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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,


Dogwood - White,

Dogwood - Silky,

Dogwood - Red Osier,

Allegh. Chinquapin,


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,


Locust, Bristly,

Locust, Black,


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.

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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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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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