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Friday, November 5, 2010
Second Season Edibles
One of the best things about Florida's fall season is the anticipation it brings of refreshing shifts of cooler air. Once they decide to settle in and relieve us of our endless summer the gardener and the garden sing for joy.
With expectation of gentler days and our second spring also comes our second edible season.
Reflections of a personal nature were previously noted here with a list of seeds sown in September. Some of those never germinated and had to be sown twice.
Many seeds came up and are flourishing in abundance.
For me, the green beans are an all-time favorite. After growing my own I can barely purchase them store-bought. So you can imagine the first harvest is an especially delicious treat.
Pole beans have clambered their tender vines all the way to the top of the 8 foot poles and flowers promise fruit to soon be enjoyed.
So many variables effect vegetables grown in the home garden. September gave us record high's in the nineties. October's shorter days offered reprieve even though still very hot and in my area 'zero' rainfall.
Tender and sweet have been the harvests of collard greens which will last through the winter.
Tomatoes are staked and pruned to single stalk.
Tomato tone, fish emulsion and seabird guano is their nourishment.
Fortunately and thankfully the pesky, harmful insects are minimal during this milder growing season.
November has begun with some much needed rainfall and this week more seeds will be sown of those veggies that will not tolerate heat.
Fall is a glorious time to be in the garden! And a glorious time to eat fresh veggies!
Do you have a favorite vegetable from your garden?