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Plantago

Plantago

The Plantago (virginica L.) growing throughout our low-lying field has always been a great food source for our chickens and tortoise. Aside from being edible, the leaves can be smashed up and used to help heal cuts, bug bites and stings and seems like it has also been used for every other ailment too, read…

turmeric | tumeric

turmeric | tumeric

We have been growing turmeric (Curcuma longa) in our zone 9b garden for several years. Turmeric is super easy to grow, but it does require some patience. It is best to allow the plant 2 years to spread after planting it. how to grow turmeric Turmeric is grown by rhizomes, not seeds. You can buy…

growing watermelon

growing watermelon

This was our first time growing watermelon in our Florida food forest, and it was a total success. The first week of April, we planted 2 four packs of watermelon transplants from Rockledge Gardens along a 50-foot section of weed cloth spread across the field. I cut holes in the cloth, every 2 feet with…

prickly pear cactus

prickly pear cactus

We grow the spineless variety of prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ellisiana) for our sulcata tortoise. This plant is a hybrid, bred to not have large spikes, but they still have little splinters (glochids) that will get in your skin if you aren’t careful. Edible I knew the pads, flowers, and fruit of the prickly pear…

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….

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…