I have been fascilitating Organic Urban Farming classes here in S.Florida for a decade .So far I have collected some Hands On Tips and observations and would like to share my experiences with you in case you are interested in starting a backyard Urban Garden .
1-Be Prepared:Come with an OPEN MIND and Heart to learn .
Bring A note book-Dress in a garden gear-Write down a list of questions.Hydrate.Bring along a friend or a family member as it usually costs less for couples!
2-Be Patient .Urban Farming is a PROCESS that requires:Time.Efforts . Hands on Work.Budget.Knowledge.No Experience Required!!
3-Be Grounded:Learn how to connect with Nature through :Breathing Exercises.Touching the EARTH.Identifying and understanding plants and soil inhabitants.
4-Be Aware:Read local Horticultural blogs.newsletters,magazines and literature of Tropical Urban Farming of S.Florida.Check out internet gardening links like you tube and blogs example: localharvwest.org/farms/M20618
5-Start small:local heirloum seeds and start a mini nursery in small containers .It is less costly and more fun to manage and maintain a SMALL Container Garden than a Nemitode infested Sandy soil PLOT..
6-Take a class on HANDS ON URBAN FARMING :ONE ON ONE for better results if you are a begginer!
7-Prepare your own soil if you live in S.Florida.Much of the soil here is Sandy and Acidic especially if you live close to the coastal areas!
8-Learn how to COMPOST FIRST!Get a Compost Bin .
9-Harvest the RAIN:Conserve water by using a RAIN BARRL!
10-Take as MANY CLASSES AS POSSIBLE.ASK MANY QUESTIONS...Be POSITIVE!