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Yesterday, it seemed like it rained ALL day long. We ended up getting 2.9 inches. The irrigation gets a rest for a few days while this all soaks in.

Our potato patch has started to take off and about a dozen plants have sprouted.

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The “Isis Candy” heirloom tomatoes we purchased are doing well with the tallest plant nearly 5 feet now and all of them have tomatoes of various sizes. This is the biggest and most ripe one

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The Temple tangerine tree we got recently is blooming and smells amazing. I haven’t seen any bees on it yet, but I’m not always out there

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We just picked the last Meyer lemon and it is ready to bloom again.

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The Pitaya (Dragonfruit) wasn’t doing much, so I pruned it, staked it to a thick piece of bamboo and it is resprouting new shoots

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This pineapple is nearly a year old now and still growing and doing well

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Passion fruit

Beautiful bloom

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Finally getting this into the ground. We’ll see how much of a benefit it is around our homestead, as much as it is hyped on the interwebs as a great tree.

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We got this cutting from a friend and it had a great set of roots going when I transplanted to its final home on 10/6

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It had just started with tiny nubs and now 10 days later it is doing really well.

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Orchard taking shape

We now have 14 trees/plants in the ground and 5 waiting in the wings. Yes, unfortunately, some of the pyramids have tumbled a bit as seen below. They still seem to be holding up the best.

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Seed starts

Finally getting some seeds started,  though we may be a couple weeks too late. Might need to source out some heirloom starts in the area.  Have 2 different tomatoes, 2 different peppers, basil and oregeno.   Will plant others directly as soon as I get the garden bed going. Probably couple weeks.

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It is very hard finding information on the web for how Floridians plant their trees on mounds. There are now 3 different tests going with the great pyramid experiment doing quite well. The banana plant mound started as a 39x39x23 inch cube built within a perimeter of 12 concrete blocks 3 levels high. After letting it set a couple of days, the blocks were removed and less than 2 days later it collapsed in a cone shaped mound. Erosion also seems like it will be a problem over time.

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The next were the Barbados Cherry and the pineapple plant. They were constructed using the same 12 block (39×39) perimeter but only 2 levels high. Not quite the same collapse but most of the corners and some of the sides did fall.

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I still wanted it 3 levels high so I dug deep to my Egyptian days and remembered the pyramids I once built and brought forth again today.  They are the same 12 block perimeter but level 2 is 10 blocks (33×31) set in 1/2 of a width of a block and level 3 is 8 blocks (24×24) again set in a 1/2 block width.  The first one was made 7 days ago and not one iota of topsoil has fallen. (The following is from today)

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There have been 4 others built since the first one and all at varying levels of completion. I don’t know how long they will last, especially once the roots really start moving through them, but keeping fingers crossed.

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