Hurricane Irma Survivors

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We had little structural damage from hurricane Irma, but some of our garden took a real beating as I posted here. In addition to the wind damage, our entire area was sadly afflicted by the salt water carried in the winds. Many of the trees and shrubs in our area look as though they are burned on their windward side.

Our little garden spot seems to have recovered well. My Meyer lemon was nearly stripped of leaves, so I pruned it back, removed a lot of the lemons, and gave it a couple of gallons of fish and seaweed fertilizer. It is making a spectacular comeback.


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Happy Vernal Equinox!

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I want to check in today to wish everyone a happy Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. This is one of my favorite days of the year. To me it feels sort of like New Year’s Day because it marks the beginning of the time when the days become longer that the nights.

Since my blog serves as sort of a personal journal, I wanted to record what is happening in our brand new gardens on this first day of Spring, so here are a few photos I snapped this morning.


Our hibiscus are blooming. Read the rest of this entry »


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If you have been reading my blog for a time, you will know that we shop at the “Swami”, or local farmers’ market, on Sundays. This week I was overjoyed to discover beautiful Roma tomatoes and fresh tomatillos for only six pesos for a kilo (that’s about 2.2 pounds for Americans). That works out to less than 25 cent s a pound (US). The price was so low that Read the rest of this entry »