Now that we're all well and truly grounded, the lack of jet aircraft in the sky's above have had an immediate effect. Notice how crystal clear the sky has become? Nice and quiet too! Not having that layer of soot evenly distributed in our upper atmosphere also removes the reflective blanket that has served to block out much of the sun's radiation at ground level. This was discovered in 2001 when 9/11 grounded much of the world's flights. The daytime temperatures immediately increase rapidly!
Those of you who are usually too busy to spend much time working in the garden, or those who like me, are just lazy gardeners, will know how increasingly difficult it has become to grow conventional fruit and vegetables with comfort and ease.
If you have space available in your yard, here is a list of the easiest and most important things that will yield high returns, that you can grow here in most conditions without much effort at all.
Cassava: roots and young leaves when well cooked provide starch and nutrients, while being inferior to the much loved potato, it's way better than trying to consume grass clippings!
Mulberry: The toughest, easiest tree of all to grow, producing luscious berries and the young leaves being also suitable as a green vegetable or green tea substitute.
Macadamia: The local variety is pretty much bullet proof and given adequate water will supply you with high protein, valuable oil content and shade.
Guava: Of all varieties, these trees are also one of the toughest, easiest to grow species. There may come a time when you may be thankful for the extra protein provided be fruit fly larvae, but eat em green, comparing them to crisp apples, like millions of Asians know how to do if you don't fancy the extra proteins!
Pomegranate: Another indestructible tree that will grow anywhere, given enough sunlight. Massive vitamin C content and delicious!
Lemonade Tree: By far the easiest and most productive citrus tree you could possibly have, providing fruit for around 9 months of the year. If you have enough space available, it may be worth also considering Pomelos with the ever increasing temperature.
Grumichama: A wonderful Cherry substitute, this evergreen Sth American tree is a must have, as it also serves as an excellent hedge or screening tree from those annoying neighbours you don't want to see.
Brazil Cherry: Also known as Surinam cherry, this large shrub, regarded by many as a weed, is massively productive and easy to grow, also making an excellent hedge plant as you can prune it severely without doing any damage. Many people find the aromatic fruits are not to their liking, but believe me, when it's not just toilet paper that's missing from the supermarket shelves, you will learn to love this fruit?!
Pigeon Pea: Otherwise known as Dhal, this wonderful little bush fixes nitrogen to your soil and provides pods of rich goodness. Harvest when the pods 'rattle' and dry in a warm spot till the pods explode and you can sieve out your free lentils which can be stored for years. When ready to use, simply soak them in water and bicarb for 2 days or so and rinse well before boiling to make your Indian curry.
Last but most importantly, Jakfruit: If you can beat the phytophthora, this tree will provide you with more food per square metre, than any other plant of the planet. The young fruit makes an excellent potato substitute and the mature fruit provides delicious nutritious goodness and the seeds can be cooked as well. How to beat the dreaded phytopthora? Bio-diverse soil microbes provide the best solution which means lots of leaf litter, compost and carbon based biomass will out-compete the bad bugs.
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