Potted up some pepper seedlings that geminated during the week and a
bottle gourd seedling. Picked about 10 pounds of tomatoes and a handful
of jalapeno peppers [our two major crops]. We've got pineapple starting
to bloom, so I need to weed and fertilize them tomorrow.
Tied several more orchids in the orange jasmines and on the ponytail
palm and misted them all with Maxicrop. Figure this is probably a good
fertilizer [1-0-4] for orchids living in trees. One of these orchids is
the wild native that I glued [gooped] on the ponytail a year of so ago.
It's finally begun to make itself at home, send out roots, and produce
more fruiting bodies. Maybe next year I'll have enough plant to send
Scottie a start I promised... oh... a year or so ago.
When avocados bloom, they BLOOM--thousands of tiny flowers that are
swarmed over by bees, wasps, flies, and things I've never seen before.
Hundreds of them are fertilized and form baby fruit. Then, between
fertilization and fruition, the tree begins sloughing off hundreds of
fruits--until, I assume, it reaches some sort of accommodation between
its ability to have children and its ability to support and nurture
children. The crop at harvest will be somewhere around 50 or 60 fruits.
I also noticed today that out big old mango was loaded with baby fruit
and the lychee is in full bloom--more flower spikes and attendant bees
than I've witnessed heretofore. Maybe a bumper crop, and that would be
One last note. The fig tree cuttings we started 2 years ago are now in
3-gallon pots and about 3 feet tall. They need to go into the ground
sometime between now and the rainy season. One of them is already
producing figs. My kind of tree.
I apologize for being so gabby.
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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