What the rain gardens, swale (ditch really), and berm do in my yard is to collect the excess rain water that would typically run off, holding it on my property until it has time to soak in slowly. The key here is the word ‘slowly’. With typical rains (and snow thaws) only a certain amount of water will penetrate into the subsoil while it is raining. Create a way to hold it on the landscape for awhile and you can store much greater quantities of
Growing your own Papayas from seed is as easy as dropping the seeds in the ground and watching them grow. This tree is only 18 month old and is fully loaded with fruit! How easy is that!? I think if you live in South Florida it should be illegal not to grow them :)
Slice or dice your eggplant before brushing it with oil and cooking over direct heat. Peeling the skin is up to you. Depending on how thick your slices or cubes are, it could take your eggplant anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes to reach the right tenderness.
American Beauty-Berry Jelly~ makes a wonderful jelly! Berries are also good for a natural dye. Rub the leaves together in your hands and rub the oils from the leaves on your skin to keep away mosquitoes! Works for about 20 mins then repeat. The bush makes a great hedge and dies back in the winter. Grows wild all over the South.