Kio Starfield wrote:
Annie Lochte wrote:Hi Kio! I'm relatively close and grow persimmons, the big Japanese variety, they do very well. Also have figs, peaches, blueberrys, papayas, bananas, mulberry, pears, kumquats, calamondon, guava (cattley) all do well, the bananas and papayas freeze back but generally come back every summer with a little water once it warms up. I planted apples a couple years ago an haven't kept up with their feeding schedule needed to produce yet. There's more. Blackberry, poke, grape, elderberry an more grows wild close by. My advise is make sure the things you really want to produce gets enough light. Some of this stuff planted 17-18 years ago is getting to much shade now from oaks that have grown into monsters... An not producing anymore. I don't baby much thru winter... an then it's just to get established the first couple years.
Eta, ginger, turmeric do well in the shade, an malabar spinach, yard long beans, Seminole pumpkins, sweet potatoes, I planted once an some come back every year...
How coincindental! I just went to the Farmers Market yesterday, bought some persimmons and tried them for the first time. They were delicious! I shared them with some friends and they also thought so! One of them was scared at first because it looked like a tomato and they hate tomatoes, so we had to explain it was a delicious sweet fruit.
Can you share what varieties of Bananas, peaches, and pears you grow? I believe pears and peaches require a minimum number of chill hours so I want to make sure I choose the right varieties. And certain bananas aren't very cold hardy here in North Florida.
I am actually planning on thinning out quite a few trees on my lot. I want to take a hybrid approach to permaculture, and any plant I can't get a use out of and takes up too much space I will remove. I have a few turkey oaks I'm planning on cutting down, not sure if I will propagate them. I am planning on purchasing more loblolly pine saplings and propagating them because the shade they provide is small, and they provide abundant pine needles which are great for mulch!
Hopefully this isn't against the rules but, if you are nearby, would you be willing to sell any cuttings you may have or be willing to propogate? I am searching for people in my area with forest gardens and other permaculture styled gardens to get some tips and tricks from.