44 Limes…

So, I went out to check on my lime tree yesterday.  I ended up picking 44 limes.  Yes 44!

What would you do with them??

Post a comment and give me some ideas…  I am already going to make a “key lime” pie, though these aren’t key limes…

Growing Mango Trees

I have been wanting to give this a try, even though it takes many years before the trees produce fruit, so says all the research I have done about growing mango trees from their seeds.

So, I am going to give it a try.  I prepped three seeds from mangos that I bought at the grocery store.  It will be interesting to see if they germinate, as they say a lot of the produce you get at the grocery store that is not organic will not germinate (much like what you may have seen with the potato/sweet potato experiment posted on youtube).

Anyway – day one.  cleaned and scarred the seeds, set them in a container of water.  According to the instructions I found, I will need to drain and replace the water every couple of days.  They are supposed to take 10 – 14 days to germinate and start to show sprouts.

Stay tuned!  If this works, I am going to take at least one, maybe two of these over to the church garden to plant.

Have you ever tried to grow a tree from seed?  What kind? Were you successful?

Church Garden March 2012

Here is a great view of the church garden early one Saturday morning, not much planted at the time, as we were transitioning to the spring crops.



We decided to leave our pepper plants in and see how they do this year since they survived the mild winter  –


Bush beans, I planted these just 1 week prior to taking this picture – they sprouted up really fast!




No garden is complete without flowers




Cucumber plants just a couple weeks after being planted



Cantelope plants, just transplanted to the garden.


Big fat peppers!


We are getting an abundance of peppers from the plants, and boy are the HOT HOT HOT!!!



An-tic-i-paaaaa-tion, is making me wait….

Spring – the sound of the birds, the buzz of the bees, the bloom of the roses….and my fruit trees!

Every morning, for at least a week now, every time I let the dogs out in the morning, my sense of smell is overwhelmed with the lovely scents of the blossoms on the trees in my backyard.  I LOVE that smell, and wish it would last all summer; but if it did, then I wouldn’t have fruit come fall.  And this year, Oh the anticipation!

My fruit trees aren’t very old, and for the past several years have had just a few blooms and fruits; but this year—- oh this year, is the year that (I am hoping) they will yield an abundant bounty! Praying we do not have another summer like last year – severe drought, water restrictions, most fruits shriveled up and died…

All the trees (sans the cherry trees, which haven’t bloomed yet; and the pommagranite, that I just put in last spring), are full of blooms, and the loquat tree – well, it has baby fruit on it already!  Lots and lots of baby fruit!  The loquat tree is actually a plant that is a gift of mother nature, and the birds.  I noticed it in the very back of my yard, and decided to let it grow and see if it 1) survived, and 2) would bare fruit.

Here are some pictures of the wonderful flowers that provide the heavenly scents every time I open my door.

"Belinda's Beauty" Roses

Busy Bees polinating the orange blossoms

Peach Blossoms

Peach beginning to develop from the flower

Lemon Blossoms

Lime Blossoms

Loquat Fruit

Roxy - making sure the squirrels stay out of the yard...

Welcome to my garden…