Florida Regenerative Landscapes

A Florida Permaculture Landscape Design Company

   Mar 23

Classes and Workshops: Food Forest

Understanding the Food Forest, and employing Forest Guilds for Florida: Find out how you can do your part to save our world.

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Food Forest Workshop

Food Forest Workshop


   Mar 09

Classes and Workshops: Composting 101

Composting 101 Presentation and Workshop is happening Saturday March 15, 10 am to a bit past noon, at Peak Health and Fitness/ LOV Juice Bar 801 20th Place, Vero Beach, Florida. The cost of this workshop is $20, Children 8 to 16 free with a paid adult. $10 off workshop price for any who paid to attend any Lasagna Layer Workshops in 2013 or 2014.

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Flyer Composting 101

Flyer Composting 101


   Mar 03

Free Garden Tour At Peak/LOVJuice, Vero Beach, Florida

January 2014

January 2014


No tours at this location currently, but what a lovely pic from this installation.


   Feb 17

Projects: Update For The Peak/LOV Juice Project

Much has changed at Peak/LOVJuice since our last posting in July

The growth of this food forest has exceeded our expectations and generated a lot of interest in town. Lucie and I have done a lot of edible garden work in lots of different landscapes, but this is our first complete landscape done all at once. For that reason and for one other reason it is unique. The other way in which it is unique is that it is our first urban landscape. Because this food forest was installed on the commercial property of a local business that is open to the public, anyone who wants to see this unusual landscape can come and walk through on any day. We also give free tours every other Friday at noon.

In our discussions about the rapid growth in this food forest we have offered these possible explanations: We installed the landscape all at once and with mycorrhizae, The plants like the carbon dioxide from the nearby intersection of two busy roadways, The wind from the throughway inspires the trees to spread roots in order to hold on, We had a very rainy summer, The dense planting style that we engaged favors rapid growth.

It is time for some fresh pics so you can see how the landscape has progressed. Click on the link in the first paragraph if you want to see the before pics from our July article.

November

November2013

January 2014

January 2014

January 2014

January 2014

Dwarf Papaya January 2014

Dwarf Papaya January 2014

January 2014 Shooting Down A Pathway

January 2014 Shooting Down A Pathway

Pineapple Garden January 2014

Pineapple Garden January 2014

January 2014 Understory

January 2014 Understory


   Feb 04

Cuttings: Cassava, Cranberry Hibiscus, Cuban Oregano

We were at GardenFest! last weekend in Vero Beach where we gave out cuttings. The following are instructions for how to plant your cuttings. The plants you received are edible, useful, drought tolerant, attractive in the landscape, and they are easy to grow from cuttings. They don’t need any soil amendment to grow well in our sandy soils though most plants will benefit from a bit of mulching.

Your Cassava cutting has lumps or nodes everywhere a leaf came out of the stem. Each of those nodes is capable of growing roots. Determine the top and bottom of your cutting, the top generally being thinner than the bottom, and make sure when planting that the top is the part sticking out of the ground. Create a narrow diagonal trench and put most of the cutting in the soil with just the top sticking out, or create a deep vertical hole and insert the cutting, so that several nodes (at least three) are beneath the soil, or make a shallow (an inch or two deep at the most) horizontal trench and lay the cutting in it and cover it over in loose soil. Water the cutting every other day for a week. New leaves should begin to emerge in a week or two. Cassava leaves, a source of protein are edible only after cooking uncovered in water that is then discarded. The root of your cassava plant, a “sweet” variety should be peeled before cooking and then boiled for a potato like starch vegetable. “Bitter” varieties of Cassava require more processing to render them edible and are usually grown for tapioca or flour.

Cranberry Hibiscus is an easy cut and stick plant. Before planting your cutting clip any leaves that will be below ground level leaving a few leaves at the top. Slide your cutting into loose soil, diagonally or vertically and water daily for a week. New leaves should come out in the next week or so. Tender young Cranberry Hibiscus leaves make up a colorful third of our raw leaf summer salads. The flavor is lemony like Sorrel. Your plant will grow tall and fall over, so cut it frequently and stick some more cuttings in as you walk along.

To plant the Cuban Oregano throw it down and kick at it and walk away. Or you can be more gentle. The point being that Cuban Oregano needs little or no care to survive. It is fine in sandy soils , and is likely to thrive where ever it falls. It is cold tender, but usually survives brief cold snaps. Cuban Oregano is the only oregano I use when cooking spaghetti sauce at home.


   Jan 24

Projects: Free Friday Tours at LOV Juice

We are giving free 30 minute food forest garden tours every other Friday at noon at Peak Health and Fitness/ LOV Juice at 801 20th Pl. in Vero Beach.
The next tour will be Friday Feb. 7 at noon.


   Dec 04

Classes and Workshops: Layer Mound Workshop in Sebastian, Florida

We are doing a Layer Mound Workshop in Sebastian Florida on the 15th of December. This is a property you may want to watch. This workshop will be our first project on Joann’s land. She wants more progress toward an edible landscape, and we are planning to work with her to make it happen. To see the workshop details click on the poster below.

Workshop Poster

Workshop Poster


   Nov 13

Classes and Workshops: Planting Seeds Workshop

We are planting seeds Saturday in the layer mound we built two weeks ago at Mark’s House in Vero Beach. Learn about crop choices for this time of year, companion planting and poly-cultures. Get half off the price of the workshop if you have attended any of the layer mound workshops in 2013. Check out this link to Manuredepot.com to get the details for the workshop. http://manuredepot.com/education-planting-seeds-workshop/


   Oct 26

Classes and Workshops: Another Layer Mound Class

We are offering another Lasagna Layer Mound Class, this time in South Vero at Mark Stanley’s garden. Click on the flyer below for details.
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   Sep 30

Pics From Our Sept 2013 Workshop at Intercoastal Farms

Here are the pics that go with the post previous to this one.

Working Together

Working Together

Working together

Friends Pitching In

Working In The Rain

Working In The Rain

Intercoastal Farms

The Whole Crew