Why Productive Organic gardening in Florida is a challenge and what are the solutions?
First it is essential to map the challenges before you chart the solutions as an ancient Chinese proverb asserts .In other words it will be better to light a candle rather than curse the darkness !
The Florida soil is mainly SANDY.Nematodes and aphids and other bugs florish especially during the raing summer season.Rain floods the land which loses much of its top soil and minerals as a consequence.Excessive heat grills and cooks most of the vegetables that survive the nematode and aphid attack.
TheSuccessful Golden Garden rules:
!-PLAN before you plant.
2-Choose the right location to garden .
3-Prepare your own organic soil .Compost.Be prepared:Wear garden gear,hydrate,check out with your Dr.if you are fit to garden.. etc..
4-Start small , plant your own heirloum seeds .Say no to GMO.Use the right containers for seeds and seedlings that grow best in S.Florida..
5-Choose native and draught tolerant plants.Opt for Rain Barrel harvesting to save on water bill.
6-Consider Diversity in planting.Use companion herbs as pest prevention.
7-Solarize soil -Unearth debris -Xeriscape the landscape -Evaluate -Develop -a budget plan and a road map for action..
8-Talk to local farmers/gardeners.Hire a garden tutor.Do your homework - study and research.
9-Use raised beds to sustain the top soil,avoid erosion and discourage weeds.Containers make best bet to grow fruits and vegetables during the Hurricane Summer Season.
10-Experiment and chack out my Ten Garden Commandments at my localharvest blog on June 22,2009 titled:
"THE GARDEN TEN COMMANDMENTS and HOW ORGANIC EDIBLE GARDENING CAN SURVIVE THE FLORIDA SUMMER."_