Who is out and gardening, and what are you planting (with slideshow)?

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Real Estate Agent with Classic Properties

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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela Elliott is a licensed Florida REALTOR® with Century 21 Classic Properties in Gainesville, FL. Please visit my profile for more about me and browse my Gainesville, FL real estate website for additional Alachua County information and listings. Your phone calls are always welcome at (352) 256-7038 as are your e-mails to angela.elliott1@century21.com.  A portion of all my closed sales will be donated to the Alachua Co. Humane Society (View my mission statement).

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Angela Elliott
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AR Foodaholics: I wrote this article a few weeks ago and decided to go ahead and post it here too.  I'm curious to see if any of you are growing any of your own produce/herbs like we are and if you have any fresh summer recipes straight from the garden you'd like to share (homemade pestos, salsas, vegetable casseroles, etc.)
May 04, 2008 03:17 PM #1
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Marko Vucurevic
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Nothing Fancy in the yard, but plenty to eat.  Tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, onion, garlic, chives, basil, oregano, rosemary, cilantro, parsley and mint for mojitos.  Also growing apple, nectarine, peach, and cherry trees.  My thoughts are that if I have to spend time working on it, I want to get something back.  And there is nothing like fresh produce.   I've done homemade pesto, and salsa fresca, but never with a recipe, so I can't really help you there, sorry. 

May 05, 2008 12:38 PM #2
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Wow Marko, you're beating me out.  A man after my own heart with the mint/mojito action.  Yum yum.  I'd love to branch out and get some citrus trees planted.  I'm sure your yard looks beautiful when all the fruit plants are flowering!  Thanks for posting.  I'd love to see some photos if you ever randomly got bored enough to post some!  You're welcome to make a thread in AR Foodaholics to showcase anything you have growing!
May 05, 2008 01:28 PM #3
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I interplant my vegetables into my regular garden beds. My fruits seem to be attacked by the kids, dog, and wildlife, but we incorporate herbs and vegetables into the garden each day's meals. I like making baba ganouche (If the spelling is right) from my eggplants and garlic. I roast them (eggplant and garlic) and blend it with some olive oil. I make pestos from various herbs and nuts. Pecans are common here in Texas, so I trade with my neighbors for nuts, and they get herbs in exchange. Toasting the pecans makes an interesting pesto. 
May 05, 2008 04:38 PM #4
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Tomatoes and cilantro grow like crazy here. I also love basil which will grow inside. I plant mint every year but it does not like the dry, hot climate. Rosemary is another good one, it grows like crazy.
May 06, 2008 02:15 PM #5
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Photo of some of our recent cuke harvest.  Yes, that is a WHITE cucumber and it is DELICIOUS!  It tastes slighly milder than a regular one.  


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