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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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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:
http://www.infonet-biovision.org/PlantHealth/Crops/Pigeon-pea
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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeon_pea
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.echocommunity.org/resource/collection/59800F4C-2723-4074-9CA3-DB23AA9F576A/Cajanus_cajan_PigeonPea.pdf
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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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