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FOR THOSE WITH SPACE TO SPARE ON ACREAGE, FOOD FOR THOUGHT

My gardening abilities have been curbed a bit lately and have led me to reading more about different ways to increase the goodness in our soil which is the engine of our plant growth and the machine that nature provided to help us be more reliant in the future.

So much has been learnt by reading and listening to the advice given and seeing the soil improvements by Ernst Gotsch and like- minded individuals.  They have seen the damage in different counties of…

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Added by Christa on May 11, 2019 at 12:43 — 8 Comments

ARE WE MULCH JUNKIES? AND HOW MUCH IS IT COSTING US? YOU CAN’T HAVE TOO MUCH.

Mulch, Mulch, Mulch is what we hear from some of the best gardeners.  Whether it be the slow natural way as in the forest (what drops and rots from above) or the introduced mulch to speed up the forest floor.  As we only have 2 large poinciana trees on our block of land, and they only have very fine leaves and tiny twigs that fall most of the time in winter, we have to supplement.

My mother-in-law Gardener, who gardened here first, used grass mulch from the grass…

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Added by Christa on August 25, 2018 at 16:00 — 28 Comments

SOME OF MY GARDEN NOV 2017

Just a few pics to show some of my garden.  We are planning to move some of the citrus so they can be together in same location. They need watching, and spraying with oil wash for bugs. Easier to do in one area. The persimmons are holding on to a few fruit but this rain is upsetting them now.  The red Shahtoot are giving me lovely long fingers of fruit.  The white Shahtoot has been potted up.   The Lamb Hass avocado should keep good company with the Dwarf Wurtz.  My order of little bananas…

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Added by Christa on November 22, 2017 at 12:13 — 8 Comments

AT LAST I HAVE SOME MOUNTAIN PEANUTS

My vine has produced some nuts. These nuts are named Plukenetia volubilis.

Here are some notes from a site  sunwarrior.com    

Sacha inchi, also known as the Inca peanut, is the seed of a plant that grows in the highlands of Peru. Despite being a fairly recent discovery in the health community of the United States, sacha inchi has been cultivated and used as a food source for 3,000 years in the Amazon rainforest. The fruit that these seeds grow in is…

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Added by Christa on December 16, 2016 at 12:53 — 12 Comments

PERSIMMON TREATS Asian Persimmon pronounced Ichi-Ki-Kei-Jiro)

By no means, am I expert with growing these trees, but I can report on my experience with my 2 itchy trees as I call them.  Maybe I should call them touchy trees.  

Susan has asked me to put into words what and when I do, with my Persimmon trees, so here goes.

This variety is a non-astringent, self-fertile, small size tree about 2 ½ metres high.  

My trees are quite a few years old now, approximately 15 years.  First I had one plant in a pot for a while, then was advised…

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Added by Christa on November 11, 2016 at 10:00 — 7 Comments

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