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Garden in June

Believe it or not, I have many successes on the farm. I have been riding our pony, Elvis. I really enjoy riding him and we are now looking to buy another horse. Also, my dad and I have spent a lot of time working in the garden. Our garden is over 3,500 square feet. We have started almost every plant from seed.

This summer's gardening season is coming to an end. Pollination has slowed down. For June and July we plan to:

  • Pull Weeds

  • Harvest

  • Pull out the plants we have harvested

  • Plan for our last summer planting season

  • Build a chicken coop for the garden

  • Make a weed barrier so we will not have to pull as many weeds

August is the last summer planting season for Central Florida (Zone 9). We will plant more corn in August. Then in October we will be able plant “winter plants”.

Let me give you a tour of the garden:


This week we had to harvest the corn. We had over 100 ears of

corn. It is so good to eat fresh corn from the garden. You do not need to boil

or grill it. It is soft and sweet. My mom cut most of the corn off the cob and

froze it so we could save it. My dad and I will soon cut back all the stalks

and prepare to plant corn again in August. We need to determine how much corn we need to plant to make it worth our while.

We have already picked several pounds of green beans. We planted three rows of beans. Bean plants produce a lot of beans

Banana Peppers

We have 7 green pepper plants.

We have 25 strawberry plants. They were not big producers. So we are trying different things so we will have more next season.

We are also growing herbs.

Other plants we have in the garden:

  • Sweet Potatoes

  • Watermelon

  • Eggplants

  • Onions

  • Zucchini

  • Squash

  • Blueberries

  • Carrots (The carrots do not taste good, but the pony will eat them.)

  • Pumpkins (We want to see if we can have a pumpkin patch in Central Florida.)

  • Mangos

  • Figs

  • Apples

Josh found several blackberry plants in our front four acres. Wild blackberry plants in Florida have 5 leaves. The berries are ready to pick in June and July. We have gone back to check and there are only a few berries. Perhaps an animal has been eating them?

I bought pine needles as a weed barrier. They are slightly acidic so they are good for the blueberries, strawberries, and tomatoes. I wanted to cover the entire garden, but it only covered 1/8 of it.

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