Learning how to garden in Paradise

Bumbye, a never-tested windbreak will get built, but for now, the wind wins.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring is making a late arrival

Our wet winter is soon to be over. The avocado trees are trying to throw millions of blooms, with a few dozen fruits that make it to, well, fruition.
Nice to have last year's "crop" still hanging on. The job of finding them gets easier when the trees shed the old leaves, with new leaves popping out to shade the new avo's.

Orange blossoms are at hand now, with some already turning into teeny green promises.

I still have fresh OJ whenever I feel a need to remind myself just how good that stuff really is. I'll have to plant more in Maui when I'm moved for good. The 9 trees here are wonderful. I'm going to miss them!

I'm amazed at how fast the broccoli ran to seed. I had the center head, then several side shoots, but with all the rain and two, not just one, trips to Maui, I didn't even look at them until this week. I have no other "cole" crops near, so I think these seed pods are likely to make similar plants if I save them. I have no idea if they were "heirloom" or open-pollinated, or hybrid, but it will be fun to see what sprouts once I get the seeds out. I'm not sure when I should pull the plants up and hang them in the shed to dry. They are still green, but I suspect they should not be allowed to get dry or brown before I hang them up. I'm looking for my seed savers book but it is probably going in one of my media-mail cartons to Maui. I really look forward to getting there this year, so I can build my greenhouse/wind protector (60mph gusts this month!); the tomatoes get really thrashed even with lots of support. One bright note, the garlic plants have held on, and I think they are getting very close to harvest, which I will teach my wife how to do by Skype, I think. She's done a great job keeping the little garden beds going without my being there. I KNOW she can't wait for me to be the full-time gardener!