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10 May 2006 @ 02:06 pm
My projected garden  
The theme for my garden is going to be "Let's Eat!" I am planning a garden that is entirely edible. I recently found out that many fruit trees grow in Florida, far more than I realized. Apples. Pears. Persimmons! I want them all! Sadly, there isn't enough room for all the trees I want (how I would adore a couple of chestnut trees), but I'm pretty sure I can jigger things around so I have a wide variety.


Need 2 for pollination purposes. Anna (crisp, good for baking) and Dorsett (similar to Jonathan) are my top 2 picks. Must be in part to full sun. Prune open center rather than central leader.


Self-pollinating. Ice Cream is my top pick, but Raja Puri is dwarf size and can be grown in a container. Part to full sun. They grow big, so this might require getting rid of some of the current plants, or setting aside a space in front.


Self-pollinating. Southern is native to Central Florida, so should grow fine. Thornless Boysenberry needs trellising. I lean more towards boysenberry. I'd rather have a trellis (even with the extra work) than a hedge, given that there will be so many trees.

Grapes (muscadine)

Self-fertilizing (the varieties I want). I plan to have an arbor, so can have up to 4 varieties. Sadly, all muscadines have seeds. (I wonder if I could press the seeds to make grapeseed oil? Must look into getting small manual oil press.) Varieties I'm considering: Alachua, Carlos, Cowart, Noble, Southern Home, Southland.


Need 2 for pollinating. Golden Boy and Sug look the best to me.


Self-pollinating. Astringent persimmons are the sweetest, but must be thoroughly ripened. Those are the only ones I'm looking at. Apparently Saijo is the sweetest and is seedless, so I may go for that. Honan Red is non-fiberful, though, which texture I prefer. Giombo is sweet and smooth, and Hachiya is rated as one of the best for flavor. Hmmm. I may leave persimmons until last. :)


Self-pollinating; can be grown in container. Variegated looks awesome.


Annual. Plant in container, it's easiest.

All fruit can be bought at Just Fruits and Exotics. Nifty. I could drive there, but it's about a 4.5 hour drive, so I will probably pay for shipping, depending on what I get.
Jer: HappyBoy - Steve Sandvoss (from B'Lane)lugonn on May 10th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
Have you checked the harvest dates for these? It might be best if the harvests are staggered as much as possible.

I'm surprised you have no citrus since Florida is known for citrus.
High-velocity pie of death: manateenixieq on May 10th, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC)
since Florida is known for citrus.

heh, that may be exactly why she has no citrus. >;)
Elletheletterelle on May 10th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
We already have a citrus (orange) tree. It is teh yum. :) My mom has lemon and key lime, so I figured I wouldn't plant those. And I don't want grapefruit.
Jerlugonn on May 10th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Makes sense. And I foolishly forgot about the orange tree. It was the orange tree that made you decide that perhaps fruit isn't totally evil.

I agree - grapefruit is vile.
High-velocity pie of death: evil geniusnixieq on May 10th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
of note, WRT persimmons: they also make excellent face masks. just mash one up, spread the goo on your face, leave on for 10-15 minutes, and rinse off. good stuff. they're not too astringent for those of us with dry skin, and they're acidic enough to restore the acid mantle nicely.
cocoajava on May 10th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
And their scent is fantastic! Didn't know that about face masks. I shall try that!
Elletheletterelle on May 10th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
Neato! Yay for natural remedies. :)
vlynnvlynn on May 10th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
Fresh persimmons. Guh. Drool.

I will so have to come visit when persimmon harvesting time rolls around. :-D
Elletheletterelle on May 10th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
That would be late fall. :) Although that's one of the nicest seasons in Philly, so you might not want to. Hmm. Maybe spend a Thanksgiving with us?
vlynnvlynn on May 10th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
Only if I don't want my family to ever speak to me again. :-) hee

I missed Thanksgiving back in 1999 and still hear about it. ha...They are spoiled indeed.

They woulda been freaking if everything had worked out with my offer last week to go to Australia on assignment. But alas, no go.
i_aldarion on May 10th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
*icon love* >.>
Elletheletterelle on May 10th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
He's called "Green Amir" in keywords. It's the closest thing I have to a gardening icon. :)

He so pretty!
i_aldarion on May 10th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
Amir: *preens and enjoys the praise*
BAMschmecky on May 10th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
What a gorgeous idea!
Elletheletterelle on May 10th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :) I'm doing this for several reasons. One, it saves on fuel. By eating locally grown produce, rather than apples from Washington, bananas from Brazil, etc., I'm consuming less petroleum. Two, I get fresher food than I can buy in a store. And three, when the apocalypse comes, I'll be prepared. :)

Also, it makes me feel good to have useful hobbies. That's one reason I switched from costuming to quilting.
BAMschmecky on May 10th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of eating locally... But this is REALLY local!
Kitarrakitarra on May 10th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
It sounds like it will not only be beautifull but delicious.

Gonna grow herbs too?
Elletheletterelle on May 10th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. I'll make that list later. :)
Kitarrakitarra on May 10th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
*SQUEEEEE* *makes plans in invade...er visit...
Elletheletterelle on May 10th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yay! I would love to have you!

The garden won't be producing for about three years. But you can come before then. :)