If you follow me on Facebook, you know my garden has produced its first tomato, which I ate happily over the sink. I’ve thrown okra from the garden into a soup, and given away jalapenos to friends. I ate collards on New Years and plan a mess of Swiss chard for dinner — probably tonight.
My garden is only 4-by-4-feet square. You can see photos of it at the bottom of this story. I have friends with gardens in pots around their pool, and others who are “farming” their flower beds. There’s a lot of cross your fingers luck involved, thanks to South Florida’s weather. But you can learn other details that will guarantee success at the Farm Your Backyard class I took at the Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach.
To learn how to grow a great pot of tomatoes or a field of beans, sign up for the informative class Jan. 14 at the Mounts Building, given by Arthur Kirstein, coordinator of agriculture development. It’s a 5-hour class (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) with plenty of information, tips and maybe some free seedlings. It’s not too late – indeed, this is a perfect time for growing in South Florida.
Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach; 561-233-1747; www.mounts.org
- Farm Your Backyard Class
- Jan. 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Cost $40 non-Mounts members; $35 for members