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 […]

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 […]

Poinciana

Poinciana

There isn’t a single week of the year, that something isn’t blooming in South Florida. Large tropical trees are usually the most dramatic bloomers. And at this time of year, the  Poinciana is probably the most prominent tree. Mostly, it blooms a deep fiey, scarlet-red. But there are also yellow varieties which I occasionally see around town. The contrast of greens to the reds are […]

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit

Finally, after about 18 months, we’ve got them! Passion Fruit vines are easy to grow in South Florida, as few pests or diseases bother them. Their lush, deep green leaves and large, showy flowers are beautiful. And they easily yield fruit once the task of hand pollination is applied. The fruit starts out like a egg sized green tomato. Gradually, its density decreases. The skin […]

Orchids

Orchids

A special day, 36 years later. It’s hard to believe I’ve been married that long. Couldn’t even conceive of such a thing when I made the decision to live with one woman forever. But here I am. What to do? Something special that’s for sure. And if you like orchids, nothing is be better than taking in an orchid show. Fortunately, there’s no better place […]

Florida Papaya

Florida Papaya

Heirloom tomatoes are hard to grow in South Florida. We’ve struggled to grow them here. But Papaya sure isn’t. The trees are actually a large herb. They: are fast growers produce heavily require little attention yield fruit most of the year Like many tropical plants, papayas produce a copious amount of latex to protect themselves and their immature fruit from pests.  And it works most […]

South Florida Tomatoes

South Florida Tomatoes

Tomato time! It’s that time of year in South Florida. A time when rapid adolescent plant growth, fueled by ideal conditions, slows. And that’s both good and bad. The good: the plants are large, luscious and beautiful it’s still cool enough for tomatoes to set fruit Florida tomato season is at it’s peak the odor of fresh tomato sandwiches fills the house The bad: pathogens […]

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