When I make lemonade, or limeade, I now just cut off the stem ends of the fruits, remove the seeds, cut them into pieces and blend in the Vitamix with water. I strain this and repeat and add the resulting concentrate to water and ice to make lemonade. I sweeten with stevia and keep a bottle in the refrigerator and freeze excess. This lemon/limeade tastes really good and you're getting more nutrients, I believe. I sometimes put the pulp on acid-loving plants.
Tropical yams are way to grow and delicious. You just need a trellis or something for them to climb. Piper lolot does well with a tiny bit of shade, even in full sun, but will tale over. False roselle is good for salad greens. Cuban organs (a Plectranthus) is a good substitute for real oregano and easy to grow. I have no luck with ground mint, but there'a a bush mint that is prolific id you can find it, as well as holy basil. Mulberries do well and Baker Creek has a dwarf variety you can grow in a pot. Divid the Good's books are helpful for FL food growing.
I'm in Ft. Lauderdale if you ever want to trade plants!
I've tried multiple times to root cuttings from an "ever-bearing" mulberry and had no luck. I tried in soil, though, not water. Unfortunately, because it was very fruitful, the original tree died. I ordered two dwarf trees on-line and they are doing well. I hope I can get some cuttings from them. Do they have to be woody cuttings? If so, it will take a while until these get there.
PS. I am looking up air-well. I thought the brick structure was an insect hotel!
A request: please include the binomial nomenclature when referring to a plant, especially one new to many. Pacific is Hydrophyllum tenuipe, Virginia is Hydrophyllum virginianum, and Western is Hydrophyllum occidentale.
Apparently there are more!
I notice that you're growing Callisia fragrans, a plant I have all over my garden. I just read about it and found out it's a medicinal, but I'm not finding anything about its being edible. Did you try eating it?
I'm here in Ft. Lauderdale and have the following plants: Piper lolot, cuban oregano, moringa (seedlings), mango volunteers, cassava cuttings, Bacopa monnieri, and seeds of lemon grass, holy basil, and cranberry hibiscus to trade.
I'm looking particularly for edible hibiscus (Abelmoschus manihot) plants, but also water spinach and I'm open to other perennial edibles.
I'd really like to be in touch with any local permies.
Amazon is a pretty evil corporation and no matter how profitable an alliance might be, I think it more in keeping with permaculture values to steer clear (also of Google & FaceBook).
Paul, you mentioned not knowing how to find/vet a publicist. There are other, similar books out there; what about contacting some of the authors to see if they used a publicist? I'd think they possibly could be helpful
Books I think would have similar readers as yours:
Extreme Simplicity and The Self-Sufficient Home both by Christopher Nyerges
The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
Also David the Good's Florida Food Forest, Compost Everything and his Florida Vegetable Growing books seem to have sold quite a bit. He's pretty approachable and would probably have some good ideas.
And what about The Humanure Handbook?
Would Chelsea Green Publishers maybe have some suggestions?
Just a few things that came to me. If not helpful, I understand. Good luck. I enjoyed the book. It really made me rethink composting!
Thank you James. I'm not sure if I understand what you mean buy an inch of screen attached around the lip. Do you mean it would be standing up an inch all around, past the edge? How would I attach it?
I really was asking about killing existing mosquitos, not preventing them because right now,it's too late for prevention.
My larger containers are covered with screen, but I also have 3 & 5 gallon buckets as well as some 8 & 10 gallon containers. Removing & re-fastening and screens each time I want to pour a bucket of water in my washing machine is just too much trouble for me.
Additionally, we have a large concrete planter for our dog to lie in, and if I screen that, she'll tear the screen off to lie in the water.
I put some laundry liquid in one of the containers and will check to see if the larvae are dead. If they are, I can put detergent in the unscreened buckets, and use just the screened water for rinsing the clothes.
Here's our problem: we collect rainwater in various containers and use it for washing clothes & watering plants. When there's a lot of rain, over days, the pieces of dunks or the bits we put in will float over the sides and we'll get mosquitos if we forget to replenish them. As I understand from the dunk people, once the larvae become wrigglers, the BTi products do not work. I don't want to put oil on the water, or soap or other things like cinnamon in it, because there goes the ability to use it for washing, nor do I want to add bleach. I m'not comfortable with putting fish in galvanized and plastic containers.
I grew up in Jamaica and remember my nanny using what she called tuna to wash my hair. I just did a DuckDuckGo search and found it's just regular prickly pear (which I happen to have in my yard).
I wash my dry hair less than once a week, and use organic shampoo & conditioner, but have noticed my hair's more fly-away than usual. I think I'll try the tuna for fun.
Thanks for this thread!
Our system has 3 parts– bathroom, kitchen, washer.
Bathroom– catch all water in tub and sink in bucket (tub) or small bowl (sink)and use for watering plants.
Kitchen- use 2 dish tubs, one in each sink. One for washing our dishes (we're vegan) and the other for companion animals' dishes (they're carnivores). Wash ours, then use the soapy water for theirs, and we keep a bucket in the kitchen for used water which is for plants.
Washer-(in car port)- run hose to back yard and use washing water (collected rain water) for ornamentals and final rinse water for mini food forest.
You might also consider echinacea in potency– that is as a homeopathic remedy. Also you can get different homeopathic remedies made from snake venom (Crotalus, Vipera, Lachesis, Cedron, Elaps, Bothrops...) from Helios, in England, if they aren't available without a prescription here.
Here's an article about a rattlesnake-bitten dog being treated with homeopathy: