This month seemed like the month when I felt my plants started thriving again after experiencing Hurricane Irma and two cold frosts. I have begun to see budding new leaves, fruits and flowers. My plants are growing and happy!
We’re in the heart of the dry season, so watering is a priority for my gardens. I’ve also been cleaning up frost damage, weeding and planting warmer crops in my raised beds because we’ve had some record high temperatures recently.
This month I executed phase one for an elementary school garden. This was an unique learning experience and helped me to discover many new native Florida plants. I purchased a healthy amount of butterfly plants, herbs and veggies to include in the project. I then put my new propagating skills to use in hopes to include some of these new plants into my own garden.
One thing to remember this month: don’t prune too early. Sometimes it’s best to just let the plants move in their natural way. The dead growth can be a blanket of protection for some plants. Removing this blanket too early can cause new growth to bud and if the temperatures drop, it could damage the plant.
It feels like spring with the warmer temperatures and all the flowers blooming, including:
- Jamaician strawberry tree
- bird of paradise
What to plant in the vegetable garden:
- fava beans
- lemon balm
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Khalil Gibran