This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, January 15, 2010

florida fruits

grapefruits 2

It is so wonderful to get fresh Florida fruits from the backyard (and front yard) trees.

About 30 years ago, my sister planted a seed from a grapefruit and now there is an enormous tree in my parents backyard. The tree is COVERED!! this year with so many fruits hanging low and pulling the branches to the ground. And then my grandmother started a couple avocados from seed and they too are 40 foot tall trees with many fruits now.

My parents neighbors to the right have a lemon tree (with orange lemons) and it is always so heavy with fruit that he says - please come and pick them whenever you want. The neighbors to the left say the same about their two papaya trees. Two yards down, we admire the mango tree. Maybe someday I'll move down here to paradise.

I do think the taste is special when produce is homegrown, picked and eaten within a couple hours. And free gifts of the land.

lemons 1



Blogger jrmom said...

What a blessing. I live in Ohio and we are blessed with peaches, apples, grapes, chestnuts and others. The juice from a fresh, warmed by the sun peach runs down your arm and is the sweetest thing. I can only imagine how amazing truly fresh citrus or an avocado would taste. YUM!

January 16, 2010 8:03 AM

Anonymous Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen) said...

Last year we visited a Florida citrus grove from our home in Ohio. It was my first experience of fresh citrus and I was fascinated! Florida is a little like paradise sometimes...other than the hurricanes...

January 16, 2010 8:56 AM

Blogger Daphne said...

I can just taste the fresh juice every morning. The tropical fruits are the one thing I miss up north.

January 16, 2010 9:17 AM

Blogger Kay said...

Wow! I've visited Florida so many times but have never seen fruit trees like that (damn condominium communities).
I wonder how far north trees can grow like that? It will definitely factor into where I move when I am looking for a job, especially avocado trees.
ps. Love your blog!!

January 16, 2010 11:40 AM

Blogger Kalena Michele said...

OMG look at all those grapefruits!!

January 17, 2010 12:00 AM

Blogger Tyra i Vaxholm said...

Stunning, how lovely with all that fruit!

January 17, 2010 7:46 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mouth is watering looking at these fresh fruit trees!!! I would love to have a lawn full of fruiting trees! They look so inviting!

January 17, 2010 7:00 PM

Anonymous Heather's Garden said...

I know, isn't it fabulous! We were on Marco Island over Thanksgiving (and will be returning in 28 days barring any complications) and my mom lives in Estero. She has avocados and grapefruits and grabbed meyers lemons from a friend's yard. We drove home with a box full of free fresh produce that we shared with friends.

January 22, 2010 7:36 PM

Blogger kathy said...

My avocado I brought home is now ripe and I'm ready to make a big batch of guacamole tomorrow! Ahhh.

January 22, 2010 10:10 PM

Blogger . . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

I love reading back through gardening blogs when I'm sick. These photos are so cheerful.

July 26, 2011 1:07 AM


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