and the garden continues to grow…

I’m amazed at how quickly the dragon fruit are growing. This morning I added 1/2 of a purple dragon fruit that I had found at the store into my green smoothie.  This is what it looked like. It was delicious, with a gazillion little seeds. Wondering when my little wall of dragon fruit will begin to bear their own fruit?

purple dragon fruit smoothie with cactus.

the dragon fruit are growing…

It has been a month since I began creating the bed for the dragon fruit, placed the posts and planted 12 stalks., 4 each of white, pink & red. They have been sprouting new stalks, at least a dozen or more so far.

dragon fruit

This morning, I finished placing the border of concrete blocks and added more soil and mulch. As they spread, I envision having a wall of dragon fruit climbing the posts and cascading over the trellis which forms the wall.

watching nature come alive, intentions grow…

having completed my patio project., I started planting in the raised beds that now border the patio. In the center of the windows., I chose to place 2 plumeria that were here when I arrived in October, but, they were dormant. One was root bound in a pot, the other had no roots, just a stalk with several branches. They are both producing leaves and one has 2 clusters of blossoms coming.

I patiently await their opening to reveal their color to me. Already, I smell them in my memories of when they lined the entrance to my market in Merritt Island, FL. 15 years ago. They were a lovely welcoming to me. Their fragrance is divine.

the journey begins…

I relocated to Central Florida in the beginning of October, 2016. A friend from the 1980’s had offered me a place to stay in exchange for taking care of the property. There is close to 1 3/4 acres with a 2 bedroom house in need of some TLC. My main goal will be homesteading the land with tropical fruit trees, herbs, berries and raised bed gardens. I will also be helping do repairs around the house. For the first several months, I cleaned the main living area of the house and began removing clutter, then painted the kitchen, dining & living areas. As the weather got warmer, I moved outside.

So far, I have 4 Jackfruit saplings, a mango and some banana trees to plant. Last week, I planted my first tree, a Brown Turkey Fig.

Brown Turkey Fig

This journey begins as spring comes around. The layout of my gardens & trees will come as I spend time in the outdoors. This blog will permit me to share what I am learning as I go along. Most of my sprout growing has been in water since  I closed my business. I have not had a yard to play in, so, moving into the world of composting again will be welcoming. There is plenty of space to set up a small greenhouse structure for growing sprouts & baby greens. Most likely, I will extend the east facing screen porch and grow greens there.

Can you tell?  I would love to live here for the next 30+ years.