11 Ways to Make Money from Your Gardening

From David The Good YouTube channel: 11 Ways to Make Money from Your Gardening Addiction (Goodstream #97) https://buff.ly/2AXjuhP:

1. Care for Landscaping
2. Garden Installation
3. Grow medicinal herbs
4. Start a seed company
5. Start a U-pick
6. Make homemade hot sauce/jam
7. Plant a food forest and sell the produce, plus give tours.
8. Plant traditional gardens/start a small farm and sell the produce
9. Sell flowers to arrangers
10. Start a home-based plant nursery in your niche
11. Finally - you can write about gardening or start a YouTube channel.

Robert Is Here, the famous fruit stand in Homestead, Florida

From Great Big Story:

"Robert Moehling has a passion for fruit. Weird tropical fruit. Ever tried canistel? How about mamey sapote or guanabana? Robert is happy to introduce these fresh delights to you. He sells all kinds of exotic, tropical fruit at Robert Is Here, his fruit stand in Homestead, Florida. Most of the fruit he sells is grown right on his family farm."

Most new mango varieties come from this nursery: Zill High Performance Plants

From Pete Kanaris GreenDreamsFL: "Have you ever wondered where the tropical fruit nurseries & groves get their wholesale stock? Zill High Performance Plants is #1 in the country when it comes to new & top-notch Mango cultivars! As mentioned in the video, they do not sell to the public & they do not ship. You must have a business/resale license to contact Zill High Performance Plants. (wholesale / bulk orders only)".

4,500 trees is not a big order for Zill, said Pete. Not so sure about that. Nevertheless, the place is impressive, as it the hype about the new varieties. Past performance have shown that some of these newer varieties may be plagued by low productivity and diseases that have not been fully evaluated at the time of the launch. The 4,500-order was for Jubilee farm near Tampa, video is here.

How to prevent skin problems while gardening

How to prevent skin problems while gardening - American Academy of Dermatology:

Food forest plants in South Florida: a complete list of all plants

Food forest plants in South Florida - 7 layers (click here to enlarge the image).

The list is open for edit. Please feel free to add your own comments and suggestions below:

Food forest plants in South Florida: a complete list of all plants

What is a Food Forest? Geoff Lawton: "Forests are ecosystems with a diversity of plants, animals, and fungi. They were designed by nature to have perfect balance. A food forest is a version of this in which the different, balanced components produce food. When we understand how nature creates its ecosystem, we can model that with productive species to produce food sustainably, with minimum inputs for maximum outputs.

Forests have layers. At the top is the (1) canopy layer followed by (2) understory trees, (3) bushes and shrubs, and down to (4) herbaceous layers. Under the ground, there are (5) root yields, and at the surface, there are (6) groundcovers. There are also vertical layers of (7) climbers. These layers work to occupy all the space. In designing a food forest, we use those layers to work for our benefit.

For designed food forests, the plants change from climate to climate. In the subtropics, tamarillo functions as an understory, and also within this layer are productive trees, such as feijoa, guava, and citrus. Taro, coco yam, and cassava are root yields. There are also large herbs, like bananas. The food forest would also include large support species—ice cream bean, tipuana tipu, casuarina—that support the forest by cycling nutrients, as well as understory support trees, a la acacia, leucaena, cassia, and albizzia. Most of these support species will eventually give way to large, productive species: rose apples, mulberries, jackfruit, bunya pine, pecan, and mango. The system remains very stable when all the layers are occupied."

Edible bamboo species

The 4 bamboo genera used for edible bamboo shoots are:

- Phyllostachys
- Bambusa
- Arundinaria
- Dendrocalamus

Some species of Phyllostachys are even called Phyllostachys edulis, which means edible.

Shoots of several species of bamboo are harvested for consumption:

- Phyllostachys edulis produces very large shoots up to 2.5 kilos. The shoots of this species are called different names depending on when they are harvested. Winter shoots are smaller in size, up to 1 kg in weigh per harvested shoot. The flesh is tender and palatable and commercially quite important; they are harvested in November and December in Taiwan. "Hairy" shoots are larger in size, but due to their toughness and bitter taste, they are generally used to make dried bamboo shoots. They are harvested between March and May in Taiwan.

- Phyllostachys bambusoides produces shoots that are slender and long with firm flesh. Commonly consumed fresh, they are also made into dried bamboo shoots.

Other Phyllostachys: dulcis ("sweet shoot"), nigra ("giant gray"), nuda.

- Bambusa oldhamii produces valuable shoots that are large with tender and fragrant flesh. They are usually sold fresh and in season between late spring and early fall. Their availability depends on local climate. These shoot are also available in cans when not in season.

- Bambusa odashimae is considered similar to B. oldhamii, but highly prized due to its crisp flesh similar to Asian pears. It is produced mainly in Taitung and Hualien and consumed fresh.

- Fargesia spathacea produces flavourful long, thin, tender sprouts that can be eaten fresh or canned.

- Dendrocalamus latiflorus produces shoots that are large with flesh that is fibrous and hard. As such, they are suitable mainly for canning and drying.

Pelton's Nursery is a good source of bamboo in Miami, it's on Eureka Drive:

Available bamboos:

Slender Weaver's (Texilis Gracilis)
Golden Goddness (Bambusa Multiplex)
Tropical Black (Gigantochloa Atroviolacea)
Bamboo Grass (Pogonatherum)
Golden Hawaiian (Bambusa Vulgaris "Vittata")
Buddah Belly (Bambusa Vulgaris "Wamin")
Black Bamboo (Bambusa Lako)
Blue Bamboo (Bambua Chungii)
Oldham Bamboo (Bambusa Oldhamii)
Common Green (Bambusa Vulgaris)
Angel Mis Bamboo (Dendrocalamus Minor Amoenus)



Pelton's Nursery: