Sparkleberry: The wild blueberry cousin that supplies me with antioxidants all winter

In winter, one of the fruits I find in abundance here in North Florida is sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum), a native cousin of blueberry which contains many of the same health-promoting purple anthocyanin pigments as blueberry. They grow wild here, and I can harvest all I want for free. Sparkleberries are native all over Southeastern North … More Sparkleberry: The wild blueberry cousin that supplies me with antioxidants all winter

I’m converting sour plum trees into sweet plum trees by grafting

My property here in North Florida has lots of wild plum trees that grow like weeds and make huge quantities of fruit, but the fruits on these wild trees are sour and unpleasant-tasting. For the last several years, I’ve been experimenting with a technique to convert them into sweet-fruited plum varieties: each spring, I graft … More I’m converting sour plum trees into sweet plum trees by grafting

I just got a plant of ‘Silas Woods’, the dwarf, everbearing sapodilla

I’ve been lusting after the ‘Silas Woods’ sapodilla, a dwarf, ever-bearing form of this tropical fruit, ever since I first heard of it. I finally got a plant of this variety! Gonna plant this one in the ground in my tropical fruit greenhouse, so I’ll hopefully be eating fresh-off-the-tree sapodillas for much of the year. … More I just got a plant of ‘Silas Woods’, the dwarf, everbearing sapodilla