Last year we created some raised bed gardens in the back yard. We had much success with our three separate rounds of crops and harvesting. The climate and high temperatures in Florida can make produce selection a little challenging so we have learned by trial and error what seems to work and what does not. Since we gave our gardens a break through the hottest part of the summer we were eager to get some things planted for fall. Bring on the veggies!!
We decided to document our planting this year in order to keep better track of when things were planted, how they progressed, and what worked out best. It is a very sophisticated system consisting of a composition book and a pen:
On August 25, we started with several plants and some broccoli seeds. Once those had a couple of weeks to get started, we added collard green seeds, kale seeds, and some bush bean seeds on September 9. I should have taken some photos of the “just planted” stage, but since I did not, we can just take pride in knowing that what we’ve planted so far is, at the very least, GROWING!
Last year, our tomatoes didn’t fair too well in the fall. This year we are trying two varieties that are supposed to tolerate high heat a little better since we still get very warm weather here throughout the autumn months. We’ll see what happens.
We have a little space left in both gardens where we plan to stagger more broccoli seeds. It is everyone’s favorite, and the fantastic flavor and tender texture over store-bought broccoli just can’t be matched!