Best Nursery to Buy Perennial Vegetables & Fruit Trees in South Florid
All right this is John Kohler, with growingyourgreens.com, today I have another exciting episode for you. And the last episode, if you guys watched it, it was on echo here in Fort Myers. And this this episode is also on echo. The previous episode is episode you guys want to watch to learn about the mission of echo, and what they're doing to help feed the world, literally. They're teaching people how to feed themselves, which is I think you know, hats off to them, because you know it's better to teach a person how to fish than to feed him a fish which is the Chinese proverb. I would say it's better to teach them how to grow their greens then you just feed them the Greens or give them the greens. But anyway, today what we're going to do in this episode, is actually covered the echo nursery. Echo is a nonprofit so any money you spend here, at the nursery, the money that is generated is actually going to fund the programs to teach people how to grow food you know. It's not like some greedy corporation or a big box store, that are going to use your money probably for bad in the world. They're going to use your money for good for the world, so for that reason I would encourage you guys to come to the eco nursery. But there's other reasons that I'm going to share with you guys in a little bit. So anyways this is the visitor center at Eco, this is the parking lot that you will want to enter to visit the nursery as well as go on the tour that I showed you guys in the Last episode as well as a bookstore. So, we're going to go ahead and head in and let you guys know their hours real quick. Their hours here are posted on the sign, they're open for Monday through Friday from a nine am to five pm and Saturday from nine am to four P.M. and if you do come here for the nursery I also encourage you guys strongly to come here on one of the tour days, right. I don't want you guys to come in the nursery to pick up the plants. I want you guys to go on the tour and then come pick up the plants, right. Trust me, the tour is going to be the best money you guys ever spend to be sure. Be sure to check my other video for how to get a discount on the tour. Anyways let's go ahead down the boardwalk, and take you guys into the nursery. So, now we're in the parking lot and we're going to head down a little boardwalk here in the nursery and one of the things they've really done here in the nursery grounds and around the buildings here, is they've actually landscaped with some of the plants they offer at the nursery. Now there's nurseries not the nursery are going to want to come to you if you want you know decorative or ornamental plants, right. No, no, no, what they do is they sell only edible plants here and plants that have a useful purpose for people like me and you, right. I could eat something that comes off all these plants here and so in the landscaping they have you know examples of what could be grown here you know. Here they have the perennial peanut grass that I showed in the last episode as well as some of ginger. And they've got like you know bananas, all along the border, and they've got like a really cool persimmon tree over there, all kinds of stuff. But here's the thing, you guys don't want to pick or eat the fruit. You know, these are for teaching purposes not for you to come and rabbit. If you guys want the fruit that they grow here, there's a way to do that, that I’ll share with you guys in just a little bit. But here is the nursery. There they have all different kinds of tropical fruit trees and edible perennial vegetables as well as just the standard annual vegetables, different kinds of edible shrubs and all this kind of stuff right. And here's the thing if you guys live anywhere in South Florida, I don't care if you're in Miami or you know Homestead Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, you're here in Fort Myers, down in you know up in Sarasota, or down in Naples, this is the nursery you guys want to come to, cause they have the widest selection of the edible plants that you're not going to find anywhere else you know. Some of the plants that they sell here that I'm going to highlight in this episode, are ones they actually grow here and varieties that they've actually brought in this country from different countries because they do missionary work all over the world, so they brought in some of the best varieties to offer you with some rare characteristics that I’ll point out in this episode. So, I always want to encourage you guys to read the signs right. We're used to like not looking at the signs, but check this out, right: they get a sign here it says a Christmas blowout sale in here in December, but avocados forty percent off, citrus forty percent off, strawberries forty percent off, Dragon Fruit twenty five percent off, passion fruit twenty five percent off, bananas twenty five percent off. Now I will say this right, the pricing at this nursery is fair pricing. It's the pricing that you would get at most nurseries but here's the difference: the difference is once again if this is a nonprofit, all the profits they make from the nursery is going to go fund their organizations that they can teach people to grow their food. Also, you know all the plants here, are going to grow well in this area. The other thing is that you're not going to get high pressure sales, none of the people that work here on any kind of commission, they don't get paid extra if You buy something, if you don't buy something right. But they are very helpful and going to help you select the right plant, the right fruit tree you know for your specific needs. And I’ve talked to the guy that runs the nursery here, he's an amazing dude. Man, he knows a lot of stuff. He's one of my viewers, he gardens and grows his own stuff. He has personal experience growing and with the plants here he knows a lot of stuff and he's here to help you guys out and this is especially important if you guys are new you get good proper direction. If you go to like a big box store you know those minimum wage guys, they don't know about like growing fruit trees here in South Florida, they're going to have these you know these trees that may not grow well in this area. But everything here is going to do really well because some of it actually just grows across the street, that you will want to see on the tour. So one of the first trees I want to introduce you guys to that actually they grow here on site. These are all grafted on site from mature trees, that are producing. That's very important. And this is one of their avocados and here's the thing about avocados you know, you might go to the store and buy avocados and you're in Florida anyway you might have Florida avocados and California avocados. Or you'll have the big ones that are kind of more watery or the hoss that are kind of more buttery and rich right. And for a lot of you guys you guys may like the ones from California but me living in California my whole life, I’ve always gotten the Haas avocados. And that's only one variety of avocado, there's so many different varieties of avocados in the world. If you lived here, you guys can grow many different kinds of avocados. Here I believe they might have almost a dozen different varieties and here's a thing about avocados right. You could have avocados all year long by having different varieties, because this variety, the bog den, might grow and produce a certain time of the year. Another variety might produce a different time of the year and right now, you know this, this tree which is like six feet tall, it's a listed at fifty-five dollars but right now it's forty percent off so that means you can get this tree here for thirty-three bucks. It's an amazing investment so you guys will never have to buy avocados again. Then of course you're going to want to buy a couple other ones so that you could have avocados for the full year. And you know people working here could direct you, guide you, so that you guys get the right varieties. You know of course when buying fruit trees, I would encourage you guys always to buy the one in the largest pot. This is in a seven gallon. And you know those are going to produce sooner rather than later, especially a lot of the growth you want to also look and make sure one's that are looking healthy. I mean I'm looking at the avocados here and they all looked really great to me. I wish I lived here to buy some of these avocados. You know aside from the fruit trees that they offer you know, even more valuable than the fruit trees to me are the perennial Edible vegetables. These are the plans that you can just grow and plant once, it's going to grow and it's going to give you guys food year round. One time investment and you know there are significantly cheaper than buying a fruit tree and in my opinion more valuable. So, let's take a look at some of these guys next. So, now I want to introduce you guys to some of the perennial vegetables that are the best deals here that actually they start from cuttings and then they sell them at the lowest prices I’ve seen. Check it out, man. I mean you might go to your local big box store and get a little four-inch pot, for like five bucks a gallon. This gallon and many one gallons here of the edible perennial greens are only six bucks. If I lived here, I'd like to come here and like clean them out, and plant my whole garden out, because these are nice established plants. It's another thing, you know instead of just a little baby plant, I mean this thing like pushing two feet tall, lots of growth on it, it’s making a lot of flower buds. This is actually known as the Roselle they also have the false Roselle, also known as a cranberry hibiscus here. Another really good one this will grow year round you know. Maybe in some towns when it's colder, it might not look so great but it's always going to come back for you unless there's a hard frost. These plants kind of taste little bit sourly. You know you would add that to salads, a few leaves if you want to make a salad out of one of these greens, you're going to want to use this one. This is just known as the edible hibiscus here, its also called this belle and these ones actually have a much nicer flavor. There's no lemony flavor, its just really mild kind of like lettuce. You could harvest a bunch of these leaves, you know make the base of your salad. Once again you know really amazing price six-fifty for this guy. Moving down once again, my favorite leafy green in the world, that I would grow a bunch of. This is [00:09:23.10] you should grow a nice good Kotok hedge, with a Kotok, all these greens are edible as well as a little top shoots that are tender. I like to eat those instead of asparagus especially in the tropics. And once again you know this is a six-dollar plant. This is like you know two feet high. I've been to places on the other coast you know, to [00:09:48.06] but it's like four times the price of this, so save your money, drive over here, load up you're going to get a lot more plants and get a lot more variety because they have things here you're not going to Find anywhere else, in a really good shape. And the cool thing is about all these plants here, these plants were produced by the interns that are basically getting education on the job. You know they're producing these plants, they're selling them, and the people that are potting these up are learning how to do this so when they go to other countries they'll be able to do this reliably and teach others how to do it as well. So, that's a that's a mission worth supporting in my opinion. Let's go ahead and continue on to actually a unique plant that you're probably not going to find anywhere else. That actually this is the probably the one plant that I'm going to personally take home myself. I don't know if I have a lot of room in my baggage but this definitely warrants it because I’ve never seen this anywhere. So, what we're looking at here are some special garlic chives, that this is special variety that they actually have exclusively are growing themselves over on their farm here at Eco. And this is basically garlic chives that don't go to seed. So, these will not spread out, these are these are only propagated by root divisions. So, you know if you're scared of a garlic going to seed, and then sometimes when it goes to seed, it’s not as productive, this one is just going to produce the leaves, so you could have luscious amounts of leaves all year long. And once again, you know amazing price: six dollars for this nice, big, oversized one-gallon pot. So, another plant I like, that I would be definitely growing here in the area is this guy. This is known as the Thai pepper leaves and basically you could harvest these leaves and eat them. It kind of like gives you like a pepper flavor, and actually this is related to the black pepper plant that they actually also had earlier. But it looks like it got sold. That makes the little you know peppercorns that we're used to eating. This leaf, just add a few leaves of this to your salad it will actually spice it up. And, you know I mean every flavoring in a plant are different Plant phyto-chemical and phyto-nutrients that are healthy for us. I don't know what kind of research has been done on this, but many of the plants here you'll find there's really reliable research and data from other countries, how they have been used traditionally you know to help keep people healthy and to help ward off disease, if it arrives. So the next two leafy Greens are ones you guys must have and if you actually walk around their little book store, they have a little demonstration area around the little pond, that has these two growing in really nice beautiful patches, that I could only wish that I visited. You know food forest had nice patches of these two growing, which looks like copious amounts of edible greens year round. What this is one of my favorites they call this the Chinese spinach, or [00:12:34.25] I would call this the longevity spinach, that's what it's also known for, but you know once again, these are really, really good deals. Six dollars. The roots are popping out of the plant. This guy's ready to be planted. They have two kinds - one with like a reddish stem, and one with a standard green stem. So I think I might even take this one with the purple stem home. They taste the same. But yeah, I like the purple stem and the purple veining on the leaves a little bit. But yeah this is another really mild leafy green that has a lot of data behind it to show its beneficial health benefits. Once again, six dollars, nice large one gallons. You know I mean I’ve paid six dollars or even ten dollars for like in California for like one in a little red Dixie cup, or one of those beer drinking cups, whatever they're called. Now the other one you're going to want to pick up for sure is this guy, this is the Okinawan spinach, and they call it Janeiro bicolor. And look at this I mean this is just more ornamental, but once again these are fully edible. And here's one of the plants here. I think once again this is a six dollars’ plant, one gallon. Look how big it is. Now I grew the other Janeiro bicolor in my garden, that grows pretty good. And I get some good growth in season. But for some reason the Okinawan spinach group really slow for me. And for me I started with a plant smaller than this, they cost me more than this, and by the end of the season they weren't even this big. I mean these guys are already rooted out here in the bottom too. But yeah these guys are easily started from cuttings. But yeah, why do cuttings, when for six bucks you can have a nice huge plant, that you actually start harvesting off of today and start making your own cuttings to divide and multiply them into more. And I think they call this the cholesterol lowering plant. I have a video where I talk about that, you know. I don't think the answer to high cholesterol is the cholesterol lowering plant. I think that the answer to high cholesterol is to stop eating the foods that are making your cholesterol high, like foods with cholesterol. And that's the food that have a mother, that being said you know I like to include the Okinawan spinach in my diet regularly, especially due to the purple pigment and color as well as the other you know properties and nutrition in the plant that will help keep me and help regulate my blood sugar so it's normal. So, this is a cool one, right. This is one that you're not going to find anywhere else and in all my travels I actually haven't seen it. This is a Toro plant, or Taro plant. And this is not grown for the edible roots, like most Taros are grown for. This is known as the taro tied vegetable, Colo cassia gigantia. And this one is actually grown for the edible stems right here. You can eat them raw. Most Taro - the Taro does need to be cooked but you can eat the stems raw so that's very interesting to me and I hear they taste like a really strong flavored celery. And these plants there are twelve fifty for a nice two-gallon size. And they have two left at this time and between the two I would get this one, because this one actually has one nice plant in [00:15:46.09]. It looks like it has two little smaller plants in the pot, so you're getting actually three for the price of one. So, they have so many different fruit trees here at the eco nursery and it's hard for me just to pick out a few, to share with you guys today because I could be here and go over the Montero, the Peanut butter fruit tree, and the black sapote, the white sapote, the Cambial, you know all kinds of crazy stuff. But I want to really highlight some of the ones that I personally like, hoping that you'll grow them because I know if you'd grow them and taste them you're probably going to like them too, and these are ones that grow really easily. So, this one is known as a strawberry tree or Muntingi Calibra. And basically, I had this at the local food forest and to me this like, it had an amazing incredible flavor, and they grow these here at Eco, and these guys once again they're pushing over six feet tall. These will get really large actually, and they're thirty dollars and really delicious fruits. I mean I think in Hawaii I ate this fruit and they called it the Captain Crunch berry fruit. Because it literally when you eat it, it has a explosive flavor in your mouth that tastes like starbursts but like it's just so complex, you just gotta try it. I mean there's a little small berries also they're highly pigmented, So that's also good for your antioxidants. Let's see here I mean I don't know what other fruit trees i should [00:17:10.20]. Maybe I'm going to cover one more. It's a mulberry, that's pretty rare. It's a green mulberry, that the birds aren't going to want to eat because they're going to think it's not ripe yet. So this is the special green mulberry, that I haven't seen before. And the tree's a little bit smaller here, it's a thirty dollar tree right now. But these make nice, long, green mulberries that turn green, and then they kind of turn a little bit lighter green, and then they're ready to eat. And I heard they taste kind of like, they don't taste like a traditional white or purple mulberry, they taste more like honeydew melon-ish. I haven't tasted them yet. One of these days I hope to taste them. There's also Mulberry trees that they could probably get in here that have edible leaves, so then your mulberry tree could have more than one use, you can eat the leaves on it, you don't want to strip the leaves off if you don't have a lot of leaves on there, because they won't be able to make the fruit. And then you could also have edible fruit. And then also of course. There's like ever Berry mulberries, they're going to produce you know more regularly than some varieties, produce annually. So, if you guys saw the last episode at Eco, they had a really nice area with the perennial peanut grass, which actually can be hard to find, actually. It's rare that I actually see perennial peanut grass for sale. This is a nice size, a two-gallon pot, twelve dollars and the perennial peanut grass is started from cutting. So literally, you just have to buy one plant, start this, you could do cuttings off it, then you could actually just you know do cuttings in areas of your yard and you could basically have a perennial peanut grass which is a they say is nitrogen fixing, also makes a great ground cover to you know out compete weeds and whatnot. It's a lot better than having the standard grass and twelve dollars for a nice plant that you could make more cuttings and plants from. And also this is a source for that which can be rare. I mean I’ve seen it in Hawaii, but I think is the first time I’ve seen it anywhere in the continental United States for sale. So, another thing I want you guys to pick up when you guys come to the eco nursery here, are the papayas here. They have some very special varieties of papayas. I mean these are just the red Mordovia papayas which you know I wouldn't necessarily recommend. They have some other really cool variety that might be out of right now, but they have some really sweet varieties that you guys got to try now. The thing about papaya you've got to be concerned about is, there are genetically modified papayas out there. They're using non genetically modified seeds here, that's the only one they grow here, number one. And number two, you know they grow these seeds themselves. They started all these seeds and now these are nice little healthy trees, so let's see here. Here's the one that I like at present time. This is a known as the Red Lady papaya. Look at this. This is a really nice stout, healthy plant in a little one gallon pot. It's eight dollars and twenty-five cents. You know you could buy like four of these or you could buy one of the thirty dollar trees. I think you'd have a much better value to buy you know four of these, or five of these, instead of one thirty dollar tree. And here's why - the papayas will fruit for you year round. So, the other trees will only produce once a year, right. We want to eat now. We want to have food from our gardens now. And especially you know, you can't just go down and buy some these special varieties of papayas like the Red Lady. Its one of my favorite varieties of papayas. Deep rich, red flesh and really sweet, although they have other varieties hopefully with some funky Thai names that they don't have in stock right now, which I'm been told is even sweeter. Which are the ones I would buy in addition to the Red Lady. And if you don't know what to get, get one of each, right. Grow them all and then maybe you'll like a different one than I would like, right. But I really like the red ones myself and one day when I have a property in the tropics, I'll definitely be growing this variety as well as other papayas, because it's one of my favorite foods. So, the other tree that I would encourage you guys to get is you know a starch based tuber tree, and this is known as the Cassava CMC forty. And these are in two or three gallon pots for only ten bucks. If you want to worry about getting the best value for your dollar, and produce in the most amount of caloric dense food for your dollar, this ten dollars is going to produce in mounds and mounds of food for you. Because not only is this tree right here for ten dollars fairly large, it's also growing the tubers as I speak inside the pot, that you going to plant in the ground and maybe in like ten months or so you could actually dig them up and have a carbohydrate rich tubers, which is a stable crop for many people around the world. In America we're just not familiar with it. But in addition you're growing all the top growth right. The amazing thing about this plant is once you're done, you harvest the tubers, you could take the top growth, all the wood here you do into cuttings with a few nodes, you stick them in the ground, and now you multiply the amount of tubers you guys are going to grow next season. So this never ends, as long as you keep this system going. One plant could provide you with literally tons and tons of food. Just ten bucks. And the other thing special about the cassava here, unlike other cassavas is you know they grow cassava here and they help farmers all around the world grow cassava. They've done trials here at the farm and this variety grew the largest yields than any other variety that they've tested. So the next area I want to show you guys really quick are some of the premium herbs that are going to do well in this climate. You know they sell different kinds of herbs and many of them will do pretty well. I like you know of course the garlic chives, of course the Cuban oregano here, a nice succulent plant with a regular like flavors. It will be great to use to flavor up your [00:22:51.14] or whatever like that, and these plants are only six-fifty and this plant is going to be around for a long time. They're really tolerant plants and really nice plants. And check it out, man. I've never seen these guys go to flower before. It's actually quite impressive. Well, they smell really nice too. The other one that you will want to get to if you're a basal lover like me and my girlfriend, is this guy. This is known as the African tree basal. This is not like the standard kind of basal that will go to flower, set seeds and all this stuff, this is you know I think this is a more sterile variety that doesn't produce seeds and will just basically - once it goes to seed, just clip it off, it'll just keeps growing and growing for you. Now it does have a stronger flavor than regular basal, but I like it because it's a lot easier to take care of. And this one gallon, is only five dollars and thirty-five cents. So, some of the last perennial edible greens I want to show you guys today, that are most important to get, number one the cranberry hibiscus. This along with the Roselle, they're kind of brother and sister. This one has the red leaves, really nice. They kind of taste pretty similar. I like that a lot. You can eat that one raw in salads and what not. And then if you want to cook your greens, do not eat these raw, they are poisonous. This is the Tchiowa plant and once again six-fifty for one gallon plant. This is a nice tree all these leaves picked and eaten. You know if you're cooking up and Steaming your greens, you could just plant one of these or two these in your yard and have steam greens every night. You wouldn't have to buy greens again at the grocery store. And that's why I'm bringing you guys this episode, right. Here they have the perennial greens. This is very important. I know a lot of you guys might have moved to South Florida from like Wisconsin or Maine or Chicago or New York, wherever you guys are from, right. And you grow annuals every year. It would snow every year. Then you would have to replant your garden. These plants are perennials. That means you just buy it. Once you've planted it, it grows like a tree, grows like a shrub, it grows year round. It's like your lawn you know, if you're up north. Your lawn you don't have to replant every year. It comes back every year. This is going to continue to grow provided you don't get, you know hard freeze. Some of these will handle light freezes, some don't like frost at all. But you could always do you know take cuttings of these, if you are impending a frost or cover them, put Christmas tree lights on them, if you are going to get a frost, because usually frost down here aren't too bad. So these plants make the most sense to grow, because they're going to feed you and your family longer, and these are the same very plants that the eco teaches people in foreign countries, across the world to grow, because they're easy and they continue to produce whether that's for sustenance farming for the family or producing you know for the farmer to sell at markets. Alright, next is another tree you will want to get, and that's the Maringa. One of the most nutritious trees in the entire plant kingdom. You can eat all the leaves on there, they're all edible. You know if you come here our price start out with even a four-inch pot, or a one gallon. Don't bother to get the ones that are taller. You know these guys grow very fast and actually you probably have to top them at a certain point because they're going to get too tall for you guys to harvest them. Now if you don't want to buy the plants which are really a good price, you could actually get the seeds inside the store. And I think that's what I want to do for you guys next, is actually head into the store and share with you guys some of the good books and some of the seeds from Eco that you guys can source here, as well as Actually some of the fertilizers. And actually if you come on the right day, you could actually buy some fruits and vegetables here. So I'd encourage you guys to come on a Friday or Saturday, when they have their little fruit stand open. Alright so over here they have a selection of different fertilizers here. Some standard and some organic, but I really want to point out here for you guys that are fans of mine, is they're selling Azthamite here. Now, this azthamite is the cheapest price I've seen in Florida. Thirty nine ninety-five for forty-four pounds, so that's less than a dollar a pound. If you order it online it's usually a dollar a pound or so. So, this is less than a dollar a pound. You can come here pick it up locally. The Azthemite, what it is, it's the trace minerals that's what it stands for. A to Z of minerals. And I want to encourage you guys to add the trace minerals to your garden. You know these are not often talked about in organic gardening classes or even Master Gardeners courses. They're not privy to the information of how beneficial the trace minerals are not only to the plants, not only to us when we eat the plants that have absorbed the trace minerals, but more importantly to the micro-biome, the bacteria, the microbes, the earthworms, the Whole Foods, to a web need proper ratios of minerals to fully thrive. And I have seen in my own gardens you know getting higher yields, healthier plants that taste better, by using the Azthemite as many of my viewers have also. But the problem is if you go into most nurseries ask them for Azthemite, they're going to look at you like you're from the moon, because most nurseries don't know what that is. They're going to say oh you want iron-ite, no it's not the same. That's iron. This is you know up to seventy different trace minerals in there. Now, luckily today they have their market garden which happens only on Fridays and Saturdays. So I'd encourage you guys to come here because you're going to get to try some of the fruits that they grow here on site that are not available otherwise, because you're not supposed to be picking stuff and eating them. But of course you can come here and you know buy the fruit and vegetables to take home. They've got coolers here full of kale and Swiss chard, that's a really good price. And I mean check this out if you guys are juicers, you guys want to come this is seventy-five cents for all this kale. There are collard greens. This is important if you guys don't grow your own stuff. Of course, if you grow your own stuff, eat your own stuff but nonetheless I'm traveling right now, so the Greens are amazing price and I’ve got some stuff myself. All different kinds of greens here today and this is going to vary on the season of course. I think earlier they also had some Maringa leaves that you could buy but it's silly to buy unless you're a visitor to town. And because that's something easy to grow. They got papayas, pomelos, Green bell peppers, they've got a tropical pumpkin, Tahitian butternut - actually this one looks really good to me - choate squash, Meyer lemons, persimmons, Hall avocado. Check this guy out - they got the wax jumbo fruit, they got a bunch of okra, they got the green beans, they got combola or star fruit, they got bitter gourds, which are actually - ones actually ripe and going to seed right now I'd like to eat the fruit around the seed myself. And they've got this one is really cool. I think the sign fell down but this is like a Cayenne pepper that's actually like a sweet pepper so it's not hot. That's quite impressive maybe I’ll try one now for you guys on the camera and then I’ll buy it. Wow. This is really good actually it has a nice fruity flavor, but there's like no heat. And then I think we're going to save the seeds and try to Plant them. And yes they've got Asian green eggplant, large purple eggplant. More different kinds of eggplant. Monroe avocados, some hot peppers, some sweet yellow peppers, some Roselle buds. And they also have some herbs and what not over here. So, yeah amazing little farmer's market, they got going on Friday and Saturday. So, come to sample some of the fruits that you can't eat otherwise. So, now we're going to go ahead and head into the bookstore right quick, and share with you guys some of the seeds that you guys, if you guys don't live in this area, you guys could actually order online. They have available on their website econet.org. And here they have some of the special varieties that are more heat tolerant - the Lago spinach, Ethiopian kale, that's the one that I recommend you guys grow, that I showed you guys a bit earlier in the episode, the cranberry hibiscus, if you're not able to buy the plants. You could get the seed packet for four dollars, but in my opinion you know instead of buying the seed packet if you're local by the plant, it's two dollars more and you can instantly harvest them instead of having to germinate them and wait. Plus the plant will produce its own seeds for later, that you guys could use. Carrot seeds, let's see which ones do I really like. [00:30:53.28] of course I can't forget them. Maringa seeds right here. Pigeon pea, really good nitrogen fixing crop - the pigeon peas also edible. And New Zealand spinach, Melber spinach both the red and the green variety, and the Roselle - I definitely like a lot - on the seminal pumpkins. The pumpkin you guys need to grow if you guys are here in South Florida. So besides the seeds they have here that's from Eco they have you know seed saver seeds, which are some really cool varieties, but also they have a really nice bookstore. This is probably one of the best bookstores that I’ve seen, if you're into growing food. Because they have books that you won't be able to find anywhere else, including some of their books that they publish themselves. They have a nice little area for kids, because we want to get kids educated about growing food. Let's see, I think some of the books I like are right over here. They were got a really good book on offer at the eco put out. It's literally a textbook in natural farming, and they've got a cartoon natural farming to basically break down the concepts of Korean natural farming, IMOS and make it really simple for you guys with like a simple illustrations, That even a kid could understand. Nice large print, there's a subsection on using human urine. Here's the techniques on rainwater harvesting, gardening with less water. I think the books that I really like especially here in the tropics, is this book it's like an encyclopedia. Julie F. Morton, fruits of warm climates. As well as they have all these little books put out by eco agroforestry and in Central African home garden and this is a manual for tree gardening in the human tropics that would apply to this area and actually some of the people that actually worked for eco doing the missionary work wrote this book so they actually have the skills to know what it takes to do this and that's what they did. Another good book that I want to get one of these days is edible leaves of the tropics. And this explains all the different tropical leaves that are edible including nice pictures and talks all about them. I mean i've only shared a small fraction of them with you guys today, but there's so many more. And if you guys live in a tropical location you will want to get this book to educate yourselves and then source you know some of the plants or seeds so you guys you grow them yourself. Let's see they have a little small area with different you know irrigation and they have a whole section of Neem. I want to point this out really fast. This is the Neem powder that I use. I use this Neem and tooth powder especially after I eat any kind of citrus or pineapple because it has some baking soda in there to kind of nullify the acids. Also I like the neem in there that helps kill the bacteria. Let's see moving on yeah I mean there's just so many different books here. I could be here all day, so I encourage you guys to browse and you know pick up some of the books and take them home with you. Of course if you want to learn more about Maringa they got, you know a couple different books on Maringa that you could learn a lot of information about. The really good perennial vegetable book. Of course I always recommend Jeff Lowenfeld's Books. Teeming with nutrients, in tune with microbes, this is like the basis of my gardening style. You know because it's not about like growing the vegetables, or growing the fruit trees. It's about building your soil and these books really get into depth and make it in an easy to digest way, you know how to build your soil up the best way possible to have the best growth. Of course you know I do encourage everybody to do the humanure, and this is the humanure handbook, this is the Bible for doing the humanure. Let's see, also like sandor katz art of fermentation. If you want to ferment anything, it's in this book. I mean just walking around the bookstore they've selected some really choice books to offer people, so I'm glad about that. Let's see I think you know over on this side you know lots more just gardening books, edible gardening. Yeah I mean I think that's pretty much it. Oh yeah this Florida's best fruiting plants, so another one you guys want to get if you're into growing like fruiting plants and fruit trees. I mean there's so much resource available here in the bookstore to learn from. And also you know if you're somebody doing the missionary work or in two different aid projects they have an online community that you could join through Echo as well as the library where they have all the documentation and information, all the information they've been collecting over the years you know to share with people so they can continue the mission of you know teaching people to grow their food. So my time at Eco nursery today and Eco has come to an end. The only plant I'm taken home is this special garlic chives, it doesn't go to flower. It's a really amazing plant, a really good price too. I mean i've had definitely a fun time here at Eco going on the tour. Be sure to check my other video on the tour. I'll post a link down below if you haven't seen it. I'll post also links down below to when I visit the eco nursery I don't know like back in two thousand and nine it was way different then. I think it's definitely improved since whenII’ve been here. Also be sure to check the link down below to econet.org. If you're not in the local area are going to visit the nursery could order at least some of the seeds that they offer on line. Of course, they will not ship out the plants you guys got to come here to buy them. I guess that's pretty much it. If you guys enjoy this episode and want me to come back to eco nursery and do more videos to grow more the different plants here, because I only covered like this much, because they have so many different things that I could talk about today. Please be sure to give me a thumbs up to let me know. Also be sure to click the Subscribe button right down below, to be noted my new upcoming episodes are coming out about every three to four days on this You Tube channel. I'm still here in South Florida for a few more days. I'm going to have a really good videos and content that's going to help you guys out if you guys are here anywhere in South Florida. 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I like the purple stem and the purple veining on the leaves a little bit.