John from goes on a field trip to Ready to Grow Gardens in Miami, Florida to share with you how you can grow a vegetable garden with help in South Florida.

In this episode, John will visit the Ready to Grow Grow Nursery and Demonstration garden to share with you the perennial and annual crops that can be grown in South Florida . You will also discover the one of the best ways to grow these crops: in a raised bed garden. You will learn how Ready to Grow Gardens is re-purposing hardwood to build raised beds that enable people young and old to grow their own food.

John will take you on a tour of the demonstration garden so you can get an idea of some of the crops John would grow in the Miami area.

Finally, John will sit down with the owner of Ready to Grow Gardens, Dylan Terry to ask him some questions about why he started the business, some of his favorite perennial vegetables to grow and much, much more.

After watching this episode, you will have a better understanding of how to grow a vegetable garden in South Florida or where ever you live.

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We just moved to our off grid property and now that spring has arrived, we are feeling eager to grow our own food! While we may not have a large, thriving garden this year, we’d at least like to start the gardening process by amending our soil. In this video we’ll share what we’re doing to give ourselves the foundation of a healthy garden including use of compost, biochar and a few other special things you will find out about.

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  • niki k

    quick question about the Katuk (hope I spelled that right!) why did you recommend not to juice too much of it. just curious I would love to grow it. were in so fla too:)

  • Gypsy Blu J

    Hey John…Do you have any advice on how to keep the squirrels from destroying everything? They dig up everything. I have been tempted to invite them to be my supper.

  • ib12541

    something I've done with my boxes are to countersink them 4-6 inches and dig out the inside before filling.  this helps to keep the frame rigid so it doesn't bow out.

  • Eric Garza

    Great information in this video…I'm from South Texas and I'm going to start some raised beds myself…that Okinawa spinach looks awesome…definitely going to grow some of that. Awesome video thanks John.

  • Self Sufficient Me

    I visited Miami Florida in the 90's – loved it! The warmer climate is actually very similar to Brisbane here in Oz where I live (nearby) so it's no surprise to me how many plants (especially edibles) you can grow in that wonderful part of the world. Cheers :)

  • BadAssFarmer

    Awesome video. I just set up a new raised bed garden and love the drip system, it makes it some much easier to water. Thanks for sharing.

  • Linda Lee

    Hey john! would love to hear your opinion on EPS organics compost in south Florida for use in raised beds(they seem to be the largest supplier of compost down here). Thank you for asking great questions and providing detailed answers. Keep on growing!

  • Red A

    With the amount of trees in your area I would look up the Back to Eden Gardening method. Basically heavy mulching.

  • Thomas Adams

    I was wondering when you were getting around to a garden.  Don't let the munching wildlife and bugs discourage you.  Live and learn.

  • Deep South Homestead

    The garden will be a journey for you as it is for every different location.On our channel we show how different it is to do things here from the other places in the country.You may need to build some beds around the new dirt to keep it from washing away.We just use small trees from our property on some of ours.You might want to look into hugulkuter in your climate and area.We use it here with great success.Very sustainable no water or fertilize for years down the road once you build it.Keep up the good work

  • SettingBrushfires

    The ash from the wood stove is a good source to add to the garden, maybe not over doing it, even though it adds alkaline.  You can counter that with the pine needles, which add acid.  I also second the suggestion of using some boards to build a border around the garden areas (raised beds).  Will hold your dirt in one place and let you keep building it deeper and deeper.  Tomatoes and potatoes (and I am sure other things too) grow well in five gallon buckets or something similar if you poke holes for adequate drainage.  Gives you some deeper dirt while confining it to a small and workable area.  PVC irrigation pipe in small sizes is bendable and you can use it for a dome frame and put plastic over it for a mini-greenhouse.  This will help warm the soil before planting and protect the young plants from a cold night or late frost.  Easy and cheap and well worth it.  Good luck and have fun.

  • Non S.

    I would look into back to Eden Garden , does very well in the North West. There is a video on it . Keep up the good videos .

  • Andrew Krause

    I built a compost pile in my backyard this week, and I used pallets. I thought I was pretty clever. Then I saw this video, and realized that yes, I am clever.

  • hollynla

    Things are really coming along. I have been thinking of ways to gather water for a garden also. I have a large aluminum tub outside and hoping I can get enough rain water from it to use. I have a well but it produces a limited amount of water that fills 2 cisterns, but not enough extra to spare for gardening. You'll have to update how those rain barrells work for you.

  • Freedom Hill

    For fun….super cheesy but try singing the breaking free duet together….We did it and made us smile :)

  • Dwayne Dixon

    Awesome video. I really enjoy watching your journey even though it is stationary LOL. The coffee routine was great. I hope the garden brings at least some good tomatoes. Always looking forward to the next video. Take care.

  • Freedom Hill

    Awesome! Peter Leisen here. We are doing nearly the exact same thing, nearly the exact same stage, almost the exact same property. Will be interested in what you find for low maintenance. We are transplanting blackberries and raspberries that grew to close to the driveway. Also throwing in some multi year seeds such as rhubarb that we are hoping will be low maintenance to get us started while we work on building projects the first years.

  • TheRealXesc

    LOL, I had to watch the clip twice or three times, in the section on "What is biomass?" (around 05:3006:30) – I was sure she said "I am sure you have a lot of things around your property, like wood, bones, like the remains of your neighbors, but that's another story!" – what? 🙂 Then he said "This was a deer!" – haha :)

  • OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY

    why did you put the dirt on the ground? why not build raised beds?
    that dirt will wash away the first couple of heavy rains this spring =/

  • 3b camping&bushcraft

    Love watched u 2 building ur homestead. Good luck getting the soil ready for the growing season. Compost is gonna be ur best hope of good veg. Don't over compost the soil though.
    Looking forward to the next video.

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