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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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Yacon (aka Bolivian Sunroot – Polymnia sonchifolia) is a distant relative of the dahlia and grows to about six feet. It is closely related to the native Smallanthus Polymnia (formerly Polymnia uvedalia), which is a large, attractive herb with yellow flowers, and is usually found in tree-fall gaps in the moist hammocks of North Florida.

Soil: Best growth occurs with lots of compost or in naturally organic soils. It will survive and multiply in dry sandy soil but will not produce well.
Water: likes a lot of water
Sun: It is best grown in partial shade and does well on the south side of tall sweet gum or pine trees which give it some mid-day shade. Morning sun is beneficial.
Cold: plant goes dormant in the winter, and may lose new growth to freezes in the spring, but that will be quickly replaced.
Pruning: frozen parts can be removed in the spring for aesthetics.
Propagation: The plant needs about a year to establish itself before it starts producing its delicious dahlia-like storage roots although some small roots may develop the first year. In the fall of the first year it will die back and go dormant. At this time you may divide the crown into two or more new plants. Divide it into just two plants for the biggest yield the next year or into many plants to increase your planting stock and postpone high yields for a later year.
Pests: Something eats holes in the roots. We don’t know what they are or how to treat them. Voles could be a problem too.

Harvesting, storage, and preparation: When the crown is divided you may harvest any of the long smooth storage roots for eating. If you don’t wish to divide or transplant the crown you can dig under it to harvest the roots if it is planted in soft soil. The long roots beak off quite easily so dig carefully. The flavor is lightly sweet and the texture is reminiscent of jicama. The tubers can be baked like a potato, or cut up for stir frying or salads. We favor eating it raw and sliced as a healthy low calorie snack or mixed with fruit salads instead of apple for that nice crunchy texture. The long storage roots keep very well either in the ground or the refrigerator. However the longer they stay in the ground the more likely soil critters will find them and eat them before you do. They are best harvested from the beginning of fall dormancy up to the beginning of the spring growth spurt.

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

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