Spring has Sprung

Yes, I’ve been a terrible blogger, and while I haven’t posted in a while (ok, 4 months), that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. The winter pretty much put a damper on things. Tried to do a few things with the garden, and only had luck with lettuce. How boring.

I’m going to redouble my efforts this year and try to do a bit more by focusing on some crops that will grow well in this climate. Thinking more along the lines of sweet potatoes,  and maybe one or two other things. There is a really good book out called Totally Crazy Easy Florida Gardening, written by a gentleman by the name of David the Good who happens to be an expert on the topic, and he’s not just one of those armchair authors. Everything he writes about has been put into practice at his own home.

Now that I have fruit trees, spring has become one of my favorite times of the year. In Florida that transition between winter and summer is brief, we really don’t get a proper spring, but there are at least a couple of months where you can go out and look at the same shrub or tree every day and watch it change, almost in front of your eyes. Right now everything is coming out of hibernation. Some of the blueberry bushes already have blossoms on them and the fruit trees are beginning to push new growth.

Here are a couple of pictures of the bud swell on a pear and an apple tree.

 

Pear bud
Pear bud
Apple bud
Apple bud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the trees seemed to winter over without any trouble. We had some cold night and a few freezes, but I’m happy to report they all look good. As mild as the winter was, I’m not sure whether the fruit tree met the chill requirements, so it will be interesting to watch what happens over the next several weeks. Hopefully they’ll put on a lot of growth this summer and maybe we’ll see some fruit.

Happy gardening.

 

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