How To Deal With Armyworms (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

Something happened this weekend while we were camping. I left the house with a raised bed full of kale, spinach, beans and tomatoes and I came back to this swiss-cheese-esque MESS. After examining the plants a little closer, I came face to face with dozens (maybe hundreds? maybe millions?) of tiny black caterpillars hiding on […]

How To Grow Kale (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

Kale is so hot right now. Remember when I said I adore spinach? Well, Farmer Ross (my husband) loves kale. Don’t even bother giving that man a salad that doesn’t involve kale or you’ll hear him moan and groan his way through dinner. He even claims that kale is the only vegetable that makes him feel […]

5 Reasons NOT To Garden With Kids

Having one – or many – little kids running around provides an additional complication for a wannabe gardener. I  know from first hand experience what it’s like to garden with kids since my children were 2 and 4-years-old when I started my first garden. Yes, gardening is an awesome way to get free produce. But gardening can be messy. Gardening […]

February Garden Update (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

Our winter garden is in full swing. So far, I’ve been sharing individual posts for each plant I’ve grown – like radishes, and tomatoes – but I also wanted a place to share what’s in the process of growing. For that reason, I’ve created my new monthly garden update. Ta-da! Welcome to the first edition for the […]

St.Patty’s Day Shamrock Pancakes

It’s that time of year again! The time of year when you can add spinach to everything and call it a “St. Patty’s Day” treat. I’m Irish, my husband’s Irish and my married name even has an apostrophe in it. Needless to say, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around this house – rainbows, pots of […]

My Experience Growing Cauliflower (Central Florida – Zone 9)

Cauliflower won the “best in show” award for my winter garden. With its waist-high green leaves, it looked like a plant that belonged under the sea – not in the backyard of my Central Florida home! I almost wrote the cauliflower off as a bust, like our pumpkin-less vine, until a nice cold snap in […]

How To Never Run Out Of Dairy-free Cookies

With Valentine’s day approaching, my calendar is filled to the brim with parties. School parties, friend parties, gal parties…oh my! I love to party so I’m definitely not complaining, but parties equal sweet treats which can be a nightmare when you have a preschooler that needs to steer clear of dairy. (Think = buttercream frosting, milk chocolate kisses and butter-laden sugar […]

How To Grow Basil (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

There’s something about basil that makes even plain ol’ Spaghetti taste gourmet. If you’re a beginner gardener like me, I strongly suggest adding this herb to your “must-plant” list because it’s easy to grow and delicious to eat. Plus, it smells divine in the garden. (I wish you could scratch and sniff my picture above. Mmm.) It’s so simple that I’m convinced that anyone can do it. Yes, I’m even looking at you – […]

How to Grow Sweet Potatoes (Central Florida – Zone 9)

Growing sweet potatoes was the highlight of my fall garden! They were the easiest plant to grow – yes, even easier than as radishes and mixed greens – and they produced TONS of root vegetables to eat. I have another batch of sweet potatoes growing right now and I plan on continuing sweet potatoes until they won’t grow anymore. How […]

How to Grow Corn (Central Florida – Zone 9)

This article contains affiliate links. What’s a farm without some corn? I would never have jumped into gardening with a full-blown corn row, but farmer Ross, my husband, had other plans. Similar to when he ran a 30K (18.6 miles) without training, he decided his first crop in our garden would be corn. 🙂 This crop was definitely not as easy to grow as […]