It was an honor to recently get a surprise visit from John Kohler of Growing Your Greens. Below is a video he made at our nursery and demo garden showing some of the growing we do. I recommend watching it and other videos that John has made about growing your own food. More at www.growingyourgreens.com …
Winter is coming! We are starting to grow a wide variety of veggies and herbs that need it more chilly. Also the Ready-to-Grow Gardens nursery is open every Saturday, noon – 4 pm. If you need any plants and supplies for your edible garden feel free to stop by at 4590 SW 122nd Ave, Miami, FL, 33175.
Also for those that would like to know what we have or will have soon, here it is:
We only have a little more cool weather left for this Spring. While we still can plant certain cool weather crops for the next few weeks or so, pretty soon we will only be able to plant heat tolerant tropical crops till the weather cools down again in the fall. It is a great time to start thinking about planting tropical fruit trees. For those of you that would like to plant tropical fruit trees but would also like to grow other edible plants around the fruit trees, you may want to plant a food forest.
Ready-to-Grow Gardens offers these in different sizes, and more info can be seen on our food forest page.
We also are starting to offer dragonfruit trellises that are extremely sturdy and durable, which we build out of reclaimed greenheart wood.
Pretty soon you could be eating your own homegrown bananas,
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.
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.
In South Florida we finally are now getting some cool fall weather and it is the best time to be planting cool weather vegetable and herb plants for South Florida. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.