Welcome to Ready-to-Grow Gardens! We are an edible garden company that helps others grow organic vegetables, herbs and fruits all year in Miami and South Florida.
We help others grow food as locally as possible by designing, installing and maintaining edible gardens for homes, schools, restaurants, offices, and public spaces.
We also provide a wide range of supplies you might need for your garden, including compost, organic fertilizer, organic pesticides, mulch, and an excellent selection of organically grown fruit, vegetable, and herb plants. Being in our unique South Florida climate, one can grow tasty edible plants all year long.
For more information about our edible garden services or to set up an installation or consultation contact Dylan Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 786-436-7703. In-person consultations are usually $50-$75 (depending on location). We also provide free consultations over the phone using photos and google maps. If interested in just purchasing edible plants, we can sell them from our nursery by appointment ($50 minimum order) or deliver to you ($100 minimum order).
What are the specifics of how to start a food forest?
Like with all edible gardens, usually the starting point of installation lies in choosing the location. Ideally the food forest will be planted in a space with full sun, rich-well draining soil, and ideally away from large trees with aggressive root systems (banyan trees as an example). If the soil isn’t rich it can later be improved with the addition of compost, organic fertilizer, and mulch, however, it is important that the site receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight throughout the whole year. Trimming trees that make shade is one way to create more light for a site. Also bear in mind that once fruit trees become taller they will receive more light.
I know I am late posting this, but here is the most recent issue of edible south florida. Click here to view the online addition. I wrote a column about food forests on page 15 and there are a lot of other great ones, including one on foraging in South Florida. The next issue for summer will be out soon!
When we aren’t working on raised beds and gardens with an annual focus, we are working on food forests. Food forests are a great way to take up a larger amount of space with plants that you can eat! Food forests consist of fruit trees with a lot of other edible plants growing in the spaces around the fruit trees.
Food forests can be installed in a wide range of sizes, and are typically planted during the rainy season. Once matured, food forests can provide abundant harvests all year long. Since most of the plants in food forests are perennial, there is less of a need to replant as often as one does in an annual garden. For more information on our food forests, visit our food forest page.
In South Florida we are blessed with the ability to grow food all year long. Gardeners are able to shift their focus from planting cool weather veggies and herbs in fall, winter, and early spring to planting tropical edible plants in our late spring and summer.
Our late spring and summer is very rainy, hot and humid. It is a time when most cool weather greens and herbs don’t grow very well, if at all, but gardening can still go on. South Florida is one of the few places in the U.S. where tropical plants thrive. Food forests are a way of gardening which allow tropical plants (mostly edible ones) to coexist in a garden design that is closer to nature than traditional edible gardens.
With the additional help of Slow Food Miami and Wholefoods South Miami, Ready-to-Grow Gardens has recently created 2 edible gardens at Vizcaya. This is a pilot project for Vizcaya to test the waters of possibly creating a historic farm similar to the one that existing on the site about a century before.
Spring is an exciting time to be doing edible gardening in South Florida. At the beginning of it one still has enough cool weather to plant short-season winter annuals but it is also a good idea to start planting veggies and herbs that are more heat tolerant.
It is also a good time to start working on food forests and planting fruit trees. If any of you would like help planting a last round of cool weather veggies and herbs or help with designing, planting and/or maintaining a food forest or fruit trees we’d love to help!
Happy holidays! It has been almost 3 years since we have been based from our current location in South Miami and it has been integral in helping to get Ready-to-Grow Gardens where it is today. However, we were notified a week ago that our landlord is selling her property and that Ready-to-Grow Gardens needs to find a new home.
What is needed in new space:
Ready-to-Grow Gardens is a company that helps others with creating edible gardens. What we need a space for, is a place for growing our edible plants, for storing materials (wood, soil, mulch), storing equipment (trailer, trucks, tools), and for building garden beds out of wood.
The space would ideally be close to 1/2 an acre or larger. Our current space is about a quarter of an acre but it is very tight and it would be great to have a larger space, which would also help with the potential for creating new jobs with RTGG.
Though we are open to moving to Homestead, we would ideally like to find a space more centralized in the Miami area. Many of our clients are north and we want a place that is convenient for people to drive to for plants and other gardening materials.
If anybody has any ideas for where we could move to, please let me know! Best to email email@example.com or call 786-436-7703.
We are finally ready for fall planting now that the weather has started to cool slightly and most hard rains have ended! In the coming months we are able to grow the best salad greens, tomatoes and much more, right in our own South Florida gardens. This is as local as it gets. However, for many people designing a garden properly, bringing in soil and starting plants from seeds can be overwhelming. Often many are not experienced gardening with our unique climate or simply don’t have the time to start or do enough maintenance on a garden.
This is what Ready-to-Grow Gardens specializes in. Simplifying the process of designing, installing and/or maintaining edible gardens well suited for South Florida’s unique conditions.
If you or anyone you know would like help with an edible garden keep us in mind, and feel free to schedule an appointment. In addition to creating new gardens, we help replant existing gardens and have a great selection of edible veggie and herb plants for sale, with the majority seen here.
It has been a busy summer for Ready-to-Grow Gardens. As we became less busy planting raised beds for annual veggies and herbs we became more busy planting “food forests”, gardens that focus more on fruit trees, nitrogen fixers, and perennial vegetables/herbs that can grow all year here, even through our steamy summers. Without further ado, here is a series of before and after photos showing how fast a food forest can grow in just 3 or 4 months!
In progress on installation.
A few months later…