Crops

Planting chart for Mississippppi

Some things to grow (if you are reading this, do your own research!) …

Lettuce, Cabbages

Tomato, Green Peppers, Cayenne Peppers, Cucumbers

Succhini, Summer Squash

Hemp

The term ‘hemp’ means the plant Cannabis Sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

Cannabis Sativa L. for $500/lb until Feb 1, 2019.

Sunn Hemp (Crotolaria Juncea) is not listed as a noxious weed in MS but it is NOT grown for its seeds due to toxicity. It is grown for forage (think deer plots). It fixes nitrogen in the soil, and is good fodder for goats after growing for 45 days. “Turkey and Quail” will forage and hide in it … so I think chickens, too. For other livestock, see the Sunn Hemp pdf.

Tropic Sun hemp, a variety of of the above C. Juncea known as Crotolaria Juncea L., but is still grown as green manure and forage. It grows best in well drained soils. In the continental United States it should be adapted to spring and summer planting in the South and Southwest.

‘Tropic Sun’ seed should be broadcast and covered (40 to 60 lb pure live seed per acre) or drilled (30 to 50 lb/acre) about V2 to 1 in (1’/i to 2V2 cm) deep in a well-prepared, weed-free seedbed. For maximum yields, a soil test should be taken and the fertilizer and other soil amendments applied as recommended. Calcium carbonate for pH adjustment to at least pH 6.0 and phosphorus are needed for maximum dry matter and nitrogen production. Soils low in these elements should be fertilized to meet the needs of the crop. For example, some soils low in phosphorus may require an application of 300 lb/acre (336 kg/ha) treble superphosphate or 600 lb/acre (673 kg/ha) of single superphosphate fertilizer before planting. This phosphate can also be used by the succeeding cash crop. The seed should be inoculated with cowpea-type or “EL” inoculant to ensure effective nodulation as some soils may not contain the correct Rhizobium
strain.

‘Tropic Sun’ should receive a minimum of 1 in (25 mm) of moisture per week for maximum growth; however, it is quite drought tolerant.

Sunn hemp should never be allowed to grow beyond the full-bloom stage if it is being grown for green manure. The crop should be plowed down either in the bud or early flowering stage (Figure 3), which normally is about 60 days or less after planting. If allowed to grow beyond this stage, the plants will become fibrous and will be very difficult to plow under. Home gardeners and farmers with light tillage equipment should plan to incorporate the plants when they are no taller than about 3 ft (90 cm), in 30 to 50 days.

Limited amounts of ‘Tropic Sun’ seed can be produced by allowing a small area of planting to mature and develop seed pods. The pods may be hand-harvested when the seeds rattle in the pods, normally about 5 months after planting. The pods are then crushed or cracked and the seeds separated. This procedure is labor intensive and is practical where only a small amount of seed is needed or where seed is not commercially available.

For commercial or large-scale seed production see the Tropic Sun pdf. Aphids
(Aphis spp.) and the bean butterfly (Lampides boeticus) have been the main insect pests. Powdery mildew (Oidium sp.) may appear on leaves during very humid weather. Harvest when the seeds rattle in the pods, which will be about 5 months from planting. When the seed crop is ready for harvest, the plants should be dry and self-defoliated. However, showers after the last irrigation
could keep the crop
green. Seed yields of over 2200 lb/acre may be expected.

Nettles

Nettles are not listed as a noxious weed in MS. But they are a weed. They like rich soil, and will come back every year in a good spot without your effort. You can pick the tops off repeatedly and boil them like spinach. Delicious, I’m not kidding! Watch out for their sting, which is from the juice on the underside of their leaves while growing in the field.

Potato, Sweet Potato, Tarot Root

Peanuts, Peas, Beans

Sunflowers

Basil, Cilantro/Coriander, Mint

Horseradish, Garlic, Onions

Black Seed – This black cumin (I think) is a super healer.

Moringa Tree

Kudzu is edible. How must it be prepared? Is it palatable? Save the world! Eat Kudzu!

 

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