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Gardening in South Florida has been an amazing experience.  At this moment it is 2:15pm and wunderground.com tells me it is 84 degrees outside and with the humidity it "feels like" 90!  And it's late October!!!  

This summer was very hard on my garden.  It was HOT!  For a few weeks we had NO rain and then it rained for an entire week.  

The morning temperature has been wonderful with a slight breeze and even after being outside for an hour after lunch I didn't feel like I was going to pass out.

For some strange reason I have been more plant-motivated this month.  Does that even make sense?

On Saturday I planted:
Table Queen Bush Squash
Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach
Detroit Dark Red Beets
5 Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard
And already I have little sprouting seeds!


I have run out of seedling pots (all recycled) so last night I had to purchase a few Jiffy Pots for the rest of my Fall planting.
This morning I planted:

Fine Verde Basil
Catnip
Dill Vierling
Echinacea Purpurea
Strawberries


But that's not all...Tomorrow I intend to plant more.  Soaking in little shot glasses on my kitchen table are Habanero and Pimiento Peppers, Brussels Sprouts and Little Gem Lettuce seeds.

Have I lost my mind?  Gone over the edge?  I'm not sure but I'll be really happy when I don't have to keep going to the store for salad stuff.  Even with the weekly trips to the farmer's market I find myself running to the grocery store for items I have run out of or forgot to pick up on Sunday.

Are you planning a Fall Garden?  Have you already started?

 

Originally posted on Back To Basics!

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Comment by Norman Saunderson on November 10, 2011 at 1:04pm

Hi. Marianne enjoyed reading your blog but it leaves me feeling we live on a different planet, when I compare your choices of winter plants to ours in the metro Vancouver area of Canada .Although we are considered one of the warmer regions north of the border I would need a heated green house to grow any of the seeds you have planted.As a newer gardener I'm looking for things to plant at this time of year so I' m sure you can sense my envy at your winter choices. Norman Saunderson 

Comment by Norman Saunderson on November 10, 2011 at 1:05pm

Hi. Marianne enjoyed reading your blog but it leaves me feeling we live on a different planet, when I compare your choices of winter plants to ours in the metro Vancouver area of Canada .Although we are considered one of the warmer regions north of the border I would need a heated green house to grow any of the seeds you have planted.As a newer gardener I'm looking for things to plant at this time of year so I' m sure you can sense my envy at your winter choices. Norman Saunderson 

Comment by Marianne Smith on November 10, 2011 at 1:35pm

I'm glad you enjoy my blog.  Sometimes I wish it got a bit cooler here.  One of the most peculiar sight I had ever seen when I first moved to Florida were Christmas lights on palm trees.

My current challenge is keeping my female cat from eating my seedlings.

Happy Planting!    -Mary

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