Friday, April 18, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
After well over a month, the avocado pit that I have been trying to start, just sprouted. Hopefully avocado trees are slow growers, as they do get quite large and I'm really not sure where it will go.
Actually, this is my 4th attempt at trying to get one of these things to start, so in reality, I wasn't expecting too much this time either. Well....surprise!
I have tried burying the pit loosely in soil, sticking toothpicks into it like a small tripod, then standing the pit in shallow water.....nothing was successful. This time I left over half of the pit exposed, putting only a little of the bottom into the pot of soil, then kept a clear plastic cup over the top of it. It worked!
Friday, April 4, 2014
The pineapple patch has a mix of producing plants and young plants. Some of these plants were started from the tops of mature pineapple fruit by cutting the tops off and setting in shallow water or on top of a soil filled pot, allowing them to take root, then add to the patch. Other plants, however, started as "babies" from the adult, producing plant, similar to the way a spider plant produces babies.....only not quite as many.
It should be noted that a mature plant will produce only one pineapple in its' lifetime.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
It has been coconut harvest time at parent's place. The palms were full this year and the coconuts just keep coming!
The worst part is taking the husk off. It is the most labor intensive part. But, after the coconut itself finally comes out, it gets easier!
After we drilled 3 holes in the end to drain the water (and save it), simply tap around the middle or the equator of the coconut, and it will crack. Usually quite nicely. The white meat is then broken out of the shell, usually in chunks and pretty easily too, once you get the knack of it.
Good, sweet, homegrown coconut! Next, some fresh coconut candy.......