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Crystal Hartman I realize Michael used to keep a log of nursery activities accomplished in a volunteer day. Simply put I have had to pick my battles and have not had time to keep that tradition going. I think I can takeSee More a stab at it now though, so here is the first in a series of brief activity blogs I like to call the EPP Captain's Log (OK I admit to being a Trekkie.) I wonder if Michael will come back? Perhaps I should call myself the Acting Captain? Anyways, here goes:

Plant Date: 3-1-15
Trained a new ensign today by the name of Gabriela Waschewsky on how to run the Mother Ship. While Commander Jamey Sadler and I took the Silver shuttle to High Springs to rescue the S.S. Plant Trailer, she and Nancy Hendler took the helm. With the impending spring bloom, there is much activity aboard the ship. Here is a short list of current ongoings.

Gardens are mostly plowed (many thanks Bill for loaning your tiller!) Many plants are started in the greenhouse. Evelyn Giansanti Reedy started pigeon pea, maypop passion fruit and moringa a couple weeks ago. About a week ago I started some Molokhiya, India lettuce and roselles. Today Gabriela and Nancy planted more roselles for the upcoming orchard, uppotted some Cedar Key mulberry clippings, cleaned some sprinkler heads and swept up some spots in the greenhouse. This Thursday we will be focusing on cleaning the ground cloths and sprinkler heads and finishing uppotting the mulberry.

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Karen Sherwood Great work you all, glad to hear of things moving along!02.03.2015 at 11:19 am4
Crystal Hartman Hey Gainesville, EPP needs your help. We suffered a loss of plant stock!

The fridge that contained certain EPP plant stock malfunctioned and froze some items. Has anyone got any GA jet sweet potatoes
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I think everything else is fine. I do have some turmeric that can be planted, but need more. Our sweet potatoes completely froze.

Any help is greatly appreciated.See Less
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Crystal Hartman Family afternoon at the Nursery is tomorrow, Feb. 26 at the usual 4-6 time. I am really hoping to see some of you there.

Seriously, I hope some of you come because there have been mostly none of you coming
See More out. 2 or 3 people would be great. Consider this a finger wag from your EPP Nursery Mom. :)See Less
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Crystal Hartman Green Sunday is TOMORROW Feb. 22 from noon to four. I will be out there for the first hour showing Evelyn the ropes, after which the reins will be in her hands for the day. Hoping to see some of you outSee More there. Thank you Evelyn!See Less21.02.2015 at 11:25 pmLike
Karen Epple sorry I missed this week my birthday, hope to make the nextone.25.02.2015 at 05:13 am
Kayla Susan Sosnow Hi, do you still have the Cherry of the Rio Grande (Eugenia aggregata) that's on your website? How does it do in our area? Are the cherries actually sweet? Do you have any other cherries? Thanks!22.02.2015 at 02:42 amLike
Michael Adler We had some when I left. They were very small. We had some more in very small pots that need to be up-potted. I seem to remember they were pretty good, not real cherries though. They grow slowly and usually lose their crop to a late frost. I was going to respond to your post about barbados cherries. I wasn't too keen on them when I tried them, and I think they're tropicals. Surinam cherries are also tripical, but will survive in warmer parts of Gainesville, but don't fruit, since they have to regrow from severe frost damage each year. We ordered a couple real cherries (like bing) from Willis Orchards, that supposedly have a low enough chill hour requirement that they should fruit here, if they can handle our humidity etc. We are going to plant them hopefully this spring and see how they do. You are welcome to order some from there and try them out too.22.02.2015 at 04:53 am1Kayla Susan Sosnow I saw those on their website. But when I Google cherry tree Zone 8 there are dozens of varieties available on a half dozen websites. It's overwhelming. I don't know how to sort out the truth from the lies.22.02.2015 at 05:02 amview 4 more commentsMichael Adler Zone 8 may not be good enough, especially if that's the edge of it's suitability zone. Look for something that lists the chill hours. Our area usually gets between 400 and 550, though it varies by location and we can expect a general warming trend. Lower chill hour requirements will still flower here, but may flower too soon, so may the later hour varieties since we seem to get warm spells during the winter, that confuses everything. It's hard to say, really, and it's very hard to accurately measure chill hour requirement. It's not well understood and there are even very divergent models for measuring chill hour credits. There also doesn't seem to be a standard source for chill hours for various varieties. I've looked into peaches a lot and find listings for the same varieties that vary 200 chill hours or more. Anyway, I found this website and it has some tasty looking trees I'd like to try. I LOVE rainier cherries. Anything 500 hours or less is probably worth trying. http://www.tytyga.com/Cherry-Trees-s/1834.htm22.02.2015 at 05:28 amKayla Susan Sosnow I saw that website too, & I figure on getting a variety that would be good to zone 9 in order to be safe on the chilling requirements. From what I've seen, Rainier just misses the mark because its only good to zone 8, not zone nine. Anyway I wish it wasn't going to take forever to figure this out! Thanks, Michael.22.02.2015 at 07:07 amMichael Adler make sure not to get one that needs a pollinizer, without also getting a pollinizer. Some are self-fertile, but probably no the best ones.22.02.2015 at 07:08 amKayla Susan Sosnow Right, but I didn't know self-fertile ones weren't as good. Why?22.02.2015 at 03:17 pm
Crystal Hartman EPP (and myself) need assistance! Please contact me if you are able to help with any of the following:

1) April 18, 2015. Spring Sustainability and Natural Foods Gala at Crones Cradle.

2) April 25 and/or
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3)This Sat. OR Sun. (2-21 OR 2-22) for about 4 hours to shovel horse sweepings (2 hours will be driving to and from High Springs). Woohoo!See Less
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Gabriela Waschewsky Can't do 1 or 3, but I can help w/2 on the 25th.21.02.2015 at 12:44 am1

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The Edible Plant Project (EPP) is a volunteer-based, 501c3 nonprofit organization working to promote edible landscaping and local food abundance in North Central FL. The goal of the EPP is to create positive alternatives to the unsustainable food system in this country. Gathering Mulberries

2nd Wednesdays, 3-7 pm,  at the Union St. Farmers’ Market booth in Downtown Gainesville. Edible plants, seeds, fruits & more. Most plants are well suited for area and easy to care for.  111 E. University Avenue

Beyond spreading the germplasm of plant varieties, we spread information. Most adoptions come with a comprehensive care sheet.

Subscribe to our Facebook or Yahoo Groups for other opportunities. 

OUR NURSERY
Our nursery is nestled on two organic family farms: Crazy Woman and Siembra. We maintain our nursery for hardy native and exotic vegetables, teas, fruit and nut trees, and our seed bank. We share these with community (either through work trade, barter, or adoption) and welcome your help do so!

Rather than food produced with massive fossil fuel usage in agriculture and transport, with large scale erosion and fertilizer and pesticide run-off, people could be eating food grown locally in yards and landscapes, with little environmental impact or fossil fuel consumption. Rather than food being a packaged, processed commodity, trucked in and purchased at the store, food would once again be something that connects people with nature, with the seasonal cycles of life. Once people realize how easy it is to grow food, there will be many opportunities for giving and sharing the abundance. We invite you to plant fruit trees, and grow and harvest local food to help make Gainesville a beautiful, sustainable place to live.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
We offer free workshops and volunteer work trade at our nursery.  Plant propagation (making new plants) & site maintenance.

CONTACT PAGE, CALENDAR links & SOCIAL GROUPS FOR UPDATES
Volunteer or adopt plants in our urban east-side nursery, nestled on a nature preserve and family-run organic farm.  (Sundays* 2-6 pm). New leaders always welcome to help expand hours

OUR SEEDS
We save our locally-adapted, non-hybrid vegetable varieties year to year. Look for our catalog and seed packets at our market booth or at the Citizens Co-Op.  Every year we improve the crop by selecting seed from the plants which do the best. By sharing and distributing seed, we are largely independent from the seed companies and their nationally-marketed hybrid varieties that often require chemical fertilizers and pesticides for good production. No GMOs here! We also partner and share with Grow Gainesville’s Seed Library. See their site for seed saving tips.

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  • Devadeva Mirel

    Awesome site. I am moving to Alachua in July…leaving behind my lush 2 acres of fruit trees, bushes and edible flowers in Pennsylvania. I have a jam business (local, natural, human made) and am eager to plant stuff on our property but it will be a while till stuff is producing. I am very interested in hooking up with people…especially the kind who have so many figs they don’t know what to do with them.

  • Teresa

    Hey, wow! What a great idea for an organization! I’m in North Florida–Tallahassee–and continue to be amazed by the variety of foods thrive in our amazing climate. Thanks for putting your ideas out here for the rest of us to be inspired by :).

  • Kathy

    I currently live on close to an acre in Jacksonville. I have several different varieties of (4) orange and (3) grapefruit trees along with two pecan trees. I am interested in learning more about your organization.

  • Meg

    What an awesome project! My husband and I are both really into edible plants. We have a small veggie garden and I’ve been foraging around the neighborhood for edible “weeds” and other wild foods to eat/transplant. My current favorites are dandelions and purslane, both of which seem to have transplanted well in the garden. And recently, my husband made a great batch of wild plum jelly (though I like them fresh, too).

    Hopefully someday we’ll realize our dream of filling both the front and back yard with edible plants.

  • Aki

    I’m so glad I discovered your wonderful site! It’s very inspiring, my husband and I have been wanting to replace our lawns (over here in Oakland, CA) with edible plants and your info will be very useful.

    I have a question re. hibiscus: I’m having a hard time figuring out if I have the edible kind. I have several colors, the type you’d see all over Hawaii, and I keep hoping my red one is edible because it produces so many blossoms – I believe the variety is Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Brilliant’. Does anybody have the answer, as well as some hibiscus recipes?

    Thank you!

  • KACEY55

    I believe your project is just what I am looking for. I am disabled and live on a very limited budget. And very limited room. Food or rather nourishing food has become a high commodity for me. So the alternative is planting and growing my own. Onward and upward.

  • justine

    great idea you made it

  • Adam

    Thanks for the great website!Could anyone point me in the right direction for a listing of ;native edible/wild-growing; plants in the North Florida area?Thanks
    Reply
    -www.eattheweeds.com

  • Debbie

    This is a wonderful site and a wonderful idea! I would love to get involved. I am not one of those people who ignores the bounty around us. I am one of the people who get the crazy looks as I stand by the old school yard picking mulberries, or by the edge of the park picking plums, or on the side of the road picking blackberries…and on and on!!! I am planting what I can, but would really love to do more.

  • Carol Mercer

    Fantastic project!!

    Are you assoicated with – or do you know of other similar organizations (in Florida or beyond).
    Many thanks. Carol

  • patrick ahern

    great idea …central florida plants include numerous fruits, including wild bananna’s(plantains?)-small avacdo trees, besides the numerous citruses that go unpicked for lack of interest — all could be put to better use
    thanks
    pat

  • David

    Anyone know which plants I can eat here in Florida?

  • purewolf386

    I live in Lorain, OH, and I have close to 50 LBS. of rabbit manure, which makes awesome natural fertilizer. I desperately need to get rid of this resorce soon. Anyone interested in it please email me or reply to my post!
    The weeds are huge when they get into this stuff!! So if your looking for county fair sizes for produce then give me a hollar!

  • nick

    Greetings everyone! I stumbled upon this site (literally!) and I have a friend who is starting a non profit called the tallahassee nucleus, which is a urban farming project. The site has a lemon tree, two orange/pecan/ fig/ banana/ lots more!! Any one from the epp wanna have a JAM Ba RII?!! We welcome all types of people into our space and designate slots for workshops to be filled soo email me and lets cross pollunate! We do a seed exchange/ drum circle every thursday and all types of farming so come check us out if your in tallahassee, email me and I will set you up! Peace!
    Whitespectralwind@tmail.com

  • papajamaican

    Hi all, came across some glucose and I’m wondering of doping up a nutrient/ fertilizer brew for vegtables and plants, any pros and cons to this mad scientist endeavour?

  • ChayaMan

    papajamaican – I have no direct experience with adding glucose to fertilizer, but…

    when I plant cuttings, I dip them into HONEY instead of rooting compounds. They sprout faster, and I think it’s partly because of bio-available sugars. So I think using glucose might help things out.

    Also, I think I remember that sugars have anti-bacterial properties.

    The only downside I can think of is digging from sweet-hungry predators like rats and raccoons. Happens every time I plant sugar cane! :(

  • ChayaMan

    Whoops! Sorry – posted in wrong place – . What I *meant* to say is –

    EPP ROCKS!!! :) And I wish I lived near enough to Gainesville to attend your plant sale!

    Favorite places: Trees For Life, TopTropicals, ECHO, and now EPP! Keep up the good work!

  • Tim

    Thanks for the plants today. I can’t wait to watch them grow!

  • Rob

    Great to see people in FL doing great work! Are you still doing plant sales at the downtown farmers markets?

    Rob
    http://wcpermaculture.org

  • Kim

    I’m so glad I found this site. I’ve been looking at other sites all over the US but so glad your in my back yard. I’m in the High Springs/Bell area.

  • Kim

    I’m looking for heirloom seeds. What types do you sell at the plant sells?

  • Peg

    This is so awesome! We are doing the same thing here in Polk county, a little south of you. Lakeland is the main city and is half way between Orlando and Tampa. Our group the Barefoot Gardeners, have a website:
    http://www.thebarefootgardener.org and a yahoo group to learn from each other. We also have a Facebook Page: Barefoot Gardeners Organic Central Florida. We are inspired to get many Food Forests going, and several of us have small organic farms that feed us and others, sharing our extra bounty at the weekly Downtown Lakeland Farmers Curb Market. We have field trips and classes at the Farm strongly encouraging others to grow it themselves.

  • ver

    i have some weed in my backyard wanna start eating some of them but i don’t seems to find out what they are. I live in orange park florida. near jacksonville. anyone know any edible weed reference sites?

  • EPP Michael

    Chia – I didn’t receive any emails, I’m not sure who you tried. I don’t check these posts often. None of the figs growing at our nursery have died from disease, so I find it very hard to believe that’s what happened to yours. Did you keep them well watered? That is the most common problem people experience. Potted plants usually need to be watered every day, sometimes twice, depending on how much foliage the plant has, in relation to the pot size. It is especially important when the weather is warm. Once the soil in a pot has dried, watering once will not re-wet the soil. You usually need to water many times or submerge the pot in water to override the hydrophobic reaction of soil organic matter.

  • George

    Does anyone have experience growing mangos from seed in Gainesville?

    Tung trees?

    Transplanting Catalpas?

  • Brian

    It’s that time, blueberry & grapes are here or here soon.

    Here is a list of area u-picks.
    http://www.pickyourown.org/FLnorth.htm

  • Michael

    I have recently purchased an acre and a half, and the goal is to cover with all kind of fruit and nut trees. My question is this: I have a huge orange tree that is supposedly sour. Is there any way to make it not sour? I hate to waste thousands of oranges. I heard putting lime around the base, is this correct? Any help?

  • Sour oranges were a common rootstock. A hard freeze would sometimes kill the grafted portion of the tree, and the regrowth would come from the rootstock, which would bear sour oranges. You cannot make them turn sweet. You can, however use them like lemons or limes to make delicious pies and orange-ade.

  • I live in Panama City, Fl and would like to plant an edable hedge. At first I planed to plant Elderberries and currants but believe they will not like the full day sun and sandy soil. Blackberries might work but will take a longe time to grow and allow a lot of undergrowth. Any helpful advice would be appreciated.
    Diann

  • I’ve never heard of anyone growing currants in FL. Elderberries will make a very large and thick hedge. They will also sucker out the sides. They like sun, but also like damp soil. Blackberries will likely need trellising, and will be the opposite of elderberries. There won’t be much of a hedge there.

    Other options include blueberries, feijoa (pineapple guava), and pomegranate. You could also built a trellis for a variety of vines, like maypop, muscadine grape, luffa, chayote, etc. A trellised bean rotation between snow peas and speckled lima beans might be nice too. The snow peas will be far smaller than the limas, which can be very aggressive. I think I’ve heard of some other things called scarlett runners, and wing beans, and hyacinth beans which may be vines, but I don’t know much about them. Also, a variety of yams will grow vines up a trellis. You may be able to find wild Dioscorea alata, the less common of the two types of air potato, near your local creeks. They’re labeled as noxious weeds and illegal to sell, but they are quite controlable as long as you don’t plant them on a forest edge or near a creek. They’re also quite good to eat.

  • Charles Brown

    To answer the question from Aki,<!–mep-nl–>yes, a flower from Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is edible.<!–mep-nl–>See:<!–mep-nl–>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus_rosa-sinensis&lt;!–mep-nl–><!–mep-nl–>Also at the bottom there is a reference to<!–mep-nl–>Hibiscus tea.

  • Charles Brown

    EDIBLE FLOWERS

    One item I have not seen mentioned on Edible Plant Project is Edible Flowers. For more info see: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-8513.html
    or http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07237.html

  • good point charles! the moringa’s flowers are edible – really delicious

  • Jeanne Ridings Delacruz

    Aloha from Hawaii. What a great site. Although you are in Florida, my interest in edible weeds is becoming a way of eating fresh organic veggies from the wild. In Hawaii we do have the spinach tree. Thanks for this site, I try to get to know a lot of edible weeds. Hawaiian healing is all plants. There is also a lot of things here that no one knows of to eat. I am teaching what I know to my children and friends. They kind of snicker. But here's what I do, I cook some of these edible weeds and put some in salads. When they get through eating and telling how tasty my food was, I tell them exactly what they ate. They are surprised. I also do this because of the way the world is now. I can almost barely go to the store for veggies and fruits. Here we share food and fruits, so I do okay. You have a lot of information here. Again mahalo-thanks for this wonderful site. Jeanne ridings delacruz,grannie,70 years old and still going strong.

  • Great site guys! I’m trying to start a similar site that focuses on producing your own food and using many of the unique plants you guys also share. I just started working on it last week.
    I hope that we can get the word out to those that could really use the knowledge to improve their lives, their health and drop dependency on global food systems.

    http://survivalgardener.com

  • Hey Thad – I love what you’re doing – and am interested in some of the plants you have that we don’t!!!
    Best, Miranda

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