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What to grow year-round in South Florida

Here are some vegetables that do amazingly well even in the blazing heat and humidity of the tropical summer in South Florida: Malabar SpinachMoringa TreeOkinawa SpinachChaya Tree Spinach, ChardOkra, Katuk, Cranberry hibiscus, Eggplant.

A list of some South Florida edibles: Acerola (Barbados) and Surinam cherry, Avocado, Banana, Carambola (star fruit), Cecropia, Cinnamon, Citrus, Coconut, Coffee, Grapes - muscadine, Guava, Hog plum, Jackfruit, June plum, Katuk, Lychee, Malay apple, Mango, Moringa, Nutmeg, Papaya, Passionfruit, Plantain, Purple mombin, Rambutan, Soursop, Star apple, Sugar apple, Tamarind, Wax apple.

Try sub-irrigated planters (SIPs) outdoors and Kratky off-the-grid hydroponics outdoors or indoors.



3 vegetable growing systems based on living arrangement (click on the link for a larger image).



"How to grow" guides for specific vegetables

How to Grow Tomatoes

How to Grow Peppers

How to Grow Cucumbers in Containers

How to Grow Lettuce

How to Grow Collard Greens (Collards)

How to Grow Radishes

How to Grow Garlic

How to Grow Cilantro

How to Grow Swiss Chard

Tools

Organic fertilizers to use in your home garden

Raised Garden Bed from Costco

Raised Garden Bed: What soil to select?

Grow Box - Sub-irrigated planter (SIP) by Garden Patch vs. EarthBox - sub-irrigated planter, garden container for vegetables

How to repel animals from your vegetable garden? Use pepper/garlic spray

Portable walk-in greenhouse http://goo.gl/TKCis

References

Container Gardening - Growing Your Greens - YouTube http://bit.ly/1woBV6T

A Crop-by-Crop Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables and Fruits - MOTHER EARTH NEWS http://buff.ly/1qfvlOR

The Cooperative Extension Search engines searches a good number of university agricultural extension websites: http://www.extension.org/search

How to Grow - Bonnie Plants http://bit.ly/YGLCZN

Advice / Royal Horticultural Society http://goo.gl/gI44k

Useful Gardening Websites and Resources http://bit.ly/Mn8HLp

What Vegetables Should I Grow in My Garden? http://bit.ly/Mn8Kqz

Square Foot Gardening

Pots2Plots - How to grow vegetables, herbs, fruit and edible flowers http://goo.gl/QIlAR

Good Plants for South Florida | The Survival Gardener http://bit.ly/2yDTE2v

Pitomba (Eugenia luschnathiana) or peanut butter tree

Pitomba is a little-known tropical fruit native to Brazil. It's grown as a dooryard plant in South Florida but it's not very popular. Here is why:



It has a sticky, dense pulp like peanut butter, hence the name.

Yellow Dragon Fruit

Yellow Dragon Fruit is different from all other, multiple, varieties of dragon fruit. The fruit is much sweeter. The fruit also has vicious spikes that you have to remove with a metal brush before harvesting and eating it.

Self Sufficient Me YouTube channel, from Australia, has some great videos about yellow dragon fruit:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMMfM3maMkE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_bxAA36NtY

More from Bill Merrill in Hawaii: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwttGD9edL4

On eBay, maxxdynamics-9 from Ruskin, FL sells yellow dragon fruit plus multiple other, rare, dragon fruit varieties (check the drop down menu). However, the store has only 95% positive rating as of 2018.

Other eBay sellers for yellow dragon fruit:

- 2 cuttings
- 1 cutting
- 1 plant
- 1 rooted plant

Seeds and plants from Hawaii

Bill Merrill, also known as GreenGardenGuy1 on YouTube, has a nursery in Hawaii. Here is his online store: http://fremontica.net/greengardening/green_sales.php#seeds

His latest offering is a new tree tomato (tamarillo) from New Zealand that has a much sweeter flavor than previous varieties:



A tamarillo variety is also available from RareSeeds.com: https://www.rareseeds.com/dwarf-tamarillo-/

Tamarillo seeds are also available on eBay from UnderTheSunSeeds.

Sunn Hemp cover crop can grow to 6 feet within 60 days

Crotalaria juncea, known as brown hemp, Indian hemp, Madras hemp, or sunn hemp, is a tropical Asian plant of the legume family (Fabaceae). It is generally considered to have originated in India, hence the name, Indian hemp.

Sunn Hemp (Crotalaria juncea) cover crop can grow to 6 ft. within 60 days. The best place to buy it in Florida is probably Hancock Seed Company: $20 for 5 lbs bag, free shipping (as of 2018): https://hancockseed.com/seed-varieties-241/sunn-hemp-seed-516/

Hancock offers multiple cover seeds, for example, perennial peanut and sesbania: https://hancockseed.com/sesbania-seed-5-lb-cover-crop-seed-930.html

Sunn hemp is a different plant from industrial hemp. Sunn hemp seed is legally available in the U.S. Industrial hemp seed is only available as sterilized seed in the U.S. as of 2018. Industrial hemp has very low THC concentration compared to marijuana plants. Sunn hemp has no THC.

Video from Green Cover Seed:



References:

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs142p2_053283.pdf
https://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/sustainag/cc-gm/sunn-hemp.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crotalaria_juncea
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfrK9tSdYXpHFxbhKxgcMbw/videos

Related info:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvda9tgowLQ

How did Gary Zill develop so many new mango varieties

He started from 10,000 seeds, selected 3,000 plants, then 30 cultivars. It took him 20-30 years.

Gary Zill's Mango Variety Development Project - from Truly Tropical channel: "How did Gary Zill develop so many new mango varieties??!
Gary Zill has been a major player in the Florida Mango Industry for years. In the late 1990s, he undertook a very ambitious project to develop new superior mango varieties. In this video, Gary tells all about his incredible project that has resulted in 20-30 wonderful new varieties."