Saturday, June 26, 2010

Back to the Jungle


All it takes is two weeks for an unattended South Florida garden to become a Jungle during the summer.

I came back from my vacation yesterday and I found my garden in complete chaos, overgrown, full of weeds and a few casualties from the heat. Is going to take a couple of weeks before I can get the place back in shape. I started this morning with the front garden but the heat and mosquitoes were intense, all I could do was a couple of hours of work.



One nice surprised was my banana trees, all three adult plants had fruits, I hope they don’t ripen at the same time.

10 comments:

Antique ART Garden said...

Gee, my garden is in chaos and I have not been on vacation ! too darn hot and humid, and the mosquitoes adore me.

Rainforest Gardener said...

I'll help you eat them if they ripen at the same time. :)

Sunita said...

Sounds so familiar! :D
Tropical exuberance works both ways, doesn't it?
Hmmm... it does look like they will ripen at the same time, doesn't it? But one tip you can try is to cut and separate each 'hand' instead of hanging up the whole bunch. When they're separated the date of ripening is staggered but when you hang up the whole bunch, its like a banana avalanche!
Or you could start collecting banana-based recipes, like I did :D

Ami said...

I am sure within a couple of weeks, your garden will go back to its beautiful state again. I am starting a three week vacation next week, feeling a little nervous about my garden myself... The heat and humid is terrible, and I only can do the gardening after the sunset...

keewee said...

Rusty, I can't begin to imagine what it would be like to garden in your climate, although I would love all the tropical plants I could grow.
We have had a lot of rain here in the PNW and I have weeds galore to pull.
Happy gardening
Jennifer

BelleAq said...

I'm sure you'll train the garden back into shape. And congrats on your bananas mine are also producing mass quantities

freerangegirl said...

What an amazing garden - even in chaos! Its amazing to see a banana tree in full swing. Thanks for sharing

Danielles Garden said...

I know! I came back from a 2 week vacation recently and I thought the same thing.

Susan said...

Mother Nature definitely would reclaim a Florida garden quite quickly...within months I do believe. I need to get out there and get some work done, too but it's sooooo hot!

Andrea said...

Hi Rusty, i came here via your comment at Jodi's, was busy reading all your posts when i saw this bananas. The already finished fruiting blossom must be cut so that the fruits will be bigger and healthier. If left on the plant the blossom will still compete with the nutrients going into the fruit, remember the sink and source in plant physiology? Besides, the blossom can be made into a delicious vegetable, healthy and full of anti oxidants. I am sorry to be giving unsolicited advice here. I am from the tropics and a horticulturist, so you are in good hands, hehe. thanks.