AH So monocots are my new favorite family of plants, they are flowering plants whose seedlings only have one cotyledon, and whose flowers are trimerous, they have either 3,6, or 9 petals. Also they all have leaves with parallel veins, and thier stems do not form branches and most growth goes to the top
most importantly, they consist of plants that are extremely important to human diets! so All wheat and grasses, teff, oats, asparagus, yam, agave, onion, garlic, turmeric, ginger, chives, lemongrass, bamboo, sugarcane, yucca, corn, coconut, dates, all palms, all bananas, papyrus, rice, barley, all orchids, lillies, tulips, cardamom, vanilla, leeks, butcher's broom, smilax, pineapple, millet, pacaya, acai, peach palms, many more!
a revelation ive had though, is that most monocots dont require nutrient rich soil to grow and thrive! this means that we can grow large amounts of them in depleted soil like that found in most of America and urban/suburban areas! This does two things
1) feeds the communities with some of the most nutrient rich foods that need to be re-introduced and revolutionized in how they're grown/ eaten
2)by utilizing the stalks, stems, straw, and etc from the harvest's we can lower our dependence on cutting down trees+ create jobs and american independence with paper/ carpentry etc. AND all unused biomass can be used very efficiently as cover compost in permaculure applications to rejuvinate the depleted soil!
What do you guys think about this? any favorite monocots? I personally eat alot of sprouted spelt, coconut, dates, bananas, yam
Location: Northern Zone, Costa Rica - 200 to 300 meters Tropical Humid Rainforest
posted 6 years ago
Generally speaking, when you see plantations of pineapples here in Costa Rica, they are called a green desert for a reason, but to grow pineapple in your garden is as simple as taking the top and sticking it in the ground. Fertilizer does improve growth of these plants, but hey, that is why I have goats (before I had sheep)
If one adapts to eating what grows the easiest in their area, life becomes much less difficult. For us, pineapple, bananas, plantains, yucca all are very easy and when you don't try to have huge monocultures, pretty much pest free.
People here have been practicing permaculture for centuries, too bad some have started to try to plant like we do in the North, with bad results too.
Sustainable Plantations and Agroforestry in Costa Rica
posted 6 years ago
yea monoculture is never really the best idea except when working inside of & in aid of a larger permacultural design. When i said growing large amounts of Monocots i definately meant in a permaculture setting with each monocot adding to their environment. Like Corn/beans/squash. being an example