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Sunday "Working" Brunch
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Sunday "Working" Brunch

July 31, 2016, 10:00am - July 31, 2016, 1:00pm

Ok, NOW it’s official! At the Edible Plant Project (EPP) For coffee & all the fixins, and this wee...

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July 31, 2016, 10:00am - July 31, 2016, 1:00pm

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THE EPP Meet You Half Way Deliveries
(I have NO idea if this will actually work)

I get to town at least once a week… if you’re interested in any of the EPP plants, let me know via PM and the next time I go to town I’ll load up the back of the Toyota (wee red truck) and meet you half-way! Have your money ready if you’re buyin’.

This includes our Free to GOOD Home plants.
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Sugar Cane

Sugar Cane (Saccharum officinarum) is a perennial grass species with a sugary stem that can be chewed on, or refined into sugar. In North Florida, it has historically been used to make (cane) syrup.         

It enjoys moist soil that is high in organic matter, and if you can get it, clay. I have been advised to fertilize it with “tobacco” fertilizer with an N-P-K of 4-8-12.  If you just use lots of manure, you should be ok.  Make sure you have plenty of lime in the soil too.

In our area, sugar cane is historically harvested as the first frost of the year approaches. 

The leafy area on the top and the old leaves are stripped from the canes, and the canes are buried under piles of this refuse (called shucks) to keep them safe from the frost until they can be ground for juice, and the juice boiled into syrup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The roots will re-sprout the following spring. Apparently the crop is best the first or second or third years after planting, but yields decline after that, and by about seven years tops, the roots should be dug up, and the crop replanted.

Propagating is easy.  Use whole canes or pieces that include at least a whole internode section (with a node at both ends), and plant them in trenches about six inches deep.
SugarCane

More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=Saccharum%20officinarum


2 comments to Sugar Cane

  • Jeannie

    I just wanted to let you know that it is fantastic grilled, too. You shouldn’t swallow it, of course, but the flavor is worth the trouble! Cooked in oil, it tastes like any other delectable grilled vegetable, since what makes other grilled veggies so tasty is their caramelized sugars. Cooked in butter, the flavor leans more toward a toasted marshmallow. They make fantastic BBQ skewers!

  • thanks for the great tip jeannie!

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