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Hi there!

Just recently joined the site after caving into the suggestions of some others.

I'm from Jacksonville, Fl. (zone 9a)

Just wanted to share a bit about ourselves and our story. Me and my partner moved here a year ago to help my partner's grandfather during his final days. His home sits on 3.48 acres, and he's given us free reign to do as we please with it! 11 months later, we're drowning in chickens, goats, pigs, and more! plus, the gardens.

I briefly agriculture in college, so I of course took to conventional gardening here. Our soil was ****. Nothing took immediately (and what did dealt with weeks of stress, disease, pests, etc.). I stopped consulting my high school agriculture teacher and used the internet. I found some of Dan Barber's speeches online, and from there it was a whirlwind of wanting to find MORE!

It'd only been about 8 months since I began practicing permie practices here, but my plants look look much healthier (even after that pesky hurricane)

That isn't to say lots of mistakes were human error. I laugh at when I think of how I dis-regarded our soil, and would just plant willy-nilly into the full sun.

Just wanted to share photos from my little 'permaculture patch'

Curious to see what my fellow permies grow in the 9a hardiness zone, I've been reluctant to plant much this fall!
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Navaho Blackberry (hurricane survivor)
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Kumquat
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Another black berry (this one survived the goats.... lol)
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Some variety of mint
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Climbing aster (florida Native I've planted everywhere)
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Guava
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Welcome! I'm pretty new too. Cool site, loads of info.
 
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Hi Gabriel! I'm over here in Moss Bluff/Ocklawaha area and I've been working at it a few years now... Things that do well despite my lack of attention after initial planting are... mulberry, fig, persimmon, banana(located in a naturally moist area), ginger, turmeric, the couple blueberry plants I'm getting established might qualify for this list also... but they are located near where I water the horse daily and so get a squirt of water regularly... As is the egyptian walking onion and it's very proliferant. I have the things you listed established and they do well except the Mexican guava took a big hit with several nights in the mid 20's temp wise recently. The cattley guava holds up to the cold real well, just got light freeze damage and about to bloom now. Other things Im growing are papaya, jamacian cherry, soap berry, pear, pineapple, there's more I can't think of ATM... Also past couple years I have found buying a couple bags of 'deer plot mix' seed in the fall an spredding it around it has grown lots of interesting things for me, the goats, chickens, and horse to! I've got radishes, a few types of kale, clover and a mix of winter grasses growing on the cheap!
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Hi! I'm in Jax as well.  Lots that we can grow here!  I find that, being subtropical and very much an edge climate, microclimate really makes a huge difference in expanding into more tropical/more temperate plants.  On the (suburban) lot that I currently inhabit, I've got hot/dry/sandy/washout prone conditions in the front and very protected/woodsy/dappled/humus in the back.  What thrives in the back wants to commit ugly dramatic suicide in the front, but boy can I grow  (Mediterranean/W. Asian) herbs in that sand!  Soil building, mulch and growing more shade help a lot.

We are blessed with a permie nursery here in town: Tim at Eat Your Yard has countless plants raised here and descended from local plant parents.  He's also a fountain of info.

Hope you're settling in well! It's a great time to plant veggies.
 
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