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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Any good Mango Growers in Homestead
« on: May 02, 2013, 07:12:02 PM »
We have bought a few trees from Lara farms  in the past. They were great to deal with and they are right down the road from Spice park.
Lara farms is on 187av.  and 200 st.    Spice park is on 187 av. & 248 st. so its just down the road about 3 minutes away.
good luck

Farm Boy

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Drip irrigation recommended or not?
« on: May 01, 2013, 12:48:42 PM »
Thanks everyone for your input.  Glad to hear that they are indeed being used in sandy soil.  I live in a deed restricted community where watering is only allowed once per week.  I want the drip irrigation as a backup in case any of my trees need to be watered more than that during a dry spell.  Thanks Oscar for the tips on low flow and multiple emitters.

Farmboy - what is the spacing on your emitters - 12" apart, 18" etc? 

Thanks

Brad


Brad, we run them in the guava groves, so each tree gets 2

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Drip irrigation recommended or not?
« on: April 30, 2013, 07:13:51 PM »
We run miles of plastic hose with micro jet sprinklers on our fruit trees, the only problem ever is unclogging them once in a while.
And they are cheap to install and maintain.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: how would you get rid of wild guavas?
« on: March 11, 2013, 07:40:59 PM »
Does slash and paint with round up not work on those?

Hey Cookie, you are absolutely right, guava's hate roundup !!!

Otherwise you have to remove the main roots. We just removed 1900 older guava trees with the tractor loader from a 10 acre field, ground them up in a chipper and planted all new trees.
It was a real back breaker job but we got it done, and added a few gray hairs...

Oh Yea, they are already 4 - 6' tall.

Farmboy

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Organic way to get rid of fruit flies!
« on: March 11, 2013, 07:31:00 PM »
If you go to a recycling center you can probably get those 600 jugs for free, or close to free.

Thanks Oscar !

 A recycle center that's a great idea

I thought I was going to turn into a cow drinking all that milk ;)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: March 11, 2013, 07:22:07 PM »
My Father has grown guavas since 1969 in the Redlands district, he recently passed away and left the farm to my wife and I.

He showed us many ways to grow the red guava and how to care for it before he passed. I love my new job, we have moved the entire family to Florida to take care of the farms.

My wife and I owned a tractor dealership since the 90s in another state before we arrived, so farm equipment is second nature to us.
I look forward to meeting the members here and making new friends......

Here's our web site  www.sardinafarms.com



murahilin   Im glad you met my Dad, he was a great farmer.  I really don't have the time for a video tour yet, but you are welcome to stop by and have a real tour and some fruit .

Dr. Crane is a wealth of information, I have a lot of respect for him and his advice which we rely on a lot !

My Father was ill the last few years of his life and the farm kinda went down hill, so we have spent the last year repairing equipment, sprinklers, fences, pumps, tractors, and returning the groves to a healthy state.  When we arrived the grass was 4' tall under the trees, and the irrigation system was not the best, plus the building was full of ........   so we have been renovating and fixing the place to get it to what it used to be. If my Dad could see it now, I think he would be proud, although we still have a few hurdles to jump through  ;)

Farm boy ;)


Welcome to the forum Farm Boy. I'm sorry to hear your father has passed. I had the opportunity to meet your father and tour your farm a few years back with Dr. Crane during the Tropical Fruit Research and Production class I took at TREC. He showed us the packing house and gave us some guavas and also let us walk through the grove and keep any fruit we found that was ready to pick. It's great to know that you're keeping the farm and business going. Are you willing to post a picture or video tour of your farm on the forum?


If I remember correctly, they bagged some of the guavas at your farm to protect them from fruit flies right?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Organic way to get rid of fruit flies!
« on: March 10, 2013, 08:10:06 PM »
We have also been experimenting with fruit fly traps. I use plastic milk jugs and put holes on the sides, for the bait I have been using vinegar & a 1/2" of cooking oil.  The handle on the jug makes it easy to handle, also I use the cap to hold the string which hangs it off the branch. We also pick up ALL the fruit that hits the ground or step on it so that it will bake in the hot sun.
The problem is..... I need about 600 milk jugs to cover 60 acres.

Them fruit fly's gotta be part of the curse..... >:(

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: March 10, 2013, 07:36:36 PM »
I will second Harry's comment about Kents in June and add to it Mamey in April??


We just picked 1700 lbs of mamey a week ago. Feel free to stop by, maybe I will let you squeeze a few......
Are they Mamey, such as Pantin, Pace, Lorito, etc. or are they Magaņa?  Big difference...


Magaņa

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: March 10, 2013, 06:39:30 PM »
As far as the keets.....  we sell them to a special Asian market that only buys them green.

However, I don't eat green mango's, it sounds like a recipe for a stomach ache.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: March 10, 2013, 03:53:21 PM »
I will second Harry's comment about Kents in June and add to it Mamey in April??


We just picked 1700 lbs of mamey a week ago. Feel free to stop by, maybe I will let you squeeze a few......

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: March 09, 2013, 12:51:00 PM »
My Father has grown guavas since 1969 in the Redlands district, he recently passed away and left the farm to my wife and I.

He showed us many ways to grow the red guava and how to care for it before he passed. I love my new job, we have moved the entire family to Florida to take care of the farms.

My wife and I owned a tractor dealership since the 90s in another state before we arrived, so farm equipment is second nature to us.
I look forward to meeting the members here and making new friends......

Here's our web site  www.sardinafarms.com

Farm boy ;)

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