(This post I thought I had published but it has been sitting in my drafts. Still learning!) Part A:

It is finally here! The tell-tale signs of spring have been popping up all around us lately. Our dormant Florida peach tree has sprouted some new leaves, and a handful of beautiful peach blossoms! This is our first year with a fruit tree, and I am excited to see what kind of harvest we get off this tree this year!

Over the last several weeks, I have been planning the garden for this Spring by using Microsoft Excel and creating a sort of diagram of my garden using boxes and colors. I am an extremely visual individual, and I love to “see” the plants as I imagine walking through the garden. This helped me figure out which seeds I was going to start in late January/February for planting at the end of the month here in March.

As you can see, there is a LOT in planning and not much in the works right now. Everything I do this year will pretty much be a giant test to see what will work and what wont, how far I can stretch planting seasons with our wonderful Florida weather year round, and additionally incorporate permanent perennial fruits and such to the garden.

What are you doing in your garden? Is there anything you have done to have permanent food come back year after year? I’d love to hear from you!

Part B: Update!

Now that summer is here, I can give an update from this post since it has been hanging in my drafts. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, my poor garden has suffered so. I have anxiety and depression, and had pulled my child from school to homeschool him before all the craziness followed.

I had seed starts potted up and ready to go. I was growing new varieties of tomatoes and peppers this year, and planning on new things like Tomatillos and I told myself I was going to successfully grow corn for the first time this year! Excitement ran through my veins until the news of the pandemic reaching US soil came to my ears.

I had horrible anxiety and depression then, and when grocery stores started to run scarce on food and supplies, fear then consumed me and crippled my ability to garden. I was so worried about what was going on in the world that I failed to plant my plant starts which eventually succumbed to the neglect. My corn grew about 2 1/2 feet high and then got a case of worms that munched the leaves and started to get into the plants. Cucumbers died. Nothing got fertilized, and my backyard renovation was put on the back burner again. Topping it all off, we had a crazy storm with high gusts that blew through, and it got to every little baby peach growing on my tree. They all disappeared! The chicken coop also was affected by this wind storm and the latch failed letting all of my little beasts into my garden to devour and scratch up the work I had done.

I was feeling pretty much like a failure consumed by her demons in that time frame. I couldn’t pull myself away from the news. I was making constant trips to the store trying to stock up our pantry and make sure my family was fed in case stores ran out! But honestly, now that I am looking back on things, I should have been focused more than anything on the garden to provide for the family rather than letting it go! You know what they say about hindsight?? I wish I could go back in time, but I can’t! I can only learn from my mistakes and move on to not repeat it.

How has this Covid situation affected you and your family?

Published by FloridaGardenGirl

Hey Y'all! My name is Nicole, and I am a wife and mother just trying to make it through this thing called life and survive in one piece! I decided to start up gardening here in our home state of Florida (zone 9B) in 2018 dappling with one 4'x8' bed and I stuffed what I could in there. It was AMAZING! I had this giddy excitement inside me that was screaming for joy at my new found hobby, and it has grown so much more over the past year or so! Now we own laying hens, garden in 8 raised beds in our back yard almost year round, and we homeschool! I have learned so much from this experience and I would love to share it with you! This exciting adventure has encouraged me to start blogging about our experiences, successes and failures in hopes to inspire others to follow the desires of their heart and reach for their dreams. This is a space for lifting others up and freeing yourselves from the woes of the world! Relax and garden a little. You will be surprised how amazing it is and how rewarding it can be!

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