PLANTS OF ORLANDO (Volcano Bay) – Sweet Southern Blue

I thought Baldi Resort in Costa Rica was one of the most beautifully landscaped locations that I have ever visited and I am hard to please when it comes to landscaping. I have to say that Volcano Bay in Orlando comes close to Baldi when it comes to plant use and design. I added a […]


I am growing Aunt Molly’s ground cherries this year and have had numerous people comment on their toxicity.  It is true that the leaves and unripe fruit are poisonous and even fatal if ingested, ripe fruits are not and can be made into jellies, jams, and sauces. Ground cherries (Physalis spp.), often called cape gooseberries, are […]

Growing the Toothache Plant and it’s Medicinal Benefits – Sweet Southern Blue

This is my first year to grow the Toothache Plant and to be honest, I purchased the seeds because I thought the flowers were cool looking. I thought they looked like little eyeballs so I fondly refer to them as the eyeball plant. I purchased my seeds from Baker Creek but I’m sure there are […]


For some of us in the South, picking blackberries brings brings back childhood memories of reaching for those delicious dark purple nuggets among a thicket of thorns.  Standing in the warm sun, we ate  as many berries as we saved.  Our hands turned purple, juice ran down our chins, and we complained out the scratches on […]

How to Grow ~ PEACHES | Sweet Southern Blue

Peach trees are not hard to grow but it does seem like it takes forever before they produce fruit. If you are reading this, it’s probably because you were looking for information on growing peaches.  You have probably read several articles ( I usually read at least ten) on how to successfully grow them, planting techniques, […]

How to Grow ~ SQUASH AND ZUCCHINI | Sweet Southern Blue

Squash is a seasonal vegetable. It is very susceptible to frost and heat damage, but with proper care it will produce a bumper crop with very few plants. PLANTING If you wish to start seeds indoors due to a short gardening season, sow 2 to 4 weeks before last spring frost in peat pots. However, we recommend […]

How to Grow ~ PINEAPPLE | Sweet Southern Blue

I never thought I would say this but growing pineapple is super easy.  Yep, that fruit that you thought of as being tropical can be grown almost anywhere.  You simply treat them like a houseplant during the winter and set them back out in the spring when the weather gets warm enough. A few things you […]

How to Grow ~ BELL PEPPERS | Sweet Southern Blue

HOW TO GROW BELL PEPPERS Planting Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before last spring frost date. The temperature must be at least 70 degrees F for seed germination, so keep them in a warm area for the best and fastest results. Start pepper seeds three to a pot, and thin out the weakest seedling. Let the remaining […]

How to Grow ~ SNAP BEANS | Sweet Southern Blue

I am planting green beans (snap beans, string beans) for the first time this year.  I go out daily to see how much they have grown while I was a work.  It has become a daily routine that is somehow calming to my spirit. I understand that green beans are supposed to be easy to […]


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