Garden update

bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)February 12, 2013

I had the camera out for some pre peach tree butchering photos so figured I would share.

Here are the peach trees before I pruned them this morning. There are 7 of them planted as bareroot last February.

A little later variety

The earliest variety has quarter size fruit

The first of the mulberries is waking up.

The Mysore raspberries are blooming and already have 1/2 grown fruit.

Southern Belle blueberries, they are my earliest.



I decided in the fall to start a larger fig collection. I had two varieties and decided to go for 50 varieties. Currently have 40 different varieties rooted and growing. Here is a shot of some of the newbies in the mist bed, there are 72 in there currently. They were started from cuttings in November wrapped in newspaper and when roots appeared moved to 30 ounce cups and now outside in 1 gallon pots.

And last but not least......after 7 years of tending, fertilizing and swearing at my Ruby red Grapefruit has for the first time decided to bloom.

This post was edited by bamboo_rabbit on Tue, Feb 12, 13 at 17:45

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Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake

I don't know which I envy more, your crops or the land you have to work with.

Thank you for the picture of your Emerald blueberries. Seeing that and comparing it to where mine is currently gives me hope.

I think if I could have the flowers without the fruit, I might plant a couple of peach trees myself. But I have enough fruit-bearing plants on my tiny plot of land as it is. Plus I have yet to taste a peach outside of Georgia that can match up to a Georgia peach. Even the 'Georgia' peaches in the grocery stores don't match up for taste or size, but I think we all know why that is.

Best of luck on your grapefruit. I'm praying I see blooms on my wife's mandarin this Spring. If I don't, this may be the last Spring that ya'll hear from me, as my fingers may be broken...or worse... she really, REALLY wants her mandarins.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 5:36PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Nice BR, all that hard work is really coming along!


    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 7:22PM
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Looking good!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 11:22PM
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whgille(FL 9b)

BR, your orchard is getting bigger and productive! it is going to give you a lot of fruit.


    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 7:47AM
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dlsm(Z9b Titusville Fl)

Hi bamboo rabbit,

Just love your garden and all that property. If I had all that space for a garden I would really be broken down in my back.

Hope you will escape the cold weather this weekend.


    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 10:22AM
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Looking good BR! You're about to move up from gardner to farmer!

Papa Jim

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 12:12PM
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Leekle2ManE, there are in fact ornamental varieties of peach trees. Check the "pepermint" variety in the link.

Although, I would think the critters would get all your peaches if you didn't protect them, and then the problem of not liking the taste of your dooryard peaches would be solved.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 1:41PM
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annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)

Bamboo, your place looks incredible! You are in for some good eating. Hey, love that little plump hen rooting around. So cute!


    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 7:43AM
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