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Karen Epple Looking for some great groups, like you folks,, to table at the event. No fee to participate. We'll have a great time and share our vision for a better world. Please join us!
We will have some help to
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Crystal Hartman Captain's log, plant date 3/22/15:

Great Scott Captain, she can't handle anymore! Unexpected overload of eager volunteers! Any more and she'll blow. I'm a farmer, not a manager! You get the point.

We
See More had 12 students from Alpha Epsilon Delta visit the nursery today and lend many hands to get this place ship shape. Swabbing the deck is arduous work so we took breaks to pot some arrowroot and sunchokes into pots for sale at the Market. There were so many of each we have 2 plots in the gardens and about 40 pots of each for sale. One volunteer took on the massive task of removing all the sprinkler heads for cleaning.

The sun was hot and as the students had their sweaty fill, Nancy and I cleaned up and knocked off early.

However, the work continues at the seed plots...See Less
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Crystal Hartman 22.03.2015 at 07:45 pmCrystal Hartman 22.03.2015 at 07:45 pmview 9 more commentsNancy Hendler 22.03.2015 at 09:10 pmNancy Hendler 22.03.2015 at 09:11 pmSteve Blackhawk Barb here: WooooHooo! You GO girl! Many hands make for lighter work! Keep up the good job and delegate delegate !22.03.2015 at 09:16 pm4Michael Adler :-) did you make sure the sprinkled heads are pointed in the right directions?22.03.2015 at 10:21 pm3Susan Marynowski Alright...great work everyone!23.03.2015 at 12:15 am1Gabriela Waschewsky Glad to hear the day went so well.23.03.2015 at 01:08 am1Evelyn Giansanti Reedy Happy to hear you so many volunteers.!23.03.2015 at 01:36 am1Deborah Aldridge You have sunchokes? And you are there this Wednesday? Please LMK. I've been looking for them.23.03.2015 at 11:40 pm1Crystal Hartman Hi Deborah, we just potted some sunchokes for sale. I can meet you there Wednesday (tomorrow) by appointment, or I will be there Thurs 4-6. 352214817924.03.2015 at 06:22 pm
Crystal Hartman GREEN SUNDAY this weekend (March 22) from 12-4. Nancy Hendler and I will be at the helm. Please stop in for an hour or two to help this community project stay active.21.03.2015 at 04:13 pmLike
Crystal Hartman OPEN FOR BUSINESS this Thursday 4-6.
Come if you can to help me catch up on all the stuff that's getting behind.

NEED SOMEONE to cover this Sunday 12-4. There are 5 Sundays this month and there was some
See More confusion. I will be performing with my choir at the Kanapaha Spring Festival and NOT available that day. Saturday I have a class field trip. PM me please!See Less
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Edulis Exsto Anyone open to do Saturdays?19.03.2015 at 11:57 pm
Crystal Hartman No Green Sunday March 15.

I could not find someone to cover this Sunday and I am away with my family for the weekend.

Please join us Thursday or next Sunday for our regularly scheduled program.
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Brian MonkeySoul Stanton Sorry folks, I am also out injured. :(15.03.2015 at 08:21 am
Deborah Aldridge Hi and thanks for accepting me. I have a question about pigeon peas. I got seeds from someone in Brandon, but I don't know the variety. I planted them today, but I'm moving in August, so what are my chancesSee More of getting peas by then? I'm thinking I should just dig most of them back up and put a couple in pots to take with me.See Less11.03.2015 at 12:27 amLike
Michael Adler They won't make peas by August, but if you keep them in pots, they won't do much after August. catch 22. Maybe just try again next year?11.03.2015 at 01:54 amDeborah Aldridge That's what I figured, Michael Adler. I guess I should just give them away, since I doubt I'll be anywhere with a yard next year.12.03.2015 at 05:40 pm

Moringa


The Moringa oleifera (Drumstick or Horseradish Tree) is a beautiful, fast growing tree (up to 15 feet in a year) with a shady, leaf canopy of very attractive ferny foliage. Small, waxy, creamy-white flowers, resembling miniature orchids, form in clusters, followed by 8-12 inches long round pods that look like drumsticks, hence one of the plant’s common names. The shell of the pod contains a row of neatly packed, wing-edged, round, brown seeds. Mature Moringa trees flower year round, providing lots of nectar for honey bees and a continuous supply of drumsticks for the kitchen. Moringa trees grow extensively in tropical, sub-tropical and warm temperature areas, including Africa, India, South East Asia where it said to grow in the sandiest, driest, most godforsaken places on earth – it is even tolerant of drought, salt and neglect! Moringa has a wondrous array of uses with virtually every part of the tree useful in the kitchen, as medicine or for industry.

Planting:
Plant young trees in well-drained soil in a sunny, frost-free position. They need to be protected from strong winds and frost especially when young. Once trees have had 1-2 winters in colder climates, they do adapt, but may go dormant in winter. In Gainesville, Moringas will freeze in the winter and resprout from the stump in the spring. Protect the base of the tree from frost to ensure resprouting. Stop apical dominance to keep tree short.
Fertilization
: The soils of arid regions (to which moringas are adapted) are typically less weathered and therefore contain more of the soluble minerals that plants need, than the soils of humid regions. To get all that potassium, iron, and calcium from moringa leaves, the soil must have those minerals for the tree to extract (lots more potassium and calcium than Iron). For protein, they need fixed nitrogen and a bit of sulfur. For other processes they need magnesium, phosphorous, and tiny amounts of “micronutrients“. Magnesium deficiency is common in North Fl soils.
Pruning: Young trees should be trimmed and pruned regularly otherwise they can grow 30-50 feet tall. The trunk and branches can be used as living stakes for climbing vegetables. A row of trees can be planted close together to create a living fence.
Propagation: By seed or cuttings.
Nutrition: The leaves are 38% protein with all essential amino acids. They contain 2 x the protein of milk/yoghurt (the highest protein ratio of any plant on earth), and 4 x the calcium of milk, 3 x the potassium of bananas, 4 x the vitamin A of carrots, 7 x the vitamin C of oranges and 3 x the iron of red meat. They contain omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids as well as antioxidants and phytonutrients. Moringa leaves are an excellent source of nutrition and a natural energy booster that is not based on sugar, and so it is sustained. Some consider Moringa protein better than soy as it is non-allergic. Moringa contains 18 of the 20 amino acids required by the human body including all eight of the essential amino acids found in meat products.Medicinal uses: A folk remedy for stomach complaints, catarrh, hay fever, impotence, edema, cramps, hemorrhoids, headaches, sore gums; to strengthen the eyes and the brain, liver, gall, digestive, respiratory and immune system, as a blood cleanser and blood builder, and for cancer treatment. Moringa (Ben) oil is used for earache and in ointments for skin conditions. The oil rubbed on the skin is said to prevent mosquitoes from biting. Flowers infused in honey are used as a cough remedy.
Other uses: Moringa oil is the most stable oil in nature (it does not go rancid) and it is used in perfumery, lubricating watches and fine machinery. Ground Moringa seeds are used for water purification.

Culinary Uses:
The leaves can be cooked in any recipe that calls for spinach. The leaflets can be pulled off stalks and boiled as any green or added to soups or rice. Tender growing tips can be cooked stem and all or they can be dried and powdered and sprinkled into soups and stews.The flowers are edible and can be sprinkled on salads: they taste deliciously sweet at first then a spicy/horseradishy finish! The young drumsticks can be cooked like asparagus – they taste like peas with a mild mustard taste. Sliced, young green pods can be used in savory and meat dishes. The young (green) seeds can be cooked and eaten like peas. Mature seeds can be fried or roasted and taste like peanuts or pressed for an oil that is healthier than olive oil. Seeds can be sprouted like wheat grass and eaten as tender nutritious greens. Roots of young seedlings taste like horseradish, and are often grated and used as a substitute.

Moringa Recipes courtesy of www.echonet.org
More information about the Moringa tree from Trees for Life and Echo

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More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Moringa%20oleifera
EPP Moringa info sheet (pdf)

3 comments to Moringa

  • Art

    You make me excited with this great information! I always thought India was best known for the Engineers and Gurus. LOL. Anyhow, living in Florida is great. We pretty much eat a starch, fruit and vegetable based selection of food. I use lentils and nuts and seeds sparingly. Greens and starches go well together. I will find a source for the trees and do the grow thing. Thanks very much. Art

  • Jenny

    Moringa is delicious! However, as a note – I have heard that if you are a woman attempting to get pregnant, you should avoid eating moringa, since it can prevent conception. It’s supposed to be a wonderful aid to lactation, however.

  • thanks for your question jenny – this blog posting addresses it nicely – looks like the leaves are ok but the flowers/roots are not … http://herbladyisintoday.blogspot.com/2012/07/does-moringa-interfere-with-hormonal.html

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