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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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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 worth a listen if the Anthropocene has crossed […]

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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 […]

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