Black Mangrove Honey Made by Bees in a Remote Area

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Honey from Mosquito Lagoon – My photo

On a recent visit to Pells Nursery in Osteen, we came across some unique honey called “Black Mangrove” that comes from bees in the Mosquito Lagoon!  The Lagoon is widely known for it’s fishing, but I’ve never heard of honey coming from there. We had to buy it.

The Black Mangrove honey is darker in color and not as thick as other types I’ve had, but it’s delicious.  It’s made by Sun Splash Nursery of New Smyrna Beach.   They are an organic farm and the place is not too far from where I live now.  Their Farmer’s Market is open 8am till 3:30pm Monday thru Friday.  I must go there soon and see what they are selling for produce.  (Update – this place does not seem to exist!  We drove over and found nothing there.  Site must be old.)

Back to the honey.  Raw honey is far superior to store bought generic brands and I love to find new types to try.   This one also has an interesting story behind it.  The company has the right to access the islands filled with black mangrove trees in the Mosquito Lagoon.   All during the Florida summer they collect honey while the mangroves bloom.

We have fished out on the Intracoastal, and have heard bees buzzing on the islands. Now I will be able to picture them working away to make us their fabulous honey!  Below in my photo from another blog of mine (Seashells by Millhill), you can see what those mangrove covered islands look like.

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There are many, many islands like this out on the Intracoastal Waterway, which includes Mosquito Lagoon.

What a great idea to collect honey from that area! The Sun Splash company will ship their honey to customers, so click the link I provided above if you are interested in trying some for yourself.

Read an article by the Daytona Beach News Journal, written September 2016 about the owner and how he came to help out the bees (and himself) by putting beehives out on the remote Intracoastal islands.

As a side note, I noticed that the Sun Splash Nursery website also has a page containing gardening advice, which will be helpful as I plan my vegetable gardens.  I look forward to visiting their nursery soon.

Getting Ready to Grow Veggies in Florida

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I’m not there yet, but soon I will be learning to grow veggies in Florida.  I’m quite aware of the central Florida climate, as I lived there for over twenty years.  I didn’t have much time to grow my own vegetables but I plan to do a lot of that once I move back.

I’m wondering how well certain things will grow, and if there is no point in even trying to grow crops that prefer it cool.  I have a good, informative gardening book, but it doesn’t say too much about choosing crops for Florida.

So I searched for Florida vegetable gardening blogs.  A well-written blog can be better than a book.  Personal experience with local gardening can be extremely helpful.  I’m coming across a lot of blogs that prefer to show off their tropical shrubbery and well-manicured landscapes and fancy backyards, but have little in the way of helpful information about choosing and growing vegetables.

I think there are a couple of reasons for this.   Continue reading “Getting Ready to Grow Veggies in Florida”