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
in your neck of the woods,
no matter the season.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)
Thanks for linking back to Maple Hill 101.


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!


  1. What terrific looking produce. It sure looks tempting!

    I've noticed a LOT of bloggers on my list seem to have 'given up"--if that's the term I'm looking for.
    I hope it's just a winter thing and not a winding down of some great blogs.

    1. Me too, Sue.
      We are eatin' well this winter! ;0)

  2. I love beets too. I am way behind in getting anything in for the winter due to skunks digging up my garden. I am looking for some low fencing to move around my plantings.

    1. Skunks? Oh no! Hope you can get that fencing up so that you can get to planting!

  3. Hi, I am really enjoying your link up. I was wondering why your plants are grown in pots??? Thanks love to hear from you. Blessings

    1. Thanks for joining us. The garden in pots is my friends' farm where I volunteer. They grow that way to help control nematodes and also to make it easier for them, as they are older gardeners.

  4. What a beautiful sight this morning when I'm watching the snow fall and the wind whipping everything around here in Virginia. Thanks for the pictures and wish I could dig around in your garden.

  5. I love winter gardening, too. We're supposed to dip below freezing for the first time tonight. We transplanting a tomato volunteer from our front flower bed into a pot, other than that I think the rest of the garden will be fine.

    1. I hope you have lots of goodies tucked away in your winter garden! We had temps in the 30's last night, and I had only to cover one tomato plant.


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