Cara Campbell

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since Oct 23, 2017
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When I make lemonade, or limeade, I now just cut off the stem ends of the fruits, remove the seeds, cut them into pieces and blend in the Vitamix with water. I strain this and repeat and add the resulting concentrate to water and ice to make lemonade. I sweeten with stevia and keep a bottle in the refrigerator and freeze excess. This lemon/limeade tastes really good and you're getting more nutrients, I believe. I sometimes put the pulp on acid-loving plants.
4 months ago
What about Mosquito Dunks in the pond? I use them in the containers of water we collect, and as long as I make sure there's some of the dunk in there, we don't get mosquitos breeding.
6 months ago
Tropical yams are way to grow and delicious. You just need a trellis or something for them to climb. Piper lolot does well with a tiny bit of shade, even in full sun, but will tale over. False roselle is good for salad greens. Cuban organs (a Plectranthus) is a good substitute for real oregano and easy to grow. I have no luck with ground mint, but there'a a bush mint that is prolific id you can find it, as well as holy basil. Mulberries do well and Baker Creek has a dwarf variety you can grow in a pot. Divid the Good's books are helpful for FL food growing.

I'm in Ft. Lauderdale if you ever want to trade plants!
I did put washing liquid into my water containers and it did indeed kill th mosquitos. It wasn't a problem because I just made sure to use those for washing and not watering the plants.
8 months ago
I've tried multiple times to root cuttings from an "ever-bearing" mulberry and had no luck. I tried in soil, though, not water. Unfortunately, because it was very fruitful, the original tree died. I ordered two dwarf trees on-line and they are doing well. I hope I can get some cuttings from them. Do they have to be woody cuttings? If so, it will take a while until these get there.


PS. I am looking up air-well. I thought the brick structure was an insect hotel!
8 months ago
A request: please include the binomial nomenclature when referring to a plant, especially one new to many.   Pacific is Hydrophyllum tenuipe, Virginia is Hydrophyllum virginianum, and Western is Hydrophyllum occidentale.
Apparently there are more!

8 months ago
I notice that you're growing Callisia fragrans, a plant I have all over my garden. I just read about it and found out it's a medicinal, but I'm not finding anything about its being edible. Did you try eating it?
9 months ago
I'm here in Ft. Lauderdale and have the following plants: Piper lolot, cuban oregano, moringa (seedlings), mango volunteers, cassava cuttings, Bacopa monnieri, and seeds of lemon grass, holy basil, and cranberry hibiscus to trade.
I'm looking particularly for edible hibiscus (Abelmoschus manihot) plants, but also water spinach and I'm open to other perennial edibles.

I'd really like to be in touch with any local permies.

Thank you.
With all that's going on, it's inspired me to ramp my ediibles.

I read in "Perennial Vegetables" that Oenanthe javanica (water celery) is edible, so I bought some on line.

This stuff is NASTY, at least raw; I haven't tried to cook it. It tastes bitter, and a bit like turpentine. YUCK.

I'm pretty disappointed, because I'd thought to get an edible (small) water garden going (also bought Bacopa monneiri and Neptunia oleracea), but really none of them is particularly

We'll see. My container is only a small one, so I don't really want to devote space to bad-tasting plants!
9 months ago
Amazon is a pretty evil corporation and no matter how profitable an alliance might be, I think it more in keeping with permaculture values to steer clear (also of Google & FaceBook).
Paul, you mentioned not knowing how to find/vet a publicist. There are other, similar books out there; what about contacting some of the authors to see if they used a publicist? I'd think they possibly could be helpful
Books I think would have similar readers as yours:
Extreme Simplicity and The Self-Sufficient Home both by Christopher Nyerges
The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
Also David the Good's Florida Food Forest, Compost Everything and  his Florida Vegetable Growing books seem to have sold quite a bit. He's pretty approachable and would probably have some good ideas.
And what about The Humanure Handbook?
Would Chelsea Green Publishers maybe have some suggestions?

Just a few things that came to me. If not helpful, I understand. Good luck. I enjoyed the book. It really made me rethink composting!
10 months ago