Archive | May 2012

Rain, Rain, Come This Way!!!

This Florida heat is taking it’s toll on my garden. Watering, watering, and more watering is expected here in Florida but not this early in the year! We usually don’t see 95-100 degree temps until late June and early July. It’s not even June yet and we are reaching records highs.

With that being said, a little rain would be nice. As I sit here and listen to the weather roaring outside it is a sigh of relief! I didn’t water last night because it was lightening so bad and was starting to sprinkle and was supposed to rain the next 4 hours. Needless to say, when I woke up this morning the rain guage was nice and empty. So now, this awful storm roaring outside is a nice sound!

Remember when the temperatures are hot you need to water more often. Always water deep for vegetables gardens, bushes, shrubs and trees. It make take you a week or so to get used to how long it takes to water the garden ‘deep’ but after a few tries you will have it right. When you are done watering, kick the dirt back, dig or use your heel to see how deep the ground is wet. Make sure it is around 6 inches or so for bushes and shrubs and around that for fruits and veggies.  If the soil is still dry a few inches below the surface continue to water and check until it’s wet around 6 inches deep. You will get the hang of it pretty quick and not have to worry about checking.

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How to Grow Lilies

 

Lilies are beautiful perennials that are easy to grow. Lilies grow well in containers and are great for adding color and height to flower beds. With proper care, lilies will come back year after year, multiplying continuously. To learn more about growing lilies, check out How to Grow Lilies. It will teach your how to care for lilies including planting lilies, fertilizing , water and sun requirements for lilies, breeding, dividing lily bulbs and much more.

How to Grow Lilies

growing lilies

My first lily of the year bloomed a banana yellow. So pretty and vary fragrant.

What Do YOU Want?

After starting this gardening blog nearly two weeks ago I have been very impressed with the traffic. I want to say I appreciate each and everyone of my viewers- both followers and occasional readers.

My main purpose for creating this blog was to share gardening tips, ideas, how-to’s, my own gardening photos and just about anything else you could think of that is gardening related that may help other gardeners. With that being said I want to make sure that I am posting what YOU my reader wants to read.

Now I want to know what YOU want? I have been very picky on what I post because I was not sure what everyone was wanting or needing. I’ve tried a few how-to’s, gardening ideas, photos, personal posts, and a few others. They have all done very well.

I would like to know what YOU like so that I can keep Gardening With Stephanie as helpful as possible.

 

Would you like more gardening how-to’s?

More Gardening Ideas?

Gardening photos such a plant identification?

Posts from my own garden and flowerbeds?

Unique gardening and flowerbed ideas? photos?

Please post in the comments section below any and everything you would like to see. If you have questions on a specific plant, pest problem or any other gardening topic please post that as well. I will be sure to post any and everything you desire to read on. Until then, I will keep posting away with what I hope you will enjoy!

 

 

Patriotic Yard Decorations

Spring has arrived and summer will soon be here. With summer comes several patriotic holidays including Memorial Day, Labor Day, 4th of July and a few more. This year I am thinking about creating a patriotic flower bed that has only red, white and blue flowers and decorations. I found some great patriotic yard decorations I included on one of my pages… check them out at Patriotic Yard Decorations.

Growing Your Own Squash

There’s nothing like going out and picking fresh squash from the garden. The thought of fresh picked, fried squash makes my mouth-water… which is pretty surprising that I don’t eat many veggies. I prefer to grow squash from seed because it’s easy, cheap and I can assure I’m getting the best quality.

This year I planted a tray of squash and sent a few home with my dad. I usually go with crookneck but this year I picked up straight-neck by accident and everyone loved them. Here is a photo of the 7 plants he planted. He picks from them daily.

My Daddy’s Squash Plants…

If you are debating on whether to buy squash plants or grow your own I would suggest to grow your own. You can get a pack of squash seeds for $1-2 and have 30 or so plants. Give them away or plant them all. If you want to learn how to grow your own squash from seed check out How to Grow Squash from Seed.

Quick & Easy Fried Squash Recipe

  1. Cut squash into thin slices
  2. Lightly salt and pepper
  3. Flour Squash and shake of the excess
  4. Deep fry (or pan fry with about 1 inch of oil) on medium-high  or about 325 degrees F,  heat until flour is golden brown.  2-5 minutes depending on how thick you cut them.

I prefer to cut mine about 2-3 mm thick as I like them crispy. Some prefer them thicker, say, half a centimeter. I like my crispy because I can’t do the texture… As stated before I don’t eat many veggies. However, you give me a crispy-fried squash and I will show you how to go to town on it.