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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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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

Information sheet to print out (pdf)

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