Basil in a bowl

Basil from the vegetable garden is kept fresh on the top of the kitchen counter using a simple bowl half filled with water. It smell wonderful and tastes even better on sandwiches, for cooking and eventually a pesto sauce which I have yet to do. The addition of fresh herbs is changing the way we cook and eat at our house. What do you do with Basil?

Basil in a bowel


Tomato colors

Tomatoes can be so colorful in their different stages of development. I have been harvesting the tomatoes early before cracking and molds set in. Florida humidity can cause a range of bad tomato issues. We had a dry spring but humidity has jumped off the charts. They taste great and make for good salsa.

Paul Robeson tomato

Tomatoes are fun to grow. Here is a unique tomato originally from Siberia so it’s amazing how well it grows here in Florida. You can learn more by clicking here at

Quick Gardens is going to Video

I have created a Youtube channel for this blog so everyone can follow the garden project in a more interactive way. I am finding it is much easier to show the process in video than try to explain it in writing. Click here for the Quick GardensYoutube channel to keep updated on the latest helpful tips, the good and bad, my cat and the Give A Garden Project. I created this blog for all those who would like to grow there own food no matter where they are. Here is the first video that started it all. Click here to view more videos.


Fall Vegetable garden

Fall is here and we are planting tomatoes, broccoli, Squash, cucumbers, and watermelon. The garden has been upgraded and is almost there. Check out the video. I hope it inspires you to grow your own garden.

How to Control Powdery Mildew in your Organic Vegetable Garden

Here’s an example of Powdery Mildew on a leaf. Humidity and wet leaves give rise to this and other diseases.

powdery mildew

I use a spray bottle with a mixture of baking soda, molasses and water. I sometimes add a little soap or milk to the formula. So far the results have kept the mildew and fungus down to a minimum. It also helps keep the organic garden free from pesticides.

Powdery Mildew Control Ingredients:

24 Oz Spray Bottle

1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon  of Molasses or Powdered Milk if desired

A squirt or two of mild Dishwashing Soap

What remedy’s do you use for your vegetables?

Thunderstorms and Heavy Wind Gusts

Looks like the screens worked. No damage to the food garden. 🙂 Hope your weather is good.

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