As South Florida moves out of its main growing season we focus our attention and enthusiasm on summer gardening. Many gardeners, novices and experts alike, find this season the most challenging to understand. Due to the extreme weather many of the edible plants we are familiar with from the grocery store, like lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers, wont grow. But don't worry: many unique and unusual tropical varieties will grow, like lemongrass, roselle, sweet potatoes and many fruit trees.
Many of our summer friendly species are very popular in other countries but virtually unheard of here in America (like Katuk, which is eaten like asparagus in India) so we wanted to share our enthusiasm and knowledge for these unique subtropical varieties with you as you plan your summer garden. We will also talk about composting, cover cropping, and soil building, since summer is also a great time to focus on fertility as well as food production. If there is a part of your yard you want to transform into edible garden for the fall taking some smart steps now and throughout the summer will leave you perfectly poised for successful fall planting.
In addition to the class discussion we will all gather around the potting table to make some cuttings together. Many summer plants can be propagated from cuttings instead of seed, so learning how to properly take and care for a cutting as it is rooting is an important and empowering tool for making your own tropical edible plants. Learn which plants can and need to be propagated this way, and make your own small tray of cuttings to take home and care for.
Sign up for the workshop here; attendance will include a lecture, hands on propagation tutorial, and a helpful handout with a plant guide and further resources.
Choose from our Saturday April 22nd or Sunday April 23rd class:
9:30am - 12noon at our nursery in Little Haiti: 115 NE 76th street
Outline of topics discussed is as follows:
Introduction to our Plant Hardiness Zone
Profile of summer growing climate
What is a food forest?
Summer plant varieties to try and home and how to eat them
The proper way to plant a tree
Caring for your banana
List of resources and guides
Hands on tutorial and demonstration of plant propagation via cuttings
*due to limited capacity we do not offer refunds for workshops