[nafex] Kind of off topic; but sort of on : )

Sam Franc franc at oregonfast.net
Wed Jan 2 12:30:42 EST 2002


You better like growing in sand because that is Florida.
You have to mulch like hell and it disappears fast.
Tropicals are the thing to grow there.
You better like the heat and humidity too.
A love for hurricanes would be good too.
It is a great place to visit in March but i would not live there year round.
We can't stand the heat so we settled on the Oregon coast.
The heat accumulation is not high here so we have a hard time ripening a 
lot of things.
We have to select the right variety.
Also the frost is not much here so some things that require a lot of low 
temp. do not do well here. But we do not have to worry about shoveling snow 
either.
There are not many high paying jobs here so the cost of living is low, also 
no sales taxes.
Property taxes are not very high either unless you chose to live on the 
water, which the assessor thinks you should pay for the priviledge of. It 
is wise to select a lot a couple of blocks away from the water.
We grow apples, pears,asian pears, plums, kiwis, blackberries, blueberries, 
currants and raspberries.
I weed out trees that are suscepible to bullseye, like New York 429, Elstar 
and Lobo.
All berries do fantastic here. We even have some keriberries that ripen 
here. Wunderful  taste but are very tender, so do not pick well.
Sam
At 05:24 AM 1/2/2002 +0000, you wrote:
>Gang:
>
>Well, the fluffy one is fast approaching that time in life where he
>decides where he is going to stake out his place in the sun.  The
>wife is leaning to Florida, but as we both greatly enjoy a variety of
>home grown fruit it poses a bit of a problem.  So here is the
>question what the heck can I grow in Florida?  I guess citrus is in,
>but what of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, goose berries,
>currants, apples, pears, cherries, plums, grapes, normal garden
>crops, corn, apricots, peaches etc.  My instincts tell me most
>apples, all pears, all cherries, garden root crops except sweet
>potatoe, plums, all goose berries and currants are out but I simply
>do not know.   Most of my books are geared for zones 3-5.  Is anyone
>in Florida, and what are you growing?
>
>Wishing all of you the very best,
>
>Kevin(the fluffy bunny)Mathews
>
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