Category Archives: Sustainability

Gopher Tortoise

Gopher tortoises, or “Gophers” as they are commonly called, live in extensive subterranean burrows in dry upland habitats of the southeastern United States.  Gopher tortoises are found in longleaf pine sandhills, oak hammocks, scrub, pine flatwoods, dry prairies, and coastal … Continue reading

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Eastern Fence Lizard

One of my favorite residents of the 40 acre woods is the Fence Lizard.  They are always working to keep the bugs under control and they are very entertaining to watch as they chase each other about fighting for the … Continue reading

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Muscadine Grape Jam

Muscadine grapes are a sustainable fruit crop in the southeastern United States.  They are tolerant of insect and disease pests and they successfully grow at he 40 acre woods without spraying any pesticides. Typically, muscadine grapes bear dark fruit with … Continue reading

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Creeping Cucumber

Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) is a common vine found in Florida.  The fruit of the Creeping Cucumber is a tiny, delicious, cucumber-flavored fruit that looks like little green watermelon when young but turns a dark purple/black when ripe.  The green … Continue reading

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Gopher Apple

Gopher Apple (Licania michauxii) This hearty small shrub looks more like a bunch of oak seedlings than anything else.  Underground it grows with an extensive maze of stems that send up slender woody shoots with evergreen oak-like leaves.  The leaves … Continue reading

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Podocarpus Is More Than A Hedge

Podocarpus (Podocarpus macrophyllus) Podocarpus hedges are common in Florida, they make a dense screen hedge that stays green year round.  However, Podocarpus can reach 40 to 50 feet in height when not sheared and is quite attractive as a tree … Continue reading

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Pindo Palm

Pindo Palm trees originated in Argentina and grow well in Florida, Zones 7-10.  They are a very hardy  palm that will grow in almost any soil type.  The large palm trunk forms slowly and is topped by a massive circle … Continue reading

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