I’ve been in my new house for a couple of months now. We’ve made headway, but after spending money for a new HVAC system and dishwasher, some things have had to wait. Also, finding space for everything is still a challenge. I make weekly trips to the GoodWill store for drop-offs.
I’ve been keeping an eye on the yard, and the position of the sun, to figure out the best spots for my raised beds. The other day, spur of the moment, my son went out and bought some wood and made this raised garden bed! He read some “how to’s” online and then bought everything and put it together (with the help of his younger brother). I think it’s great! We have to move it a little to the correct position, but it’s pretty much ready for liners and dirt. It’s made of pine boards and is about 18 inches high. That may be a little too tall, but I don’t have to fill it to the top. Cardboard and newspaper will go in the bottom with wire to keep out the moles. Are there moles in Florida?
Getting dirt into the bed may be a challenge. We have a sprinkler system and a drainage area around the front of the house. It’s a bit like a dry moat which won’t allow for a vehicle to drive over. My son can fill his truck with garden dirt but it will have to be shoveled into a wheelbarrow and dumped into the raised bed.
I don’t have a wheelbarrow, and they are not cheap. But there is no hurry. My parsley and lettuce in the small box is doing well. If I had a bigger garden this time of year (December) I would be planting peas, onions, spinach and kale. Eventually I will get there. I know better than anyone how to start over with no gardens and build up a yard from scratch. It seems I’d just get the yard looking nice, and I’d have to go some place else and begin again. I hope those days are over, but who knows. It takes time, but in the end it’s so worth the work.
I use my beautiful parsley daily by adding it to my omelets, homemade salsa, soups, stews, pizza, spaghetti sauce and meatloaf – to name a few. It adds such fabulous flavor and is good for the kidneys.
It was one of my favorite things to grow in New Hampshire, as it lasted right into the first snowfall. I used to have deer come into my yard and nose through the snow to find it!! Beautiful…..! I didn’t mind sharing.
At the end of the growing season I would store parsley by drying or freezing – Read how I do it.
I have noticed, since I moved back to Florida, that there are no seeds, and few decent vegetable seedlings, to be found in the stores. I managed to save this parsley from a neglected Home Depot shelf in August. It looked pathetic, but I know how resilient parsley is, and sure enough it grew in nicely. There is plenty, even though I pick many branches every day!
The lettuce was a recent purchase and it didn’t look too good either, but it seems to be doing well in this recent cool weather we’ve had. I’ve even used a few leaves to add to a sandwich. I prefer buttercrunch or the variety lettuce, but I’ll look for seeds next year.
Apparently this is not the time of year to buy seedlings and seeds. In early spring I will most likely have more luck. For now, I will fill my fabric pots, which I used with much success up north, and grow a few things in there. I found a nearby garden center which I must visit soon.