Summary Ecologia says, "This mini manual by edible landscape author Michael Judd jumps right into growing, caring for, harvesting, and using pawpaws – from seed to table. Judd demystifies fruit growing in direct, easy to follow steps that quickly brings confidence to the newbie grower while expanding the horizons of curious gardeners.
Historically most people have only experienced foraged pawpaw fruit, which can be a hit or miss game for a good experience. That is quickly changing as selected and bred cultivars are being grown and shared. Judd’s pawpaw manual gets you started right away with the best selections and approaches. "
About the Author Ecologia says "Michael’s beginning with whole system design began with an opportunity to live with the last of the Lacondon Mayans in southern Mexico along the Guatemalan border. Here he experienced the ancient design practices of the Mayans that ingeniously mimic natures patterns to create functional landscapes. About the same time he discovered a parallel design system coming out of Australia, “permaculture,” that applies similar landscape use of the Mayans but adapted to the modern world. Combining designs in 2001 he created Project Bona Fide on Ometepe Island, SW Nicaragua."
From the video transcript:
"The pawpaw tree has a very deep taproot that taps into something ancient and brings forth a nutritious and abundant fruit. Paw Paws are so loved that festivals are popping up to celebrate them from medicinal leaves to beautiful golden beers. Paw Paws have an amazing world to share. I'd like you to join me on this Paw Paw adventure to explore this woodland cousin of the tropical custard apple."
Michael Judd on Paw Paws at the Longcreek Homestead Paw Paw Festival
Zen and the Art of Naked Grafting with Michael Judd
From the video description:
"Site grafting a paw paw fruit tree at Long Creek Homestead, Frederick Maryland. Step by step how to cleft graft. Same process for many fruit trees. Check out the insect habitat hotel in the background and flowering running comfrey."
Michael Judd Food Forest
From the video description:
"This post is written about a Stroll through the Michael Judd Food Forest I took when I was at his paw paw festival back in September."
Michael Judd really knows his stuff about pawpaws. He goes way into depth, and explains many aspects of growing, harvesting, preparing and storing pawpaws. He explains about choosing varieties of pawpaws, grafting them, fitting them into the landscape, and combining them with permaculture, about which he has extensive knowledge. He goes on to explain how they could fit in with agroforestry, marketing and running a business based on pawpaws. In each section, it is clear that he truly understands the details of how to make each aspect work. For example, he explains about the interaction of the zebra swallowtail butterfly with pawpaws, and even some varieties that he will admit, aren't really worth growing in his opinion. I have one minor criticism. He says that they need to grow in summer humid climates and I have been growing them in a very dry arid summer climate successfully for 20 years. Don't miss this book, though, you might miss the pawpaw cheesecake recipe, including a vegan one. With any luck, you could be eating healthy cheesecake!
They grow wild here ans I plan to grow some when I get a spot set up. The State nursery here sells the native version but they sell out quick. I'm guessing one would graft a cultivated variety onto native rootstock?
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Yes, they graft well and he goes into detail on that. Just make sure to have more than one unique specimen. I knew someone who had three of the same variety and never got fruit. I had to explain to him why.
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