First Fall 2015 Radish Harvest

I am so excited that my first harvest of the season has finally come! I remember last season when the garden was producing at amazing rates and I had an over abundance of crop. I didn’t know what to do with it all! I had canned, dehydrated and used all I could. I was at the point where I was giving a lot of vegetables away to friends, family and neighbors. At that time I was actually saying I had too much **Gasp!**

Looking back at that time just a few months ago I cannot believe I was complaining! Now I feel like it has been forever since I have harvested any food beacuse we are waiting for the fall crops to ripen. Oh how I wish I could go back to that time when God allowed our “cup to run over”. A hard lesson to learn as a new gardener. As my first fall harvest comes, I will always remember to be thankful no matter what part of the growing season it is or how big or small the harvest is. Ever harvest is a blessing

Today I am thankful for radishes and the all of the food I will be growing for my family in the next coming weeks.

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Much Love!

Eva

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New Fall Gardenscapes and Raised Beds

Fall is finally here! Bring on all the delicious fall crops, pumpkin EVERYTHING and cooler temperatures! Of course here in Florida, that means bring on the “still hot but less humid days”. Mr. GreenThumb has been hard at work getting our fall planter beds ready for the season. I say he has done an amazing job on these new planter beds.
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Raised planter beds are a great way to get your garden off to a great start. Especially in area where the soil is not the best quality. You can make the planter beds out of almost anything that is strong enough to hold a large amount of dirt. I have seen people make them with all kinds of material from plywood to cinder block even old tires! For the two beds show above, we used old wood from a structure that was torn down. Total score!

So far this fall I have been able to plant several varieties of vegetables and I am anxiously awaiting for harvest time to come! As you know, you are on this journey with me so I will be giving you updates on how these two beds are doing!

Let me know what you are planting this season in the comments below! Also I would love to hear that material you have used for your raised beds!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Eva

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Growing Radishes with Kids

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A lot of people ask me what is a good starter vegetable to grow with small kids. My answer is always the same: Radishes! Radishes are not complicated to grow and the best part is that they grow fast! Kids tend to have a very short attention span, so rather than making them wait for 60-70 days for carrots, radishes germinate in just a few days and many varieties only take about 30 days until they are ready to harvest.
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To grow radishes first you need to choose what variety you want to plant. If you are planting with children, I would recommend Cherry Belle radishes as they mature in just about 22 days. This particular variety of radishes grow well in the spring and fall seasons. Choose an area that will receive full sun and is well drained. Plant seeds about a 1/2 inch deep and 1 inch apart. Of course if you are growing a larger variety, allow for more space. Make sure you water your radishes evenly every day but be careful not to over water. Radishes like for the soil around them to stay moist but not soaked.
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Radishes are the perfect starter vegetable to grow with your kids. They will learn a valuable lesson on how to grow food and have a better understand a how important it is to know where your food comes from.
Let me know what you have grown in your garden with your children by commenting below!

Happy planting!

Much Love!

Eva

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