Thursday, June 14, 2018

NATURAL PESTICIDE

     Natural pesticides are not always chemical or plant base, sometimes the best pesticides are animal base. I'm referring to things like snakes, birds. bats, wasps, lizards and many insects. All to often people are in a hurry to spray poison on everything. True, those harsh  chemicals will do the job. What you haven't taken into account, is that you also just killed off all the beneficial animals too. You spray the beetle or the caterpillar, the bird or snake or lizard that will eat that pest  will also die.
     You may remember years ago farmers used DDT to kill off mice and rat, in the process they had all kill off most of the eagles. Well some of the mice and rats didn't die, but the did a job on the eagles. The eagles are still trying to come back.
     I don't have any mice or rats in my yard and that I encourage the non chemical approach.



Here is a portrait my neighbor, a 5 foot black racer


Sunday, March 11, 2018

EATING HEALTHY OUT OF A SMALL YARD

     Super Markets are getting expensive, many of us have try to grow our food in small back yards, traditional methods don't work. I have found that if we are creative we are capable of growing much of our food. All of the plants other then the trees are kept in large pots. The only exception is the Fig trees, because of the Nematodes which stunt their growth.
     Start with your basic fruit trees, if you pick them with some though, you will find that there is an overlap in harvest times. This approach will give you some kind of fruit almost all year. Here in Central Florida where we are able to grow tropical fruit, some of our trees have two or more harvest times.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We grow citrus which we harvest in the fall and winter, Carambolas in late summer. In the summer we pick Blackberries and Raspberries from our bushes   We also grow some heat resistance vegetables in the summer and all the way into winter. tho most of our vegetables such as Beets and Kale grow best in the fall and winter providing we don't drop in freezing temperates.

     Herbs do well in the summer, we grow Sage, Basil, Chives, Mint and Stevia. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

PLUMERIA

 This is the flower that in the lei which they put around your neck when you arrive in Hawaii.


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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017


 PERSIAN LIMES

Persian Limes

Grown in Hillsbrough County, Pesticide Free.



                                                      Carambolas (Star Fruit) 



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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DRAGON FRUIT / PITAYA


Dragon Fruit
Pitaya, commonly known as Dragon Fruit is a tropical  cactus which normally grow in trees in the forest, originally from Mexico. It can easily be grown here in central Florida. You can grow it from seed, but it is much easily grow from cuttings. With in 2 to 3 years it will be mature and you will begin to get flowers followed by fruit.

How to grow your Dragon Fruit
You can either plant it in a Large pot or directly into the ground. In either case you will need a 6 foot trellis for it to climb. Plant in full sun. Water it twice a week and keep it weed free. Mulch it with pine bark as it needs a little acid.



Ripe Dragon Fruit
Unripe Fruit


Dragon Fruit almost ready to pick

Dragon Fruit plant

Sunday, November 13, 2016

PLANT ZONE BY ZIP CODE

Posted by: Steve Lohn
      Email: tropicalfruittrees@gmail.com

Ive been asked many times, how I determine what planting zone I'm in. Well here is a web site put out by the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/InteractiveMap.aspx

In this web page  all you do is insert your zip code and the site gives you you're planting zone. For those of you outside of the United States, I'm sorry, this only works here.