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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!

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: 

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 :)

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. 


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.

Wow, she's a beaut!  ;D


I would like to buy 8 seeds please!

Please let me know where to send payment.


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

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.


Yes, it does look amazing!

Will you be offering seeds?  If so, do you think they are as stubborn as barbados cherry when trying to germinate?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Rainforest plum and other seedlings
« on: September 18, 2020, 08:42:41 AM »

Are your longan a variety that will flower without chill hours like the Diamond River? 

Also, can you please give a little description on the Arusha Soursop.


I should order more, but my wife says to take it easy on the seed buying for a bit lol.

However, I highly recommend this seller.  Fast shipping and high germination rates along with someone who has a vested interest in making sure you feel good about your purchase.

Thank you, and once I get the green light to order more, I certainly will!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seeds
« on: September 18, 2020, 08:32:49 AM »
I've been buying seeds from achetadomestica for a couple years now.  They always arrive, fast, well packaged, and high germination rates with some seeds already sprouting.

I highly recommend this seller!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Kwai Muk
« on: September 09, 2020, 12:07:39 PM »
I am looking for seeds if anyone has any for sale!  I had a nice one planted but my wife cut some grass and put the grass clippings around the young tree and killed it  :-[

I would also like Simpson Stopper!  I ordered seeds on ebay but they don't seem to be viable. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jadam Ultra low cost agriculture
« on: August 20, 2020, 09:00:02 AM »
I'd love to hear more discussion on this.  I think it may be limited to those that have some acreage since it can get a bit stinky.

I am experimenting with this and so far have seen good results.

I am also interested in KNF method.  Jadam is easier to implement but KNF seems to be as good or better but need more inputs like sugar.

The other thing I am curious about is how this fits in with biochar, vermicomposting and activated aearated compost teas (AACT).  I think all of these methods can be combined to provide really nice soil enhancement without having to continue buying organic or chemical fertilizers.

Here's what I've done so far and what I plan to do:

I have a  JADAM genip/coconut fertilizer going right now made from leaf mold, genips, and shredded coconut. 

Next I plan to make a JADAM Vetiver and Guinea Grass fertilizer.

My next plan is to build a Continuous Flow Through Worm bin and use African Nightcrawlers as my primary composter.

I will take the vermicompost and create an AACT compost tea with a microbulator that I will be constructing very soon.

Lastly, I am looking to build a Flame Cap Tough to make biochar.  I will apply my AACT to the biochar to super charge it.

Part of my efforts are simply to grow my fruit trees and veggies to the best that I can without buying inputs.  The other part is a goal to branch out to organic land care and offer my services to people who are looking to do the same and to also sell vermicompost, worms, compost tea and biochar to the local market here.  We have to ship everything in here to this small island, so if I can make these products locally and offer them at competitive prices, I think it will become quite popular and sought out.

As I develop my systems and methodology, I would like to start a new post to document and share my successes and failures.

Until then, lets keep this discussion going and we can keep it about JADAM since I introduced a whole set of other practices that each deserve their own threads. 

I received my second order of seeds abs all arrived quickly and very well packaged!  I also had the chance to eat some more Jabo and it was delicious!  Highly recommended seller.

Thank you!


I would love some berry jackfruit seeds if you still have some available. My zip code is 00820. Please let me know how much to send over and where to send the PayPal payment.

Thank you for your generous offering!


If anyone has either of these I would be very interested in buying!

My seeds arrived fast and in great condition, thank you!

I must say, these might be the fastest groiwng plants I have ever encountered.  They have been in soil for less than a week and are 4' or more already.  They literally grow a couple inches per day.  Incredible!

I received my package!

Super fats shipping and very well put together.  I finally had a chance to try Jabo for the first time.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I highly recommend this forum member. 

Still available!

Hello everyone,

I have several Guavaberry sprouts for sale.  These are the purple variety, there are also orange ones but purple are considered the best here in the Caribbean.

If you are unfamiliar with Guavaberry, they have a unique flavor with a pronounced spice.  The tree itself is beautiful with a peeling, multi colored trunk, beautiful dark green foliage that flushes with a fluorescent green.  They are also fairly drought tolerant. 

In the Caribbean, the tree produces fruit around the fall time of year and its very common to see folks gathering buckets of these berries to make Guavaberry rum, tarts, and jams. A 5 gallon bucket of berries goes for about $500!

I was selling seeds back in September 2019 so some people on the forum may have some babies.  The seeds take 4-6 months to sprout.  I have patiently waited and now have several sprouts for sale.  They are about 3-4" tall but definitely ready to be re-potted and will then take off!

I am offering them up at (3) for $20 plus flat rate priority shipping of $10.  Sorry, no shipping to California. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coconut opener
« on: January 22, 2020, 02:55:11 PM »
This is my technique with my son acting as narrator:

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: white sapote seeds 4-sale
« on: January 03, 2020, 04:47:59 PM »
PM sent

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Guavaberry aka Rumberry Seeds!
« on: September 30, 2019, 10:28:22 AM »
Seeds still available! 

All orders have been shipped.

Please be patient, these seeds take awhile to germinate.

PM sent

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