Winter in South Florida

Winter in South Florida

Yeoh, -26F in Wyoming! I ponder this as new blooms emerge on my banana plants. I think this is one reason I left there and moved here!

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 […]

After Hurricane Matthew

After Hurricane Matthew

The hurricane shutters are off. The streets are clear of debris. Things are returning to normal after hurricane Matthew passed by. But the ocean is another story. Except for one day, the ocean remains a mess: the water is murky it has a greenish-gray color the waves are rough, confused and jumbled The beach looks like it’s in the midst of a big winter storm. […]

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew became very dangerous, very fast. It has come and gone on the Treasure Coast. And we have survived the last 72 hours essentially unscathed. The “farm”, our backyard garden was destroyed. But that’s of no consequence compared to the: 140mph winds 7′ sea surge 10″ of rain the embedded tornadoes and resulting loss of power, roof, property that we had expected. That destruction was so close, […]

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 […]

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