Category Archives: Homesteading

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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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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Strawberry Pot

My Strawberry plants are looking great this summer.  The pot built from the bottom of a old barrel is working perfectly to keep them moist and healthy. Looks like they are trying to escape.  The runners hanging down the sides … Continue reading

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Hexagarden July Update

The Hexagarden is enjoying the wet summer in North Florida.  The sweet corn and sunflowers are growing tall while the herbs and vines grow below. The Hexagarden is six raised beds arranged in a circle. I can work from the … Continue reading

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Carpenter Bees

The Eastern Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa virginica) has been busy at the 40 Acre Woods.  The Month of May is when the females start looking for a fine piece of lumber to drill a hole in and make a nest, unfortunately … Continue reading

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