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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

Edible canna: roots and flowers

Canna indica, commonly known as Indian shot, African arrowroot, edible canna, purple arrowroot, Sierra Leone arrowroot, is a plant species in the family Cannaceae. It is native to much of South America, Central America, the West Indies, Mexico, and the southeastern United States (Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and South Carolina). It is also naturalized in much of Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.

Canna indica is a perennial growing to between 0.5 m and 2.5 m, depending on the variety. It is hardy to zone 10 and is frost tender.

Canna indica (achira in Latin America, cana-da-índia in Brazil) has been a minor food crop cultivated by indigenous peoples of the Americas for thousands of years.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canna_indica
http://johnstarnesurbanfarm.blogspot.com/2011/11/canna-blooms-for-salads-and-fu-fu-plate.html
http://www.eattheweeds.com/canna-confusion/

Giant jack bean (Canavalia ensiformis)

Bean, Jack—Canavalia ensiformis (L.) Bean, Sword—Canavalia gladiata (Jacq.)-- The jack bean and the sword bean are very similar and are occasionally grown in home gardens around the state. Other names for them are Chickasaw lima bean, Brazilian broad bean, coffee bean, ensiform bean, horse bean, mole bean, go-ta-ki, overlook bean, Pearson bean, watanka, and raba de burro.

It appears that the jack bean plant is bushy in comparison with the vining nature of the sword bean plant. One north Florida gardener noted that one sword bean plant covered his entire garden of 400 square feet.

Both are reported to be edible in the young, tender, immature stage when the pods are sliced and boiled or peeled so the seeds can be used as broad beans. Also, reports have indicated the possibility of mild toxicity of beans when eaten in large quantities. Because of this, the boiling water should be drained off to remove any poisonous substances coming from the beans.

References:

https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mv020
http://johnstarnesurbanfarm.blogspot.com/2011/04/african-jack-bean-canavalia-ensiformis.html

Ross sapote

Sulcata Grove on Ross sapote: The word “Sapote” just means soft, edible fruit. Ross Sapote is a Pouteria sp, like Green Sapote, Mamey Sapote, and Canistel. White Sapote is a citrus relative and Black Sapote is a species of persimmon. Sulcata Grove is a 2-acre, backyard food forest near Sarasota, FL:

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