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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Decorative cabbage
« on: November 28, 2019, 07:04:36 AM »
Found these beautifull cabages and took some pictures for the forum.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best potting mix for macadamia/ proteaceae?
« on: November 03, 2019, 08:13:47 PM »
What would be a good soil mix for macadamia?
I dont have macadamia but somme related trees,Gevuina and i need to transplant them to bigger pots.
I have perlite,yellow clay,black clay,sandy soil,biochar,simple charcoal , manure and coarse sand.

These proteaceae dont like much phosphates in the soil but Gevuinas are more tolerant of normal levels of phosphates.
Lowet phosphates i can achieve by maintaining a lower ph( acidic) but im also thinking (this is my own idea)to mix somme red iron oxide powder into the soil wich will bind and make the phosphates non available.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Successfull zone pushing examples
« on: October 18, 2019, 07:38:14 PM »
Lets hear of somme of the most unusual,successfull and also non successfull ,zone pushing examples.
I figgure out this might be an interesting read.

Ņot only about fruit trees but also otther edibles,perenials and even non fruiting plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Greenhouse heating invention
« on: October 12, 2019, 06:52:21 AM »
I will start building a central heating on wood for my greenhouse.
The fire place will be outdoor ,near the greenhouse and the stove will be a small rocket stove made from ytong bricks and the stratification chamber will be a stainless steel beer barrel.
The chimney i want to make it also from stainless steel.
Instead of water to move the heat from the stove outdoor inside the greenhouse il use air .The advantage is that air doesnt freeze like water and its not toxic as the antifreeze.
Off course water based heat transfer is more efficient than air heat transfer but somehow i think my air heat transfer will be more efficient than the hydronic.
And here is the idea: because il use air to heat the floor of the greenhouse through pipes ,i can recycle the hot air that rises near the ceiling,and heating it again then store that energy back into the floor.
With water heating you can reuse that hot air near the ceiling.
Another idea is to have a blower fan ,brushless 12-24 volts that for the begining il be driving with a power source.
But later i want to use 15-20 TEGs ( peltiers) to harvest the heat from the chimney and to tranaform it into electric power to drive the fan.
Basically there will be no need for a socket since the fire itself will create enough electric power to drive the fan .
Note that il not be using the exhaust to heat the greenhouse but the air from the greenhouse wich will get heated through the stainless steel beer barrel .So altoigh il have ,,chimneys,, looking pipes in the floor ,there will be fresh air but heated that will pass through them ,not the chimney exhaust.
Later il make a hand drawing and explain it better.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Feijoa with iron nails in the pot
« on: October 11, 2019, 03:27:33 AM »
I just moved the 2 feijoas grown from seed into a bigger pot at forum members insistences so that i can move them in the greenhouse when it gets too cold for them.
Initially i planned to keep them outdoor in the ground.
These are the severely chlorotic plants that i treated by mixing iron nails into the potting soil and i also watered with pyroligneous/ hummic acid ,water solution.
The soil in the bigger pot has 30 % biochar( 50-50 charcoal and manure from rotten weeds) ,30% sand and 40% black clay soil.

Citrus General Discussion / Charcoal for citrus
« on: October 08, 2019, 04:38:49 PM »
I found this link about the benefits of using charcoal for citrus trees.

Only 2-5 % charcoal is enough they say and i think it should be washed well first to remove the ash.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted Swartzia seeds.
« on: September 29, 2019, 09:05:34 PM »
Edible species.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Efficient wood stove to heat the greenhouse
« on: September 07, 2019, 11:13:23 PM »
I found this ,,canadian stove,, or Bullerjan stove wich is a free flow and a highly efficient gasification stove just like the ones that work on pellets used for central heating.The bullerjan thogh can use pellets and wood .Aluminum pipes can be conected to the stove pipes and moved outside of the greenhouse in certain situations and this could be usefull to heat a tree near the greenhouse;
Altough i am a fan of rocket stoves i have to say that this its more efficient than the rocket stove;
The design its beautifull ,looking like a Diesel engine.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jared goes to find coco de mer
« on: September 02, 2019, 05:05:37 AM »
Verry interesting storyes he will post in 5 episodes ,each once a week.Subscribe to his channel if you want to get noticed about the next episodes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion /
« on: August 28, 2019, 05:25:09 PM »
This is a nursery in Bulgaria wich it seems it has the best offer in the whole Europe and the prices are more than decent( 3-4 times cheaper than in Romania).
There is the language barrier but using a translator helps while surfing their website.
Lots of authentic cold hardiness info are presented.
Anybody has experience ordering from them?
I tryed this last spring  but i got late reply to my emails and i ordered from romanian shop instead.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cold hardy australian plants
« on: August 23, 2019, 06:17:42 AM »
What would be the most cold hardy australian treesTasmania and New Zeeland included) or shrubs ,bearing fruit or not?
Eucalyptus Pauciflora,the snow gum seems to be a cold hardy to zone 6 tree ,but there should be otthers as well,not necesarely that cold hardy as the snow gum ,but still good to know.

I have to post this in exchange for that that trolling blog i made wich made me offend USA.Being harrased by all soird of people made me act like that. They have good things happening in USA also about the protection of the enviroment.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Insane ,,pest,, control
« on: August 13, 2019, 04:55:27 AM »
Just found this umbelievable news about poisoned firecrackers used to kill wildlife.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking to buy Swartzia sp
« on: August 12, 2019, 10:09:59 PM »
If you have any Swartzia specie seeds to offer,im willing to buy and send me a PM.
Im also interested in as manny info about Swartzias ,about edibility,growth rate,propagation ,etc.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Greenhouse sealing tape
« on: August 01, 2019, 03:35:22 PM »
I got a few of these aluminum tapes to seal the polycarbonate on the greenhouse.
It says the thickness its 30 mic.Is that good enough?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Nitraria Schoberi
« on: July 15, 2019, 02:21:38 PM »
I just realised that im cloose to somme bushes of Nitraria Schoberi ,the only place in Europe where it grows.
The fruits are edible and said to taste like salty grapes.So i will search it,photograph and taste the fruits,and get somme seeds.
Every bush its protected here and tolerates verry salty soil thats why ,probably,the berries are salty.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rapitest soil test kit
« on: July 11, 2019, 04:55:59 AM »
Ive just received this soil test kit.It measures NPK but the skale its with ,,sufficient ,adequate,deficient,, instead with numbers in ppm.I got this because i grow somme trees that need verry low phosphates.Any opinions about the test?

Any ideas to protect trees?
Where i live ,lately the hunters ( humans) completely dissapeared because of demographics,they eyther got too old or died of old age.Younger generations have zero interest  in hunting and that caused an increase in rabits and deers populations.
I have a small terrain thats not fenced ,on the river bed and i want to plant 100 fruit trees there ,but im affraid i that i will loose them to rabits and deers like one neighbour of that terrain did this year.
Im thinking to use a soird of paint mixture that has a pestilential smell to it ,and paint the trees trunks to deter the rabits and deers.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking to buy south african seeds
« on: July 09, 2019, 12:36:25 PM »
I am interested in Euclea Pseudebenus,Diospyros Lycioides var Lycioides( preferably) ,Dalbergia Obovata and Dalbergia Armata.
Pm with the prices.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Extreme chlorosis
« on: July 07, 2019, 07:20:08 PM »
2 feijoa seedlings with severe chlorosis.I will treat them by mixing liquid smoke( pyrolignos acid/ humic acid) with water and with a few nails.I also added some 20 iron nails into each pot recently.I only treat the roots because foliar would be too easy to fix ,like something that fix the simptoms but doesnt heal the disease.

These are my Paulownia Tomentosa trees ,grown from seed.Paulownia Tomentosa its the fastest growing Paulownia but the trunk doesnt grow straight easy.The seeds are from a tree that has the most intense purple color ive ever seen in any Paulownia and when its in bloom its breath taking beautifull.
I planted them a bit too cloose but they will get their  nutrients and water from the sewage trench and they will clean somme of those nitrates and phosphates ( there are a lot of phosphates in detergents).
These trees regrow at least 5 times after they are cut for timber and the wood its expensive ,light and resistant to rot and saltwater.Dryes in just a month without cracking.
The flowers are big and atract bees.Also,verry interesting ,this tree makes at least 3 times more oxigen than any otther known tree.

Ive read on this forum that somme citrus growers put iron nails into the trunk of their trees or in the ground .
Just bought 2 kilos of small nails for a soil experiment ( not for citrus) but i want to hear your opinions about this practice.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Humic acid-acid pyrolignos
« on: June 20, 2019, 07:24:15 PM »
Today i was thinking to lower the Ph of somme water wich i use to wet my acid loving plants like Ugni,feijoa and somme proteaceae .
Instead of vinnegar i toght to use pyrolignos acid that also contains a lot of humic acid.Has a ph of 3 and i added 4 mg per litter and it turned the water black.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Good Ph meter recomandations.
« on: June 17, 2019, 09:59:03 PM »
What is a good and acurate ph meter for testing the soil ph?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Stray voltage ,10V measured in the well
« on: June 14, 2019, 05:44:36 PM »
The gas company mounted a cathodic protection pannel near my property somme 10 years ago and now the well water pump triped the circuit breaker.I measured the curent on the steel rope thats atached to the pump and measures 10 volts with the pump not conected to electric power.
I think this pump corroded because of the electrolysis thats happening in the well.The water most likely its contaminated with metalic ions as a result of the electrolysis.
I called the gas guys and i hope this time il make them move their cathodic protection.Its the 7 th pump it breaks because of corrosion and they only payd me just one pump 2 years ago.

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