Welcome Home My Florida!
This summer heat has whipped me! Has it done the same to you? In my final round for the summer
season, learn what we found to be true and whatever you do, don't go it alone! The good news is that
Fall is right around the corner and cooler days are in our future. In my mind I'm sorting out the do's
and don'ts of gardening and going forward to learn more. Happy Gardening!
The Country Garden
Gardener's Supply Company
Diary of a Gardener
Deborah Sheehy
Lesson learned... Never start a garden in Central Florida or South
of here after April! The heat, the worms, the heat, the bugs, the
heat and did I mention the heat?? It's just been miserable trying
to keep critters away and the 'fruit of the vine' alive. We had to
resort to Sevin Dust to finally rid the tomatoes of corn worms. We got several tomatoes,
but what we had to do to get those just flat out wasn't worth it! The beans did well... while
the peppers we had popping out, fell off as tiny little drops of something slightly
resembling peppers. Our Marigolds... you know, those pretty, smelly, flowers that are
supposed to keep away bugs... you got it... eaten by worms. I'm telling you it was a
miserable experience. I want to go back to North Florida!

Another lesson learned... When you have GREAT soil, expect LARGE plants. The tomato
trellises we purchased were too few and too flimsy and crumbled under the weight of our
plants. Next time, we get the taller, more sturdy stabilizers.

Yet another lesson... Plant in FULL sun for a veggie garden. Our plants were leaning so
far they had to be propped up to keep the crop from laying on the ground.

Lastly... Another note about using a super duty foundation...  You must leave plenty of
room in between plants for plenty of sun to seep into them all. We had stuff all over the
place and totally unable to control it due to growth and bad sun placement.
The Lady Bug in it's larva stage isn't as cute  as an
adult and probably won't inspire someone to write
nursery rhymes in it's honor.
But as an aggressive pest control, the larva has a big
appetite for aphids, mites and whitefly.
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Now, get out in this glorious Florida Day and get those hands dirty!
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Gardening, in the middle of summer is simply too
stinking HOT! And I'd like to add, a huge thumbs down
to all the 'organic' so called pesticides found in our
local home improvement stores. When it comes to
protecting food from worms, none of this worked. I'm
writing letters of disappointment to all of them. They
aren't worth the container they came in.

I'm taking my new found knowledge and going to do
something... I don't know what as yet... but I'm going to
do something! (Just as soon as I cool off!)
Mole Crickets
Bad news for any lawn
From the University of Georgia Entomology...
"Both young and adults burrow beneath the soil and make
tunnels similar to those made by moles, but much smaller.
This loosens the soil and causes it to dry out quickly, as
well as clipping the roots of the grass plants. Left
unchecked, mole crickets will build up in an area and
completely destroy the grass, leaving bare ground."

To learn more visit their site:
"Yellow Star Grass"
Barry Glick  Sunshine Farm & Gardens

There aren't very many plants that would conjure up the use of the adjective "adorable"
to describe them, but in this case I deem it justifiable.

Put on your sunglasses!!!

"Yellow Star Grass" is a VERY
appropriate name for Hypoxis hirsuta,
although the yellow color of the flowers
is so brilliant, you may want to call it
"Golden Star Grass".  A plant native
to all but nine western states on the
mainland US and all but two western
provinces of Canada -


Hypoxis hirsuta deserves a place in every type of garden. Its diminutive size makes it a
perfect choice for a rock garden. However its woodland nature lends itself be perfect in
any shade or wild garden and the fact that it loves to soak up the sun, makes it perfect
for the front of any sunny perennial border.

Hypoxis hirsuta was a member of the Amaryllis family, but recently, taxonomists have
created a new plant family, Hypoxidaceae.  The name of the genus, Hypoxis, is derived
from the Greek, hypo which means below and oxy which means pointed and refers to
the points of the petals. The species name, hirsuta, refers to the very fine hairs on the
blades of the foliage. Hypoxis hirsuta is the only North American member of the family
and of the genus. All of the others are South African -

Hypoxis hirsuta grows to be about 3" - 6" tall with an equal spread. Eventually, they'll
gently self sow into a very natural colony. I've been building a good stock of plants to
share with you.


Happy Gardening,
Barry Glick aka Glicksterus maximus aka The Cyber-Plantsman
Sunshine Farm & Gardens
HC 67 Box 539 B
Renick WV 24966 USA
EMAIL - barry@sunfarm.com
Special Note

I've started a casual
conversation with
another gal here in
Florida who's going
through the WORM
issue as well. We're
tossing information back
and forth to see how we
can make gardening in
Florida a bit more
'sunny' if you know what
I mean!

She's working with a
product called:
B.T. Thuringiensis and
unlike Sevin Dust, it can
be applied without
having to be concerned
about picking the fruit
too soon afterward.

I'm doing some
homework to find out
more about this product
and will update you with
results that she's