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Posted 27 January 2018 - 11:49 AM

Ever try growing figs?  There are some varieties that thrive in the heat.  

 

i grow figs at my parent's house. at first it took a while, but recently it took off



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Posted 27 January 2018 - 12:54 PM

I roasted a couple of those purple(ish) brown skin Korean sweet taters with the cream colored flesh last nite. About an hour at 425F until the skins got a little crispy.

 

DELICIOUS even plain!!!!! The flesh had the most fantastic mouth feel. Almost creamy like a very stiff pudding or custard. I dont like the typical sweet potatoes you get at most grocery stores but these are killer.


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 12:54 PM

I have an old fig tree, whenever the fruit starts to get ripe the starlings have party time!

A flock of starlings is called a murmuration. 😊


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Posted 28 January 2018 - 12:11 PM

I have an old fig tree, whenever the fruit starts to get ripe the starlings have party time!

A flock of starlings is called a murmuration. 😊
 

 

Yeah, that's what my back yard looks like when my figs start to ripen. Bastards!


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Posted 28 January 2018 - 04:02 PM

So...which pepper plants are good to grow in FL - that can survive the brutal Sun and heat?



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Posted 28 January 2018 - 04:11 PM

I have had very good luck with datils and habaneros. I'm trying to expand my horizons this season ducking and dodging between hurricane and freezes.

So...which pepper plants are good to grow in FL - that can survive the brutal Sun and heat?



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Posted 28 January 2018 - 04:44 PM

I have an old fig tree, whenever the fruit starts to get ripe the starlings have party time!

A flock of starlings is called a murmuration.

https://youtu.be/iRNqhi2ka9k

How do you “discourage “ the starlings from wiping out your figs?


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Posted 28 January 2018 - 04:52 PM

Honestly I haven't tried to discourage it since I'm not crazy about figs.. even have gopher turtles getting in on the figgy action.

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 04:52 PM

So...which pepper plants are good to grow in FL - that can survive the brutal Sun and heat?


I'm exploring some Caribbean varieties. Most of these seem to end up being a chinense. They seem to be able to handle the climate and humidity better.

Many of the annuums I've tried struggle with the high humidity.

Every pepper I've tried has trouble if I try to give it maximum sun. I started off with potted peppers so I could find the spots in my yard that work best. Many of my pepper plants seemed to thrive with considerable shade, especially during the hot part of the summer.

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 05:20 PM

A mighty fine salad can be grown if shade and sun are utilized somewhat effectively. b6b988a0857cebf71155ae8fd712534e.jpg

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 02:36 PM

Honestly I haven't tried to discourage it since I'm not crazy about figs.. even have gopher turtles getting in on the figgy action.

Is that a pet?


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Posted 29 January 2018 - 02:50 PM

Is that a pet?


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Posted 29 January 2018 - 03:34 PM

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Cool. Up here we have turtles that look similar to your friend, but they’ll take your finger off. Snapping turtles, you probably have them also. Good thing yours is a herbivore.


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Posted 29 January 2018 - 05:02 PM

Cool. Up here we have turtles that look similar to your friend, but theyll take your finger off. Snapping turtles, you probably have them also. Good thing yours is a herbivore.


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Actually got bit by one of those snapping turtles when I was a kid. The neighbors brought one home from the Everglades to make soup. Luckily it let go after a few panicked moments!

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 12:46 PM

My MOA yellows dropped tons of flowers last year in the heat. The 7Pot yellow wasn't bothered by it at all and neither were the orange habs from the year before. So not all hab types will be super tolerant of the high temps.

 

Ive got some Aleppo seeds that should be arriving today. They are supposed to absolutely love the heat.



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Posted 05 February 2018 - 03:58 PM

Baked a Okinawan purple today. Our market is nearly $2/lb for these suckers and the Korean sweet potatoes with the cream flesh are only 99cents/lb. These are delicious but frankly i liked the other one just as much and its more chestnut like flavor.

 

REALLY worth growing though if you can. The nutrition profile on these is outstanding for most people.

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 02:16 PM

Something else that loves the Florida heat... Hornworms. I think I picked a hundred baby worms off my cherry tomato plant this afternoon. Those things are of the devil!

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 04:31 PM

They have been a nightmare on my peppers

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 07:35 PM

I'm scared to even say something in case I jinx them but I have never seen hornworms on any pepper plants. Only tomatoes. Is it pretty common to get them on peppers?

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 07:56 PM

Yes they do get them so check them! A black light flashlight at night helps to detect them.




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