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Happenings at JG Ranch

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on October 4, 2017

First we came through hurricane Irma just fine.  Jeff had to replace about 15 rows of plastic and there were some rows that needed dirt piled on the sides.  Nothing was planted.

We lost a few trees, which you will notice when you drive to the back.  The cows came through fine.  Red Cow told the herd about 2 days in advance that they needed to go to high ground.  They went and they stayed there till the water went down about 5 days after Irma.

The cows moved to high ground for the storm and made it through just fine with a roll or two of hay.

The chickens had an island in front of their house so I just opened their front door for them to roam around.  Of course we had 9 days of no electricity.

Thank heaven for generators.

We are hoping for a Dec. 1 opening for strawberries in 2017.

Now, I’m sure this is what you all have been waiting for.  The first strawberry plants were planted yesterday and today – 9000 Radiance and 250 Florida Beauty (new variety). These were plugs which means they come with roots all ready started in dirt, which gives them a head start over the bare root varieties.

There have been two plantings of vegetables.  The first were greens and 2 weeks later they planted peppers (2 varieties), broccoli, lettuce and cabbage.  There will be plantings every 2 weeks for this month.  The greens should be ready for Thanksgiving.

Just call and check or look on the facebook page.

We are hoping for a first of December opening.

Remember that farm fresh eggs are always available – just give Joan a call at 352-799-0556.

Happy Fall and see you soon,

The Caseys