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Care To Garden Year Round? – Check Out The Naples Florida Lifestyle

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I came back from church Sunday morning and headed to the kitchen for a nice winter breakfast. I look to my garden for some of my ingredients and in fact gardening year round in Naples has become a nice pastime for me and for others. Maybe it was my great-grand parent’s midwestern farming roots, or maybe my own up-north winter snow bound roots that causes such delight in making a garden breakfast in the middle of January (without a greenhouse thank you).

About this time of year our vegetables are popping. Generally I put my veggies in about October after the summer heat breaks with the hopes of seeing some veggies appear for winter meals. All manner of spinach, lettuce (Thai Lettuce being my favorite), tomato, chard and many other options. My tomatoes need another month or so at this point but they are looking good.

Toward the end of “winter” as we call it, about February 15 to March 1 we are ready to lay in the outdoor heavy stuff. For me this means fruit trees – mango, grapefruit, key lime, orange, and avocado – these are just my choices there are more to discover. Look for fruit from July through February. July for the mangos and I take the last of my oranges in February with everything else in between.  Oh and I forgot my pineapple project.  Seems ridiculous to be growing pineapples outdoors in the middle of January but there you have it.

If you are not a herbivore or just want to try out some new non-edible things in the garden spend some time at our world-class Naples Botanical Garden. Wow. What a treasure and very real ideas you can try out in your own yard. If you are from up north, this place is worth a trip before you plan your garden to learn what best grows in these southern climes of ours.

Here is the punch line – “year round” – wow, no more sitting inside on a chilly winter day or waiting for Mother’s Day to be safe for new plantings. If you like tropical gardening Naples, Florida is a wonderful place. Oh I almost forgot – what was for breakfast – three eggs, some grated cheese, and from the garden – organic Thai lettuce, chard, and basil all mixed in with the eggs and on the side and a delicious orange picked from my tree. Talking about fresh – ten minutes from picking to eating. Nice.


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Mark Goebel, PA is a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker on 5th avenue in Naples, Florida with 35+ years of visiting and living in Naples. After 25 years at Accenture, Mark retired as a managing director and spends his time helping non profits and building a Naples real estate team with his wife Nan. Talk to Mark and Nan about life in Naples and why they chose this place to live full-time over all others and enjoy Naples real estate.

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