Monday, January 21, 2008

Key West Garden Update


New seed packets arrived !!! Yahoo!!! I love when a package comes in the mail, even if it is something I ordered. Still, I feel like it is a present. I ordered these seeds and a new seed starting book from "The Cook's Garden", the premiere seed source for European Garden Vegetables. They have a fabulous catalog and will gladly send you one free of charge. But beware, you will want to order one of everything when you see the photos in the catalog. Another reason I like this seed company, they scatter a few recipes throughout their catalog which makes you want to order even more seeds! And, as you can see in the photo above, I am trying to do a bit more research on container gardening for 2008, attempting to produce a bigger crop and more variety in those pots. I have been "surfing the web" looking for information and am finding some help by checking out different university extension services. If anyone of you know of a good source for container gardening information, please let me know. Appreciate all the help I can get!

Now, for all of you who are tuned in that are freezing in the north, February is a good month to start some seeds inside so you will be ready for planting after your last frost! Spring will be here before you know it and, even if you do not have much space like me, one nice size pot on your deck or back porch would love to be the home of a few fresh herbs that would be begging to be added to your next fantastic recipe!

But before I start planting again, here is an update of what is happening outside my door today!




Nice bowl of lettuce is coming right along!


And the bananna hot peppers are ripe for the pickin'!




New batch of pole beans are finding their poles!





And a greeting from a newly bloomed hibiscus this morning!

Cheers!

15 comments:

Peter M said...

Blah, blah, blah...the cold of Canada is way better than the warmth of F.L.A. (who am I fooling).

Holler said...

Nice pictures Deb, you are making me anticipate Spring in a big way! Ignore Peter and his foolishness!

Deb, Could I have your email, mine is on my about me page if you wanted to email me. We have been speaking for so long now, it would be good!

Maryann said...

Yay! I love getting pressies in the mail too! I'm going to do "square food gardening" this year. Can't wait. Have my seeds all ready to go. I think I over bought. I just couldn't resist. I have a link on my site for seeds from Italy. It's a great catalog as well :)

culinography said...

Between my black thumb and our kitty who thinks he's a vegetarian, we've never done very well with growing much of anything here. Your starters look lovely, though!

Gloria said...

Beauty pictures Debs, here so hot!!!! I wait by the autumn!!! I like Spring, but here almost don't have, the summer arrived too hard !!!Yours pictures looks lovely!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Yum! That banana pepper looks great. I love those things. You r lettuce is going to be great too. How fun Deb. I have such a small porch and that is going to be for herbs. I don't think I can do more than that. When should I start planting those?

Wendy said...

I should start sowing inside soon? Really? Goodness, haven't even thought about gardening yet!
Gorgeous pictures. :)

winedeb said...

Peter, you are a hoot!

Hey Holler, just think, it is almost February!

Hi Maryanne, let me know what square food gardening is, will you be planting in the ground? I know what you mean by over buying - I bought every hot pepper the catalog had %^%*&. I will check out your link!

Hey Michelle, I know what you mean about the animals, we had a bulldog who would dig up the potatoes and help himself!

Whew Gloria, hopefully it will cool off a bit for ya soon! But...enjoy it while you got it!

Hi Jenn, I'll talk with ya about your herbs!

Hi Wendy, depending when you can put things in the ground where you are located and what you want to plant, it will be time to start your seeds inside soon!

Shayne said...

Your killing me I have been setting here in 0F weather dreaming about planting my garden this spring. we were even talking about it on my crafting group website.

Maryann said...

Deb, Here is a link to a site about square foot gardening. It may not be the best but...
http://www.squarefootgardening.com/

Lannae said...

Oh, your garden looks wonderful! I just want to pick the baby lettuce and eat them right now! Wow, it was 11F on Sunday in Nashville. We still have weeks before we will have baby spring lettuce. I love the hibiscus, it is just gorgeous.

Bellini Valli said...

Yes we are certainly getting our winter weather for the last few days. Brrrr. I long for the summer months and the sunshine!!Oh well I will just have to snuggle up under my blanket and read a good book. Too bad I have a cold to boot...first one in 4 years!

katiez said...

I'll be able to buy lettuce set here pretty soon. I plant them under the trees where nothing grows in the summer - too much shade, but perfect for lettuce in early spring. I can get 12 plants for .50 so it's not worth it to fuss with the seeds. I hope I can get some seeds when I'm in the U.S. next month - for the stuff the French consider pig food and don't sell seeds for...like sweet corn...
Can't wait for spring!

sher said...

Argh!!!! It's so cold and rainy here. Your beautiful pictures remind me that this will eat and Spring with come. So looking forward to planting again!

winedeb said...

Hey Shayne, won't be long, start planning!

Thanks Maryann, I will check it out!

Hi Lannae, I have been watching your temps and whew, it is chilly up your way. I know it is hard, but think Spring!

Hey Valli, hope you are feeling better soon! Tell me you are reading a good cookbook! Stay Warm!

Oh my gosh Katie, only .50! I would buy the sets too! Lettuce does well in the cool air!

Hi Sher, you will see the sun soon and Spring is just around the corner!