Quite a few readers have asked how things are going with Terry’s AeroGarden, as well as the citrus trees and perennial peanuts we planted in our yard. Overall, things have been successful, though there have been a couple of setbacks.
A week or so ago, we had a cold snap come through Central Florida, with temps down into the low 30s. That seems to have killed off quite a few of our perennial peanut plants or at least set them back quite a bit. I know they go dormant in wintertime, but the strange thing is that the ones at the west end of the strip where we planted them have all turned brown and ugly, while the ones just a few feet away on the east end are still green and looking good. I don’t know what that’s all about.
It was the same with the grass I planted in the area where we took the big old tree out. After it got so cold, the grass turned brown, and I thought it was going to die but this past week it was in the upper 70s and low 80s, and the grass is nice and green again and filling in very well.
The key lime tree is covered with flowers, and though we had a very heavy rainstorm yesterday that knocked some of them off, it still has lots of flowers and buds on it. I have a feeling this one is going to really produce once it gets mature.
The tangelo tree is another one that I wasn’t sure about because, for a while, the leaves were shriveling up and looking very yellow, but when we looked at it yesterday, we noticed several new buds coming out.
Likewise with the lemon tree. It has quite a few buds on it and some very pretty flowers. Terry uses a lot of lemon in her iced tea, which we drink every day, and her nonalcoholic ginger-lemon cordial. So I will be glad when we can start harvesting lemons from it.
Moving inside, the Aerogarden is putting out a lot of growth. Here is the second crop of strawberries, though I have to say that I found the first ones disappointing. They got to be about half the size of a marble, and though there was some sweetness to them, they tasted pretty bland to me.
The cherry tomato plants are going great guns in terms of height and have had quite a few flowers, but no produce as of yet, and I’m not sure if they will get any or not.
Terry also has some different kinds of herbs growing in the smaller Aerogarden and in pots, and she has been harvesting and using a lot of them and is very pleased.
She also loves avocado, and we have tried to sprout an avocado from seed several times, even though everything I have read said that they seldom produce anything. This was her third attempt, and it’s growing very well. Terry tells me that she will be transplanting it into a pot soon. Even if she is not able to harvest any avocados from it, it’s always fun watching things grow.
Well, except for my waistline. That darn thing is on a nonstop growing rampage!
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Thought For The Day – The next time your wife gets angry at you, drape a towel over her shoulders and say, “Now You’re Super Angry!” Maybe she’ll laugh. Maybe you’ll die. It’s a toss up.