Carambola Ripening

Carambola Ripening

I’ve been harvesting Carambola for awhile. And I’ve discovered a fool proof method to determine when the fruit is at its prime. So when the fruit starts to change color, smell it. If you can detect a very faint, complex floral fragrance, the fruit is at its prime. At this stage the fruit is crisp, slightly sweet. The fragrance enhances the flavor. And it should […]

Take a Trip and Never Leave the Farm

Take a Trip and Never Leave the Farm

Upside I woke up this morning in a strange state: my sense of time was running slow. moving objects seemed to flow. I had a vertigo like sense with changing perspective/ depth perception. I couldn’t walk straight without really concentrating. And I was constantly distracted by nothing. Only problem, my wife was experiencing a little vertigo as well! And we hadn’t eaten or shared anything […]

Kumquats

Kumquats

Almost all our fruit trees got snapped off, shredded or blown over. But the leaves and fruit on the Kumquat tree made it through hurricane Matthew unscathed. Now that fruit is ripening. And it’s refreshing to pluck a ripe one. Then eat it on the spot. Delicious! The Kumquat is a thumb sized, oval citrus that’s eaten whole. At first bite, the juicy, lemony flavor from […]

Anthropocene

Anthropocene

I’ve been pondering the Anthropocene since my geology college days. Having seen the geological evidence of how other ages mass have dramatically changed, I wondered how we will fare. In Anthropocene, on the TED Radio Hour, noted thinkers do a little pondering of their own. It’s entertaining and well worth a listen if the Anthropocene has crossed your mind. -dBguy

First Atemoya Harvest

First Atemoya Harvest

While doing yard work, I looked over and saw a fruit under the Cherimoya. During my last farm inspection I wondered just when, and how to harvest the fruit. My heart sank. This little tree was an experiment. It surprised me by fruiting. I wondered if the fruit would ripen. And I figured a critter had beat me to it. Finishing my work, I picked up the […]

More Farming

More Farming

I’ve been away from the farm for awhile. Now it’s a little cooler and it’s time for a look. Yep, still have the usual stuff. Everything is healthy, larger, more green and thriving in the much wetter and slightly cooler weather. The bamboo is 15′ tall and the flowers add a nice touch of color. What is this? I’ve never grown anything like it before. I […]

Cool Night Air

Cool Night Air

It’s a mid-August, South Florida night. The frogs, crickets, cicadas and other night creatures, retreating from the heat of day, now return filling the night with song. And like them, sub tropical nights are a special time. The air is cool. The sounds of nature overwhelm civilization’s buzz. And sweet perfume fills the night air. Ah, the joys of living in a subtropical swamp. In […]

Carambola Harvest

Carambola Harvest

Oh yeah! Harvested our first Carambola fruit. I’ve been looking forward to this since 2014, when I tasted my first tree ripened fruit. It’s a neat tree that has all stages of fruit, most of the year. From bloom to harvest takes a little over two months. Hears how the fruit progressed from pea size to hand size: Tree ripened fruits are juicy sweet, tart bombs […]

Umbrella Tree

Umbrella Tree

The Umbrella Tree is another beautiful and unusual plant that’s now blooming in South Florida. native to Australia, Java and New Guinea grows to 50′ has beautiful deep green palmate leaves large, tentacle like appendages covered with 100’s of crimson red blooms has few pests the bees love it and it tolerates poor soil, heat and drought In other words it’s a great plant for south […]

Mango Time

Mango Time

It’s Mango time in South Florida. Our little tree won’t be yielding for a few years. But there are lots of Mango trees in South Florida. Since late spring, their dangling fruits have promised an abundant and tasty harvest. That’s not always a given as their winter blooms are susceptible to South Florida’s damp winters and infrequent cold blast. Mangoes come in many different varieties, each with it’s […]

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