Welcome to Ready-to-Grow Gardens! We are an edible garden company that helps others grow organic vegetables, herbs and fruit all year in Miami/South Florida.

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IMG_7371We help others grow food as locally as possible by designing, installing and maintaining edible gardens for homes, schools, restaurants, offices, and public spaces.

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For more information on our edible garden services or to set up an installation or consultation contact  dylan@ready-to-grow.com, or 786-436-7703.

In-person consultations are usually $50-$75 (depending on location).  We can also provide free consultations using photos and google maps.  If interested in just purchasing edible plants, we can sell them from our nursery BY APPOINTMENT  or deliver to you ($100 minimum order).

The address of our nursery (OPEN ONLY BY APPOINTMENT) is:

 

4590 SW 122nd Ave, 33175

 

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Some time left for cool weather planting

At the time of writing this we are still blessed with a nice window of cooler weather.  It is a time when South Florida can grow a wide selection of favorite veggies and herbs that will not usually grow well in our warmer rainy season.

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Lettuce, red rain and chinese cabbage

Plants currently in stock can be seen here.  Our raised bed garden packages are a great way to grow cool veggies and herbs.  It is also a good time to start planning for food forest planting, which usually happens in late spring or summer.

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Cool weather vegetable and herb plants for South Florida

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In South Florida we finally are now getting some cool fall weather and it is the best time to be planting veggies and herbs that like it this way.  This includes many of our favorite annual crops, crops that are typically grown through the summer in northern climates are well suited to be grown throughout the winter here.

Ready-to-Grow Gardens just moved locations to a much larger space in West Miami (4590 SW 122nd Ave, 33175).  We currently have a greenhouse full of young plants, many that are ready to be planted.  If anybody would like some they can be picked up from us at our location by appointment on weekend afternoons or be delivered on orders over $100.  Most plants are in 4″ pots and are $4 each. Quantity discounts available.  To make an appointment or place an order please text 786-436-7703 or email dylan@ready-to-grow.com.

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How to Install a Food Forest

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.

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Edible South Florida – Spring 2014 issue

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!
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Grow your own fruit and low maintenance veggies/herbs with a food forest!

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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.

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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.

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Time for Planting Food Forests

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.

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Edible Gardens at Vizcaya

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.

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Edible Gardening in South Florida Spring

 

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!

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Ready-to-Grow Gardens needs to move to a new space!

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 dylan@ready-to-grow.com or call 786-436-7703.

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