Friday, September 19, 2014


   The best way to eat carambolas (star fruit) is right off the tree, not from the super market. The super market offers carambolas that are at least a week or two old. Note that the ridges which should be green are dark brown. Most of the nutrition is lost within a few days.
   First wash your super market carambola off so that there are no pesticides left on them, then cut the front tip and back end off. The next step is to shave the green (or brown) ridges off as the contain a chemical that prevents your body from retaining calcium. One of the many things super markets forget to tell you. Finally lay them on their side and slice them so that they look like tiny stars, hence their name.

Friday, September 5, 2014


 I'm experimenting with exotic tropical fruit. I'm always pushing the zone requirement of fruit that the experts say won't grow in tampa bay because it is to cool here. I believe that if you maintain control of the critical growing factors, you should be able to grow anything in this sub-tropical zone ( 9A to 9B  ). Some of the plants that is marginal is mangos, location is the prime issue with growing them. Below 40 F mangos start to go into shock and a little below that they just die. What I am trying is planting them close to a window on the south side of the house. I expect that the heat escaping from the window should be enough to protect it from the cold.

Friday, August 22, 2014



Vietnamese Jaina
Hylocereus undatus

   Last year we planted six varieties of dragon fruit, of those, four of them flowered. Most of the flowers fell off. I think it was because they weren't getting enough sun. This year one, the Vietnamese Jaina has produced four fruit and has started three more bud's. This practical variety has white pulp and black seeds, other's have either pink or deep red pulp and vary in taste.
   Dragon fruit which are called Pitaya and are the fruit of a type of cactus found originally from Mexico, but are commercially grown mostly in Vietnam now. There are over twenty different varieties of Pitaya's available.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sq Ft Gardening


A few months ago I read a book on Sq Foot Gardening. I decided to try it in my raised garden. I planted leek end cuts, Ky. wonder beans, squash, garlic, shallots, cucumbers and peppers. In my next posting I'll tell you more about planting end cuts.

Monday, November 26, 2012


We are picking Carambola's now, our trees are loaded and the local supermarket is selling imported Carambola's for an outrageous price. We believe in being earth friendly (pesticide free).  If you are interested and live in Tampa bay for these sweet untainted fruit, you can reach us at