Category Archives: Homesteading

Pindo Palm Jelly

Butia capitata Pindo Palms are a common landscape plant in southern climates.  Most owners are glad to give away the fruit, and surprised to know they are edible. Yellow, pineapple sweet and tart at the same time, Pindo Palms are … Continue reading

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American Persimmon

Diospyros virginiana The American or common persimmon, also called simmon, possumwood, and Florida persimmon is a slow-growing, moderately sized tree native to southeastern North America. The fruit is about 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Unripe fruit, which is high in … Continue reading

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Coastal Groundcherry

Physalis angustifolia The Coastal Groundcherry, is a species of flowering plant in the nightshade family.  It is native to the Gulf Coast shoreline of the Southeastern United States, where it is found on maritime dunes and sands.  I found these … Continue reading

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Gray Fox

 The Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) In the 40 acre woods we have lots of wildlife, many are usually more active at night.  One of these is the gray fox.  They have quite a lot of red hair and may be confused … Continue reading

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Polyculture

Polyculture is agriculture using multiple crops in the same space, in imitation of the diversity of natural ecosystems, and avoiding large stands of single crops, or monoculture.  It includes multi-cropping, intercropping, companion planting, beneficial weeds, and alley cropping.  At the … Continue reading

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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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