Michael Adler I will not get back in time to host a volunteer day Sunday, so there won't be one,not that anyone was coming anyway. Try again next week? Well, i guessSee More that one's the earth skills share fest so maybe not then either. But come to the share fest.See Less27.11.2014 at 04:22 am
Michael Adler So the forecasting for the last cold front was terrible. Tuesday night's low was dropping all week until it hit 24 that night, but the actual temp didn'tSee More get below 30. Wednesday's forecast was also dropping all week from not near freezing down to 28 that night, and it actually got below 20 degrees (at Siembra). I was not expecting that. Usually for the first cold snap, the freezing of all the tender vegetation protects what's underneath. I didn't mulch our chayotes and I'm not sure they're coming back. Everything froze solid all the way through, if it wasn't cold-hardy or in the greenhouse. Our outdoor thermometer said we got to 25.See Less24.11.2014 at 09:21 pm
Craig Hepworth Yeah, all day on Tuesday I kept thinking it didn't seem like it was going to get as cold as they were predicting, based on current temp and dewpoint. Likewise all day on Wednesday, it never warmed up, and felt like one of those days that's going to turn into a hard freeze overnight. I'm really curious how they can mess up a forecast that badly.24.11.2014 at 09:33 pmRebekah Starr Whipple yeah, I had things covered, but if I had known it was going to be like that, I would have done more.24.11.2014 at 11:53 pmview 1 more commentsFaith Carr Then again with the rain prediction. Is there a weather smartypants? Not smartass.25.11.2014 at 02:23 am
Michael Adler
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24.11.2014 at 10:57 pm
Michael Adler Let's have a chayote festival! We'll get together and bring/cook lots of chayote themed recipes, and eat them and celebrate the abundance. Who's in?See More Who can host? EPP can supply the chayotes.See Less16.11.2014 at 09:37 pm
Karen Epple Can we do it as part of the Earthskills event on 12/7? One issue how the pick-up of the chayotes could be coordinated beforehand? I know the chayotes have a finite shelf life. I hate to see them go to waste. I assume you may give some to the food banks or St Francis House. I understand Woody Blue is coordinating the food for that event.22.11.2014 at 06:05 pmJoni Ellis NO, that day is full of activities and I do not to add more chaos to the activities already planned. There is a food procurement committee that is coordinating all the food donations. Woody is involved, so is Sarah, Gabrieala, PJ, Joe, and several others. There are spreadsheets to keep track of who is donating what. Keep the chayote fest separate please. they don't need processing for the gathering, they will keep just as they are.23.11.2014 at 07:39 am1view 5 more commentsJoni Ellis In addition, EPP is on the schedule for the Dec 7th event to have an open house like education session. I expect people will want to walk around and ask questions about edible plants, and make purchases of plants. I do not want to take away from that. Sorry if I sounded a bit kurt in the message above, I just don't others reorganizing the festival we already put so much time into organizing. I do appreciate the interest in helping. Michael will need help on Dec 7th to talk to folks and make sales. Please do volunteer on that day.23.11.2014 at 07:45 am3Karen Epple Cool, it will be interesting to see what all the creative cooks will prepare with them!23.11.2014 at 02:45 pmKaren Epple Didn't mean to cause a distraction. My enthnthusiasm can get ahead of me, sometimes Looking forward to the whole day!.23.11.2014 at 02:48 pmJoni Ellis Yeah and I didn't mean to squash creativity, I just had a moment of panic with one more thing going on. Keep the ideas coming Karen!24.11.2014 at 10:30 pmMichael Adler We still need to decide on a date. Ellen Cunningham has offered her house as a location.24.11.2014 at 10:55 pm
Joni Ellis I need volunteers to help move the planters in the front of the Co-op ASAP. The city is going to install nice bike racks and benches early December. WhoSee More can help and when? Please call me 352-262-7300 or text me with your ability to help. Thanks a bunch.See Less20.11.2014 at 06:03 pm
Michael Adler Can anyone help move plants into the greenhouse tomorrow afternoon and back out the next day or two? I just thought of lots of things that aren't quiteSee More dormant yet, and might not like a freeze this hard this early.See Less18.11.2014 at 12:18 am
Michael Adler You can take home chayotes and Pigeon peas18.11.2014 at 12:25 amEllen Cunningham Possibly Thursday afternoon. Give me a call if you're still at it.18.11.2014 at 10:18 pmview 3 more commentsMichael Adler thanks Ellen! can you come by after work? I'm not sure when we"ll finish up but maybe 4:30 or 5:30?19.11.2014 at 08:50 pmEllen Cunningham I should be there by 2:30 ish -19.11.2014 at 10:02 pmMichael Adler I probably won't be able to join you that early. Do you mean you'll be available? I'll try to call20.11.2014 at 12:12 am

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.
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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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