The weather is perfect right now in Gainesville, FL for anyone looking to get a produce, herb or flower garden started, if you haven't already! I'm curious to see who is out and gardening and what you're planting!
We have a fenced in area (to try and dissuade the critters from rooting for grubs!) where we have planted quite a bit of produce and herbs such as: squash, tomatoes, 5 different types of peppers, blueberries, onions & sweet onions, pumpkins, lavender, rosemary, thyme, lemon balm, basil, and more that I can't even think of right now! We have also ordered a ton of other things such as catnip, 2 kinds of sage, chamomile and something called zatar oregano, I believe. If you've ever been to Falafel King, then you may have tried the zatar bread (delicious). Apparently the spice that makes the bread taste so good is the zatar oregano.
We have also planted honeysuckle, jasmine, duranta, hibiscus, verbena, plumbago and many other butterfly/hummingbird attractants, although I'm not planning on eating any of these plants! We get most of our seeds from Park Seed company.
At any rate, we are going to be "eatin' good in the neighborhood!" I still would love to plant some eggplant and some other things, but I think we're off to a good start!
I am extremely into naturopathy and holistic healing coupled with sensible western medicine. I have been studying herbs, supplements, foods, aromatherapy and other natural health practices for about 8 years now and think there is truly something gratifying about having your own organic garden right outside your window. We'd like to get a hen or two, but I'm going to have to check into the zoning on that one because my neighbors might not be too thrilled! hehe. We might have to wait until we get some more land for that stuff. ;)
So what are you guys planting and growing this season? Have you had any "flops" you've lost to pests or any wild successes? Any particular favorites that you think grow exceptionally well here that you would recommend?
Here is a slideshow of our project. The black hose is an irrigation line:
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