The citrus is ripening and we've already picked all the fruit from the early ripening satsuma tree. Seleste single handedly ate most of them! She would run out to the tree before or after school, pick a satsuma and drop peelings all the way back to the house. I began to call her Gretel. She could just follow her trail back to the tree and home again! The satsumas are first and now the Paige Mandarins and Meyers Lemons. The navel oranges are huge! They should be ripe in December. I also have Louisiana sweets, pink grapefruit, and blood oranges. The blood orange trees are new this year so no fruit.
Everyone should be a little Johnny Appleseed and plant a fruit bearing tree where ever they live no matter how long they plan to stay. Think of all the joy you'll give yourself and someone else. Plant a fruit tree this year!
I believe with a little effort in our zone we could grow tender vegetables almost all year long. The hardest months would be December, January and maybe February. I plant my corn at the end of February. If I wait any later it doesn't do as well. Whew, it takes years of experience to work out the micro climate nuances of your land and the weather loves to throw a lot of unpredictability in there to keep you scrambling. Lots of fun!