Our South Florida food forest season, in review (before and after shots)

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!

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IMG_6420A few months later…

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Great deals on bananas and papayas, planted or not planted

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We are currently overstocked with banana papaya plants and are trying to make more space in our nursery for growing cool weather vegetables and herbs.  We can work out GREAT deals on these and want to give them good homes.  Call 786-436-7703 or email dylan@miamiediblegardens.com to schedule a planting, plant pickup or delivery. Continue reading

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It is time for Food Forests!

With the advent of our hot and rainy season many gardeners become frustrated in their inability to grow cool-weather vegetables well. I’ll keep it short and sweet, stop trying, they aren’t meant to grow here now.  Now is the time for planting fruit trees, heat tolerant edible perennials/annuals and cover crops (plants that improve the fertility of soil).  When these are planted together in a way that mimics the ways plants are found in nature, what you get are “food forests”.  Food forests are great in that once they are established, they require little maintenance and are a very productive way to grow food in South Florida.  More information on food forests and our food forest packages can be seen here.

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Greening Up: South Florida’s Young Farmers

Great new video on South Florida’s Local Food Movement by Carmen Rodriguez and Lucila Aguiar!

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Enjoy the cool weather while it is here!

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Substantial tomato harvest with a kohlrabi

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Harvest from the collaborative garden with The Dome Restaurant and the culinary dept. at Coral Gables Senior High.

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Cabbage – “Savoy”

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“Purple Cherokee” tomatoes that will ripen soon

There is a window of cool weather left for more planting and lots of harvesting of cool weather vegetables and herbs in Miami and South Florida area.  Enjoy it while we have it, because soon the focus of people gardening will be growing tropical fruit trees and heat-tolerant vegetables and herbs.

We’ve posted below some of our favorite close-ups of our spring’s abundance.

Feel free to email photos of your garden and harvest to dylan@miamiediblegardens.com or post them on our facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tatsoi with Red Komatsuna

 

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Endive – “Frisee”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cauliflower – “Romanesco”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Red Komatsuna

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Dinosaur Kale with other brassicas

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Cauliflower – “Purple Graffiti”

 

 

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Garden to Table: As local as food gets

IMG_4794Though the “garden to table” concept isn’t new, it is one recently introduced to the arena of South Florida restaurants.  If managed properly, a restaurant having its own garden on-site can have many positive benefits, including:

  • The freshest produce possible.  Having the garden a few steps away enables the restaurant to harvest on its own schedule, as needed.
  • Reduced storage needs.  By having a garden so close, there is a reduced need to refrigerate produce for days or weeks in addition to less waste. Continue reading
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Cool-weather veggies and herbs ready for planting!

 

Fall is now here and we have been preparing intensely for a great planting season with the construction of new hoophouses and planting a great selection of veggies and herbs from seed or cutting.  If you’d like to purchase any for your garden, let us know.  Also, if you’d like help replanting your garden or would like to schedule an installation, the sooner you let us know the better!  Seedlings will be for sale this Saturday October 6th at Miami Beach Botanical Garden and October 20th and 21st at Fairchild Tropical Garden’s Edible Garden Festival.  Our current fall plant selection is as follows:

 

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Ready for Fall Planting?

The cooler weather is just around the corner.  Pretty soon, starting mid to late September it will be time for fall planting of cool weather crops.  Remember to check on the condition of your soil and add compost and/or organic fertilizer as needed.  We also recommend to usually mulch around plants after planting to inhibit the growth of weeds and to conserve moisture in the soil.

If you are growing your own seedlings we recommend starting most of them in a location protected from hard rain with filtered light.  Larger seeds are an exception (beans, cucumber, etc) and should be planted directly in the garden.

If anyone would like help with planting for fall, remember that Ready-to-Grow Gardens has a lot to offer.  This includes veggie and herb starter plants, compost, mulch, organic fertilizer in addition to the services of installing or replanting edible gardens for fall.  We are also available to answer questions anyone has and give our advice on all matters involving growing vegetables, fruit and herbs in South Florida.

For more information or to schedule an appointment email dylan@miamiediblegardens.com or call 786-436-7703.

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Plant tropical fruits & vegetables before it is too late!

Remember this hot and steamy part of the year is the best time for planting tropical fruits and vegetables. Once the cool weather sets in, it won’t be as optimal for planting them.

If any of you need help with ideas of how to start growing a wide variety of tropical fruits and vegetables, check out our food forest packages.

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Ready-to-Grow Gardens lecturing at Flamingo Gardens this Saturday

This Saturday, August 18, 1-3pm Dylan Terry and Chris French of Ready-to-Grow Gardens will be giving the class Growing Food All Year in South Florida at Flamingo Gardens in Davie. The class will include a discussion of design, installation and maintenance of sustainable edible landscaping in South Florida.

Other topics include:

  • Best vegetables, herbs and fruits for South Florida’s climate*
  • When and where to plant
  • Soil building
  • rainwater harvesting and irrigation
  • Organic pest management and more!

* Plants will be available to purchase

 

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