Sunday, March 24, 2013

The late-March Florida garden...

















7 comments:

ChrisC said...

Your veggie garden is amazing!Love the bees!

LGJ said...

Is that broccoli I see? Are you still getting heads? We had to pull ours a few weeks ago because what was left was bolting before it got to any decent size.

Your garden looks awesome, as usual.

Michael said...

lgj... i put out two sets of broc, and the second set is still producing. i think the second set is blue wind, but i don't recall for sure. couple observations about broccoli:
1) it has a long life, but not forever.
2) if you put out a late set (say, good seedlings before march 1), you can harvest through april and into may.
3) when the plants are winding down, the florets get really small. treat it like berry picking. they remain perfectly tasty, but if you don't pick them very small (thumb-sized, smaller), they'll flower.
4) if you have the room and no other inclination, leave them to bloom. brassica blooms are probably a bee's favorite bloom. and they're kinda pretty. in europe they grow big fields of rape (aka canola) and leave them to flower all early spring. it's beautiful. then they plow it under for green manure or harvest it for silage. maybe they do it here in the states, but i've never seen it.
5) if your broc goes to flower quickly, even if it's young and the weather's not over warm, then YOU ARE NOT WATERING ENOUGH. generally, few people in fla water enough. in for a dime, in for a dollar, right?

Ghost Pepper said...

Great photos. Your garden looks amazing.

Leon said...

Looks fantastic! Pretty much everyone that I know got wiped by the freezes(s) this spring - what's your secret? :)

Michael said...

we're on a high point inside deland, and deland itself is on a ridge. plus we're downtown... so, while we had a lot of freezes, they were all above 30*, and i just used a lot of blankets... i lost my entire plum crop though!

Arles Carballo said...

Magic Water Beads are tiny pellets made of a Polymer and are sometimes referred to as polymer crystals or crystal soil or in our case MAGIC WATER BEADS.

Super Absorbent Polymers are most commonly used by manufacturers of disposable diapers to avoid leaking. Their purpose is to retain “water” for longer periods of time.

Water Beads absorbs water to increase in size more than 100% giving it an almost gel-like feel that’s cool and wet to touch.



Magic Water Beads come in 12 vibrant colors which can be used for both live and silk floral arrangements for weddings, receptions, special events, parties as well as home décor and design. You can mix and match the colors to create a specific color scheme for your event or home décor. Layer or mix colors for stunning effects. When layering hydrate colors separately.

Magic Water Beads also are also referred to as crystal soil, water pearls, water marbles, water crystals, rainbow pearls, water gels or aqua gems just to name a few.

Event Planners, Florist, and Home Decorators love to use Water Beads not just because of the variety of colors but they’re a lighter and flexible alternative to using glass marbles, rocks and stones and they make for easier transporting.

They’re great for any party or festive event, bridal/baby showers, weddings, anniversaries, office décor, etc.

Water Beads are great gifts in the packaging in addition to the arrangements that can be made from them.