The topic this month is growing Heliconia and Ginger varieties, including edible Gingers!
Florida is sub-tropical, even the central areas, so why not let your yard reflect your climate? Ginger root is only one of many related plants that are used for flavor, medicine and tropical beauty.
Our speaker is John Goss, of JG’s Tropical Plants. You may have seen him at plant shows around the state offering a stunning collection of colorful Heliconia and Gingers. A resident of Florida for more than 35 years, owner John treks the jungles of Central America to locate new and unique plants that thrive in our similar Florida climate. Continue reading
Carol Cloud Bailey writes a regular column for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers and teaches as an adjunct professor at Palm Beach Community College. She will be speaking to us about growing herbs in the Treasure Coast.
Carol has a Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and a Masters degree from Florida A&M University. She has worked in the gardening industry for Continue reading
Saturday, July 2, we had a good steady croud at our annual Taste of the Tropics and Plant sale at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Garden, 2410 Westmoreland Blvd, Port St. Lucie.
The Tasting Table had Jackfruit, both crunchy and soft varieties along with the cooked seeds; Brewster Lychees, along with three of the best mango varieties: Carrie, Edward and Glenn. Also on display were Canistel, Sapodilla, Monstera, Barbados Cherry, Green Mango salad and more.
Also at the event, Michael Luciano of Trees n’More had fruit trees to purchase, and demonstrated grafting fruit trees. Melitta Luciano described how to make tropical fruit wine.
UPDATE: IRC-Mosquito Control Brochure Berry Picker (for Barbados Cherry)
It’s that time of year: mosquitoes are out in force. Michael Hudon has been a member of the Vero Beach Rare Fruit Club for many years. He is also a Research Entomologist (insect scientist) for the Indian River Mosquito Control District, and will give us an overview of the pesky critters, what the county does to keep them in check, and what we can do in our own yards to minimize their numbers because if they are biting you, they probably grew up in your yard.
One of our members suggested we offer periodic self-help growing clinics at our meetings. We have members with decades of practical experience that can benefit all. Even though we bring in outside speakers, sometimes it is helpful to get together more informally and share our experiences, successes and failures, fertilizers, pollination, bugs, pruning, varieties, etc. Last month we focused on figs, banana, mango, and jaboticaba, along with suggested fertilizers for different seasons and plants. This month the clinic continues with more on how to best grow your favorite tropical fruit trees.
Thanks to Bobbi Spencer for organizing our tasting table at the St. Lucie County Master Gardener Plant sale Saturday, May 14. Everything in the display (and more) grows here in the Treasure Coast.
Bobbi Spencer on left, with Larry Zimmerman.
One of our members suggested we offer periodic self-help growing clinics at our meetings. Most of us joined the club to learn the how-to’s of growing specific tropical fruits. We have members with decades of practical information that would benefit all. Even though we have outside expert speakers, sometimes it is helpful to get together more informally and share our experiences, successes and failures, fertilizers, pollination, bugs, pruning, varieties, etc. This month we will focus on a few popular fruits (fig, banana, mango, jaboticaba).
In addition, we will have a demonstration of an inexpensive homemade worm bin per the recommendation of last month’s Sublime Soil group. Worm castings are a great way to enrich your soil generally, in container plants, as top-dressing for fruit trees, or as a soil amendment when planting a new tree. Keeping worms is also a great way to remove your food scraps from the waste stream going to the landfill. Plus it’s easy to do.
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We continue our Soil Food Web series this month with our speakers from Sublime Soil, a non-profit that feeds their restaurant food waste to red worms to create rich worm castings. Learn how they do it.
In 1988 Dean Lavallee founded Park Avenue BBQ & Grille in Lake Park. Now with eight restaurants, in 2013 Dean began building his unique Sublime Soil in Palm City. Seeing a need and an opportunity to “upcycle” his own restaurant waste stream, he began diverting his glass and food waste from the landfill, turning “Garbage into Gold” for the purpose of educating the next generation and supporting local community gardens.