growing season. I really don't know. This is the longest lasting garden I have ever had. Usually by now the weeds and pests have overwhelmed me and I have given up. I'm really encouraged by the steadfastness of this garden and I promise to fertilize soon. I swear! ![SAM_2475.JPG](https://steemitimages.com/DQmRiqpLocATUdxJ4S6y23Mza6AFNw1skSvcnFiX4KTMpAb/SAM_2475.JPG) *My squash are still going. I'm really surprised. They're big feeders though so I really need to give them some more nutrients.* ![SAM_2476.JPG](https://steemitimages.com/DQmTS2GQrqLxiccChqTXuwXpU8cJg6RhPpCRYLGX118zQSS/SAM_2476.JPG) *I still have yet to get an eggplant. Maybe they do
![Graptopetalum macdougallii.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmQgqy3ZSruXWiJYbZqvioPCBxWKvh2kCot7QQKQjXtoPb/Graptopetalum%20macdougallii.jpg) Graptopetalum macdougallii In the garden of the Fábio has many succulents, rarely bloom this time it was the turn of this incredibly hardy and incredible blooming flower.
Here are 15 flower shots for your beautiful day, my friends 💓💖. ![IMG_2919.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmed5h6o53KXXngSJDbJtCz5CfkSC9cc2GcefgHuteJ54Q/IMG_2919.jpg) ![IMG_2938.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmYu7qKwWQ7uzYdzrUZbG4L4C38RBVZHGjq1E5ezFVo5V1/IMG_2938.jpg) ![IMG_2831.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmb3ozuCZNJj9MQhykAVhvGUL3PRhFaqB57Nz8fPEiw7wv/IMG_2831.jpg) ![IMG_2848.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmQES8XHxVXHDaRKdTPTu89PCsjVsxTBXnxqxndeyau1eD/IMG_2848.jpg) ![IMG_2871.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmQeY3R2n6tUVqKa9nnuu2wEG8tc7XK8MgPqpz979KULp6/IMG_2871.jpg) ![IMG_2959.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmWiiq1uyGmspktRKZjtVfTxjRhN8fbpy74zvxKK81Nn5g/IMG_2959.jpg) ![IMG_2879.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmdks6kDiqyoamykrzQCnLrncmaCzeHW9A28BLCgpEocvL/IMG_2879.jpg) ![IMG_2836.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmUKwWm6uXZQEgjkgs3YeaA9P3xCa8ucfTu3hTbZrib62K/IMG_2836.jpg) ![IMG_2930.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmfTnLGmYPZK5sCgQ2ER8LQPaNhxdCU5XJ25kEiEeK6vQP/IMG_2930.jpg) ![IMG_28
![lirio laranja.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmZsqFGZDNLhLyvZJetpKoLbjYGSXKSwC9Easj2QWaLAYv/lirio%20laranja.jpg) Lily Hippeastrum is a genus of about 90 species and over 600 hybrids and cultivars of perennial herbaceous bulbous plants. They generally have large fleshy bulbs and tall broad leaves, generally evergreen, and large red or purple flowers.
![trombeta.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmbrHdj1mbtW98njkW4ACJYPjM7n1A4v8NNX5o21ERtoDH/trombeta.jpg) Datura double purple The origin of the name comes from the Hindu "dhát", a poison prepared with plants, and "tatorah", narcotic. Plants of this genus and some other genera of Solanaceae present compounds with hallucinogenic properties, which has been known since time immemorial. Primitive peoples, both from Eurasia and the New World, made intensive use of these properties in mystical and religious rituals, as well as for medicinal purposes; other uses had criminal intent, aiming to numb the victims to steal or kill them. The hallucinogenic effects include visions and sensations that were taken as forms of communication with the gods. Healers and soothsayers sought inspiration from these visions. Rites of initiation, as well as passage from conditions of children to adults, involved the use of preparations of these plants. In the region of Bogota the widows and slaves of the dead warriors received a d
[![DSC_0285.jpg](https://s26.postimg.org/9lryx8pux/DSC_0285.jpg)](https://postimg.org/image/nfgbmaig5/) I found this bucket outside an old flower shop, cast away. I snapped a picture, their beauty having one more flash before they were thrown away. This is for this Tuesday. I hope your day is as vibrant as this orangey hue, thanks for looking. Ren
![heliconia.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmQiVeMYyxoDUjdtcjaup7kX3PpuzrDwhjF3iwuYsVFtis/heliconia.jpg) Heliconia psittacorum Of its kind is one of the most cultivated in the world, no matter where in the world you are at the moment, someday you will see a flower of this.
# <center>**Indoor Garden Update**</center> # Over the last few weeks I have made a few posts about starting my first indoor winter garden. Growing herbs for my herbal teas, having some fresh vegetables and greens through the cold winter months, and last week I planted some seeds. For my herbs, I did echinacea, comfrey, lemon balm, catnip, feverfew (in its own pot separate from these), summer savory and basil. I will be adding a few more once I get the complete plan in order on where all the pots and containers will be. The plan is to grow indoors and harvest fresh herbs as needed, then if all goes right and they survive indoors under the heat lights and in the grow tent with light, I will transplant outdoors come spring 2018. ## Mustard Greens & Spinach ## I have six of each (mustard greens and spinach) that I transplanted into their winter 'homes'. ![thumbnail (7).jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmXMAznAQna6kcicMKSFQWdKFL1qHAZdoaNQBXdgNr86nv/thumbnail%20(7).jpg) I start by putting a little (good quality
![Iris roxa.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmfVoGVyHPnGjdrN2BAtVHMU1hcnFCSBiPTTcqBFfi9cHv/Iris%20roxa.jpg) Neomarica candida purple Now is the turn of the beach iris in the purple version, very beautiful as the white version, simply fantastic.
<html> <h1>For today's color challenge, I took a picture of this orange flower growing in our garden.</h1> <h3><em>We actually planted it there, but I could not tell you what it is. So it's a "flower thingie".</em></h3> <br> <p>https://steemitimages.com/DQmV7tNw9phgzdJ1oU1KsNPZ3qzGANy2sVShk6uMwq6TyUN/20170919_191617.jpg</p> <p>It really is an interesting plant, so if you know what it is, let me know!</p> <br> <p>https://steemitimages.com/DQmbUsWy2zxr7TutsXFD7bB6k5GXDWYD2toMiMwT8UyhfMV/seperator.jpg</p> <br>Thanks to @kalemandra for heading up the #colorchallenge</p> <hr> <p><em>If you enjoyed this post, please follow, upvote, and resteem. I write posts on singing, playing piano, nature, and sometimes cats.</em></p> <p>https://steemitimages.com/DQmRDQHtj9zy7U7mBaZnjonCDqfGqLCboqDyssYhDW6n3wg/steemit-footer-lml.jpg</p> </html>
*** <center><h2>Garden In Fall</h2></center> *** ![IMG_20170917_191439656.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmcSMNjbqcfWfkZrWc1WLyDTdpeVKT2GHJctpdpPYSXHRN/IMG_20170917_191439656.jpg) *This asparagus is jammin'!* By far, my biggest success of the year in the garden has been my asparagus beds! These were planted this spring and have been acting like they have been here forever! Asparagus is a perennial so that is a really great beginning! To plant 300 crowns and have this healthy of a start means I will HAVE to market some to my chef friends come spring! *** We planted a late summer seeding of bush beans and they are producing plenty of green beans for us to feast on. They have been a great side dish for many of our dinners. My kids love them with lots of garlic! If we can stop eating them long enough to get a few jars of fermented dilly beans made we will be eating on them all winter! ![IMG_20170917_183719078.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmTtdsfMr6MpjjaJugqJGzxrc56k4gJAn6XuLs7Vc87jp9/IMG_20170917_183719078
# <center>Have We Become A Lazy Society?</center> # The other day I was in a large home improvement store, and as always, I end up strolling by the gardening section. At this time of year, I look for clearance items and, in general, what they have in stock. You just never know when an idea will strike you. I grew my entire garden, with the exception of one mint plant, from seed. The corn, tomatoes, peppers, all my herbs, potatoes and on and on... well, imagine my surprise, or should I say horror, when I saw this... ![thumbnail.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmWN4ms9BgZYAHvXW5nzR3s8rCPXmiFVvfDc41FNVyvYTf/thumbnail.jpg) ## Are you for real? ## Is this what some of the people in society have come to? Open, water and grow? Then you can claim to all those who listen that you are a master gardener? What happened to getting your hands dirty? What happened to the feeling of pride when you stand back one day and look at your harvest and bounty? Reminds me of when we went to the Detroit Lions' football game on op
## Hi friends, > I'm slowly getting the hang of all this steemit goodness. Please welcome to Steemit my Gardening and Nature Blog. It will feature photos of my wondrous garden & nature adventures. There will be wildlife, trees, plants, flowers, and sunshine :) >You can find this blog among my other post by looking for this 🍃🌸🍂🍃 symbols :) in the title <center>![20130103_103138.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmcmoBJCjL8Uh6H7KLTLB9WqvyA2ZMsnB4Eo6FBtnNjFV8/20130103_103138.jpg) </center> <center>![20130103_103148.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmQfrdwUrxujVaiL23zN373SNVPTBzwLjPnVo65ohK6RZF/20130103_103148.jpg)</center> <center>![20130103_103216.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmcgNxCVcThY7ba2R1VEaPgm2S5S4AsqweiqFY8K6acPBs/20130103_103216.jpg) </center> > Stay Tuned for some beautiful nature :) 🍃🌸🍂🍃*[@Auraculus](https://www.steemit.com/@auraculus) 🍃🌸🍂🍃 Friends are welcome to use my invite for earning free steem, and boosting your power, all you need to do is wa
![DSCF0118.JPG](https://steemitimages.com/DQmPPCGhhJWR5nEHb7x1MXT6aqghpzBBf7tDmmXGVVB5YUr/DSCF0118.JPG) ![DSCF0119.JPG](https://steemitimages.com/DQmPUfUQAF74Z9rSuiUn9Z6xCrfUYYVmwhGM9XJpS2NC9ZT/DSCF0119.JPG) ![DSCF0122.JPG](https://steemitimages.com/DQmZckKgXVCivq7W4qG1Qqa1MM4RfxdDnCT6G41Fp2vpPTY/DSCF0122.JPG) These are the before photos. As you can see the plants were devastated by my error. The blue tarps need to be replaced, I was suppose to do this before the heat spell. Well they are certainly going to get done now. Since the plants are dead I figured I might as well turn them under so they can start decaying. Usually I hold off till the tree shed their leaves and I mix the leaves in with the soil. Our soil has a lot of clay content and it is like a rock. The photo below show how the dirt gets clumped if I don't keep turning it. The addition of the leaves and manure for the last 3 years has helped the soil but I think I still have a long way to go. This soil is unlike the soil I remember when
https://youtu.be/mEuPUq3m57c Watch more How to Take Care of Your Lawn & Garden videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/507671-How-to-Take-a-Soil-Test-Lawn-and-Garden-Care If you really want to know what's going on with your soil, you're going to have to take a soil test. Now where do you get a soil test performed? Every state has a local county extension, and on that extension website, you're going to find a form that you can download and print out and that form is going to need to go with the soil when you send it in so that they know what crops you're trying to grow and how to label the soil. So download the form, print it out, fill it out to the best of your knowledge, front and back, and then you're going to have to go out in your yard and you're going to have to get some soil to send to the county extension. Now here we've started already. The first thing you're going to want to do when you take a soil test is to remove the top or the organic layer. If that's mulch or if it's tu
![DSCF0127.JPG](https://steemitimages.com/DQmUpdgr7J1ruC4L4JHB9twTBp3oakeJneKWjPEfhxCjLuh/DSCF0127.JPG) ![DSCF0128.JPG](https://steemitimages.com/DQmcVkhQLdi9h2DJeJ6NcHTorBFn9PQewxFYXoSMuznsngZ/DSCF0128.JPG) Earlier I got this bright idea to fertilize all the plants, I over did it and now I am cleaning up my mess. Lesson learned. Don't over fertilize. As I was culling through the burnt sections of the mint, I found there was roots on roots. Solution was to re pot the root bound mint. A good thing was that there was a small section that was not burnt so re potting was easy. I selected another pot with fresh soil, hopefully this survives.