Answers to readers’ questions on a variety of gardening topics
A lady asked me about her mangos. She said they were beautiful but hard as rocks when she tried to eat them.
I told her that they would not ripen for another month up in the Treasure Coast and most of PalmBeach County.
The early ones mature in late June and July. Even then, you need to stick them on the windowsill and let them ripen to your taste.
I have a couple ofHaydenmango trees, and the fruit, for many years, has had mold, due to the dampness out here in the swamp.
This year, with the drought, they look good.
The kit and the Tommy Atkins varieties are beautiful. The kits even taste good. I have a Philippine beauty with long graceful limbs that has voluptuous elongated plump beauties hanging from its limbs.
Mangos are melon trees sent from the Melon God.
Back to Earth: I have still some tomatoes and a bunch of peppers that I’m harvesting.
The Oriental eggplant is ready to pick and will make a delicious meal grilled in olive oil and some seasoning.
I was talking to a recent “transplant” from the mountains of New York. She was going to start a garden during the next week or so.
I told her it was the wrong time of the year; she was surprised. The problem is this: Veggies will die in the summer down here in the swamp.
I start my garden from seed in early September or late August in the house.
Last year, everything got “ate” the first night that I put the seedling out in the cruel world.
This year, I will protect them with cover and place themwhere the critters won’t be able to get at them.
About the hedge column that I wrote a while ago. An e-mailer asked me whether I knew of other hedges that could be used and to list them if I could. So here it goes. Tall hedges: silver buttonwood, areca palm, podocarpus. Shorter hedges: coco plum, viburnum, Simpson stopper, croton.
Another e-mail said, “I need your help with my mature orange flowering royal poinsettia tree.
Every year, it is attacked by worms that crawl up the tree and eat the leaves. Thousands of them.
It is getting close to the time of their appearance. Is there anything I can do to prevent them from climbing the trunk of the tree?” Neem oil should stop them. You can buy it through Arbico Organics at www.arbicoorganics.com.
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