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bye-bye winter

Posted by gardengimp 9B Seminole Cnty FL (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 20, 12 at 23:08

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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RE: bye-bye winter

  • Posted by jason83 Zone 9 (North Florid (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 21, 12 at 0:42

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!

RE: bye-bye winter

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.

RE: bye-bye winter

  • Posted by whgille Oakland FL Zone 9B (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 21, 12 at 8:34

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.


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