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Edible Plants at Barter Market

October 21, 2017, 9:30am - October 21, 2017, 12:30pm

Let's talk plants and how to get shovels in the ground to grow food on our own backyards for our are...

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We won't be at 2nd Wed till we get more volunteers. Alternatives are October 3rd Monday Meeting 7pm 10 ave between 6th & main st Forage & Working Food and 23rd October Gainesville Area Barter Group Market 9:30 am.

Edible Plant Project will have a small table with free to good home plants and I will bring all the Cranberry Hibiscus (false roselle) & regula Roselle that EPP has in green house.

Photo is of Surinam Spinach which there is at least 10+ tiny plants that need good homes.
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Edible Plants at 3rd Monday Meeting

October 16, 2017, 7:00pm - October 16, 2017, 9:00pm

Edible Plant Project will have a small table with free to good home plants and Carolina will bring a...

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Less than 2 minutes animation of how science finding that plants help each other. Big trees helping little seedlings and cross species communities.

One day we can use this information to work with nature (weeds, pests, etc...).
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You can't hear it, but trees actually are speaking to one another.

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Buy Molokhiya Seeds

Molokhiya, Jew’s mallow (Corchorus olitorius)
is a fast-growing annual is a relative of jute. It may have first been eaten by the ancient Hebrews, while in Egypt. It is also called jute, Egyptian spinach, Jews mallow, Jute mallow, or saluyot. It grows up to ten feet tall. The leaves are about 3 inches long, and have hair like appendages at the base. The green angular seeds are produced in small pods that burst open as they ripen. Space the plants 12-18 inches apart.

: The pH should be 6.1 to 7.5. It is reputed not to require much fertilizer or water, but is traditionally cultivated in fertile river deltas that are supplied with water from the river.

Water: It especially likes hot and wet conditions, and can probably tolerate waterlogging. It can handle some dryness also.

Sun: Full Sun.

Cold: This is a heat-loving warm-weather annual. Save seeds and plant again in spring.

Pruning: This is a continuous harvest vegetable, and several cuttings are possible. If you clip off the tops when you harvest, it will encourage branching.

Propagation: From seed; direct sow after last frost. You can also plant a bunch in a pot or tray and then separate them for transplanting. They transplant well. Collect seeds from pods that are nearly dry, but have not yet burst open, by clipping off the pods and drying in a paper bag.

Pests: Nematodes are a significant problem. Winter cover crops of mustard, or summer cover crops of sesame, both tilled in at the end of the season, might help nematode problems. Mixing crab-shell meal into the soil might also help.

Other problems: Leaves are small, and labor-intensive to remove from the stems. The tender branch tips can probably be cooked as well, and harvesting this part therefore reduces labor.

Harvesting, storage, and preparation: Young green leaves and shoots of this fast growing vegetable are picked for cooking, just like okra or spinach. They add flavor and viscous texture to soups and stews. Plants can also harvested and dried for later use. Dried leaves are used as soup thickener or jute tea. Matures in 10 weeks.

Additional information:

About Molakhiya | http://www.sarahmelamed.com/2010/07/the-incredible-journey-of-corchorus-olitorius/

Chicken & Molakhiya Recipe | http://www.paula-wolfert.com/recipes/chick_molokhia.html

Jute | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jute



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

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