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Tom Carey

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From My Garden to Yours

Nature’s simple method of littering the ground is a trick we can easily emulate.

Nature’s simple method of littering the ground is a trick we can easily emulate.

From My Garden to Yours

Starting over again

My crops of peppers, eggplant, collard greens, okra, scallions and herbs planted in early spring don’t stop producing just because the calendar clicked over to July and August.

From My Garden to Yours

Readily available, water-soluble chemical fertilizers lead to weakened plants and soil degradation

What I would not give to trade some of my sandy Florida scrub soil for that black Midwestern humus

To rise above

It’s already the middle of June and we have not received the first of our expected summer rains.

From My Garden to Yours

Now is a good time to create infrastructure for your future garden

Utter the word “farm,” and most everyone will picture vast acreages of monocrop agriculture undulating across broad sweeps of North America’s prairies or California’s Imperial Valley

Fungus among us

During my school days looking for shrooms, I became enamored with the beauty of the Great Cypress Swamp.

As our soils mature, a series of composting species evolve populations. Many agricultural practices can destroy this progression.

From My Garden to Yours

How have we ended up manipulating genes, terraforming, and changing the climate to satiate our hunger?

For gardeners to effectively compete with subsidized corporate plantations’ low-cost foods, we need to take advantage of recently developed appropriate technology

From My Garden to Yours

The fact that so many of us live Earth Day every day is a wonderful thing!

Living in the woods surrounds my family with what should be a daily reminder of why Earth Day is every day

From My Garden to Yours

When you start getting old like me, even your best efforts will not stave off the inevitable aging processes

Going to seed

From My Garden to Yours

The initial 20 percent of effort during any project will accomplish 80 percent of the intended goals.

Slow gardening: taking the time to garden right

From My Garden to Yours

When I ask fellow travelers about their projects, they usually describe their gardens in terms of size, shape and limitations.

Creative gardening

From My Garden to Yours

While interacting with the reality surrounding us at our homes, we frequently practice the principles of permaculture.

Permaculture

Last call

Growing seasons encircling the calendar offer certain advantages to Central Florida gardeners, but the details bring the bliss back to reality.

Growing seasons encircling the calendar offer certain advantages to Central Florida gardeners, but the details bring the bliss back to reality.

From my garden to yours

Just a few degrees of temperature difference can spell survival for many plants for the whole year.

Time to “make hey”

From my garden to yours

Produce from my Sundew Gardens is now available online.

Nano-gardening

From my garden to yours

I both focus on avoiding the negative and attracting the positive

Gardening Resolutions

From my garden to yours

The best plan would have been to start the crops soon enough to reap a harvest by now.

Cold rain and snow

From my garden to yours

Keeping it simple for the holidays is the only way to maintain any semblance of sanity.

Cooking with the harvest

From my garden to yours

I will admit to never having much success at growing spinach.

Eat to the beet

From my garden to yours

The customers of my pick-your-own business help in reaping the harvest

People: the ultimate crop

From my garden to yours

A wide spectrum of salad greens can be reaped in a short period of time with minimal effort.

Spectrum of salad greens

From my garden to yours

Iceberg lettuce is not the variety we should grow

‘Salad days’ are here

From my garden to yours

The essence of time and money applied to the refuge of our garden is an unwelcomed mantra.

Return on investment

From my garden to yours

Fish emulsion enhances compost and compost tea in my garden’s fertilizer schedule.

Fishy fertilizer

From my garden to yours

Natural selection in the garden

Seek to understand the garden, not the task at hand. When these opportunistic crops present themselves, enable their benefits to your commerce.

From my garden to yours

Start seedlings for the autumn garden

With the start of Florida's garden year on hand, now is the time to start seedlings as transplants for our gardens.

From my garden to yours

Seeds of the Future

While most children envision gardening as simply the process of poking seeds into dirt, my contemplation of a seed is radically different. Seeds are the harbinger of human evolution and society.

From my garden to yours

Everyone can grow peppers

Every gardener has favorite varieties and plants, and one of mine happens to be peppers.

From my garden to yours

Natural pest controls

At Sundew Gardens, "natural and practical" is an operational parameter we've used since founding the gardens.

Local food for local people

From my garden to yours

Everyone has to eat. Of the three basic needs of food, shelter and clothing, a lack of food will bring on social chaos quicker than any governing body would care to admit.

From my garden to yours

By Tom Carey

Gardeners will save the world

From my garden to yours

Fun with edible flowers

Pretty, easy, fun, and tasty are all descriptive of the nasturtium, a plant all of us should be growing in our gardens

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