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Backyard Gardeners: Save the Date – Mounts Class is Jan. 14, 2012

December 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment

My little backyard garden - Dec. 27, 2011 /photo by Jan Norris

The IFAS folks at Mounts Botanical Gardens in West Palm Beach are once again hosting the Grow Your Backyard class – all about vegetable gardening in South Florida. Learn to grow your own food in containers, or in a small backyard plot from the experts. It’s a day-long class with lunch, and some free plants and a great deal of info to take home.

Read up on vegetable gardening

I’ve written several articles about the challenges that South Florida gardeners face compared to their Northern counterparts.

Here are some to note, as well as a link to Matt Steinhoff’s Watch My Food Grow site.

These are photos of my garden in progress, shown above in its entirety. It’s only 4 feet square, and doing great. I’ve applied no pesticides nor fertilizers – just letting it go as is. I do water it if it’s hot out, or if there’s no rain. But that’s it. I’ve already cut lettuces once and will cut collards for my New Year’s dinner. I have several groups of grape tomatoes on their way to being ripe, too and okra to cut.

Slow producing tomatoes, but tasty ones.

Green beans have the only pest found so far: a leaf roller.




Okra looks to be a good producer - and we love it.

The warm weather has suited the jalapenos, but my green and yellow bell peppers aren't doing as well.

Collards also are doing well with no pests so far. Can't wait to cut these for New Year's Day dinner.


Tags: Gardens: Grow Your Own Food

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