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By mistake i planted 100 trees on otther peoples land.
My land its just 10 meter away and its a nicer land that has even a well at the edge.
Will have to move the trees.
Its funny but tomorrow il not feel funny about it when il have to move the trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Yeast as fertiliser
« on: May 26, 2020, 07:43:06 PM »
Anybody have experience with regular brewers yeast ( thats also used for bread) as fertiliser?
Yeast is nitrogen fixer but needs carbon and a fast available carbon like sugar so basically you trade sugar for nitrogen by growing yeast ,just like nitrogen fixing plants do.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sulphur
« on: May 20, 2020, 08:55:14 PM »
Lets talk about sulphur used as both,an antifungic and as an amendment to lower the ph of the soil.
I buy it marketed as an antifungic and i use it to lower the ph of the soil.
2 things ive learned so far:
- it kills Mycorrhizae simbiotic fungi.
- never mix it deep into the soil and never add it on the bottom of the hole before planting because it will be used by anaerobic bacteria and it will possibly kill the tree producing hidrogen sulphide just like in the Death valley.
I use it only on top of the soil where aerobic bacteria breaks it down and leaches the acid into the soil.

To make it work faster for bacteria to break down the sulphur its a good idea to buy sulphur that has nitrogen added to it because the bacteria blooms faster if it has a little nitrogen( i would also add a little sugar or vinegar as a carbon source for the bacteria but i didnt tryed this iet).
Urea pellets coated in sulphur i think are branded Osmocote ( this is a wide range of fertilisers brand but sulphur coated urea made them famous from what ive read),have both elements but i buy dirt cheap antifungic powdered sulphur wich also has both elements plus magnesium.

Altough its such a good soil amendment to lower the ph i dont see manny people using this and it also shows on the market as i couldnt find sulphur branded as a product to lower the ph here.
I think manny people will learn from this forum .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Garden hose
« on: May 19, 2020, 07:47:30 PM »
Im thinking to buy a lay flat hose like firefighters hose but the smallest i could find wich is 1 inch.
Anybody has experience with these such small lay flat hoses?
Are they good?They tangle/kink ?
Or i should be better buying regular rubber round garden hose instead.
Looks like this.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Leaves defficiency guide
« on: May 15, 2020, 11:02:07 AM »
This is quite accurate to get an idea about certain defficiencyes.Colors will vary from one plant to another but the drawing is quite accurate.

I have almonds with calcium deficiency that have curled leaves.Altough they are planted in soil with 8,5 ph,its sodic soil poore in calcium and adding a little gypsum is actually lowering the ph by one/ one and a half unit instantly.

And i have chlorotic looking Gevuina trees but its not just the iron thats not absorbed,there is also a magnesium defficiency ,nitrogen ( im affraid to fertilise them because they can die from fertiliser) and off course iron.All this because of high ph,but ive added sulphur( micronised - its used as foliar spray against insects) that has a little nitrogen and also a little magnesium in it.
Here its hard to find sulphur merchandised as ph lower but its verry common and in perfect ratio made and sold as a pest repellent.Its also dirt cheap unlike sulphur coated urea sold as expensive brands of fertiliser .
Its an easy and reliable way to lower the ph but not manny people use sulphur altough low ph loving plants like blueberryes are common and sold in every supermarket.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Achacha fertilisation
« on: May 13, 2020, 10:41:34 PM »
How to fertilise these?
I never fertilised my achacha seedlings otther than with foliar sprays.
Are they heavy feeders?
Would manure be a good fertiliser for them?

Citrus General Discussion / Preparing pomello in China
« on: May 02, 2020, 08:51:19 PM »
The beautifull host from rural China prepares honey and pomelo tea thogh it looks more like a jam.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Persimmon preparing in China
« on: May 02, 2020, 06:09:38 PM »
This is a nice video about how to dry persimmons ( kaki) and store them long time.
The beautifull host presents this in an idillic part of rural China where she lives with her grandmother.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / New russian diaphragm well pump
« on: April 23, 2020, 07:57:41 AM »
I bought this diaphragm vibration pump today.
Its Ukrainean Taifun 2 but im really not sure if its original or a chinese knock off.
The original has copper wires inside but manny of the chinese copyes have aluminium wire coil wich fails( had one chinese pump like this that failed only after 2 months).
These pumps have only 200-300 watts consumption and they are the most efficient well pumps if the well its deep .
It says on it that can pump water from 90 meters deep with only 300 watts.This is serious pump wich makes Shurflo expensive diphragm pumps look like toys.
Shurflo also has bearings and motor so more moving parts to fail.
These type of pumps have no bearings ,no motor,just an electromagnet like a door bell or a haircutting machine that jumps up and down pushing a rubber diaphragm to pump water .
The magnet turns on and off at 50 Hz,the pulsing from the electric instalation.
Its diaphragm pump number 3 i will install in the well.
Sadly,the old ,36 years old original russian vintage diaphragm pump burned( water got inside near the cable).

Before i had like 7 otther pumps with motors and impellers,snails( shneck) and all failed including one expensive german pump that spilled her oil from around the motor rotor in my well water( was a high quality pump wich had the electric rotor spinning in a bath of encased oil ).

I paid just 45 dollars for this pump and its cheap for what it can do and the weight of the material ;D but im hoping it will last.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Wild asparagus
« on: April 18, 2020, 08:40:04 PM »
Today i found this growing wild on my land.
I tasted it and its much more sweeter than the supermarket bought asparagus and it also has a better flavor( tastes like roasted peanuts a little).
I colected a few,enough to fill a pan.
Quite an amazing find considering how expensive this is.
I think its a different specie from the store available asparagus .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / B & T world seeds .
« on: April 10, 2020, 05:24:52 PM »
Anybody ordered seeds from them?
Are they serious sellers?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting verry young seedlings
« on: April 07, 2020, 07:47:07 PM »
This is my favorite master grafter to take lessons from.
He uses regular alimentary plastic foil and grafts just germinated walnut seedlings.
The scions he uses are verry important he says,and uses the longest 1 year old scions from the tree.
The walnut its also a difficult tree to graft wich its almost impossible to grow by tissue culture and thats why the grafted walnuts are soo expensive compared to otther grafted trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Magnolia fruits question
« on: April 03, 2020, 05:13:39 PM »
I wonder ,could there be any magnolia fruit or seeds used for edible purposes?
The closest fruits related to magnolias are the annonaceae ,cherimoya,pawpaws ,etc,but with soo manny species of magnolia im intrigued none is edible.
All ive searched was with google and could not find anything about magnolias being edible.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado tree outdoor in London
« on: March 31, 2020, 06:52:58 PM »
This is crazy.The tree its big and is fruiting in London.
Never toght they could be this cold hardy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Distilled alcohol from fruits
« on: March 30, 2020, 11:15:07 PM »
Does anibody makes distilled alcohool from fruits ?
I mean the excess fruits that doesnt get eaten and rot.
In the past 2 years i wage war on my alcohol making suporting family member and i made compost from the rotten fruits instead of moonshine.
Now he got his revenge because i had to buy a medicinal alcohool bottle wich was nowhere to be found on this corona virus chrisis and i ended up buying tough alcohool ,96 degrees.
The price i paid for it has shocked me,it costs 20 euro a litter here .I didnt expected to be this expensive.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Wich garden shredder its better?
« on: March 25, 2020, 03:47:26 AM »
Ive decided to buy one of these because its cheap and i can make woodchips to use them as a mulch( i got tired of using mulch made from straws because it decays too fast).
These machines are small power but thats exactly what i want .I dont want big power chippers altough i do have 380 volts instalation ( and the regular 220v) and i have somme heavy duty 5-11 kw triphasic motors at home.
I could use those with a DIY machine but that seems quite dangerous and a lot more work and monney to build the machine than to buy one of these small wood chippers.

Im thonking to make like 4-5 cubic meters of wood chips per year wich could be crazy for such a small chipper but il sharpen the blades and hopefully il dont have too manny problems.
In case the branches are too thick il split them first.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Woodchips from chainsaw
« on: March 06, 2020, 03:21:32 AM »
I just used somme woodchips from the chainsaw cutting firewood to add as a mulch in my pots.
The problem is these woodchips have a smell of smoke/ exhaust and they probably have bar oil on them too.
Are they good or should i get rid of them?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Russian rototiller vs pork holes
« on: February 28, 2020, 08:39:44 AM »
I restored a vintage russian( soviet) rototiller .Its 60 years old and the original motor is 2 strokes ( kavasaki license) but i changed the motor with a brand new chinese fake honda motor ,7Hp on wich i only paid 70 dollars.
The motor,altough verry cheap its really good and starts verry easy.

Here is the damage, holes made by wild boars or porks did to my land where i planted almonds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Greenhouse pollinators
« on: February 21, 2020, 05:50:53 PM »
The spring is close and its the perfect time to catch a queen bumblebee and start a small colony like in the video .

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Need help to chose pawpaw varieties
« on: February 14, 2020, 01:15:55 AM »
I want to buy a few trees from somme varietyes i dont know and couldnt find much informations about with Google.
The varietyes are Nyomis delicious,wells delight and wilson.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Iron pan soil ,tropical rainforest soil
« on: February 10, 2020, 08:50:06 PM »
I found an iron pan ( a type of soil rich in iron) on the river bed near home and i think i can say now that i have real tropical rainforest soil to grow my plants.
Its rich in iron and manganese ,should be verry low ph and off course the color its deep red like the soil of the rainforest.
Its basically iron ore with low ph and low nutrients.

Why i found this tropical soil here its because this iron pan formed where a spring used to flow and that continuous flow of water weathered the soil soo much until it became like laterite.
Just like the rains washed the soil in the tropics until they became red.
Will be adding pictures tomorrow and explain what the iron pan is and how to recognise different minerals in it.

Might not seem much that i found this red soil but i live in a place with alkaline soil and you cant buy such soil like regular  potting soil.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Garcinia soil
« on: February 03, 2020, 09:35:24 PM »
Because of my Garcinia humilis seedlings struggle to grow 2 leaves from almost a year of growth ,i started reading on the forum more about the soil requirements.
Most experts say to plant them in slightly acid and fertile soil wich its theoretically black soil just like in the pots of my  seedlings .

2 days ago a friend that struggles to grow mangosteens from seed for years,told me he finally got the secret of growing them- said they need alkaline soil with lots of calcium.

Then i started to google pictures with all types of garcinia species and i found out that all grow in white soil.
Based on that color ,i realise he was true and thats alkaline soil with neutral to high ph and quite poore in nutrients.

Now il be adding gypsum to my seedlings and see if they make a comeback.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Toona Sinensis question
« on: January 22, 2020, 10:04:34 AM »
What could be wrong with this Toona?
Its the only seedling that survived after manny attempts to propagate them from seeds.
On the otther seedlings the ,,needles,,opened into leaves but not on this one.
Its a broad leaf tree and doesnt look like it should be .
Im sure that the seed it came from its Toona Sinensis.
Searching pictures on Google with Toonas germinated didnt showed any result.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lignum nephriticum
« on: January 20, 2020, 08:03:56 PM »
There is a verry interesting reaction that takes place with water thets left to sit for a while in a wodden cup made from Pterocarpus Indicus.
The water becomes red but in sunlight it is fosforescent( has phosphorescence,blue color).
It is called lignum nephriticum wich means kidneywood ,because it is said it cures the kidneys of the one who drinks it.
There might be somme truth to it because ive seen that manny use this concoction to clean their kidneys to pass a drug test.
I never tryed it but i have in mind to line a few small pieces of this wood in a regular oak barrel filled with my homemade distilled moonshine ( alcoholic drink)to get it colored like this and maybe benefit from its health effects too.
More tests needs to be done.
There are also USA native trees that have this water coloring effect like Eysenhardtia Texana,Orthocarpa and Polystachia.
They are all legume trees and Pterocarpus is an Nitrogen fixer but im not sure for the Eysenhardtias.
Eysenhardtias seem to be good for bees/pollinators and cold hardy compared to Pterocarpus .

Citrus General Discussion / Interesting but useless toy
« on: January 18, 2020, 09:18:42 PM »
Ive just bought a pack of limes and this item came with them.
Its a spray for limes but it doesnt work and its logical that fine fibers will block the nozzle verry fast .This is how we fill the planet of garbage.

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