The Tropical Homestead

Exploring abundance in paradise

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Garden health = your own health?

wearepioneerspress:

The health of the garden seems to match our own health (both physical and mental). This summer the garden was full of horrible squash beetles that killed everything. The hot days baked the corn. The grasshoppers killed the grapes. Now everything is lush and beautiful and thriving. Here’s a look at tonight’s dinner.

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http://tropicalhomestead.tumblr.com/post/100430758114/heirloom-beans-planted-sunday-oct-12th-seven

turquoisebirds added:

Beautiful little seedlings! 

Also, it’s kind of exciting to see Rio Zape beans make an appearance on Tumblr! They’re avery, very ancientvariety of bean. Just a few decades ago, a 1200 year old specimen was found at an archaeological site in a cave in the Mexican state of Durango, a burial site for seven small children where offerings of beans and other items were left. It was soon discovered to be the exact same type of bean that was currently being grown at Zuni Pueblo in the American state of New Mexico, more than 1000 miles to the north.

This isn’t so surprising when you look at in as another example of the results of the ancient trade system that existed in the region prior to European colonization. People in what is now the American southwest traded things like locally-mined turquoise and salt for goods from Mexico, such as these Rio Zape beans, seashells, copper bells, and even macaws, whose skeletons and feathers have been found in numerous ruins throughout the southwest!

This is even more incredible when you keep in mind that this was before the acquisition of horses or oxen or even wheeled carts, so trade was conducted completely on foot. Today we call one of the major trade routes from the US to Mexico theCamino Real, or Royal Road. It was used by the Spanish colonists and is still in use today.

But anyway, sorry to geek out on your post, this is probably interesting to me only. Your garden is lovely and I can’t wait to see the beans fully grown and producing.  

Don’t you dare apologize-this is amazing! Thank you for much for sharing; I have even more respect for these little wonders.

Filed under heirloom beans camino real gardners on tumblr turquoisebirds

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pitchpine:

tropicalhomestead, I grew these ‘Cherokee Trail of Tears’ black beans last winter, very similar to the Midnight Black Turtle ones you planted. The photo above was taken 1/28/14. I was doing it as an experiment in building up sandy soil with cover crop(s) rather than just taking the sand out and putting in muck. Despite (therefore) growing on sand, they still performed pretty well, had a lot of fresh green beans and a good pulse harvest.

That is so encouraging, as our soil is very sandy. Thanks for the information. If mine look half has healthy as yours, I’ll be thrilled.

pitchpine:

tropicalhomestead, I grew these ‘Cherokee Trail of Tears’ black beans last winter, very similar to the Midnight Black Turtle ones you planted. The photo above was taken 1/28/14. I was doing it as an experiment in building up sandy soil with cover crop(s) rather than just taking the sand out and putting in muck. Despite (therefore) growing on sand, they still performed pretty well, had a lot of fresh green beans and a good pulse harvest.

That is so encouraging, as our soil is very sandy. Thanks for the information. If mine look half has healthy as yours, I’ll be thrilled.

Filed under gardeners on tumblr

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Tumblr Community Garden Give-away #2!
Once again, I’m creating a community garden one Tumblr user at a time!
The prize:
12+/- different types of seeds for growing herbs and veggies:
Cucumber (2 kinds)
English Thyme
Lettuce
Carrots
Beets
Rio Zape Beans(like a pinto bean, aka Hopi Bean)
Midnight Black Bean
Yellow Indian Woman Bean
Banana  Pepper
and more - many are heirloom seed that can be regrown from the new fruit
15 bio-degradable Jiffy Pots
5 up-cycled planter pots
2 Ice cream pails for bigger plants
Homemade, hand-bound book for garden journal
3 Mother Earth News’ Magazines with great articles on self-sufficiency
Coconut coir from our coconuts to place in bottom of pots for better drainage
Craft sticks to label your seedlings
Gently read zines and books on self-sufficiency, living a better life and urban gardening from Adam gnade, jessie-duke and the independent publisher/distributor Pioneers Press
AND…a $10 gift card to the hardware/garden center of your choice to buy gobs of dirt (last giveaway I shipped dirt. Never again).
Rules- -Following tropicalhomestead appreciated but not necessary-reblog this post at least once AND include a note why you want to win. Very Important, you won’t be considered without a reason.-no giveaway blogs-likes don’t count -reblog so everyone can have a chance to start growing their own food
-I also hope the winner will keep us updated on mini-garden progress!
Give-away open to November 1, 2014. I’ll pick a winner by November 10.
Good luck - and don’t worry if you’re not a winner this time - I live for this stuff and I will do it again.

Tumblr Community Garden Give-away #2!

Once again, I’m creating a community garden one Tumblr user at a time!

The prize:

12+/- different types of seeds for growing herbs and veggies:

Cucumber (2 kinds)

English Thyme

Lettuce

Carrots

Beets

Rio Zape Beans(like a pinto bean, aka Hopi Bean)

Midnight Black Bean

Yellow Indian Woman Bean

Banana  Pepper

and more - many are heirloom seed that can be regrown from the new fruit

15 bio-degradable Jiffy Pots

5 up-cycled planter pots

2 Ice cream pails for bigger plants

Homemade, hand-bound book for garden journal

3 Mother Earth News’ Magazines with great articles on self-sufficiency

Coconut coir from our coconuts to place in bottom of pots for better drainage

Craft sticks to label your seedlings

Gently read zines and books on self-sufficiency, living a better life and urban gardening from Adam gnade, jessie-duke and the independent publisher/distributor Pioneers Press

AND…a $10 gift card to the hardware/garden center of your choice to buy gobs of dirt (last giveaway I shipped dirt. Never again).

Rules- 
-Following tropicalhomestead appreciated but not necessary
-reblog this post at least once AND include a note why you want to win. Very Important, you won’t be considered without a reason.
-no giveaway blogs
-likes don’t count -reblog so everyone can have a chance to start growing their own food

-I also hope the winner will keep us updated on mini-garden progress!

Give-away open to November 1, 2014. I’ll pick a winner by November 10.

Good luck - and don’t worry if you’re not a winner this time - I live for this stuff and I will do it again.

Filed under Tumblr community garden Giveaway every little bit helps good luck

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Heirloom beans planted Sunday,  Oct.12th

Seven days ago, I planted 2 seeds in each hole - 3 rows of Rio Zape beans (Hopi beans) and 3 rows of Midnight Black Turtle Beans from Rancho Gordo. Seven days!

I bought the beans after reading Steve Sando’s book and getting excited about growing heirloom beans. They did not disappoint, every one of these bad boys sprouted-and look at them grow!

Filed under urban homesteading I'll post pics with the golden egg heirloom beans rancho gordo steve sando

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Welcome to our wee Pomegranate Orchard!
All were grown from seed - some are standard pomegranates, some are dwarf. Poms are great because it only takes a year or two to see the showy orange blossoms, and fruit is not far behind. 
You don’t need even this much land to grow, they are completely happy in containers, too. So next time you treat yourself to a pomegranate, throw a few seeds in the dirt!

Welcome to our wee Pomegranate Orchard!

All were grown from seed - some are standard pomegranates, some are dwarf. Poms are great because it only takes a year or two to see the showy orange blossoms, and fruit is not far behind. 

You don’t need even this much land to grow, they are completely happy in containers, too. So next time you treat yourself to a pomegranate, throw a few seeds in the dirt!

Filed under Edible Landscape urban homesteading live forward Punica granatum mine

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macedon-ranges-aquaponics:

Hey!

So, while we wait for the system to progress along, here is something to keep an eye on.

Top photo: 2 February 2012

second row left: 15 October 2013

second row right: 11 February 2014

Last 4 photos: Today (14 October 2014)

We have had this grape for three years now, from just a stalk basically, first year it just grew a bit, second year we got a single bunch, around 8 grapes.

BUT…

This year it is covered, just covered in grape shoots! It looks like we will get a fair whack of grapes! … But we are being cautious, we have never produced grapes like this before, and it will be yet another learning experience.

You have to seriously LOVE aquaponics! it is NEVER dull!

Stay tuned!

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