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Author: host Created: 4/16/2009 7:27 PM
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By host on 5/27/2009 7:49 PM

Fish Pepper FruitNo, they do not taste nor do they look like fish! According to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Fish Peppers (Capsicum annum) were used to season fish and shellfish in the African-American communities around Baltimore and Philadelphia back in the 1930's and 1940's.

Fish Peppers are unique and ide Read More »

By host on 5/26/2009 7:28 PM

It is great that Florida has been receiving all of this rain to lift us out of the drought we have been experiencing. But, do not get too excited because as of May 19, 2009, major areas of the state are STILL experiencing "Abnormally Dry" to "Extreme Drought" conditions -- Sources: US Drought Monitor, Florida and Florida Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI). Hopefully, if this rain continues our lakes, ponds and aquifers will be back to a normal level shortly.

Do not forget that because of Florida's mostly sandy soil when it rains as much as it has been lately the nutrients in the soil get leached or was ... Read More »

By host on 5/25/2009 10:00 AM

Florida Mangos, sweet summer fruit"Come on everybody clap your hands
Now you're looking good
I'm gonna sing my song and you won't take long
We gotta do the Mango and it goes like this

Come on let's Mango again like we did last summer
Yea, let's Mango again like we did last year
Do you remember when things were really hummin'
Yea, let's Mango again, Mango time is here!"

 

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By host on 5/22/2009 9:49 PM

If you have been following the FloridaGardener blawg you know that I tried an experiment growing tomatoes in bags of dirt this year instead of hoeing rows. I have been harvesting the fruit of my limited labor and I have one word for them – “MMMMMMMMMMMM!”

Ananas Noir TomatoThe tomato I am writing about specifically is Ananas Noir, also known as Black Pineapple, a beefsteak-type fruit. The description from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. where I bought the seeds from says, “This unusual variety was developed by Pascal Moreau, a horticulturist from Belgium (if you ... Read More »

By host on 5/17/2009 8:31 PM

Sugar Sand Lane looking east to westHere is a part of my yard and garden that has been bothering me for years. First, the exposure is east/west on the south side of the house so from sunrise to sunset, it gets sun, sun, sun! The only time I had real St. Augustine turf growing there was a couple of years ago when we had all of that rain move through Palm Beach County. Now it is weeds, sand, and runs of brave strands of St. Augustine challenging the hot sand.

 

I put-up the pergola last weekend (bought it ... Read More »

By host on 5/13/2009 7:48 PM

Over the last few months I have been working hard to attract some feathered friends to my yard and garden. First, of course was the bird feeder. Then, in the back yard, I put up a Purple Martin House. I do not have any tenants yet, but this evening two scouts made a couple of passes around the house. I hope this means I will have some Progne subis moving in!

 

In the front yard I added a hanging bird bath close to the feeder for all of those dirty birds that would like a bath. So far I have Northern Mocking Birds (Mimus polyglottos), Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus), Eurasian collared-Doves (Strptopella decaocto), Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura Read More »

By host on 5/7/2009 8:46 PM

The President's wife Michelle Obama likes to be green and healthy. She and young students created a kitchen garden in front of the White House.

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By host on 5/6/2009 8:24 PM

Here is a popular remedy for weed control -- using vinegar as an herbicide. Does it really work? Well, yes and no.

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By host on 4/30/2009 11:14 PM

Dealing With Drought

Don't let the fact that your yard looks a desert dissuade you from enjoying it. Here are some tips to revive your lawn and garden -- or at least fool the neighbors and code enforcement into thinking you've kept your landscape thriving.

 
  By host on 4/28/2009 7:01 PM

Hazardous Household MaterialsDid you know that the amount of used motor oil disposed of improperly by Do-it-yourselfer auto mechanics every eighteen (18) days is approximately 11 million gallons and that one (1) gallon of used motor oil can contaminate 1 million gallons of fresh water - a year's supply of water for 50 people?

 

I hope you are not one of those people dumping your hazardous wastes illegally! Especially since you can get rid of them legally and in an environmentally friendly way.

 

If you have pesticides,  herbicides, fertilizer, used oil, paint or some other hazardous houshold waste that has been hanging around for a ... Read More »

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