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Hi everyone, thanks for the positive feedback!

Unfortunately, I have decided not to ship Guavaberry seedlings due to problems with customs.  I need to remove them from soil to guarantee they make it there ok and I am concerned they would get too shocked from this.

I should have more seeds available in about a month and will make a new post when I do.


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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Scarlet Jaboticaba Seeds
« on: May 15, 2021, 06:52:18 AM »
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 2021 seeds
« on: February 14, 2021, 06:46:43 AM »
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That's awesome! She would fit right in here in the Caribbean!

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I ordered some plants from Satya and I have to say, I was so incredibly pleased with the entire exchange.  I highly recommend buying plants from this good, kind human!

My plants came well packaged, healthy, and my boxes were packed full of different species.  All are now very happy in their new home.

Thank you Satya!!!

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Hey Mr. SXM!  Doing great thanks!

Seeds still available but the one tree I am sourcing them will probably only have fruit for another week.

Yes Guavaberry rum is being made by my wife, but I stopped drinking alcohol so now I just eat the fruits!  So good!

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How would these do in the tropics?

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Season's Greetings forum friends,

Tis' the season for Guavaberry in the Virgin Islands.  I have seed packs of 10 seeds for $10 (extras will be included).  This is the purple variety of Guavaberry.

Seeds will be place in moist vermiculite and shipped either first class mail ($6) or priority with tracking ($8) your choice. 

These take about 4 months to germinate but have a very high germination rate so be patient!

Be safe and merry this holiday season!  8)



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Recipes / Starfruit Chloryphyll drink
« on: December 04, 2020, 01:23:26 PM »
My wife discovered that blending lemongrass with starfruit makes an excellent drink!  Strain, chill and enjoy anytime of the day. 

Try it out, I can assure you will not be disappointed.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: fresh seeds 4-sale
« on: December 03, 2020, 02:58:45 PM »
Hi buddy roo,

Can I please order (10) mac nut seeds and (5) malabar chesnut.  I'd love some allspice berries too!

I have ordered from you in the past and had great success with the mac nut seeds!

Thanks,
Matt

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I see Frog Valley is posting some interesting information although there seems to be a lot of controversy surrounding his posts.

Everyone is entitled to their own life experience and the folks here on this forum obviously have a passion for growing tropical fruit.  The locales vary so methods that may work in one region may need to be tweaked, modified or altered to work in others.

Regardless of where you live and what you choose to grow, it can be done in such a way that is beneficial to your local environment, soil,  water table, surrounding water bodies, and other living organisms in the area. 

Growing fruits in a destructive manner using synthetically derived chemical fertilizers and pesticides is similar to our modern plight of man where we use our left brain of rationality and extreme focus to accomplish a goal.

Being a land steward and using natural farming and regenerative methods is more right brained and looks at the system as a whole.  This is the direction our society needs to head in if we are to survive, and it can all start with how we grow plants and farm.

Soil and microbes are the foundation.  Keep the microbes working hard, give them a nice home, and keep them well fed and they will in turn provide the nutrients the plants are looking for. 

There are many ways to boost microbial activity in soil.  The easiest is to make a Jadam Microbial Solution (JMS).  Essentially you use a starch such as potatoes.  Cook them and then mash them in a paint strainer.  Hang the paint strainer so its suspended in a 5 gallon the bucket of water.  Next collect healthy leaf mold from an undisturbed area and add this to a separate paint strainer also suspended in the bucket (add rocks to each strainer to submerge).  Next add 1 liter of seawater.  Allow this to sit for 24-48 hours depending on temperature.  Outside in the sun is ok. 

You will see a foam form on the surface and once the foam forms a ring, the solution is ready.  The 5 gallons can be diluted 30 times over so you can mix this into 150 gallons of water.  Now you can apply this solution anywhere you want to increase microbial activity.

This is the quick and dirty way to do it.  Its indiscriminate and is like a rock and roll approach.  A more refined way of spreading microbial life akin to classical music sypmhonies is through the Korean Natural Farming method of collecting IMO's and going through the four stages.  I will discuss this at a later date when I have some more time.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and Long Live the Natural Farmer!   
 

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Aloha!

I would like to purchase 50 Sabara Jaboticaba seeds if you still have availability.

Thank you,
Matt

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I should add that I have been very happy with the results so far!  There is so much more to learn but the process so far has been truly enjoyable.

I had a bag of Osmocote that I gave away and will no longer be buying any fertilizers!

When you live on a small island like I do, it's quite empowering to realize nature provides all the things you need to be a successful fruit grower and farmer. 



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Greetings,

I would like to start a thread discussing Korean Natural Farming, JADAM, Syntropic, and other regenerative practices.

I have so far made all of the solutions for KNF.  I did have to purchase the Oriental Herbal Nutrient and Fish Amino Acid solutions because they take about 6 months to make.  I have them fermenting now.

I have also successfully harvested Indigenous Microorganisms (IMO) from the forest edges of my property and went through the steps all the way to IMO #4.  I will be applying IMO #4 to my row crop beds soon.

As for JADAM.  I have made the JADAM Microbial Solution (JMS) and applied to all my fruit trees and row crops.  I also have a fermented fruit solution I made about 6 months ago with genips, water, and JMS. 

I also farm earthworms, have 12 free range chickens, and my family and I have a bucket to barrel composting toilet system.  I gather seaweed, forest humus, an logs for soil building.  I also have an occasional stream/river flowing through my property and collect the course grain sediments for mineral inputs. 

It has become quite a fun process to not only produce food in the form of fruits, vegetables, and roots, but to also produce the food for my food! 

I'll add to this thread in the future and I hope others can chime in on their regenerative practices. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What do you use to fertilizer your plants?
« on: November 05, 2020, 07:27:37 PM »
Check out Korean Natural Farming (KNF) and JADAM

I am practicing these methodologies and so far have been happy with the results and enjoying the process. 

Syntropic is another practice I am learning more about and trying to implement.

The best part about all of these methods is they free you from buying fertilizers and pesticides.

Essentially these methods focus on building a robust and "smart" soil biology custom tailored to your land.  Then they give you the tools to create solutions from plants and other natural sources to feed the soil biology.  JADAM in particular has an extensive pest management strategy again which you can make yourself with a few ingredients.

Frog Valley Farm and PineIslander come to mind as other forum members practicing regenerative land stewardship and  have some excellent posts explaining what they do.   


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: backyard composting
« on: October 09, 2020, 01:31:26 PM »
My family and I backyard compost on another level.  Since I have built my own homestead from scratch, I decided to forego the septic tank as a way of dealing with our waste.  Right now we have a bucket to barrel composting toilet and use either coco coir or peat moss as the medium to cover the humanure with.  We generally fill up a 55 gal drum in about a months time including other some other green waste and cardboard thrown into the mix and have a rotation of three drums going.  By the time we have rotated back to the third drum, it is well broken down and of excellent quality. 

We also have the urban worm company worm bag with African night crawlers.  Works great!

Next up is a black soldier fly larvae harvesting box for our chickens. 

Eventually we will convert our bucket to barrel composting toilet to either a bio-digester to create our own biogas or improve the current system to a terra preta composting toilet system.

https://www.homebiogas.com/Products/HomeBiogas_Toilet

https://sswm.info/water-nutrient-cycle/wastewater-treatment/hardwares/site-storage-and-treatments/terra-preta-toilets




 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gardening by the moon-phases
« on: September 21, 2020, 02:55:11 PM »
Amazing post Satya! You said exactly what I was feeling in such an eloquent ans succinct way.

My wide is reading this book right now called "he Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World" by Michael Pollan.  She says its quite good!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / A
« on: September 21, 2020, 11:26:09 AM »
There is a lot of misinformation in this thread.

If you don't believe that the moon affects plants because there are no scientific peer reviewed articles, well so be it.

I think as other people have alluded, its simply not something that even needs to be debated, the relationship between plants and the moon is very much just a natural connection (similar to their relationship with the sun through its seasons).  The moon affects so many things here on earth and there are many mysteries science has yet to unlock and solve.  Therefore, I don't think "science" is the great arbitrator of truth that everyone thinks it is, and I am by study and have worked my entire professional life as an environmental scientist.

This below though is not really accurate: 

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Rasta is the person, Farian is the religion. Baptist is a person who baptizes.  Baptists church advocates baptism by total immersion in water. I am not sure of the method Rastabaptist use. The first chance i get i will ask but my religion is Australian :)
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Not that many people on here would care, but most Rastas would be offended if you called their practices a religion.  The earth is their church and they don't define their practices as you might expect.  There are several subsets suchas Bobo Ashanti, Twelve Tribes of Judah, Nyahbingi, etc.

Rasta believe that Haile Selassie who was a direct descendant of King Solomon and Queen of Shebah was a divine entity as prophesied by Marcus Garvey.  Haile Selassie was born with the name Tafari Makonnen and later added the Ras in front which translates to head.

There is a lot more to it than that but just wanted to clarify, Rastafari was the name of an Ethiopian King also known as Haile Selassie and was given the titles: King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  The people who believe he was divine, are called Rastafarians.

There is no connection between Rasta and Baptists.  Rastas denounce all religions and hence do not have "baptisms".  The earth is their church and Love is the connection which brings all Rastas and people who do not identify as Rasta together. 

To sit and reason and hold a space with someone who could be described a "real" Rasta is a wonderful experience.  You would find a disciplined person and someone who is of strong faith and belief while being very much at ease in their place here on earth.  Rastas hold all of God's creatures with reverence which is why they are vegans/vegetarians.  A Rasta would not judge you for your actions or beliefs and you would feel and immense energy force that is at once calming and invigorating. 



 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gardening by the moon-phases
« on: September 18, 2020, 02:00:04 PM »
Hey Mike,

I see what you did there!  Do you see the root word in Lunacy!  Luna! So yeah, I guess following the moon phases and believing in their influence on earth does make one a LUNAtic lol. 

Anyways, I am a big believer in the moon having a drastic effect on a lot of things.

I can track my own energy levels and emotions to the moon phase. 

As a surfer, tides are very important and their ranges go to their extremes in full and new moons.  As a general rule of thumb, better swells due to stronger storms show up with the new and full moons. 

I also see more problems with the pipe failures or equipment failures on the water treatment plants I run during new and full moons.

As for planting, I always try to time my seed sprouting with new moons.  Harvesting generally takes place on full moons.  Usually my banana racks ripen on a full moon and the dragonfruit flowers open up around the full moon too. 

Call me a LUNAtic if you will, I think I would take it as an honor.

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Wow, she's a beaut!  ;D

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Hola,

I would like to buy 8 seeds please!

Please let me know where to send payment.

Thanks,
Matt

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seeds for sale
« on: September 18, 2020, 09:15:13 AM »
Aloha,

If you still have them available, I would like order:

Rollinia Deliciosa: 10 seeds for $5

Marang (Artocarpus Odoratissimis): 7 seeds for $10

Please remind me where to send payment.

Mahalo,
Matt

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