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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Gardening.

This BB is all about direct seeding perennials.

To meet the requirements of this BB you need to plant at least 50 of each of the following and verify that at least 1 of them has sprouted:
    o fruit trees
    o black locust
    o nut trees

Here is a thread all about growing fruit trees from seed. Plus, here is a video to help you get started:



In addition, all the perennials you start from seed must be grown outside and they can't be transplanted. While the straw badge for gardening requires all inputs be from within 500 feet the exception is for seeds. So go a head and find those amazing perennials that will boost your homestead!

Also, remember that to meet the requirements of the straw badge for gardening all systems are polyculture systems.

Tip: When working on this BB think about the other requirements for the straw badge for gardening and see if you can meet multiple requirements at once. You need to grow, harvest and preserve 100,000 calories from at least 12 species. So while direct seeding your perennials picking ones that either support your food crops or ones that are food crops themselves is a great way to move forward towards your straw badge for gardening.

How to Certify That Your BB is Completed

- Post a picture showing your 50 fruit tree seeds, 50 black locust seeds, and 50 nut tree seeds.
- post three action pics of the seeds being planted
- Post a picture showing at least one tree.  It must be clearly identifiable.  

Good luck!
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Hello,
I have a question about the requirements for growing fruit trees for this BB.
We live on an acre in north Florida and are growing Loquats, Trifoliate Oranges, Peaches, and Pineapple Guavas (Feijoas) from seed. We have learned that we have success when we start trees in pots and keep them grouped in controlled environments outside (shade cloth for protection from the sun and modified kiddie pools to conserve moisture). When the trees have been moved up to two or three gallon pots, and have sufficiently developed root balls, they are then ready to withstand the extremes of sun, drought, wind, and torrential rains that we experience here.
If the BB requirement is for seeds to be planted directly, without protection for young seedlings, then I question the possibility of our success given our Florida sand (myakka soil) and weather extremes.
Could there be any flexibility on the requirement for planting directly for this BB?
 
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I have had easily 50 fruit trees sprouted, from self seeding from pips /wind-drops of my nectarine/peach trees. Mostly peach.  
I cannot afford to have all of them in the ground where they have come up, unfortunately.
I am just about to do another culling as I do year by year (into large pots) and position them where they are more suitable on my urban plot.

Currently x3 lemons from pips have sprouted each in a deep pot! These lemons came from an elderly ladies lemon tree, who was still working in her own sandwich bar takeaway business and she, Clara, is in her 70-80s.  So I have called these 'variety' Clara's Lemons until someone can identify the registered name by its fruit once it fruits.

And 1x Tropical Red Apple has sprouted too (in a pot to purposely monitor it), it is from my existing apple tree. It is so exciting that it sprouted.
Where it is currently the Granny Smith over runs it, so until I knew it would sprout, and grow, I am leaving the other one in place.

And I have intentionally grown a beautiful weeping Eucalyptus too from the tiny dust from their big nuts.
I had no idea that would work, and 4 of them are growing well presently. I only want one though.
It is to replace the one that succumbed to being possum ravaged. Can you imagine the possums being drunk on eucalyptus leaves?
Before I realised it, leafy branch by leafy branch was ravaged, then it was too late.
The branches made some fuel for my rocket stove. And the trunk is still to be used somewhere, Maybe part of a rustic garden gate.

And I always have had my Australian native called the Melia tree self seed.
They and the peach are prolific volunteers in my yard. Unfortunately that need to be potted and shared with others.

But these are not direct sows. (So cant submit)
 
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I think I got this one done.  Note to others, it might be helpful to mark exactly where you planted them so they're easier to find...

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50 apple seeds
50 apple seeds
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50 black locust seeds
50 black locust seeds
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Planting apples
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Planting black locust
Planting black locust
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Hazelnut seedling!
Hazelnut seedling!
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Larger hazelnut as a reference
Larger hazelnut as a reference
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50 hazelnut seeds
50 hazelnut seeds
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Planting hazelnuts
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So many BBs! If only I had known about this on last year.. :-D
Late fall 2021 I put in thousands of almonds, thousands of date palms, at least a 100 apples, 50 pomegranates, a 100 peaches, and hundreds of holly oak (or holm oak, I don't know how you'd call it in US English, I am talking about the wonderful Quercus ilex)...

Now I mostly got sprouted almonds, apples, Quercus ilex, and even some experimental chestnuts!

But not to worry, the goal is to direct seed tens of thoundand perennials a year (last year I started late and 'only' got to around 10.000) so I have another chance to get this BB certified this year :-)

Question: I am still researching black locust for this region (Spain). I am thinking of going with carob instead (same family, which is what I want anyway), would that be okay?
 
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Hi Klara, welcome to SKIP and all the BBs!  

Unfortunately this BB specifically says Black Locust so that's what it has to be :(
 
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Does edible nut-bearing coniferus like chinese white pine and others are considered for the Nut tree part ?
https://treeseeds.ca/collections/tree-seeds/products/tree-seed-chinese-white-pine
 
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I think for PEP, with Paul's dislike for conifers, he'd want it to be traditional nuts that generally come with shells.
 
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Ok let's plant a fedge. I'm pretty sure that between the 1 1/2 pound bag of nuts and the acorns I have over 50 nuts.
I have over 150 locust seeds.
And a nice verity of fruit seeds.
I have a plan https://permies.com/wiki/125939/Direct-Seed-Grow-Perennials-PEP  so now all I need to do is get planting so the seeds spout in the spring. However mother nature is not helping as next week is scheduled to be a week long freeze.
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1 1/2 pounds of mixed raw nuts
1 1/2 pounds of mixed raw nuts
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150+ locust seeds
150+ locust seeds
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almost 2# of Acorns
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Fruit seed saving
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Overly prescriptive. Black locust doesn't grow at 8000' in the rockies.  Come on guys.
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