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 […]

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. -dM

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mob Grazing

Mob Grazing

Three years ago, I shared  Allan Savory’s Ted talk about Sustainable Grazing. It was a novel idea at the time. But not anymore. Allan Savory’s observations are the basis for mob grazing which is now being promoted by Agriculture researchers, extension agencies and state governments,  as a way to increase the production, health and well-being of the cattle industry, while healing the land. Those who […]

The Farm – A Year Later

The Farm – A Year Later

It’s been about a year since starting our Florida farm. A farm on our little Florida retirement lot? Not. It’s just a phrase relatives use when referring to our suburban growing obsession. Here’s how it looked through time: It is an obsession, as it’s much harder than most people think to grow stuff in Florida. With salty beach sand for soil, and the myriad endemic […]

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