chop and drop

chaya (aka tree spinach)

chaya (aka tree spinach)

Chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius) aka spinach tree is one of my favorite plants in our zone 9b food forest. For so many reasons: One of our most visited pollinator plants. Fast growing, great for chop & drop. super easy to propagate by cuttings edible when cooked. great survival plant. Chaya as a pollinator plant The flowers…

cowpeas

cowpeas

Cowpeas are super easy to grow, they provide a lot of edible beans that you can replant back into the yard each year for a never-ending supply of bean plants. Cowpeas grow well in warm weather, so as your other bean plants are fading out in the summer, these guys will still be going strong….

candlestick cassia

candlestick cassia

Candlestick cassia is a popular permaculture plant in our zone 9 food forest. They are wonderful fast-growing, nitrogen-fixing chop-and-drop plants that are buzzing with pollinators when in bloom. We sell our seeds on eBay here if you would like to start your own. Also Known As: Candle Bush, Senna Alata, Cassia Alata Fabaceae, Candletree, Candlestick…

Wax Myrtle

Wax Myrtle

The Wax Myrtle, or Southern Bayberry aka Myrica Cerifera is a fast-growing, Florida native shrub. These beneficial shrubs can grow up to 20′ tall, the leaves can be used like Bay leaves and the smell is said to naturally repel mosquitoes and fleas, and a variety of wildlife loves to eat the berries which can…

false roselle | cranberry hibiscus

false roselle | cranberry hibiscus

False Roselle aka Cranberry Hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella) is one of my favorite plants in our food forest garden. The beautiful leaves, flowers, and calyx are edible, it is fast-growing, super easy to propagate from cuttings or seeds, and is a great supporter of pollinators and wildlife in the garden. The beautiful edible flowers are only…

gandules | pigeon pea

gandules | pigeon pea

Gandules (a nitrogen fixer) are one of the most useful plants we have in our food forest garden. These easy-to-grow, fast-growing trees produce a lot of edible beans and generate a lot of biomass to feed back to the soil. growing Gandules | the specs can be grown in Zone 9 or higher: Gandules don’t…