January 2001 Table
A Happy New Year to all
readers! Now let's get down to work. If you started your vegetables in September
or October you will have to ensure that you have successive crops to carry you
through the growing season. Peppers should last into the summer but tomatoes
will need further sowing. Ditto for members of the cabbage clan, spinach,
lettuce and other fast-growing plants.
If you didn't get started earlier,
it's time to go to Pine Woods Nursery in Marsh Harbour near the Airport and buy
young plants. You know the price of vegetables in the stores. A few dollars
invested in young plants will save you dozens of dollars later, and give you
that immense feeling of satisfaction when you eat your own (old cannibal
Are your potted Poinsettias beginning to look ragged? Time to
transfer them to the garden. You will find two or three plants in the pot and
they need to be separated. Plant them where you want them to grow (in full
sunshine and away from street lights) then cut them to within two inches of soil
level. It doesn't sound like a promising start but by next New Year you will
have a four foot tall plant. Poinsettias usually bloom from January through to
Easter on Abaco.
If you are a winter resident, you can now go outside and
pick fruit from your Carambola tree. Don't have one? Why not? It bears
prolifically during December and January and it's a fruit that everyone seems to
like. It can be sliced and tossed into salads and is a transforming ingredient
in tropical fruit salads.
If space is a problem,the Carambola tree can be
pruned to stay compact. You can even grow it in a large planter. The amount of
fruit you get from a single tree is staggering, and it produces another harvest
in late summer.
If you have sandy soil you may consider growing your own
potatoes. The 'seeds', of course, are at your local grocery store. If you get
potatoes with developing 'eyes', dry cut sections for a few days and then plant
them. The technique is to dig over, mulch and fertilize an area about one square
foot in and one foot deep. Scoop out a hole five inches deep and push your seed
potato in, cut side down. As the eyes grow into stems, push in the soil you have
Roots will grow from the cut end of the seed potato and new
potatoes will develop between the seed potato and the surface of the soil. You
may have to heap soil around the base of the plant if you have a bumper crop.
Although potatoes are not an expensive item on the weekly food bill, those
creamy new potatoes you can harvest are gourmet items. Well worth the trouble.
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