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Renegade Gardeners!
by Plant Seeds Everywhere
Friday May 12th, 2006 10:53 PM
Eat fruit.
Drop seeds.
Renegade Gardeners! This is a list of links to instructions on how to grow fruit trees from the seeds of their fruits, as you find in the grocery stores. Share as you will. If people know how to do these things then they will do them. YOU CAN PLANT TREES ANYWHERE. NOT JUST YOUR OWN YARD. Imagine a whole country filled with fruit trees! There is a vacant lot near your house. Find it, and plant! There is an empty stretch near the road, plant! If your favorite plant isn't on the list, then look it up on the internet. And, then, plant! =)

mango
http://www.plantcultures.org.uk/activities/handson_mango.html

avocado
http://www.avocado.org/about/growing_avocado.php

coconut
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/palmsociety/message/7580?viscount=100

date palms (it takes a male and a female date tree to get dates)
http://www.nizwa.net/agr/dates/dates/palm/datepalm2.html
http://www.personal.u-net.com/~treetops/germinat.html

citrus
http://www.citrus-tree-care.com/propagation-from-seed.html

papaya
http://www.easyfruit.co.uk/papaya/index.html

pineapple
http://www.plantea.com/pineapple-houseplant.htm
by not all those things grow here
Friday May 12th, 2006 11:42 PM
out of that list, i am seeing only avocado and citrus as things that grow well here in the immediate bay area. others require lots of heat and/or rain. some kinds of fruiting bananas will grow at some people's houses here. walnuts (black walnuts, especially) will grow, but they are allelopathic, so they limit the ability of other plants to grow under walnut trees. blackberries do great here. there is a kind of kiwi vine that a lot of people grow, not sure how well they produce. tree collards (perennial kale) will grow well here. some folks can grow apples. and there's always those crazy volunteer plums. yum! persimmons do pretty well here in berkeley. and pears. with some trees, like avocado, you may need to have one male and one female. or was it one or the other? i forget!


growing things along the road or right next to your house isn't the safest thing- there could be pollutants such as lead in the soil. fruit trees won't pass the lead on to you in fruit, but things like lettuce might. it doesn't cost too much to test your soil (google it).

check out pam peirce's book Golden Gate Gardening for more info about plants and trees that will grow here. craig's list has a great gardening forum, though most people there aren't focused on growing food. check out John Jeavons's book How to Grow More Vegetables (title is long) for info about how to grow lots of food more sustainably. check out websites like garden web (http://www.gardenweb.com/) visit your local community gardens to see what plants do well there. also google your county's Master Gardener (s). And of course, you could try growing things like mangos and let us know how that goes.
 

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