Hi, There are plenty in toronto ravines apparently they like shady edges and prefer to start fully protected by shade. I see them for sale, forraged and sold at farmers markets occasionally in season. they are our version of tropical fruit, lovely.
Just wondering if anyone has experience with growing shitake in a tropical environment or do they require lower temperatures? I'm wondering about the effects of high summer temperatures on fruiting. Location is Jamaica.
He is an agro-biz as well as a conservationalist, they are franchising their business model, from what i could tell per their website. Loved his TED talk. His modeled system looks great, i want to know if he can replicate it in other areas, hopefully yes.
I was reading a great article about him about a month back, written by one of the Aussies, though i cant remember which one. He's also got a few African counterparts with very similar stories and results. cool reading, thanks.
Campy, i would suggest you make a cut through one side of your slab with the grain, an expansion joint if you will, if a plant needs more space the board will break more easily, or perhaps just use it in two pieces and snugged around the plant.
According to the wife's uncle in Jamaica all you need to do is cut segments with two nodes on them, so one complete cell, so to speak and push them down into the soil halfway, beyond that i would guess that start of rainy season would be a good time to try. This year i want to plant some bamboo as well for the living fence and also as terrace walls. i want to plant rows on contour and when height maxes out cut the stems to about 8 feet then drop the cuttings on the upslope side to mulch and rot. I want to trench on the downslope side to add to water absorption on each terrace. My thought is that as organic matter builds up the bamboo will root wherever it touches the soil along the earth contact side of the stem and should form a strong living wall. I wont actually be down to Jamaica till the new year so can't really get more info yet. good luck
I remember reading an article about a paper written by some German statistical scientists who found that specific individual who found a resounding correlation between place and time of birth and things such as type of profession, political views, and personality as predicted by astrology. I'm not taking a stance pro or con, just found it interesting and worth a share.
i'm wowed, my plan for this year is a few berry bushes, a hazel and either a salmonberry or plum, i have a tiny downtown lot, though the land in Jamaica is steadily being planted. i hope for your success, like the plan.
I'm with Paul on the cedars not having competition in dense stands, all that seems to grow with them are ferns in dense huge masses , here in southern ontario, but they dont seem to like grass that much, nor do they do so well , when they are scattered and single trees. I dont like them much in dense stands they shelter a ton of mosquitoes during the day.
Is there a drier season in your climate? Mangoes produce fruit approx 8 months after tip pruning so you should be able to get them to set fruit by timing the pruning so that the blossoming occurs in a drier period if one occurs.
i tried something new with my raspberries this fall i bent down and buried the old canes, i'm hoping they root and send up new shoots in the spring giving me a larger more dense planting, i have a tiny yard. spring is on it's way, i'll let you know how it works out
i'm reading it for my 3rd time, its cold and we have two feet of snow on the ground, winter os research and spring is time to apply it, it's a dense tome but i often refer to it, for me it often helps focus my wild all over the place collection of ideas.
just a guess, imo it will not last longer in overall measurements like growing days or season is my bet, if you can harvest a tomato all year like 3 regular crops i figure that uses 3 times the nutrients and maybe with the extra strength sunshine maybe 4 times the yield? also tropical dry seasons would likely slow system nutrient use overall but then there is less leaching, i seem to be rambling it seems like apples and oranges, best to do what suits where you are and what you like.
the Black Sapote is a full on zone 10 i believe, indigenous to the Yucutan area, i have seen trees online apparently zone 7 hardy though so it looks like somebody has managed to harden off some stock, it's on my list for the Jamaican plantings , i'll send the rastas out to find me a seedling, who knows?
Noni is also being grown and has been touted as active against certain types or cancers, it's a shrub and the fruit and leaves are steeped and fermented in water for a time then strained and then ingested
interesting, soursop and sweetsop are both relatives of the paw paw i believe, they are readily available in asian markets and across the carribean, i'll be planting some from seed next week,I love sweet sops, one of my favorites
i'm planning on pollarding 4 old mangos , 30-40 years old,overgrown with epiphytes, gonna take them down to 5 feet and let them resprout, next year cut out all but the 5 or 6 best shoots, apparently this is fairly simple to do, my christmas holiday will involve a lot of cutting and planting.
Thanks Jonathan, Calaloo is great but mostly a cut and come again crop, i'm playing with an acre of of sloping terrain, faces mostly South and east with quite a few trees already. Avacados i love and one of the aunts has a great tree for seeds. Pigeon peas are good, also gungo pea and cowpea, great suggestions.
Hi I'm heading down to Jamaica for Christmas, spending time with the wife's family and figured i'd get some planting in, I need a few more Tamarinds spread around as they are leguminous nitrogen fixers, gonna try for some cuttings from a Carob as well, also leguminous and nitrogen fixing. Some citrus varieties will be going in , Sweet orange, Seville orange, Shaddock and Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime. i can get a lot of local wildlings for transplant in the bush, just got to get the neighbour's Rasta sons to take me for a bush walk. soursop and sweet sop, the MIL wants a couple more breadfruit and ackee trees as well. anybody done a tropical HugelBeet? i also need to pollard 4 old mango trees covered with epiphytes and needing rejuvenation. Should be a lot of cut wood afterwards. might dig a pit and burn some of it, smother the rest and use it as a compost pit for a while, try for something along the terra prieta composition.Guess i'm looking for suggestions on tropical guilds if anyone has some they have used, thanks
i have been a Chef for 25 years and remember reading a study that reported on wild geese gorging themselves on grains and seeds naturally, so sure why not? could be a pre migratory, prepatory, behavioral adaptation to store energy for the flight. and i think that in olden times the goose herding maidens massaged their necks so as to allow them to maximize their natural desires. they are gulleting their food down getting energy stored quickly as nature intended, we reap the richness of that stored goodness when we harvest them, Yummy, lucky us!!
Correct me if i'm wrong, but don't horses like to know where they will land before they jump? Most animals wont jump where they can't see their footing, so wouldnt a barrier like a wide strip of landscaping cloth hung on two wires to extend the fence upward and cut off sightlines stop the jumping?or a mesh overgrown with vines, wild cucumber? virginia creeper? something useful and fast and viny? A tall clumping bamboo planting possibly, there are species for most climates apparently, in back of the fences? just throwing it out there, nice horses by the way.
hi, this might be way out of line but how much physical exercise do you get? walking an hour or two a day at a moderate pace can tend to held with balancing hormone production and help regulate sleep. it has worked for me.
might be related to low vitamin D levels which then affect seratonin production and affect our circadian clock regulation. My N.D. has me on a liquid Vit D supplement of 10k units a day as my D levels were at about 1/4 of the recommended minimum. since starting on it i no longer have those familiarily described nights of idea head. i sleep quickly and easily now, i was had type 2 diabetes, wide drops in body temp, sometimes as low as 94 degrees. total lack of energy sore fatigued muscles etc. The Vitamin D is making a huge difference. my body clock and temp controls are settling down. I'm off the Diabetes meds and feeling good. still some adrenal fatigue, but even that seems improved so you might want to see a naturopath, or try taking a liquid D supplement.
in the caribbean its known as sorel the petals are plucked and boiled with sugar and fresh ginger then cooled in the pot and strained through a cloth, high in vitamin C and a Jamaican Christmas Tradition. served over ice with a measure of white rum. delicious
i have smoked salt in the cold smoker, i just spread it out on a sheetpan in a shallow layer and put it up top over the upper rack near the exhaust vent so the smoke is drawn over it. i usually leave it in there for 12 or more hours, it tends to clump but breaks up fine. i use non iodized sea salt coarse of fine both work, keep it sealed in an airtight jar. It will lose flavour over time.
yes as ludi said the best way is to turn them inside out then scrape off mucus etc with a dull paring knife, use a hose or tap to turn them inside out after they have been rinsed well. i usually just buy em cleaned and salted at my butcher's. and i have a beautiful batch of spicy smoked paprika Chorizo drying on rods in my pantry another week or so and they will be ready,I'm so looking forward to them.