Category Archives: Wildcrafting

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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Smilax makes me smile

I have called it Greenbrier or Bull-brier all my life, this large thorny vine has scratched me up many times as I ran through the woods of Kentucky as a boy.  I developed a dislike for this tough vine early … Continue reading

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Dog Vomit Fungus

Sometimes I find some surprising things growing in the 40 acre woods.  I found this bright yellow stuff growing around a onion in my raised bed garden. This is the Dog Vomit Fungus (Fuligo septica) a species of plasmodial slime mold. … Continue reading

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Strawberries

When I was a boy in Kentucky I looked forward to the fresh taste of strawberries every spring.  Nothing is sweeter than a fresh ripe strawberry plucked from the vine.  I would eat all I could and on occasion sell … Continue reading

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Groundcherry

Groundcherry plants are part of the Nightshade family and in some areas are considered invasive plant species. Several Groundcherry plant species are found growing wild in Florida, I had the one pictured here volunteer in my garden this fall. I … Continue reading

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Raccoons love peanut butter

Pop had heard that deer love peanut butter.  He decided to nail a jar to a tree to see if we could entice a big buck into eating some.  We may never know if a deer would eat peanut butter, … Continue reading

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