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Thank you very much to all the groups that came out to volunteer at the EPP Last Sun the 26th. There were so many I lost track of what groups came out. I know the Ladys Softball team came out and helped a lot. If you came out in a group let me know the title of the group and accolades will of appreciation will follow. Thank you all so much!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hey guys, Tristan from Coffee Culture here. I think there's been a misunderstanding with the grounds bins. To be clear, coffee culture should only ever have 2 bins at time. We fill about a bin a day, so if you guys came every other day to pick up and switch out, then we'd be in business. Otherwise, we're going to have to discontinue this agreement. We do not have the capacity inside to store all these bins, and it looks unsightly in the drive thru. Thank you for understanding! <3 ... See MoreSee Less

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This exciting event is coming up Sunday. We will be setting up the workshop at Joni Ellis patio. Also, if anyone is interested in volunteering or shopping at the monthly Sunday brunch workday there will be folks staying after the workshop to help out at the nursery as well. The speaker Katie Rogers is very excited and bringing a few folks with her that would love to help out also. You are welcome to bring drinks and refreshments. No charge for the workshop. If you'd like to make a donation, it will benefit sponsoring future events. ... See MoreSee Less

Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener and Sunday working brunch

March 26, 2017, 10:00am - March 26, 2017, 1:00pm

Are you tired of wimpy tomatoes and bland beans? Try making your own new varieties! The Edible Plant...

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Edible Canna

Edible Canna (Canna indica var. edulis, syn Canna edulis) AKA the Queensland Arrowroot this plant is closely related to the garden canna. It grows 6 or more feet tall and has a small brilliant red flower so it is an excellent backdrop for smaller flowers and herbs.

Soil: It loves wet soil and can grow in boggy conditions but it also thrives in drier soils. Fertilize lightly if at all.

Water: It grows faster and taller in dry conditions when irrigated.

Sun: Full.

Cold: The stems freeze to the ground in cold snaps but the plant comes back every spring.

Pruning: Dead leaves can be removed for aesthetic reasons, especially the frozen parts in the spring.

Propagation: Seeds sometimes germinate if freshly planted, but usually require scarification. You can also divide clumps.

Pests: A caterpillar is known to eat cannas, and can affect the unrolling of their new leaves. It can be dealt with by hand-pulling or a BT pesticide.

Other problems: The tubers can be fibrous.

Harvesting, storage, and preparation: The flowers, tubers, and stems are all edible.

Historically grown in the Andes as an edible starch the huge tuber was usually roasted for hours until it became soft and sweet. We have not seen this particular variety produce a huge tuber when grown in Florida. The tubers grown here are about the size of regular garden cannas. They are best used to produce a highly digestible thickening powder similar to cornstarch. Shred the tubers coarsely, cover with water and stir. Strain out the fiber with cheesecloth and let the cloudy water settle out leaving the starch on the bottom of the container. Pour of the water and let the starchy residue dry. This makes a fine arrowroot powder.

The bottoms of the stems, up to about a foot, get thick and can be peeled and added to stir fried dishes. They have a bitter-sweet flavor and are quite tasty as a bamboo shoot replacement.

The flowers are ornamental and attractive in salads.

The leaves may be used like banana leaves to wrap food for outdoor roasting or grilling. They will impart a flavor to the cooked food though the leaves themselves are typically not eaten.

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