Summer in the Garden

Summer is not the time to be gardening. Not in Florida, anyway. It’s the time for vacations with the kids, days at the beach, the lake, a friend’s house. Summer is too hot for gardening in Florida. Pretty much too hot for anything but water fun!

However, I’m a year-round gardener which means there’s ALWAYS something growing in my backyard. And I’m not talking grass, I’m talking edible. 🙂

Sweet potatoes love the warm weather and grow all summer long to deliver a bounty of golden goodness come fall. These babies are sprawling into the beds on either side where I have dutifully made room for them.

sweet potatoes in bloom

Okra is another plant that loves it sunny and hot and this year, I’m playing around with a new variety! Red Okra, of the “Billy Bob” variety (and no, I didn’t make that name up).

red okra

My peanuts are thriving, burrowing away so that we may have peanuts to boil come football season.

peanuts like soft soil

Hot peppers also enjoy the heat. Go figure. My Hungarian Wax, Jalapeno and Scotch Bonnet are all doing well, though my sweet green peppers are struggling.


But my compost pile isn’t. Look at this baby, grow!

compost progress

And if my compost pile can grow squash, tomatoes and sweet potatoes, anyone can. Yep, that is my backyard compost pile. Eventually I’ll harvest the sweets, but it’s much too hot for the tomatoes to sport fruit and the squash, well, where I have to “dig” to get those golden beauties my be a bit much.  We’ll see.

Until then, I’ll continue to enjoy summer and the fruits of my labor! Including concocting a mean salsa with this bounty of peppers.

peppers in summer

How about you? Growing anything this summer where you live?

Posted on July 8, 2013, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. What gorgeous pictures of a very enviable garden. We’ve built up our backyard to the point that we don’t have any room for a garden. My husband DID plant three tomato plants and we’re now reaping those beautiful red benefits.

  2. Either Christy has been holding out on us or this is Dianne’s post. 🙂 Dianne, if you have any surplus you want to get rid of, bring them to Atlanta next week!

  3. Janna Qualman

    I agree, very enviable! And also, YUM. I like your picks.

    I’m not skilled with the growth of things, be it plant or veggie or whatever requires a green thumb. But I admire your efforts!

  4. Christy Hayes

    Beautiful garden, Dianne!

    Anyone who know me (Tracy) knows this isn’t my garden, but thanks for making me look good 😉

  5. Yes, I was confused too, LOL! Then I read “Florida” and I knew it was our Dianne. 🙂 Peanuts? It would be amazing to be able to grow peanuts!

  6. Thanks for your kind words and yes–hit the wrong button when posting!!!

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