Saturday, July 2, 2011

July 4th Garden Party

Every holiday has its important foods from the garden. What would Independence Day be without the traditional BBQ with fresh corn on the cob, watermelon and apple pie? In the Northern USA it is time to harvest early crops of radishes, beans and those first tomatoes. Blueberries are ripening, plumb juicy cherries, early plums and fresh peaches are right around the corner. This is my favorite time of the year when the fresh fruits are at their peak.

In the blistery heat of South Florida, our main growing season ended months ago. Now we can still grow some peppers, everglades cherry tomato, collard greens and okra. After weeks and weeks of dry hot weather, our rainy season finally began this week. South Florida is considered sub tropical. We have six months of dry weather in the late fall through early spring and then the wet season begins. During the wet season is the hurricane season.

Although it is too hot to enjoy the food outdoors this time of year in Florida, I hope you all have a great feast right in your garden, backyard, park or anywhere else you choose. Here we will be in the comfortable air conditioning. Have a great July 4th weekend and enjoy the wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables of the season.
Best wishes from Fort Lauderdale Beach.

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