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My dad has a starfruit tree which has been in the ground for several years- it blooms frequently, but never sets any fruit. Before replacing it I thought it would be a good idea to graft on a few different varieties (this one is 'Kari'), from trees in my food forest which have produced reliably. This will be an ongoing process of removing limbs one at a time, grafting, letting them heal, repeat. If we're successful, the tree will eventually have 3 different varieties of fruit hanging from it, and pollination won't be a problem anymore. Moral of the story: if you have a fruit tree that's healthy but doesn't produce, or the fruit is bad… don't waste that perfectly good root system and years of growth! Grafting is a magical technique which can be applied in countless situations to increase the production and quality of your fruit. I'll be hosting a grafting workshop later this summer, for those interested in learning how it works. Stay tuned for details… πŸ’₯ . . . . #grafting #graftedtrees #starfruit #carambola #treemakeover #graftedfruittrees #tropicalfruit #rootstock #scion #foodforest #abundance #growyourown #growfoodnotlawns #incredibleediblelandscapes

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Excited to see the growth on these figs as summer rolls by! β˜€οΈπŸ˜Ž . . . Growing your own fruit is the best- you have something to look forward to every time you walk outside. Over time the production only gets better. Living in south Florida is such a blessing, with our huge range of tropical and subtropical fruits that can be grown here. . . If you want to get your hands on one of these fig trees, I will have several for sale at @districtfarmersmarket this Saturday. Also bananas, papaya, mangoes, jackfruit, pineapples, starfruit, black sapote, guava, mulberries, and lots of heat-loving perennial vegetables…. the list goes on and on…. Come out and let's talk fruit! πŸ˜„ #figs #figtree #ficuscarica #tropicalfruit #subtropical #zone10b #southflorida #growyourown #ediblelandscape #foodforest #fruittrees #summerinthetropics #westpalmbeach

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The birth of a peanut, and the beginning of a #polyculture 🌱 . . . . This bed is planted with turmeric, peanuts, and bush beans in alternating rows. As the turmeric is sprouting and establishing itself, the peanuts and beans will quickly shade the soil. Both are leguminous nitrogen fixers which will leave fertility in the root zone after they are harvested, to benefit the turmeric as it starts expanding in late summer. Later on as cooler fall temps set in, we'll plant greens like arugula, lettuce, and mustard in the gaps between the turmeric. This is how you can generate constant production from a bed planted with a longer-term crop, while simultaneously adding fertility and minimizing moisture loss. Not to mention the added yield of homegrown green beans and peanuts! πŸ“ˆ Experimentation leads to better gardening. More updates on this polyculture to come… #permaculture #companionplanting #summercrops #urbanfarming #growyourown #turmeric #peanuts #beans #legumes #nitrogenfixer #southflorida #gardening #experiment #growfoodnotlawns #futurefocused #longtermthinking

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Lots going on here as summer kicks in! πŸŒ±β˜€οΈGrafting fruit trees, potting up seedlings, rooting cuttings, and expanding the gardens day by day. Maintaining a retail-esque order is key to a productive nursery. Also, check out those bananas… Any day now 🍌🍌 . . . I do nursery visits and food forest tours by appointment. If you are local and want to get an idea of which tropical fruits and veggies you can grow in your yard, feel free to come visit any weekday. Send me a DM, or find the phone number in my profile description. . . . #IncredibleEdibleLandscapes #plantnursery #tropicalfruit #fruittrees #tropicalveggies #perennialgarden #summerinthetropics #southflorida #westpalmbeach #northwoodvillage #permaculture #foodforest #ediblelandscaping #growfoodnotlawns

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'Celeste' is a #fig cultivar for the South, for sure. Look at those big, beautiful leaves! ☘ So far it seems highly resistant to rust, the most common disease of figs in humid climates. Living in south Florida, almost all figs succumb to rust by summertime. It's a fungal disease which spreads by water dripping from infected leaves, so almost unavoidable. Rust is not super detrimental to the health of the tree- but, if it gets out of hand they will drop a lot of leaves, reducing photosynthesis and overall yield. Another thing I've noticed is that the fruits can get sunscald when the foliage isn't there to shade them, and might not ripen properly. We're pushing the zone a bit by growing figs in sweaty south Florida instead of their usual Mediterranean dry climate. But they are tough and adaptable, and tree ripened figs are worth all the struggle. If you've ever had a good one… You get it. I'll be continuing to test different varieties in the #foodforest and posting the results. #figs #figtree #celeste #cultivar #rust #fungaldisease #resistant #leaves #pushthezone #humidity #southflorida #zone10b #fruittrees #tropics #figforest #horticulture

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Spotted a zebra longwing butterfly in the nursery this morning. This is the Florida state butterfly, Heliconius charitonius, which has had its status for 23 years now. The elongated wings and distinctive zebra stripe pattern are a dead giveaway for this species, as well as its slow, graceful flight pattern. Zebra longwings are unique in that they are the only butterfly known to eat pollen, which may be why their lifespan is significantly longer (about 6 months, compared to only one month for other species). They lay their eggs on passiflora vines, which are the caterpillars' host plant and food source until they're ready to pupate. The cyanide contained in the passion vines makes the adult butterflies poisonous to predators. Just one of the many benefits of having a #pollinatorfriendly property with lots of host plants and natives. They are the life of the garden! πŸ›πŸŒΈπŸπŸŒΏπŸ•ΈπŸ•·πŸŒ»πŸƒ #zebralongwing #butterfly #florida #native #pollinators #nativeplants #passionfruit #vine #passiflora #caterpillar #foodforest #ediblelandscaping #tropical #gardening #plantnursery #heliconius #nectar #pollen

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Callicarpa americana AKA beautyberry.🌸 Stoked to have gotten this FL native going in the food forest. This was a little cutting only a couple of months ago. In time it will become a favorite of the birds who've inhabited the yard since the beginning of its transformation. Lots of finches, cardinals, blue jays, and sparrows will be eating the berries and potentially spreading beautyberry πŸ’© all over Northwood. Add native plants to your food forest to really make it pop- I've introduced firebush, coco plum, elderberry, wild coffee, porterweed, perennial peanut, and plenty of others. Most of these plants are propagating in the nursery for future sales. What's a native plant that fits well in your garden? #nativeplants #beautyberry #callicarpaamericana #floridanative #foodforest #birds #birdfood #ecology #growfoodnotlawns #floridanativeplants #plantnursery #agroforestry #forestgarden #ediblelandscaping

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This Saturday is the official opening day of the @districtfarmersmarket at Grandview!! πŸ˜ƒ 1401 Clare ave, WPB From 9am-2pm I will be there along with 20+ other wonderful vendors. I'll be stocking a wide variety of tropical fruit trees, perennial vegetables, herbs, and native plants. 🌿 (all organically grown) Here's the list: -Bananas (varieties manzano, blue java) -Papaya -Jackfruit -Carambola (starfruit) -Barbados cherry -Dragonfruit -Black sapote -Sugar apple -Figs (varieties magnolia, texas everbearing) -Allspice -Mulberry (everbearing) -Moringa -Pineapple -Aloe vera -Okinawan spinach -Longevity spinach -Katuk -Cranberry hibiscus -Elderberry -Mexican bush sage -Chaya (tree spinach) -Cassava (yuca) -Cuban oregano -Borage -Mexican tarragon -Italian flat parsley -Mint (mojito and chocolate) -Everglades tomatoes -Eggplant (early long purple and rosita) -Garlic chives -Bunching onions -Basil (spicy globe) -Rosemary Everything you need to start your own food forest paradise! 🌴 I'll also be giving out tons of free garden advice for those learning how to grow their own fruits and veggies in our tropical climate. Great way to kick off your weekend. Hope to see you there! πŸ˜‰ districtfarmersmarket.com @grandviewpublic @farrissfarm #westpalmbeach #farmersmarket #locallygrown #southflorida #tropical #fruittrees #growfoodnotlawns #supportyourlocalfarmer #grandviewpublicmarket #

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I always have mixed emotions when it comes time to chop n' drop… πŸ’”Tithonia is so beautiful! But it grows back so fast! This plant has definitely made itself a niche in food forest systems. Chopped down and used as mulch around perennials and fruit trees, it will feed them and retain moisture in the soil. It has also shown to restore phosphorus to the soil in significant amounts. I'm wondering if @greendreamsfl heard back from that university he sent samples to for testing? Curious to know what the analysis showed. πŸ“ŠπŸ€” Mexican sunflower also lives up to its name by having two blooming seasons, spring and fall. You can chop it down several times per year and still have enough growth recovery for it to bloom, and it will bloom for at least a month straight (swipe to 3rd pic) What an awesome plant! It's a member of the daisy family and is perennial in zone 10 and warmer. Anyone else share the love for #TithoniaDiversifolia, or am I a lone fanatic? πŸ˜† #mexicansunflower #tithonia #chopndrop #greenmanure #foodforest #perennial #fruittrees #permaculture #backyardfarm #westpalmbeach #tropics

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Got to meet @thesurvivalgardener yesterday in Gainesville. These are winged yam (Dioscorea alata) bulbils that he was sharing with everyone. When I mentioned that we had come all the way from WPB, he quickly shoved the bag of remaining bulbils into my arms and said without hesitation: "You look like a responsible guy. I trust that you will take these home and destroy them immediately" by burying them in a shallow grave of about 2-3 inches deep, next to a tree. Don't worry David, this nasty invasive species is safe with me. The @florida.master.gardeners need not be alarmed…. πŸ™Š Anyhow, check out Mr. The Good's books on growing food in Florida and beyond, and his highly controversial YouTube channel. I've learned a lot, especially since his main emphasis is to keep experimenting in the garden. Real good times and thanks to him and Carolyn for hosting a nice crowd last night. #wingedyam #dioscoreaalata #invasivespecies #caloriecrop #floridagardening #bulbils #foodforest #growfoodnotlawns #experiment

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First #fig of the season almost ripe, and it's huge! 😎 This is what's called a #breva fig- a fig which develops on last year's growth and ripens in the spring. In contrast, the main crop (2nd pic) forms on the current year's growth and begins to ripen in late summer/fall. The main crop tends to be more consistent in flavor, shape, and ripeness, but the breva crop is an early bonus. Some varieties produce a large breva crop, others just a few scattered fruits. Anyone in south Florida have a favorite variety of fig, or one that grows well for you? I'm growing 13 varieties currently, and would gladly add more to the collection. #figs #figforest #growyourown #fruit #fruittrees #southflorida #ediblelandscape #growfoodnotlawns

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Went for a forest walk today and found lots of Florida pennyroyal in bloom. The bees were loving it! 🐝 This herb is mostly only found in Florida. It's a mint family plant which makes a delicious and refreshing tea. It's a short lived perennial which prefers dry areas, and is less than reliable at re-seeding itself, unless there is lots of sunlight and exposed sand. It can be found in pine flatwoods and sandhills throughout the state. Being one of the first native flowers to bloom this time of year, it is especially attractive to pollinators. With @scottostuni Edit: it should be noted that Florida pennyroyal may be a strong abortifacient and should be completely avoided by pregnant women. #floridanativeplants #wildflowers #pennyroyal #herbs #forestwalk #foraging #pineforest #bees

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This is what happens when you get several inches of rain as your tomatoes are ripening. πŸ… They start to expand too quickly and you get cracking at the top. For a large-scale #farmer this would mean a total loss of the crop. πŸ’°β¬‡οΈ You'll rarely ever see #uglyproduce like this on the shelves at whole paycheck. Now swipe to the next shot to see how perfect the inside is. One of the many advantages of farming in your backyard is that you don't have to waste perfectly good food based on cosmetics. As @robjgreenfield frequently points out, 50% of all food in the United States gets thrown in dumpsters, which is insanity. Here's the solution. This tasted better than any tomato I've ever bought from a store. #grownfromseed #zerofoodmiles #urbanfarming #tomato #cracked #growyourownfood #farming #florida #backyard #growyourown #growfoodnotlawns

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This Saturday! 🌿🌻 At @grandviewpublic we will be doing a raffle. The winner gets this awesome mini garden box, with an organic soil mix and your choice of herbs! Raffle tickets are $3 and will be sold from 9-1:30, then I'll announce the winner and they can choose what plants they'd like to fill the box with. . This is a $50 value that you could win for only $3! Perfect for those who want a garden, but only have a balcony or patio. Just come on out to the @farrissfarmersmarket and stop by my tent for a ticket. You don't have to stick around til the end, just write your phone number on the ticket and you'll get a call if you are the lucky winner. Hope to see lots of you there! πŸ˜‰ #giveaway #herbs #gardenbox #plants #edibleplants #growyourown #westpalmbeach #farmersmarket #saturday #raffle #gardening #patiogarden #grandviewpublicmarket #warehousedistrictwpb

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Nice harvest today!🌱Lots of #malabarspinach, some bolting #lettuce, #cherrytomatoes, #moringaflowers, #tulsi, and a #papaya. Anyone have a good recipe for Malabar spinach? . 15 days into the year and we're at a total of 20 pounds, 11 ounces of food/medicine grown & harvested. I'm still not sure whether I'll reach 1,000 pounds by the end of the year (it's too early to tell) but I'm confident that I'll at least get close, and overall just stoked to keep track and see how this challenge goes. It's good motivation to constantly improve and grow more food, with less work via #permaculture techniques. πŸ˜‰ . #1000PoundsOfFood #GrowFoodNotLawns #ZeroFoodMiles #Subtropical #UrbanFarming #WestPalmBeach #TodaysHarvest #GrowYourOwnFood

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Had a lot of fun yesterday digging up a bed of beautiful #Turmeric which had been growing since March last year. Super stoked on how well this crop turned out, and how easy it is to grow here! A total of 8 pounds, 2 ounces of golden medicine. Some will be juiced, made into tea, fermented, extracted, cooked with, or shared with friends, but most of it will actually be saved as seed to be re-planted in a couple of months. I'm so grateful for this abundance! Thanks to my great friends for joining me- @scottostuni @jaegers311 @jacksandquist @nostare_ @abraham_i_cruz and big thanks to @gratitudegardenfarm for supplying the original seed almost a year ago. You guys are the shit!! πŸ˜„ #foodismedicine #natureheals #urbanfarming #growyourownfood #farmacy #grateful

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I'll be at @grandviewpublic tomorrow from 9-2, with a big spread of edible plants, and fresh picked tropical fruit. Heirloom tomatoes, leafy greens, lots of herbs, medicinal plants, fruit trees and everything in between. Come take a look! 🌱 And, ask me any question you can think of- a big reason why I'm there doing the market is to connect with my neighbors who want to grow their own food at home, but maybe need some encouragement, advice, or help getting started. Come talk to me and let's increase your yield! #southflorida #growfoodnotlawns #veggies #gardening #zerofoodmiles #ediblelandscaping #urbanfarming #growyourown #westpalmbeach #grandviewpublicmarket #foodforest #tomatoes #transplants #fruittrees #tropicalfruit #foodismedicine #warehousedistrictwpb #farrissfarmersmarket @farrissfarmersmarket

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Merry Christmas to all of you! πŸŒπŸπŸ’œ Gift giving β€’ this banana's gift to the bee is nothing more than it's own self-expression. The sweet nectar of the flowers it produces is irresistible to the bee, but also fundamental to its own existence and growth. The bee's gift to the banana is pollination. It is drawn to the flowers for sustenance, and in return it gives the plant exactly what it needs to produce its fruit, fully expressing its potential. Yet the bee is doing only what it was always meant to do- beeing itself. The gift of self expression is the most honest gift we can give. Neither of the two in this photo purchased or wrapped a gift for each other. They just did what they were intended to do, with perfect timing. Remember this when with your family today, that the best thing we can do for each other is be there, and be ourselves. #bananaflower #ediblelandscaping #foodforest #growfoodnotlawns #selfexpression #gifts #pollinators #bee #bananas #southflorida

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Lost a papaya today due to the crazy wind we've been having, but still got a good harvest. Mustards, radishes, eggplant, starfruit, chaya, tomatoes, ripe and unripe papaya. The green papaya can be cooked like potatoes so it's not a total loss. I'm thankful for all the abundance that this garden provides, and the way that it has changed my life as I continue refining the system and myself. Happy winter solstice everyone, the days are now starting to get longer again. Hoping you all find peace, and time to reflect on the year that will soon be behind us. #GrowFoodNotLawns #Papaya #Windy #SouthFlorida #FoodForest #GrowYourOwn #Radishes #Carambola #MustardGreens #Eggplant #Chaya #Tomatoes #GreenPapaya #Permaculture #WestPalmBeach #TodaysHarvest

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I spent the weekend getting to know this awesome group of #permies from south florida, among a crowd of almost 200 from all over the state. We learned about native plants, sustainability, new crops, biochar, fermentation, permaculture in relationships, and "closing the loop". Lots of knowledge being shared and hands-on workshops. Saw some great examples of #ediblelandscaping and natural soil building. A lot to be inspired by! The next step for the people in this photo is to create our own regional exchange group which organizes events and works on changing the landscape in south FL to be more ecologically sound, respectful of natural systems yet still providing for human needs. If you have something you want to contribute or want to learn, send me a message and we will gladly get you involved. . . #Permaculture #SouthFlorida #GrowYourOwnFood #GrowCommunity #GrowYourself #SustainableLiving #PlantNerds #AgroEcology #GrowFoodNotLawns #UrbanFarming #FloridaGardening

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This is a ground cherry, aka Physalis pruinosa. They are related to tomatillos, and have a similar growth pattern, although the fruits produced are very different. This is the "Cossack pineapple" variety from @southernexposureseed 🍍 It produces a pea-sized yellow fruit inside a papery husk, and they're ripe when they fall to the ground. Swipe ➑️ to see the fruit. The berries do have a tasty pineapple-like flavor, definitely a treat. They are very easy to grow and don't need much care, other than a bit of compost or organic fertilizer. They have a low, spreading growth habit (hence "ground cherry"), so they don't need to be trellised or supported in any way. They actually can keep weeds down in your garden beds since they hug the soil so closely. This is a unique plant with a sweet fruit that is definitely worth trying in a south Florida garden this time of year. I have a few transplants left, if anyone wants one- although I may just plant them all in my yard to enjoy an abundance of #NaturesCandy whenever I go outside. πŸ˜› 🍬 #GroundCherry #Physalis #Pineapple #SouthFlorida #HuskCherries #Tomatillo #GrowYourOwn #GrowFoodNotLawns #Tasty #EdiblePlants #InMyGarden #FoodForest #EdibleLandscaping

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This little beauty is called "Life plant", also known as Kalanchoe, or Bryophyllum pinnatum.🌱 It is a succulent type plant which is commonly grown indoors as a houseplant in temperate zones, but can be grown outside in the tropics where humidity and heat are sufficient. Like most succulents, detached leaves will form new plantlets at the leaf margins. When placed on the soil, they will quickly root and form new plants. β€’ It's medicinal uses are varied, and it has many applications across different cultures. Here are a few: treatment for hypertension, headaches, kidney stones, inflammation, digestive issues, fevers, cancer and tumors, ulcers, and skin issues such as wounds, bruises, burns and insect bites. It typically spreads by escaping home gardens, and is considered an invasive species in Hawaii. Hawaiians, it isn't the Life plant's fault that your land is so fertile and easy for it to spread on! β€’ This is another example of a plant whose value is far more than meets the eye. Even if you never use it medicinally, let this be a small lesson on how useful plants can be, and how little we understand them. Let's all try to listen a little closer to what they are saying, and not take them for granted. They do a lot of work for us, without asking for much more than our respect and a little bit of care. We can learn so much from them. β€’ Thanks @scottostuni and @jacksandquist for introducing me to this friend. #PlantMedicine #kalanchoepinnata #LifePlant #Succulent #bryophyllum #houseplants #HerbalMedicine #Tropics #MedicinalPlants #HealthIsWealth #KnowledgeIsPower #GrowFoodNotLawns #Permaculture #Nature #Healing #Growth #Thankful #FoodForest #IncredibleEdibleLandscapes

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Got distracted by this beautiful #CranberryHibiscus bloom this morning! 🌺Crazy how in #SouthFlorida our seasons are reversed- up north everyone's getting their first frost, here we have lots of new #Blooms and fruit set when the days start getting shorter. Who else is loving this first #ColdSnap of the season? β€’ Cranberry hibiscus is a great addition to a Florida #EdibleLandscape – the leaves have a tart, cranberry-like flavor and can be added to salads, or made into a refreshing tea with some honey and lemon juice. It is a #Perennial , can take full sun, and is somewhat drought tolerant when established. It grows in a few different spots in my yard, and I had to stop for a picture when I noticed the bloom. I also have a few potted plants available if anyone wants one! πŸ™‚ #IncredibleEdibleLandscapes #GrowFoodNotLawns #Tropical #EdiblePlants #FoodForest #EatYourYard #ZeroFoodMiles #WestPalmBeach #SupportLocal

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Tomorrow at @grandviewpublic #FarmersMarket, we'll have tons of beautiful #veggies and #herbs for sale, here's the list: -African blue basil (pictured) -Sweet basil -Spicy globe basil -Sungold and SuperSweet 100 cherry tomatoes πŸ… -Japanese eggplant πŸ† -Sweet banana and Apache peppers 🌢 -Thyme, Oregano, Sage -Dill, Parsley, Rosemary -Malabar spinach 🌱 -Dinosaur kale -Lemon balm -Catnip 😻 -Brazilian spinach Plus, #FruitTrees and other tropical goodies, such as: -Papaya -Guava -Pineapple 🍍 -Moringa 🌿 -Bananas 🍌 -Figs πŸ˜› -Dragonfruit 🐲 -Lagos spinach -Turmeric 🌟 -Cranberry hibiscus -Aloe vera -Mexican sunflower 🌻 And lots more! Come stop by our tent and let's talk plants 😊 πŸ‘‹ 9a-2p #IncredibleEdibleLandscapes #EatYourYard #PlantPeople #Permaculture #Garden #TropicalFruit #GrowYourOwn #FoodIsMedicine #ThankAFarmer #GrandviewPublicMarket #SupportLocalFarmers #WestPalmBeach #WarehouseDistrictWPB

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