Trees for Food

A wonderful article on BBC that outlines trees as a way to generate edible nutrition for famine relief.

Fantastic.  Very awesome.  Am learning all the time about some of the various uses for trees with edible, nutritious or other useful parts.


Slicing open Moringa Blossoms

Doing some propagative research, preparing to breed some Moringa Oleifera from several different countries.  Apparently the blossoms are heteromorphic, which means they tend to not pollinate themselves, even though each bloom has both a set of anthers and a stigma.


Above, is a picture of a bee pollinating the moringa flower.  We also have had some gigantic black bees buzzing around in the garden.  They always mistake me for some kind of tall nectar bearing flowering shrub, and chase me around.   Below is a picture of some moringa truncheons sprouting.  The trees were suffering from mildew rot, so chopped them up, soaked them in NKO2 and dipped the ends in rooting compound.  A little more then half of them are sprouting.  No sign of mildew.


Below is another shot of a bee working in the fields.  I was so happy to see the first bees.  The big ones have a tendency to knock the blossom off the stem, even if it’s already started to form a drumstick.  It’s not a big deal though, these trees aren’t really strong enough to produce too many seeds.  Next year, I’ll have them in sandier soil with appropriate pH levels.


Keep night temps above 21 degrees C.

Prefers sandy soil with pH 6.2-7.0.