Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Maple Hill Hop 62



Maple Hill Hop


Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop.
This is a hop for folks who love the outdoors.
Feel free to post about anything that's going on
OUTSIDE
in your neck of the woods,
no matter the season.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)
Thanks for linking back to Maple Hill 101.

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Is the Blog Hop dead?
In the past few weeks, 
I've seen some of my favorite hops ending.
I've gleaned so many wonderful ideas and inspiration from them, it's a shame to see them go.
Maybe I'm late to the game, (I am a late bloomer),
but we'll keep this hop going for as long as we have folks interested in sharing the good stuff.
And now, on with the show!


While most folks are perusing their seed catalogs,
we are growing an abundance of organic produce.
Our slow season is summer, when it's too hot to grow much.
We hope you enjoy seeing some of the goodies that grow here in Central Florida this time of year.


The garden on The Hill is full of color. 
With temperatures ranging from the 40's to the 80's,
many crops flourish during the cooler weather.




Lettuce practically bursts out of the pots.


Sweet, crisp and tender, it is a mouth-watering treat.



New Zealand spinach is thriving now that the humidity is all but gone.


Tomatoes enjoy the warmth of the sun without the threat of bugs.



Beets, kale and Swiss chard all relish the mild winters.


Scallions reach for the sun and fill the pots to overflowing.



 Broccoli is sweetened by the chilly nights.


Brussels sprouts enjoy their place in the garden.



 Radishes are a 3-week crop,
so they can be replanted several times over the season.



One of my absolute favorites, beets, are sweet and luscious.






Turnips are a new crop this year for Faye & Lynn.
Greens are being sold at market until the turnips are large enough to harvest.
Two crops in one!



Sugar snap peas are glorious this time of year.
They just keep coming.  And coming.  And coming.
No complaints here!





Of course, we are best known for our citrus.
Grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges and tangelos
are picked this time of year to supplement one's diet
with a good dose of sunshine.


That's a look at what's going on outdoors 
in my neck of the woods.
How 'bout you?
HOP to it!