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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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Pigeon Pea

Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan)
is a short-lived perennial shrub, native to tropical parts of Asia and Africa. It is one of the most important legume crops in rainfed agriculture in the semi-arid tropics. In the absence of freezing weather, it fruits twice a year in grand eruptions of colorful flowers and abundant pea pods.

Soil: Pigeon pea grows well in most soils, but is sensitive to water logging. As with most legumes, it associates with soil bacteria of the Rhizobium genus to produce nitrogen fertilizer. If you have no legumes growing on your land, you probably have no Rhizobium either. We inoculate our potted plants and include inoculum with our seeds.
Water: Pigeon peas are very drought resistant and can be grown in areas with as little as 65cm average annual rainfall. Irrigation, even during droughts, will probably not yield any benefit.
Sun: full
Cold: Pigeon peas are killed my freezing temperatures, but often sprout from the stump in spring, especially if it is protected with mulch. They are short-lived perennials and should be replanted regularly anyway. Early freezes can cut short the fall production.
Pruning: Frost-killed stems should be removed.
Propagation: seed, plant 1-2 inches deep.
Pests: No pests seem to be problematic in North Florida though many are reported here:
Other problems: Growth can be spindly and lopsided, which can frustrate planning of garden paths.

Harvesting, storage, and preparation: Pigeon peas are an important source of protein in many tropical areas, and balance the amino acids of grains. In tropical areas they fruit during the spring and fall. The full green pods can be boiled like edamame. The dried seeds can be cooked like any dried pea. The dried seeds can also be sprouted and cooked, which may improve digestion. Young shoots and leaves are cooked and eaten in Ethiopia

Additional references:
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More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=Cajanus%20cajan

EPP Information Sheet (pdf)


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