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Mugenia

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My Tropical Fruit Tree Orchard
« on: August 17, 2017, 04:42:13 PM »
I just moved to Southern California. So I didn't have much time to plant anything due to my constant travel between here and Georgia. However, I did manage to plant some onions, malanga and taro, tomatoes, ginger, galangal, tumeric, and herbs of all kinds.

Then, there's my fruit tree orchard. So far, I have guava, apples, Korean pear, citrus of all kind, dragon fruit, longan, persimmon, jackfruit, atemoya, red custard apple, sapote, sapodilla, jambu apple, jaboticaba, banana, avocado, etc. I am not even done with my orchard. I still have a lot of land for sugarcane and banana grove and other tropical vegetables and fruits. I have 0.35 acre. If I need more land,  I can plant more on my folks' property.  They have about 3 acres.

Once I return from Qatar, I will continue to plant the rest of trees or land. Here's a picture of my lower 1/3 of my property. So far, I have two rows of tropical fruit trees on drip irrigation. Throwing some chickens and ducks in the back there, I will be self-sustaining.


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Re: My Tropical Fruit Tree Orchard
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2017, 04:57:28 PM »
Should be nice.

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Re: My Tropical Fruit Tree Orchard
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2017, 05:38:34 PM »
Looks like you are off to a good start. The dream of self-sustainability is fun to chase. That's why you need stuff like toothache plant, piper nigrum, and potatoes. I'm always thinking, "what if ______ happens? I need to grow ______!"
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Re: My Tropical Fruit Tree Orchard
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2017, 06:25:27 PM »
So business in Qatar is paying for your fruit orchard? You have the right idea!

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Re: My Tropical Fruit Tree Orchard
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2017, 07:06:04 PM »
Looks like you are off to a good start. The dream of self-sustainability is fun to chase. That's why you need stuff like toothache plant, piper nigrum, and potatoes. I'm always thinking, "what if ______ happens? I need to grow ______!"

Don't laugh. I'm growing toilet paper. No kidding, soft as silk, electric blue flowers and a pleasant scent for those 'emergencies'....
https://www.smartseedstore.com/products/coleus-forsokolii-plectranthus-barbatus-indian-coleus

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Re: My Tropical Fruit Tree Orchard
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2017, 08:50:54 AM »
What area?
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Re: My Tropical Fruit Tree Orchard
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2017, 09:39:01 AM »
Looks like you are off to a good start. The dream of self-sustainability is fun to chase. That's why you need stuff like toothache plant, piper nigrum, and potatoes. I'm always thinking, "what if ______ happens? I need to grow ______!"

Don't laugh. I'm growing toilet paper. No kidding, soft as silk, electric blue flowers and a pleasant scent for those 'emergencies'....
https://www.smartseedstore.com/products/coleus-forsokolii-plectranthus-barbatus-indian-coleus

I had the same thought. Didn't think of your species though, thanks for the reference. In New Zealand they have Bushman's Friend (Brachyglottis repanda). Here in Puerto Rico, we have a non-irritant strain of Screwtree (Helicteres jamaicensis); apparently, it's a staple for potty emergencies for those who travel through the dry forest in Guánica. You gotta be careful to get the right ID though... I knew of one guy who confused the local Nettle for it. I was told it was an embarassing trip to the emergency room. ::)

For the rest of your hygiene needs, you have Soapnuts (Sapindus saponaria; good for soap, shampoo and even laundry detergent), and Chewsticks for your teeth. There's a lot to choose from, but the standard chewsticks are Salvadora persica, Gouania lupuloides and Glycyrrhiza glabra. There's also Chewstick trees that have other uses, like Citrus aurantifolia, Vachellia nilotica, Senegalia catechu, Dalbergia sissoo and Azadirachta indica.

For construction, there's bamboo and wood (don't ask, I haven't checked that category). For fiber, Cotton and Jute. The Candlenut provides several uses, Luffa is good for sponges, and for utensils and vessles, you can't beat Gourds and Calabash (Crescentia cujete). Medicinals are a whole other can of worms, I haven't even made a dent in that category.

There's a lot of useful stuff out there. Maybe not as useful to those who aren't gonna take self-sufficiency to its logical extreme, but it's fun to know about it just the same. These are all on my "to-grow" list, 'cause it's always good to have backup.
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