bye-bye winter

gardengimp(9B Seminole Cnty FL)March 20, 2012

RIP winter that wasn't a winter. Hello spring dressing up as summer.

I was out hand watering this morning because everything was so parched. Before long I was dripping in sweat. My salad crops are looking very sad. Not much more tenderleaf lettuce left I suspect.

On the other hand, today I spied popping up the very first day of spring:

- the season first pollinated seminole pumpkin

- a batch of black jungle butterbeans getting close to harvest

- the first of the summer amaranth poking little heads above ground

Oh, and breakfast was from the vines this morning as I watered. Cherry & current tomatoes, snap beans, raspberries, and a broccoli sprout here and there.

Speaking of broccoli, has anybody grown purple sprouting broccoli here? I have these stunningly beautiful plants that are over 3' tall with no sign of sprouts. I keep hoping some sprouts will show up before it gets too hot for them.

Happy Spring everybody!


Here is a link that might be useful: Purple Sprouting Broccoli

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jason83(Zone 8b/9a (North Florida))

Our winter was just enough to kill back everything to the ground, only for it to begin returning a few weeks later! I think we had 4 nights of at or just below freezing temperatures. And now it's borderline hot!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 12:42AM
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Yep, Jason - same here in Panama City, Fl. - we had plants blooming all winter, but it got just cold enough to turn a few fleshy-stemmed plants to black mush. They are leafing back out now, but still look awful. We had about a week of 'cold' weather.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 7:13AM
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whgille(FL 9b)

Hi Dianne

Happy harvesting! And I agree with you, it is getting very hot...
I grew the purple sprouting broccoli and while it produced shoots, they were not enough to justify the place in the garden, took a long time when it was colder, now it just maybe too hot.


    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 8:34AM
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