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A Home Propagation Event

January 21, 2017, 11:00am - January 22, 2017, 1:00am

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Here's a one page overview of the HPP - If you're going to be one of our 'propagators' please print out your copy.

The HOME PROPAGATION PROJECT

The MISSION
To enrich, expand, and develop LOCAL varieties of popular, edible, tasty, climate and soil appropriate perennial food trees and plants that homesteaders/gardeners would like to have in their own backyards.

The Home Propagation Project (HPP), Sponsored by the Edible Plant Project - EPP a 501(c)3
Supported by Grow Gainesville (just a bunch of folks), In cooperation with Forage Farm - a 501(c)3

Do you have some EXCEPTIONAL perennial edible fruits and vegetables in your garden that you would like to SHARE with others?
SIGN UP and help us with the work.
Contact Audra Tyler via e-mail at: audra.b.tyler@gmail.com
Or by phone at: 214-995-0422

PROJECT COORDINATOR: Audra Tyler

PROPAGATION INSTRUCTORS:
Melissa DeSa, Timothy Noyes, Brian Mather, Tad DeGroat (others as needed)

The Edible Plant Project (EPP) will provide the following after approval of each cultivar

One (1) gallon pots and fresh, enriched soil.
Minimum 10 - Maximum 20 (more on approval)
Other supplies as required. (rooting medium, grafting tape, etc)
Instruction/workshop (if required) on the different methods, of plant propagation
Mentoring throughout the propagation process

What is required of the Home Propagator:
Sign up with Name, address, phone, and e-mail
Let us know what YOU would like to propagate, your description and why you think others would like to grow them.

Provide appropriate environment (temp, sun, water, nutrition) during the winter season while your plants grow to transplant/sale size.
Occasional updates on progress: Health & Vigor. Finally, notification of failure if it happens.

Return to the EPP of 80% of the successfully propagated plants when they have sufficient root development for transplanting into the ground.

What We’re Looking for From YOUR Garden
Perennial fruits and vegetables that YOU LOVE and have grown successfully to abundant and healthy production.
Things that are:
Climate appropriate
Soil compatible with a minimum of inputs

EXCLUSIONS
No citrus (we’re not permitted for it). No toxicity. Non Invasive (non-natives are fine)
Anything that requires SPECIAL treatment, i.e. full time greenhouse or extensive customer instruction.
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Okinawa spinach

This attractive perennial green leafy vegetable (Gynura bicolor) has half purple, half dark green leaves that make a delicious addition to salads. It can be cooked like spinach – but don’t overcook it as it can become unpleasantly slimy. Gently steamed or stir fried is best!

It propagates well from cuttings: you must take the cuttings before winter as the plant will not survive a freeze. As with most cuttings, remove all but the top few leaves of a cutting to reduce water loss until it grows new roots. Rooting is very slow in cold weather. Rooting the cutting in water first so that it forms good roots before planting in order to improve results.

Okinawa lettuce can be used in landscaping as a ground cover in full sun or it does well in partial shade. It only needs a little soil amending/fertilizing from time to time. It doesn’t need a lot of water but it does need some – especially if planted in full sun.

More information: http://hihort.blogspot.com/2013/04/okinawan-spinach-gynura-bicolor.html

There are some cooking tips in the comments below and also some recipes here.

More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=okinawa%20spinach

pdf – Okinawa spinach information sheet (to print out).

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