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End of Winter – Subtropical Bloom

Although subtropical seasons are tightly bound to wet and dry, there is a subtropic winter. But by February it’s gone. no chance of temperature below 50 winds shift from NE to SW humidity increases dramatically chance of thundershowers temperate climate plants thinks it’s June dormant tropical plants revive subtropical plants bloom Mango Mango bloom marks […]

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Ginger Monster

Now, it’s as cool and dry as South Florida gets. harvested the last bananas a week ago the lawn needs little attention weeds are dormant or dead and the vines for root and tuber plants are drying up It’s time to harvest them. But I have mixed feelings. Wandering through the landscape, these plants are […]

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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 begins changing color, smell it. If you detect a faint, complex floral fragrance, the fruit is at its prime. At this stage, the fruit is crisp, slightly sweet. The […]

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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 […]

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