Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Can Moringa Trees be Raised in Tennessee Year Round? Looking Ahead in 2016 and Plans





I have been working with the Moringa trees for a year now.  If you live in a area with a micro-climate that does not get frost, the answer is yes.  Most of the areas around Clarksville and Nashville, Tennessee gets a snow or two and many frigid days and nights.  So planting outside in the ground will not work in most cases.  

So your choices are a heated greenhouse and only if it is heated or raise them in the house.  If your house does not get adequate sunlight, they will not do well.  

The grow lights have to be greater than T5 strength because my trees have not done well under T5's.  If you do not plant them in well draining soil, they will not strive.  The trees need to dry out in the soil between watering.  

So I will wait it out here until the temperatures get consistently warm here, about May, before I put them out on the porch. I will replant them in different soil and start over, learning from my mistakes. 

I do intend to grow some trees again to give me enough leaves for the rabbits and our family. Every new area presents challenges and lessons to be learned. I love my Moringa tea and the leaves in our salads.  This year, most of the salad greens will come from our garden, the Moringa trees, and some natural greens that grow in our yard.  The Kudzu that grows in the gorge beside the property will give all the livestock rich nutritional food to munch on.  There is clover, plantain, and dock in every step.   We moved on to property that is truly a blessings for its bounty.





Plans for the Future: 

#1: In March, we will be planting several more rows of Comfrey roots, whose leaves will be used to feed the rabbits and chickens. Some of the roots will be sold as well.  A roll of Kale and Swiss Chard will be added as well.

#2: Mint and a few other herb plants will be sold as well.  More elderberry bushes will be added. Dwarf Mulberry seedlings are growing in the house now. 

#3: I will be putting in effort into writing articles again and blogging.  I am branching out into articles on other subjects other than Moringa.   Since I am a Master Herbalist, I want to expand my articles focusing  on our area here in Tennessee and what natural herbs and bushes grown here locally. The area is rich in natural herbs and nutritional rich greens.

Note: We lived in TN for 5 years and the trees never did well. Let me know if you have gotten them to grow in your area of TN.   Leaving outside unprotected even in the summer is a problem because of the rain there. They are subject to root rot.  


This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.
 
 My #1 choice is Banyan Botanicals Organic Moringa Powder here 
 
 

 
Moringa Powder Capsules - Organic and Vegan (210 Count, 1,000mg Per Serving) Amazing Green Superfood from Moringa Oleifera Leaf by Double Wood Supplements 


All for today.  Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin