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So coffee grounds! We made a commitment to pick up coffee grounds and it seems the summer has slowed down the process of pick up. I got 5 buckets yesterday, cleaned them and took them back today and they had 2 more. Said it would be great if we could pick up every day. WOW, I can do Wednesdays, can someone else commit to another day of the week to get them on a weekly basis? Coffee Culture on NW 13th Street. Thanks in advance. Kelly Carvallis? Are you picking up still? Great amendment for soil, lawns, compost, orchard, etc. ... See MoreSee Less

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Calling all kitty owners, if you use Tidy Cat litter and have surplus buckets, please deliver them to Coffee Culture. They use them to distribute coffee grounds. I pick up every Wednesday for my farm and EPP. You are also welcome to pick some up if you would like. Just ask them for some, you need to bring a bucket, and they prefer the rectangular litter buckets, guess they fit best in the space. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sunday is going to be a busy day for The Edible Plant Project (EPP) is ALSO making a special appearance at the Hawthorne Community Market on Sunday.

Biblical Plants – which of course we’ve got a BUNCH of.
Joni Ellis is going to be there to talk about their cultivation and care

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Bible Gardening: Pomegranates & Figs

July 24, 2016, 1:00pm - July 24, 2016, 3:00pm

Join us for the first of a monthly series exploring the edible plants of the Bible. During the first...

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Cherry of the Rio Grande (Eugenia aggregata)

This Cherry Tree (Eugenia aggregata)  grows as a narrow evergreen shrub, 10-20 ft high.
It flowers in the spring and summer. Flowers are followed in three weeks by 1-2″ oblong, dark- red/purple fruits that are sweet, have a thin skin and a single seed.
Cherry of the Rio Grande tolerates a wide range of soils, but can show signs of mineral deficiency in calcareous/basic soils, preferring those with a pH in the range of 5.5-6.8.
New plants should be lightly fertilized with a magnesium containing fertilizer that has a 1-1-1 ratio.

Fruit size and quality is largely a function of proper nutrition and irrigation.
Mature plants should be fertilized with an 8-3-9 with 5% MgO. Mineral deficiencies can be corrected with foliar sprays.
Cherry of the Rio Grande is cold hardy to 20 degrees.
Plant in full sun or part shade. It can be container grown.
The plant can survive droughts well, but will fruit poorly during them. Seedlings often take five years to fruit.
The fruit is eaten fresh or made into a jelly or jam.
Cherry of the Rio Grande Cherry of the Rio Grande

More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=Eugenia%20aggregata

pdf_Cherry of the Rio Grande Information Sheet
(to print out)

6 comments to Cherry of the Rio Grande (Eugenia aggregata)

  • Sarah Jumel

    Would anyone care to swap some Eugenia Aggraveta for some other stuff? I’d like to have it, and it has become Eugenia Aggravating for me (I’ve tried raising it from seed various times, no go).

  • We don’t have any Eugenia aggregata for sale/trade any more. The local crops are consistently lost to late frosts. We got seeds one year, but probably delayed planting too long and they never grew.

  • Kayla

    Do you still have Cherry of the Rio Grande? Does it grow well here, and is it sweet?

    I thought only Barbados Cherry MIGHT grow here in Gainesville. Plus it’s hard to find sweet Barbados Cherry cultivars. Most are described as tart. Florida Sweet is described as semi-sweet. Manoa Sweet is described as sweet, but it’s mostly grown in California. There’s only one Florida supplier, in North Palm Beach, so I don’t know if it would grow here.

  • Dennis J. McNamee

    Pine Island Nursery in Homestead carries the “Florida Sweet”. They have just about EVERY plant found in Central and South America as well as Asia.

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