Author: Blue Mango Farms

Visiting a bee yard

My beekeeping education was completed online. If I could get my Bachelors and Masters online, what would be the issue doing the same with the bees? For me, I know that knowledge can be...


After multiple attempts of growing sunflowers, I had success! The problem was the squirrels and forgetting to water them. I experimented with different varieties of sunflowers, really wanting the mammoth sunflower to grow like...

New Bees

My first initial hive I got in the late summer did not survive. Spring is here in Florida and time to install some new bees. I got 5 nucs from a local beekeeper.

Pollinator Garden

All are welcome! I replaced almost all my grass with as many pollinator friendly plants. The saliva is almost guaranteed to attract all kinds of bees.

New Hives

My first hive was acquired used from another beekeeper who built all the equipment. I knew I wanted to expand my hives and needed to get a head start before the Spring. In the...

Ironman Suite?

During the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP Boot Camp), a fellow participant had bee equipment that was no longer being used. Super excited to pick up the gear to get started!

Florida Native Tomatoes

Every garden needs tomatoes! I grew up with Aunts and neighbors giving them away due to the abundance of tomatoes every season. A neighbor introduced me to a Florida native, the everglade tomato. It...

Olive Tree

I’ve dreamed of living in Italy and making my own olive garden and cheese. Until that day, I decided to grow Olive trees.

Blue Java Banana

I started off with two blue java banana trees. Each cost about $25 each and was about 3 foot when purchased. Since then, they have multiplied and fruited. My life was so busy, I...

First Fruit Trees

It all started with palm trees and tropical plants, and I managed to keep them alive. The next step in my growth with my gardening skills, I decided to go with a few plants....