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Leif Kravis
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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
 
                    
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Some good species you listed there, though it seems a bit heavy on the sugars/starches. For oils, how well do Avocados do there? For protein and other nutrients, understory sources of greens like katuk or moringa? (actually, moringa can be quite big if it never freezes, but here, gets cut back to the ground by frost).  Self-seeding Callaloo for the edges or openings? (Callaloo is very popular in many parts of Caribbean). Pigeon peas might be a good shrubby legume for protein - the only live 3 or 4 years, but are a good tropical bean. If you have mangoes, you can probably grow winged beans, which are a good multipurpose legume - all parts of the plant are edible (root tubers, flower, leaf, soft bean, dry bean).
 
Leif Kravis
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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.
 
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