Duck Boot Garden

Sustainable and Wild Foods advice

July 30, 2016
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Hardy Kiwi Fruit

 A properly trellised Hardy Kiwi showing the original stake Immature Hardy Kiwi fruit on the vine An improperly trellised Hardy Kiwi vine on a tree trunk Hardy Kiwi Fruit Actinidia arguta The hardy kiwi may be an aggressive grower, but … Continue reading

April 22, 2016
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Longevity Spinach

3 Gallon Gynura Cuttings of Gynura Longevity Spinach Gynura procumbens A fellow plant collector in LaGrange, Georgia, gave me a small Gynura procumbens plant that his friend from the Philippines had given him.  After a little research, I found that … Continue reading

January 3, 2016
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Loquat Trees

A loquat tree in bloom this fall. A loquat tree that has been pruned for easier fruit harvesting. A close-up of loquat foliage. Loquat Eriobotrya japonica I try to stay at a hotel in Valdosta, Georgia each January that has … Continue reading

November 29, 2015
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Mulberry Trees

Several leaf forms of the red mulberry A young 5 year old red mulberry tree A mature red mulberry tree Mulberry Morus spp. Historical Origins The mulberry was considered to be the “king of tree crops” in the 18th and … Continue reading

October 25, 2015
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Jujube

Green fruit in a ‘Li’ Jujube A unripened ‘Li’ Jujube A branch of a ‘Sugar Cane’ Jujube Staking a young ‘Sugar Cane’ Jujube Jujube Zizyphus jujuba Jujube (Zizyphus jujube), a native to east India, was brought to China and domesticated … Continue reading

September 27, 2015
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American Pawpaw

American Pawpaw Asimina Triloba This native to North America and only cold hardy member of the custard apple family, Annonaceae, which includes the papaya and the cherimoya, was first written about by De Soto in 1541. The pawpaw was also … Continue reading

August 11, 2015
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Prickly Pear Cactus

  A prickly pear cactus with nearly ripe fruit. A newly rooted prickly pear pad cutting (3 weeks old). A young spineless prickly pear cactus. Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia spp.) Although these plants look like living barbed wire and seem … Continue reading