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Gardening with Jack

Great love affairs: Romeo and Juliet, Abelard and Heloise, Bogie and Bacall, Rose and Parsley… Rose bushes grow better with parsley planted around the base and the parsley will grow green and lush.

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Gardening with Jack: February Gardens

I do not want to get into the issue of global warming but there are indications that many plants have moved to a different timetable in their flower and fruit production. Shooting Star clerodendrum – native to Papua New Guinea and the Philipinnes - was once a February flowerer but by the end of the first week of January this year Marsh Harbour had many clerodendrum shrubs in full blossom. Grass is still growing and needs more ‘out of season’ trimming than is usual during the cooler months. For the home gardener this means we can start some crops earlier than normal. Corn and watermelons are good candidates for February sowing.

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Gardening with Jack: Strawberries

By now our home garden should be more or less established with our favourite vegetables. The yard is tidy because we made special efforts for the Christmas season and the grass is behaving itself by growing very slowly. Now is the time to attend to our fruit trees and ensure they have all the sustenance to give us lots of mangoes, pears, dillies, grumichama, Barbados cherries, starfuits, longans, lychees, akee and citrus later on in the year.

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Gardening With Jack: Pineapples

A dear friend of mine has been bugging me to write about raising pineapples so I decided that the first article of the year should fulfil my promise to him. Pineapples can be started at any time of the year but that is predicated on the availability of the starting …

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Gardening with Jack: Onions and Potatoes

The winter solstice occurs on 21st December and gives us the shortest day of the year. For six months afterwards the days will be getting incrementally longer and many plants will respond favourably. Growing crops becomes easier after the solstice.

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Gardening with Jack: A New Start

November introduces a new phase in our vegetable production season. For many of us it will be a new start because of damage from the tropical storm conditions during Hurricane Matthew. Also our winter residents are returning and many of them produce wonderful gardens during their stay on Abaco. For the rest of us the cooler conditions make gardening more enjoyable.

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Gardening With Jack: Growing Your Salad

We live in a salad conscious age. Gone are the days when salad was a wedge of iceberg lettuce smothered in Roka or Ranch dressing. Today’s salad lovers select from a vast range of greenery and either forego dressings or use discreet vinaigrettes. Their one demand is peak freshness and that can only be guaranteed by home growing.

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Gardening with Jack: October Plantings

October is my favourite month of the year. It starts warm, but towards the end of the month the nights become distinctly cooler and the days are pleasantly sunny without pinning you to the ground. We might even experience the first morning mist of the season. We’ll be turning the air conditioning off and paying BPL less money. And the kids are at school. Lovely!

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Gardening With Jack: Hot Peppers

Peppers are an important ingredient in Bahamian cuisine with bell peppers providing the crunch in conch salad and hot peppers the bite in soups and stews. Pepper plants are easy to grow and are highly productive. They love warm conditions and seeds can be planted right now.

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