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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Gardening.

This BB is all about direct seeding perennials.

To meet the requirements of this BB you need to plant at least 50 of each of the following and verify that at least 1 of them has sprouted:
    o fruit trees
    o black locust
    o nut trees

Here is a thread all about growing fruit trees from seed. Plus, here is a video to help you get started:

In addition, all the perennials you start from seed must be grown outside and they can't be transplanted. While the straw badge for gardening requires all inputs be from within 500 feet the exception is for seeds. So go a head and find those amazing perennials that will boost your homestead!

Also, remember that to meet the requirements of the straw badge for gardening all systems are polyculture systems.

Tip: When working on this BB think about the other requirements for the straw badge for gardening and see if you can meet multiple requirements at once. You need to grow, harvest and preserve 100,000 calories from at least 12 species. So while direct seeding your perennials picking ones that either support your food crops or ones that are food crops themselves is a great way to move forward towards your straw badge for gardening.

How to Certify That Your BB is Completed

- Post a picture showing your 50 fruit tree seeds, 50 black locust seeds, and 50 nut tree seeds.
- post three action pics of the seeds being planted
- Post a picture showing at least one tree.  It must be clearly identifiable.  

Good luck!
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I have a question about the requirements for growing fruit trees for this BB.
We live on an acre in north Florida and are growing Loquats, Trifoliate Oranges, Peaches, and Pineapple Guavas (Feijoas) from seed. We have learned that we have success when we start trees in pots and keep them grouped in controlled environments outside (shade cloth for protection from the sun and modified kiddie pools to conserve moisture). When the trees have been moved up to two or three gallon pots, and have sufficiently developed root balls, they are then ready to withstand the extremes of sun, drought, wind, and torrential rains that we experience here.
If the BB requirement is for seeds to be planted directly, without protection for young seedlings, then I question the possibility of our success given our Florida sand (myakka soil) and weather extremes.
Could there be any flexibility on the requirement for planting directly for this BB?
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