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First Harvest of the Spring Season

April 24th, 2014 by Lila Steinhoff
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Spring Garden

In South Florida, there are two growing seasons… the first begins in October and ends in February; the second begins toward the end of February and goes until about mid-June.

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 Planted Raised Garden Boxes

B-I-G Bunch of Green Beans

The first of the produce has just come in. In the last two days, I picked three gallons!!! of green beans from just ten Blue Lake Green Bean plants. There were also tomatoes, long Italian eggplant and dark Black Beauty (or classic) eggplant.

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 Green Beans, Tomatoes, Eggplant

The bowl pictured here holds six quarts, and the basket holds one gallon. I filled the bowl with green beans twice. I picked nine Italian eggplant and one classic eggplant.

Prolific Production

I gave away two gallon bags of green beans yesterday, and cooked half of the remaining ones for supper tonight.

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Green Beans

If they keep producing at this rate,  I will be canning green beans again this year.

I will have to find a few more recipes for eggplant, too, because none of the people I usually give my extra produce to likes eggplant.

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 Eggplant

And, there are going to be a whole lot more.

 

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Spring in Missouri

April 18th, 2014 by Lila Steinhoff
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Flowers As Far and As High…

I spent a week in southeast Missouri at the beginning of April. The long, hard winter there delayed the spring plants just long enough for me to be there for the show. And it was glorious!

There were flowering Bradford pear trees, tulip trees, redbuds and a tree that looked like a pink waterfall. There were tulips, jonquils, forsythia, hyacinths and tiny blue grape-shaped flowers in the grass. My mother-in-law identified these as grape hyacinths.  Even the dandelions were bright and beautiful.

Enjoy the spring that I saw in the gallery of  pictures below.

 

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Cuban Knight Anole

April 13th, 2014 by Lila Steinhoff
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Apple Green and Lightning Fast (Sort Of)

Heading out to the car this afternoon, a flash of intense green made its way down the front fence. Actually, the flash was the color, not the speed. It was a Cuban Knight Anole.

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This particular specimen is 16 to 18 inches long. Anoles can grow to 20 inches. The sun shining on his skin makes him look positively iridescent. Anoles will change their skin color if they get stressed, but this guy picked the best he had.

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First Meeting

Neighbor Bill (Jacqie) Jackson, who has lived in Florida for a year and a half, had his first meeting with another of Florida’s free range critters. Something this intensely green and 18 inches long makes an impression.

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Pretty and Useful

Anoles live high up in tree trunks and tree canopies. Not sure where this one came from, but we’ve had a pair of anoles live in the canopy of our palm tree in the past.

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They aren’t just pretty faces, either.

They eat insects, which helps my garden; they also eat smaller lizards, flowers and fruit… which isn’t as big of a help.

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For a closer look, click on any picture to make it larger, then click on the right or left side of the image to move through the pictures.

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