I’ve been incredibly busy lately so the YouTube channel hasn’t been a priority; however, I did get a new video recorded yesterday – at long last!
A friend gave us a cutting of a moringa tree, plus I found some seeds. Here’s me planting both:
Also – this week I’m giving away my booklet on growing caffeine.
Get a copy here – free on Amazon this week!
David…slightly off topic but wanted to ask…was planning on buying a bale of alfalfa for my chickens but was wondering if the same herbicides used for hay (the ones that can ruin a garden if used for compost) are used for alfalfa.
Bought your crazy easy gardening book and will be buying the composting book today. Your site is great and love your sense of humor
Alfalfa should be safe – the aminopyralid toxin (and friends) are only used on the grass family. And thank you!
I’ve fed my chickens alfalfa hay, they LOVE it!
Also, mulberry leaves, wild sorrel, lambsquarters and young amaranth (pigweed).
My chickens have been grazing for the past two days and seem to love it.
Thank you. I didn’t mean to hijack the thread but I recently discovered your site and absolutely love it. I live in Miami so typical 20×75 foot back yard…but I do try and grow vegetables and really enjoy doing my small part to be self reliant…as much as I can down here.
I bought the compost book and look forward to reading it. Love your writing style, your wit, and your humor. Would like to shake your hand.
Thank you, Alex – I’m glad you found me. You can grow a ton in a 20 x 75 in that wonderful Miami climate – I grew up gardening in Ft. Lauderdale.
Thanks for the book! I’ve got a coffee tree/plant in a pot on my porch, and have had a handful of cherries, but I think the climate where I am (Broward) is just too hot. It’s not dying, and I’ve got it shaded, so I’m doing my best.
Regarding Moringa, I purchased seeds, germinated them indoors, and planted the sprouts both into the “soil” and in a pot with some “Mel’s Mix” (amended with compost, azomite, and mulched with seaweed and leaf mould). That was about six-to-eight months ago. I subscribe to the desire to chop-and-drop to improve the soil, so I wanted to get a bunch of trees around the small back yard I have.
Well…attesting to the quality of the soil (2″ of topsoil followed by fathoms of sandy lime rock), only a few grew and the tallest is about 14 inches.
Compare that to the potted tree, which is almost six feet from where it comes out of the soil, and I’ve pulled leaves many times to put in my quinomelet (like it sounds, quinoa, eggs, onions, peppers, cardamom, cheese….DELICIOUS!!!).
In addition, if you’ve never chewed a peeled moringa seed, try it. It’s bitter and chalky. Immediately afterwards, though, drink a full glass of plain-old-water, and you’re delighted to find your taste buds were so assaulted by the moringa seeds that the water tastes as sweet at Flavor-Ade (if you believe in being a pawn of the government) or sugar water.
I have 2 small moringa plants in my greenhouse. As soon as frost danger is over id like to plant them in the dirt but am afraid the first fall frost will kill them. Anyone know their lowest frost tolerance? I go down to 10 degrees in the winter nights.
I am far from an expert, as I have just started gardening in the last 3 years, but I can offer my experience with Moringa.
I planted 10 seedlings in zone 9 Crescent City, Fl., and we dipped to 26 twice in one week, and I lost 7 of them.
I also had a Tree that was 4 feet high and it died back to the ground, and is now starting to regrow.
Hope this helps.
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Hi Mr. Good, I just found you today, but I started trying to grow Dwarf Moringa 6 months ago from seeds following the advice I could find then. I live in zone 10a in California and managed to get three trees started in 10″ pots, which are 6 inches tall after 4 months, in coconut coir. I am concerned about the moisture in the soil and how to judge if it is too wet. If I have a dish under the pot, the surface always sems very wet. It is getting colder and I don’t want to kill them. Shall I put them under a grow light? The sun is not very strong these days. Thanks, Brian