"Food gardening is the most intelligent adult endeavor on earth and ought to be understood by anyone who eats. You eat healthier, fresher, tastier food, enjoy gentle exercise, and make new friends." Source: http://amzn.to/RpbdJx

What to grow year-round in South Florida

Here are some vegetables that do amazingly well even in the blazing heat and humidity of the tropical summer in South Florida: Malabar SpinachMoringa TreeOkinawa SpinachChaya Tree Spinach, ChardOkra, Katuk, Cranberry hibiscus, Eggplant.

A list of some South Florida edibles: Acerola (Barbados) and Surinam cherry, Avocado, Banana, Carambola (star fruit), Cecropia, Cinnamon, Citrus, Coconut, Coffee, Grapes - muscadine, Guava, Hog plum, Jackfruit, June plum, Katuk, Lychee, Malay apple, Mango, Moringa, Nutmeg, Papaya, Passionfruit, Plantain, Purple mombin, Rambutan, Soursop, Star apple, Sugar apple, Tamarind, Wax apple.

Try sub-irrigated planters (SIPs) outdoors and Kratky off-the-grid hydroponics outdoors or indoors.

3 vegetable growing systems based on living arrangement (click on the link for a larger image).

"How to grow" guides for specific vegetables

How to Grow Tomatoes

How to Grow Peppers

How to Grow Cucumbers in Containers

How to Grow Lettuce

How to Grow Collard Greens (Collards)

How to Grow Radishes

How to Grow Garlic

How to Grow Cilantro

How to Grow Swiss Chard


Organic fertilizers to use in your home garden

Raised Garden Bed from Costco

Raised Garden Bed: What soil to select?

Grow Box - Sub-irrigated planter (SIP) by Garden Patch vs. EarthBox - sub-irrigated planter, garden container for vegetables

How to repel animals from your vegetable garden? Use pepper/garlic spray

Portable walk-in greenhouse http://goo.gl/TKCis


Container Gardening - Growing Your Greens - YouTube http://bit.ly/1woBV6T

A Crop-by-Crop Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables and Fruits - MOTHER EARTH NEWS http://buff.ly/1qfvlOR

The Cooperative Extension Search engines searches a good number of university agricultural extension websites: http://www.extension.org/search

How to Grow - Bonnie Plants http://bit.ly/YGLCZN

Advice / Royal Horticultural Society http://goo.gl/gI44k

Useful Gardening Websites and Resources http://bit.ly/Mn8HLp

What Vegetables Should I Grow in My Garden? http://bit.ly/Mn8Kqz

Square Foot Gardening

Pots2Plots - How to grow vegetables, herbs, fruit and edible flowers http://goo.gl/QIlAR

Good Plants for South Florida | The Survival Gardener http://bit.ly/2yDTE2v

How did Gary Zill develop so many new mango varieties

He started from 10,000 seeds, selected 3,000 plants, then 30 cultivars. It took him 20-30 years.

Gary Zill's Mango Variety Development Project - from Truly Tropical channel: "How did Gary Zill develop so many new mango varieties??!
Gary Zill has been a major player in the Florida Mango Industry for years. In the late 1990s, he undertook a very ambitious project to develop new superior mango varieties. In this video, Gary tells all about his incredible project that has resulted in 20-30 wonderful new varieties."

Squeezing a lot of fruit trees in a small space: Backyard in Phoenix, Arizona with mature tropicals

The nursery owner and tropical fruit tree enthusiast Shamus O'Leary visits the backyard of a homeowner in Phoenix, Arizona who packed it with plants. Shamus was concerned how many fruits trees the owner wanted to fit in a small space. Here, he is visiting the location 1.5 years later and he is very impressed. He shows the tip burn on a mango tree and recommends watering all around, in a circle, 1 feet larger than the drip line.

"Restricted Drainage" Containers

An interesting idea for a SIP variant here:

Restricted Drainage Tree Pot Gardens https://buff.ly/2lZuIL1

"I take large recycled black plastic commercial tree pots, pull a used plastic grocery bag halfway through EVERY drainage hole, then partially fill the pot with woody debris, like freeze-killed cassava stalks, small sticks, then add successive layers of Tampa sand, fresh horse stall sweepings, wood chips mulch and leaves, sprinkling every 4th layer or so lightly with dolomitic limestone (to control acidity and provide calcium and magnesium) and a nitrogen source, such as feed grade urea, fish emulsion, or a few handfuls of a very high nitrogen lawn fertilizer. Nitrogen deficiency in container gardens is a common problem, especially when making your own soil mixes using high carbon garden waste.

I feel that the grocery bags drawn through the drainage holes greatly reduce drainage and evaporative losses while still allowing for SOME essential drainage plus vital airflow to the roots at night when they take in oxygen."

Onion for tropics: Allium canadense, also known as Canada onion, Canadian garlic, wild garlic, meadow garlic and wild onion

Allium canadense, also known as Canada onion, Canadian garlic, wild garlic, meadow garlic and wild onion is a perennial plant native to eastern North America from Texas to Florida to New Brunswick to Montana. The species is also cultivated in other regions as an ornamental and as a garden culinary herb. The plant is also reportedly naturalized in Cuba.

Allium canadense has an edible bulb covered with a dense skin of brown fibers and tastes like an onion. The plant also has strong, onion-like, odor. Crow garlic (Allium vineale) is similar, but it has a strong garlic taste.

The narrow, grass-like leaves originate near the base of the stem, which is topped by a dome-like cluster of star-shaped, pink or white flowers. These flowers may be partially or entirely replaced by bulblets. It typically flowers in the spring and early summer, from May to June.

The Canada onion is cultivated as a vegetable in home gardens in Cuba, scattered locally in the south to western parts of the island. It was formerly collected from the wild to be eaten by Native Americans and by European settlers. People in the Western Cherokee Nation continue the tradition of picking and cooking wild onions in early spring.

It was once thought that the walking onion ("tree onion") could be related to this plant, but it is now known that the cultivated walking onion is a hybrid between the common onion (A. cepa) and Welsh onion (A. fistulosum), classified as A. × proliferum.

The plant prefers boggy soil, so set the pot in a tray with an inch of water, or in a sunny wet area of your yard. The plant seems to die back in spring, with no sign of life all summer, then once the cooler fall arrives the shoots appear. The bulb itself also multiplies underground, so in a few months you will have a clump that can be divided.


Allium canadense - Wikipedia https://buff.ly/2MUA0mC
Tree onion - Wikipedia https://buff.ly/2KFOmKL
Edible Native Garlic Plants for Sale https://buff.ly/2ufbBAv

Vegetables grown in "drainless containers" (a SIP alternative)

From Journey to Forever (https://buff.ly/2IZ9GW8):

"Vegetables are grown in drainless containers ideally with 18 to 20 liters capacity -- stuffed with deciduous tree leaves or grass clippings up to 4/5ths of their capacity, topped by a three to five centimeter layer of good soil, where seeds are planted, or seedlings are transplanted. On the wall of the container, five to ten centimeters from the bottom, a hole is bored for drainage the container thus maintains a water reservoir at the bottom. Finally, a stick is inserted right down to the bottom, that is used to measure the containers' humidity as you would the oil in a car. A container thus prepared, weighs far less than one filled with regular soil."

Organic food production in the slums of Mexico City https://buff.ly/2IZ9GW8