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.



Monday, September 26, 2016

Dragon Fruit



It's finally cooled off here in Central Florida (high 80's / low 90's), the temperature been so hot(high 90's) that I was only able to spend a few hours a day in my garden. While cleaning out weeds I ran across a couple of Dragon Fruit. These are Photos of the same fruit.

Vietnamese Jaina

Vietnamese Jaina




51/2" Vietnamese Jaina
Vietnamese Jaina sliced