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Seminole Pumpkin

The Seminole pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) is actually closer related to butternut and calabaza, than a real pumpkin. They usually grow in a more pumpkin-like shape than butternuts. The vines are aggressive and fast growing, achieving lengths of 20 feet or more. They like to climb, but the fruits usually pull them down.

Soil: Prefers […]

Mulberry

Mulberry Trees (Morus rubra [red], alba [White], nirga [black]) are medium to large, spreading, deciduous trees. The taxonomy of mulberries is complicated and disputed, with 150 species named, but only 10-16 generally cited by botanical authorities. Mulberry taxonomy is further complicated by the ability of many species to cross-pollinate with each other and form […]

Maypop

The Maypop Passion Fruit (passiflora incarnata) is a native vine that inhabits sunny areas in all local soil types. It spreads underground and may appear where you had not planned for it to be. It emerges from underground in the spring and flowers with large ornate purple blossoms. The vines grow and produce better in […]

Katuk

Katuk aka Sweet Leaf Bush (Sauropus androgynus) is a staple vegetable in Borneo where it grows as an understory tree in the lowland rainforests. Soil: Reported to tolerate acid soils, our soil is circum-neutral and they like it. We recommend lime just in case. Water: Needs plenty, can tolerate brief flooding. Cannot tolerate dry. Sun: […]

Chaya

Chaya or spinach tree or Tree Spinach (Cnidoscolus chayamansa) is actually about twice as nutritious as spinach. It is a good source of nutrients including protein, calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamin C. It is a fast growing dense shrub, native to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. It grows to about 6-8 feet tall.

Soil: Tolerates most soil […]

Fig

The fig (Ficus carica) is one of the easiest fruit trees to grow in our area. The trees are small and bushy, and do well in moist, rich, well drained soil. Our trees were propagated by cuttings from local trees that are growing and producing well.

The two diseases in figs are nematodes and rust. […]

Lemon Grass

Lemon grass AKA takrai (Cymbopogon citrates) is a perennial grass native to India.

It prefers a sunny location with afternoon shade. It likes rich, moist but well drained soil, with plenty of organic matter. It should also get plenty of water and fertilizer. It may grow back after mild frosts, but can be killed […]

African Blue Basil

This is a sterile hybrid basil that seems to be more resistant to disease than other varieties. It should develop a purple color on some surfaces, but some of our plants seem to have lost that gene.

Basil likes soil rich in organic matter, with high amounts of nitrogen and potassium. Our soils leach […]

India Lettuce

This lettuce (Lactuca indica) can be grown in the summer in our area, and can reach about a meter in height.

Plant in moist, well drained soil, in part shade. It grows upwards on a stalk, but don’t worry, it’s not bolting. When flower buds begin to appear, you can clip the head to […]

Chickasaw Plum

The Chickasaw Plum tree (var. Guthrie – Prunus augustifolia) is a deciduous shrub or small tree which naturally occurs in thickets, pastures, fields, and along hedgerows and river banks. It is an easily-grown, low-maintenance tree or shrub that tends to sprout from the base of the trunk, forming multi-stemmed thickets.

This is the form most […]