On the eve of Lunar New Year, instead of roosting at home (sorry, pun intended) to welcome the Year of the Rooster, the hubby & I decided to do a slow road trip to visit ECHO Florida … on the ‘other coast’ of the Florida peninsula. The last time we went was in August 2015 but each time we visit we seem to acquire new information on plants, growing methods, etc., so it’s never boring.
(This time we also got to meet some very interesting and knowledgeable contacts who got to know of my existence via this blog… it thus reveals that even the experts do browse novices’ blogs 😀 )
So there we were, after signing up for a walk-around tour & having watched an introduction video, at the gate of their model food-farm ready for our mid-day saunter into the woods.
Introductory talk by the guide.
So, what did I learn this time?
More than just chop & drop use
Banana trunks will have 1 more stage incorporated into their usage plan now, as growing containers before they rot themselves into the ground… & we do have some ripening bananas with trunks to be laid horizontal soon.
Mulching – the ever needed coverage of soil – which is ever present on forest floors. But! it’s the first time I’ve seed corn cobs (after kernels removed, of course) used.
corn cob mulch
and Moringa podshells – I grow Moringa Oleifera but I’ve been putting them in my compost bins. (Useful info, that’s for sure.)
Moringa podshell mulch
Then I got to set eyes on a Jabuticaba tree a.k.a. Brazilian Grape tree.
Jabuticaba or Brazilian Grapes
The fruits were unbelievably juicy & sweet … so delicious that I just had to pick a few fallen ones from beneath the tree for planting. It’s a very slow growing tree so whether I get to taste fruits from my newly sown seeds or not is a different story ~ but seeds not sowed = 100% nothing to harvest, right?