Ficus repens, also called creeping fig, is a fast-growing, vigorous vine consisting of small, alternate, heart-shaped cascading leaves up to 2.5 cm long. This vine can be planted throughout the year in a moist, well-drained soil mix and bright, indirect sunlight or partial shade. It needs ample space to grow as it reaches 3 – 4.5 metres high and 1 – 1.8 metres wide. This plant provides excellent ground-cover and firmly attaches itself to stone walls, fences and the sides of trees by its adhesive aerial roots. It can also be displayed in containers or hanging baskets. Ficus repens should be irrigated regularly during the growing season and pruned as needed.
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Sorrel is native to West Africa, but is also found in India where it is locally called Chukai. The young shoots and leaves are eaten either raw or as a cooked vegetable while the swollen calyces of the flowers are used in the preparation of beverages, preserves and jellies. Bast fibre can also be collected from the stem and utilized to make rope, yarn and/or textiles.
Pumpkin is a very versatile as all parts of the plant can be utilized for food. The fruit is used both fresh and processed. It can be baked, steam, boiled and processed into a powder for use in drinks and soups. The leaves and flowers are cooked and eaten and even the seeds are roasted and consumed. Pumpkins constitute a good source of vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B and C.