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For anyone located near the Coastal area of Virginia...Free bare root native tree and shrub seedlings will be given away to the community. Open to residents of all localities. Free event. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a large trash bag to place your tree(s) in, as one will not be provided. These trees are provided by the Virginia Forestry Department by way of a generous donation from the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company. Event is organized by Mohamed and Cheri Elrahhal, Newport News residents. Available while supplies last and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

We do have a tentative variety availability list; however, these are seedlings that are still growing in the mountains of Virginia at the Forestry Department’s facility, and, it all depends on the success rate of the seedlings and how bad our Virginia winter will be. The tentative variety availability list is:

Apple, Common,

Pear, Common,

Buttonbush,

Dogwood - White,

Dogwood - Silky,

Dogwood - Red Osier,

Allegh. Chinquapin,

Hazelnut,

Elderberry, Amer.,

Maple, Red,

Maple, Silver,

Oak - White,

Oak - Chestnut,

Oak - Gobbler S.T.,

Oak - S. Red,

Oak - N. Red,

Oak - Pin,

Oak - Black,

Bald Cypress,

Pine, Longleaf,

Wash. Hawthorne,

River Birch,

Sycamore,

Locust, Bristly,

Locust, Black,

Indigobush,

Bicolor Lespedeza,

Crape Myrtle
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Free Community Native Tree and Shrub Giveaway in Newport News

March 10, 2018, 9:30am - March 10, 2018, 12:00pm

Free bare root native tree and shrub seedlings will be given away to the community. Open to residen...

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Blood circle? Yay chainsaw workshop! Also learn how to create a hugelkultur self sustaining garden bed.

richsoil.com/hugelkultur/
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Kelly's Chainsaw and Hugelkulture SEWP

December 10, 2017, 10:00am - December 10, 2017, 2:00pm

UPDATE - UPDATE - UPDATE Steve Kanner, the tree guy & Grow Gainesville member - will be giving a CHA...

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Yellow/Lemon Guava, Strawberry Guava, and Pineapple Guavas planted in April? 2015. Kayla Susan Sosnow's yard. ... See MoreSee Less

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Goodies Kayla Susan Sosnow's Gainesville Garden Sweat Equity Work Parties (SEWP) have left over. Come get them dry loofahs, green loofahs, cassava sticks. See Kayla's post below for instructions on propagating cassava. ... See MoreSee Less

Here are goodies we have left over. Some dry loofahs, some fresh green loofahs, and cassava sticks f...

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Carolina Madera shared Debra Kuhn's post to the group: Edible Plant Project (.org). ... See MoreSee Less

Cranberry hibiscus from EPP is blooming! Planted at end of May 2017.

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Books


Perennial Vegetables

by Eric Toensmeier

Imagine growing vegetables that require as much care and attention as shrubs!

There are more than 100 species of little-known plants in this great book including many offered by the Edible Plant Project like Chaya, Cranberry hibiscus, the Moringa tree, Malabar spinach and many many more.

 

 


  Global Gardening

    by Hank Bruce

    This book contains profiles of lots of REALLY obscure food-producing plants.

    Lots of fun reading.

    Some of the plants covered are readily available; others may require a trip overseas to get!

 

 


Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties

by Carol Deppe

An outstanding, inspiring book that shows us how much power we have as home gardeners and seed-savers to select and improve the plants we grow, be they vegetables, fruit trees, or any other plant. She shows how to do everything from very consciously directed breeding programs, to simply being aware of how your growing conditions will adapt your variety over time to your conditions.

Example: Deppe was doing a pea-breeding project over several years. In her area of Oregon, slugs tend to eat the tender growing tips of newly sprouted pea plants. Some of the plants in her breeding population made lots of branching low to the ground, while others focused their energy into growing straight upwards for a while before branching. Slugs don’t climb very high, so the low-branching ones were eaten by slugs, while the high-branching types tended to have very little slug damage. So over several generations, only the high-branching, slug-resistant types were still left in the breeding population. Most plant breeders would have just put out slug bait, but because Deppe gardens organically, she automatically succeeded in breeding slug-resistant peas without even having to think about how to achieve that goal.


Tree Crops

by J. Russell Smith

A classic book, first published in the 20’s, and then in a revised edition in the 1950’s. Long out of print, but you can sometimes find a copy in a library. This book has inspired generations to work on developing fruit and nut trees. Smith makes a well-reasoned, factual case that plow-based agriculture is the destructor of soils through erosion, and that tree crops are the way out.

It covers the possibilities for pecan, hickory, black walnut, persimmon, honey locust, mesquite, sweet acorn oaks, pawpaw, and many more, all in a delightfully engaging style. Makes you shake your head in wonder that so little has been done with this man’s ideas in the more than a half-century since this book’s publication.


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