Need some new plants or trees? Trip to faraway nursery may be in order
I’m still planing my trip to Pine Island Nursery, west of Miami (http: //www.tropicalfruitnursery.com). I am going to buy some coca plants that produce chocolate pods.
They are sensitive to weather, so I will keep them in the house or pool area. (I use decorative cages around them to keep the cats from eating the plant.) The cocas don’t need much care; the cats are the big problem.
I keep some of my small bamboo inside. I have a Buddha-belly plant that likes it inside. For you folks who have those high cathedral ceilings, perhaps some variegated bamboo would be a great focal point.
Back to regular gardening stuff: If you haven’t ordered your seeds, do so as soon a possible. I like Seed Savers Exchange (www.seedsavers.org) for its fresh seeds. There are many seed companies around, but I find that some have old seeds or seeds that have been compromised from their air travels.
My Hungarian-heart tomato seeds from Seed Savers produces giant fruit. Seeds from another company produce smaller fruit.
I was at Jupiter Jungle, a family nursery out here in wild, scenic Jupiter Farms (www.jupiterjungle.com) at the corner of Indiantown Road and Haney Lane.
Jupiter Jungle has some mango trees in pots that make my mouth water. It probably has more than 100 varieties.
Best of all, though, is its stock of bamboo. There is a cove of various types of bamboo and has them situated so that you can see them without walking a “country mile” through a jungle to buy one.
I had an e-mailer ask about the Saigon purple mangos that she had seen advertised on the Internet. I know that there is a purple Sensation mango that is one of the latest crazes and is said to be very tasty. I have one that is to die for andmatchesmy Philippine baby in sweetness.
Another e-mailer asked about the drought and the effects of it on trees and plants. I use a drip method in my garden, where I have plants in pots. Fill a 1-gallon plastic bottle with water. The bottle needs a small hole about 1 inch up from the bottom— make it large enough so that the water drips out over a 24-hour period.
When the water restrictions are relaxed and it is time to start your gardens, buy a drip/soaker hose for either raised beds or those on the level. The soaker is 50 feet long and, with a Y connector, you can join several hoses to drip-water your garden yet use very little of the precious liquid.
The hoses cost about $8 for a 50footer, and the Y connection is about $3 (good for the environment, good for adhering to water restrictions, and good for the plants and trees).
I had some midnight marauders come and eat all my wife’s empire lychee fruit off the tree. She said the poor things must be hungry, so she forgives them. I wonder where the barn owls were during their nocturnal vigil.
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Nothing’s sweeter than a ripe mango