Green Living

An Early Spring

We have had the craziest weather here in North Florida. It has been SO warm!

I mean, I know its Florida and all, and if you are reading this from North Dakota, you probably want to throw a shoe at me, but really, Tallahassee can get cold.

If you look at a gardening zone map, Tallahassee is zone 8 like the rest of the panhandle, but our micro climate is much colder than that. I am not sure why, something about these Red Hills. Our winter usually always has several hard freezes (low temps in the teens for several straight days) and many light freezes.

This year everything is blooming early and that means planting needs to happen early too.

Which I was so grateful for after my miscarriage. I had such an urge to get into the garden and tend to something. To help something grow.

An Early Spring

These are some sort of lettuce, can’t remember now, sorry. Oh, and I am back in my 10×30 garden after letting it rest this past fall.

An Early Spring

This is my herb garden by the back porch. I planted several new herbs that I have never planted before. I planted some cilantro, there in the back and Feverfew and Chamomile here in the front. I hope they do well.

An Early Spring

I have never had luck with strawberries before. The birds or bugs always get them. We used to have a big patch back by the fence but it was a diaster. I really do not understand how organic strawberry farmers do it.

When I was buying these plants at a great little business called Native Nurseries, they had a strawberry plant call Alpine. The berries are suppossed to be smaller, but sweeter. I couldn’t resist.

Penelope could not resist our two new animal friends. She had lots of fun deciding where their new bunny home would be.

I also planted a little flower called Wind Runner, in another pot next to the strawberries. It is a native plant to our area, usually found in shaded, wooded areas.

And it is an endangered species! How could I not buy it?!

An Early Spring

What’s up in your garden this year?

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  • eidolons
    March 6, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    I’ve had feverfew in our garden (grown from seed) since last Spring. It survived our winter.. but.. it has never flowered. A plant I’d gotten from Goodwood one year did flower, but died within a year. Same yard, different locations. Hmm. You’ll have to let us know how your feverfew does. (:

    • Stephanie
      March 7, 2012 at 3:07 AM

      Have you ever tried to make tea with it? I hope it does well enough that I can harvest some and make tea.

      • eidolons
        March 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        From what I understand, you make tea with the flowers not the leaves. Hence my annoyance that it never blooms. Maybe I’m wrong and have been sitting idly while I could be drinking some lovely headache-reducing tea?

        • Stephanie
          March 8, 2012 at 7:50 PM

          LOL. I did not know that. I need to do some more research. If I find out that you can use the leaves and not the flowers I will let you know.

          • eidolons
            March 11, 2012 at 3:54 AM

            Sheesh. A quick Googling tells me that I am, in fact, an idiot. Apparently the flowers *can* be used for tea, but typically the leaves are harvested *before* it flowers to make tea. Grrr.

            Oh well, now I know! And I just happen to have about one square foot of prolifically leafy feverfew!

          • Stephanie
            March 11, 2012 at 3:37 PM

            LOL.

  • Kendra
    March 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Being in Colorado most people don’t do the major gardening until Mother’s Day. It’s just a rule of thumb around here. However, there are plenty of spring bulbs that will start popping up at the end of March or beginning of April. Those are my favorites! I haven’t had a garden for a while but I was thinking I will give one a try this year. Definitely some herbs and you have me intrigued by the strawberries! Your garden looks great and I appreciate you sharing how it has helped after the miscarriage. You put it beautifully about wanting to tend to something and help it grow. I hope your garden brings you comfort as it thrives. Hang in there. You are doing a great job. 🙂

    • Stephanie
      March 7, 2012 at 3:08 AM

      Thanks! 😉 The rule of thumb around here, is Easter. You should totally start a garden. Just do something small and have fun with it, no pressure if something doesn’t work out.

  • Maureen
    March 7, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Beautiful, Stephanie! I hope it helps heal the mind, body, and soul. Love you. xoxo

    • Stephanie
      March 7, 2012 at 3:09 AM

      Thanks Maureen!

  • Darcy
    March 7, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Yep, I am from North Dakota and I am throwing my shoe at you! 🙂 Jealous!

    • Stephanie
      March 7, 2012 at 3:09 AM

      I knew there would be at least one person from there!

  • Emily @ Random Recycling
    March 7, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    We have had mild weather in the Boston area too…our daffodils and tulips are already coming up. I think our chives even sprouted already.
    With the mild weather, I’m thinking of planting some spinach and broccoli in window boxes with our excess of compost. We need to make more room!

    • Stephanie
      March 7, 2012 at 3:10 AM

      Oh, I bet it is beautiful!! I wish I could see it!

  • Angel
    March 8, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    I just put in peas and lettuces – I like to harvest the pea tendrils – really yummy! And Alpine strawberries are the BEST. Nice find!

  • Jenn
    March 9, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    Snowing here today in Ontario, Canada, but I’m eagerly awaiting the May long weekend so I can start planting our garden again. Heritage seeds from last years crop are sitting carefully stored on our bookshelf waiting to feed us for another summer season.

    Maybe we’ll sneak a quick vacation in before then to visit a warm sunny Florida – it would do us all good!

    • Stephanie
      March 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      That’s funny,I would love to a vacation to Canada!

  • Kristy
    March 13, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    We just put in 4 raised beds. Soil mix is next (this week) then we’ll start adding veggies. I’m a total rookie at veggies, but have been cross referencing books, friends, man in overalls & edible gardening group to plan out the garden on graph paper. Ok, maybe this is all just prep for my brain to kickstart :).

    I’d also like to add details to our perennial butterfly garden to attract fairies. I’ve been reading up on it and I think it will be super meditative to sit in the garden & try to get in the right mind to see them. ;o)

    I’m taking pictures, perhaps I’ll finish a post!

    • Stephanie
      March 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Wow, that is awesome! I can’t wait to see it. Let me know if you need any help. But really just start, don’t worry about getting it right. Gardening is a huge experiment, and you have your entire life to master it. So stoked you mentioned fairies! I have never been able to see them, but I know they are there. Peter always laughs at me when I go outside and tell them he is about to mow the lawn. And I love it when I get a mushroom circle in the yard, I know they are having fun then. 🙂