Saturday, June 25, 2011

Playing Catch Up

It's been a while since I offered up a post, but maintaining a garden as well as everything else I do sometimes leaves little time for blogging.  Currently the garden is winding down and plans are being made for the fall planting.  During this time of the year in South Florida as daily temperatures stay in the 90's many tender plants cannot handle the heat and humidity.  This year our rainy season has also been slow to start and with our area being in a drought, the plants are suffering. My tomatoes are all but done, there a few stragglers left, not very pretty to look at but still producing a few sparse fruits.  Red Cherry and Yellow Pears are the only ones still fruiting.  Eggplant seems to not mind the heat, but the lack of rain has affected production, many blossoms but very few fruit actually set.  Other than a few peppers still growing and sweet potatoes in one bed, I don't have much else growing in the square foot garden.  Btw, it's Mango Season!!  I've been enjoying a fresh mango almost daily.  My own little tree gave me about 6 mangoes, actually 5, I lost one to a possum, and friends and family have been sharing bags of their harvest every week this month.  I'll try to post more often, but in the meantime, check out my front's getting a little crowded don't you think?
Plants featured in the above picture are:
Dwarf Pomegranate, Pineapple, Strawberry Guava, Shrimp Plant with Coleus, Hibiscus, Million Bells, Holy Basil, Spearmint, Peppermint, Applemint, more Million Bells, Begonia, Impatiens, Marigolds and a pot of wildflower mix.