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Banana plants doing awesome; I love our fruit trees; Bike ride?

Saturday, July 9, 2011 by  
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July
9
2011
Banana Plants!

Banana Plants!

I’ve been out back working in the yard all morning and enjoying the brief window of relatively cool temperatures.

I’m extremely happy with the location we chose for our banana plants. When we planted the bananas a few months ago they were not even a foot high, but look at them now! They are growing like wildfire, and providing the nice tropical background to the pond’s landscaping that we envisioned. The biggest of the three plants is already seven feet tall, and all of them are healthy and beautiful. They should grow to about twice this size over the next few months, and we should have our first harvest of bananas by late fall or early winter.

One of the advantages of living in the sub-tropics is that we can grow our own fruit. In addition to bananas, we’ve also got lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, figs and papaya. In general I’m not a huge fruit eater, but I do love bananas and grapefruit. My favorite pre-mountain bike ride smoothy is 2 scoops of Nitrean protein powder, 1/2 cup raw oats, 1 banana, 15 ounces of water and 8 ice cubes. I toss all that into my Blendtec blender and breakfast is ready in 30 seconds. I also like an orange from time to time, and I really love an occasional glass of orange juice with breakfast. Of course I use lemons and limes all the time in my cooking. Lisa enjoys papaya and fig, and I love how those two trees look. The trunk of the papaya I find especially beautiful.

Aerial view of the pond.

Aerial view of the pond.

As you can see in the aerial photograph of the pond, all the plants, flowers, trees and the turf have more than recovered from the incredibly harsh winter we had. I was very worried because the landscaping around the pond was put in just a couple of months prior to winter and none of the plants had much of a chance to get established. Thankfully we didn’t lose anything. The grass is what took the longest to recover, and I was actually thinking we might have to re-sod portions of the yard. Thankfully all the turf needed was a lot of extra care and time: it’s finally made a full recovery and looks better than ever.

So now that I’m done with my yard work I’m trying to decide if I feel like goofing off or riding this morning. I’m kind of in the mood to explore somewhere new, so right now I’m leaning towards hopping on my bike and seeing where I wind up…

Have a fantastic Saturday!

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