Tasty Homegrown Heirloom Tomatoes & Native Florida Plants

Tasty Homegrown Florida Heirloom Tomatoes: The appeal of growing your own tomatoes may come from your taste buds, wallet, or even food safety issues. For some, though, it’s the personal satisfaction of growing and picking the backyard bounty from garden plots or patio container pots. Read more about growing tomatoes in Florida.

Florida Real Estate Valuations Translate to Lower Government Revenues

The impact of a slowing commercial sector has been delayed, as compared with residential real estate. There have been copious reports of the 20 to 40 percent declines in residential real estate values across the country. Another consequence of the economic downturn is not as publicized. It is also related to real estate — and the falling values…

SPEED, FLASH, ELEGANCE: Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

One of the posh events of the year on this northeast Florida barrier island is held in March – the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Picture in your mind lush green golf fairways of Summer Beach, lined with millions of dollars worth of gleaming, glitzy collector automobiles, dubbed the “Field of Dreams.”

Northeast Florida: Growing Brussels Sprouts, Best Grapefruit Trees

Growing Brussels Sprouts and grapefruit in northeast Florida. Read the latest Florida gardening tips from Nassau County, Florida horticultural agent.

Reprieve From Harshest Wrath of Recession

The local economy has gotten a reprieve from the harshest wrath of the recession. One of the county’s largest employers – the Smurfit Stone Container Corp. mill in Fernandina Beach – has reportedly regained solid financial footing after a sudden slide. The Amelia Island Plantation Company has also sought out the protection of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, attempting to reduce debt and restructure. It is widely expected that the resort company will also be successful in its restructuring efforts.

Fernandina Beach, Nassau County: Counting Blessings

There is something good and virtuous about counting your blessings — especially when starting a new year. We still live in an enchanted place. Just ask the visitors who travel to Amelia Island from around the world. The beaches are still breathtaking, the historic district of Fernandina Beach still emanates a distinct charm, and the island lifestyle is still laid-back and idyllic. Norman Rockwell could portray us in a painting.

Northeast Florida: It’s Time to Prune the Muscadines

Do you have fruit growing in your yard? Muscadine grapes should be pruned between January and March in the Northeast Florida area. Concerned about your orange tree during a hard freeze? Most of the oranges we grow in Northeast Florida area are grafted onto cold hardy root stock, so there is less chance of losing the tree from freeze damage. The portion of the tree you truly need to protect is the grafting part (where the root stock meets the scion).

Ten Hopes for a Fruitful New Year in 2010

On a local level, the national issues have inevitably trickled down and impacted our way of life here. However, so has the hope of an economic recovery and a return to a normal way of life. With a new year beckoning, here are 10 hopes for 2010. It is indeed a wish list, but it’s the kind of positive thinking we need as a follow-up from last year.