Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Vine Ripen Tomatoes at The Club !

It gives me great pleasure to announce ; The tomatoes plants in the garden are yielding 2 quarts of vine ripen cherry tomatoes a day ! Check out our daily lunch specials and our Garden fresh section on the salad bar. In addition to delicious tomatoes we are harvesting ; Arugula, salad greens, mint , bok choy, carrots, radishes , golden beets and much more . Our beautiful Hostess Mariela Tosta was kind enough to help kick off our tomatoe promotion this week . Call Mariela or Daniela today and make a reservation

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Spring Day at the Club

I drove around the Club today and collected these Images in 60 minutes.  A Beautiful Spring day 3-22-2011.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring time in South Florida

..The Garden is beginning to show the stress from the increasing hours of sunlight and it’s intensity. This coming Sunday is the first day of Spring and in South Florida our growing season is coming to an end . There is time to come by the Dinning room and enjoy our Daily Garden fresh selections . Our Beautiful Garden is yielding this week Tomatoes , Asters , Arugula, Carrots ,Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage and much more !

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Progress report 3-8-11

This week we will be harvesting tomatoes from the garden ! As you may remember we lost all our plants in mid December to a hard frost. And we did not replant till early January… I grew Heirloom tomatoes for many years and love vine ripen fruit !! I think the most important thing when growing tomatoes is proper spacing . Our Tomato plant’s are spaced 7ft. Apart. Each plant has 49 sq. ft. each to grow. Crowding plants makes them weak and gives insects more places to hide and reproduce.. Also for beginners I recommend small fruited varieties cherry tomatoes and sweet 100’s .

Also of interest in the Garden this week is caterpillars , But not ordinary caterpillars these are Black Swallowtail caterpillars . The Life cycle of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly is called Metamorphosis , the caterpillar stage lasts around 2 weeks. In that time they eat your garden plants and get ready to form a Chrysalis. You’ll be happy to know that we relocated them to an other area so they can turn in to Butterflies

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Deering Bay Garden Win's Top Honors at South Beach Food & Wine Festival

This past weekend, Tim Rowan submitted 12 plants in 10 inch pots from Deering Bay's Garden in the Urban Oasis Project's Edible Garden Oasis at Jungle Island as part of the South Beach Food & Wine Festival.  Urban Oasis Project's goal is to teach families good nutrition and show where food comes from.  The plant photos were judged and cash prizes were awarded.  Read the results of the competition below from an email sent by Melissa Contreras, creator of Urban Oasis Project:

"From our South Beach Food and Wine fest edible garden pavilion at Jungle Island for Blue Cross/ Blue Shield and Chef Aria Kagan; food plant contest winners:
First Place in Prettiest Overall Plant to Tim Rowan of Deering Bay for 'Formosa' savoyed cabbage

Second Place in Prettiest Overall Plant to Tim Rowan for Radicchio 'Red Preco #1"

Third Place in Prettiest Overall Plant to Cindy Dwyer for her 'Georgia' collard greens

Most Interesting Plant goes to Yuhfen Lin for 'Aurora' chile pepper, which changes from lavender to deep purple to bronze/orange and finally to red.

Congratulations to winners!"

Tim graciously donated the prize money back to the excellent folks at the Urban Oasis Project, however, he will retain bragging rights!

Below are the winning prizes and photos: