Archive for February, 2012

February 29, 2012

Amaryllis

This is usually the flower that announces Holy Week & Easter for us but with the warm weather it showed up on Ash Wednesday to lead us into Lent.
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February 22, 2012

Cabbage

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Not everything in the garden is perfect.  I was unsuccessful at growing broccoli this year as the mama rabbit kept eating the plants to the ground.   Then Niza kitty decided to play monkey see, monkey do.  After watching me sow seeds, she would come back and dig up the ground.  But this was not enough…she decided to befriend an armadillo who visits us every night and digs up the yard also.  He’s so comfortable in our yard he has built not 1 but 2 homes in the grove right next to our fence.

It’s a miracle this cabbage plant has survived and if it continues to do well at this rate I’ll be able to harvest it for my annual St Patrick boiled dinner.  Warning: If you do grow cabbage, you will never buy it again at the store.  The difference in taste is that big.

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February 17, 2012

Time to buy fertilizer

It’s time to check and see if you have enough fertilizer and compost.  Once these orange blossom buds pop open, it’s time to amend the soil.

Orange Blossom Bud

Orange Blossom Bud

February 15, 2012

Spring is right around the corner…

For the seasons at the Creek are marked, not by the calendar, but by fruits and flowers and birds.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Cross Creek 1942

Pink Azelea

Pink Azelea

February 10, 2012

Carrots

Carrots are devine… You get a dozen for a dime… It’s maaaa-gic! – Bugs Bunny, Rabbit Every Monday, 1951

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My favorite cartoon character is Bugs Bunny. What’s not to love: he’s smart, cute and he eats crunchy carrots.  I even named my first rabbit Bugs.

So carrots became one of my favorite veggies when I was a kid.  Sweet and colorful…too bad we always had them cooked.  I didn’t get to taste their crunchy goodness until I was an adult.  But now not only do I get to eat them raw, I grow them myself and boy what a difference.  They are so sweet, they should come with a Nutrition Fact label on them.  I’m sure all the healthy goodness will cancel out the very small amount of sugar :)

Florida soil is great for growing carrots.  They seem to have no trouble streching down into the sand.  The trick is to get them started.

I personally don’t do the row thing.  I just sprinkle the seeds evenly over the area in the garden where I want them to grow.  The seeds are very tiny so I don’t cover them with dirt.  The soil requires several sprays a day to keep the delicate sprouts from drying up, but once they have about 2-3 stems about 2-3″ tall I know I’ll be getting a reward.  Yes Bugs, it’s like magic!