Six on Saturday – Coming and Going

Time to join the SOS crowd again and share the going ons in my South Florida garden. The first few months of the year much of the tropical fruit flowers and many of the reseeding perennials set seed. The winter veg crops are also starting to produce.

The first tiny mangoes to appear on our Glenn Mango tree. I am happy to see the fruit, some years it is so windy the pollen gets blown away and no mangoes. The saying goes 100 days from flower to fruit, so we will see how that works out. The mangoes are early this year by about two months. Fingers crossed.

These are heirloom peppers from Nicaragua, Criollos. They will be wrinkled and red when ripe and are a standard in Ecudoran cuisine. I am very excited to try one.

Snow Peas grown from seed are climbing and flowering. I love the French version of the name for this vegetable, mange-tout. That translates to eat all in English as the whole pod is eaten. I will eat them all.

Papayas are bravely producing more buds. The Versa Moths have been around (they lay eggs in the fruit) Hopefully, they know something I don’t – and I will beat them to the fruit.

Currently eating – tomatoes, green beans and herbs.

Tropical Milkweed sharing its seed to the wind. I collected some seed and let the rest fly. Next, I will cut them to the ground to create some fresh growth to feed Monarch butterflies.

That is my Six for this Saturday. To visit other gardens via blog follow this link:

Happy Gardening.


16 comments on “Six on Saturday – Coming and Going

  1. I hope your mangos make it. I used to grow snow peas and they did really well. Isn’t it nice to grow your own salad?

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    • Me, too. We now have three mango trees. If they all produce I will be overrun! I love my yard salads, I have had snow peas before and enjoyed them – last year the nematodes ate the plants so I am looking forward to these.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, that salad looks delish! How I miss super fresh veggies. Nothing from a store compares to locally grown.

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  3. fredgardener says:

    This tomato and vegetable salad looks really appetizing. The mange-tout are aptly named and the name is of course used in France for green beans and peas. “Eat all” sounds weird , doesn’t it? 😂

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    • Thanks, Fred. I have been growing Long Island Mammoth Dill and consuming large amounts of it with tomatoes and veg, it is great. Eat all does sound weird. Someone in blog land did not know the Snow Pea name and I was surprised to find out what they were called. Love green beans and peas too…

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  4. tonytomeo says:

    Hey, I remember mango flowers! I don’t know why I remember them, since I only met mango trees a few times in the past. In the future, I should try growing one here, although this is half a zone beyond their preference. I suspect that they will not like the occasional frost, even though it is mild.

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    • There are some newer ones that are more cold hardy..they grow to Orlando here.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        I sort of suspect that those that I see in Los Angeles would ‘survive’ here. They may not be happy, but they might produce a few fruits. If I grow a tree, I would like for it to be sheltered next to the south side of a redwood, where it would not get much frost, but it would get plenty of sunlight. I know that they live in parts of Los Angeles that get a slight bit of frost, and do not seem to mind.

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      • I agree and was surprised to read they would grow as far north as Orlando, condo Mangoes are recommended..I have a Pickering here, the fruit is good, though it seems to have some micronutrient problems fertilizer did not correct.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Windmill palms are becoming a fad in the Pacific Northwest because people are realizing that they do not mind the chill there. I can not imagine why no one figured that out a long time ago. A few are plainly visible from the northbound Highway 5 as it leaves Portland on that big bridge over the Columbia River. They have been there for decades. I suspect that mangoes are more adaptable to the Santa Clara Valley than we give them credit for, even if they do not produce as well as they do in warmer climates.

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      • YES! Windmill Palms grow on the north side of Atlanta, I had one in my garden there.Did you get my email?

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Windmill palm lives in Oklahoma City. I believe that it lives in Boston. It would be nice if the McCurtain variety of Sabal minor became a fad for those who want to grow palms up North. It does not grow as a tree, but provides palm foliage.
        I just responded to your email. Thank you for offering to send more esperanza seed after I did not do well with the previous batch, but someone already sent me some, probably because I was so bummed about my previous failure.


  5. Chloris says:

    So that’s what the tiny mango flowers look like. How exciting. You are very productive with all your produce, the tomato salad looks delicious.

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  6. Noelle says:

    That is a salad to be proud of. Moi aussi j’aime les Mange Touts!

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