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  • Tallulah TwoSocks 7 months ago

    Hey John, Please come to the Lower Florida Keys and do a video. We needs some help with organic gardening. Maybe you can even give a talk with the Key West Garden Club or at the Key West Tropical Forest & Tropical Garden. Please let me know if you need assistance with giving a talk or let me know when/if you come down. I would LOVE to go! We AREN’T South Florida, we are the Keys Zone 11. So much different.

  • H. Skip Robinson 7 months ago

    Wild Mexican Yam is a tubor that they get DHEA from, a known hormone stabilizer and enhancer. They seem to really be resistant to the insects of So. Florida but some people think they are an invasive species. They grow like crazy and are vines so you have to keep them under control as they grab onto everything as the grow upwards. I can see why people might consider them invasive. My wife and I both like them better than potatoes. My largest tubor was about 14 lbs and I achieved that by digging out the Florida dirt in a fairly large hole and replacing it with some good light airy soil. The Florida dirt seems to be to compact and doesn't allow the tubor to get large. I tried tilling the Florida dirt but it didn't improve the size. Direct sun and normal watering. I think you could grow them in plastic 50 gal barrels and really get some monsters with the proper nutrition. I grew them along my 6' wooden fence and they literally covered the fence to where you couldn't see any of the fence. They are very hardy. The meat is very slimmy as you process and peel the skin off them but once cooked it has a very nice mild flavor. They are irregular shaped each one a character in and of it's own. I had one that looks like a huge man's genitals and my wife took a picture of me holding it in the approproiate location; a little adult humor. They are probably not grown as a commercial food because of the irregular, necessitating the peeling by hand and it is somewhat tedious but for us, worth the effort. Fresh homegrown food just tastes better.

    I have had good luck with mint, basil, Malabar spinach, tyme, Cuban oregano, and monstero deliciosa; my favorite fruit, the taste is between a banana and pineapple, acerola cherry, of course, bananas, pineapples, and a host of friut trees like mangoes, avocadoes, papaya, and lychee. We grew an avocado from a seed from a store bought Haas and it fruited within 2.5 years. The hurricane got me last years, right before they were getting ready to rippen. Lost well over a hundred. It actually knocked the tree down and I was able to pull it back up with a wench and we have another crop getting ready to rippen. They apparently need another tree in the area to pollinate but I have not confirmed that. Farming is often an experiement so have fun with it. You can grow inside as well with such things as wheatgrass and microgreens with LED grow lights.

  • Moe Fanta 7 months ago

    Coral springs I got eggplant, coliflower,basil, parsley ,cucumber ,egptian ,butternut sqash, Spanish, zucchinis, tomato plants moringa tree sour soup tree if anyone live near and needs plants

  • I did have collard greens growing last summer I transplanted them in the spring from Home Depot. The HOA lady did not like the huge greens in the front of my house. I was a little bit worried about the heat so I bought a really nice umbrella and put some patio chairs out for curb appeal. It went well with my mangos. I made a collard green mango salad with lime. All grow great in Florida.

  • Michael Wrangler 7 months ago

    can u grow carrots in a raised bed around Boca Raton ?

  • Luis Sousa 7 months ago

    What cities in Florida can you grow all your round. I'm planing to move to Florida from California

  • Paula Miguele 7 months ago

    Where can I get some ackee to grow? Yum-yum Jamaican cuisine ❤️

  • bill man 7 months ago

    I was born and raised in Homestead, the farmers do all their growing from sept. thru april, Iwould use that as a guide as when to grow in SFL. the only thing that thrives there in the summer is periwinkle and lantana bush, sorry

  • Blueberry 7 months ago

    Hi John, I am looking for a good tomato to grow in SW fla. I already tried the everglades tomato on DTG's recommendation but they are very laborsome come harvest time. Can you recommend a tomato that is good for juicing that does well in SW fla.

  • Rolf Karlsson 7 months ago

    no water or federalizing….

  • Rolf Karlsson 7 months ago

    why dont you all do a Back to Eden Garden….You tube..Paul Gautschi in WA..
    check it out

  • Bob Craig 7 months ago

    Please send a link, or make a new instructional video, on how to grow vegetables in Southern FL in the hot months. Please! I live in Vero Beach, no freezes, but after May it's a disaster. Tell us we can grow more than eggplant. Love all your information, btw, keep it up! Thanks, Farmer Bob

  • Rachel Sweets 7 months ago

    Please do a video on Louisiana. Love your channel thank you

  • CaptTurbo 7 months ago

    Eggplant is easy to grow in SW Florida.

  • M Flav 7 months ago

    Its all possible. I have no issues with lettuce, collards, kale, etc. Eggplants and cucumbers are a lost cause- i will agree there

  • Kim Lewis 7 months ago

    Im in new port richey/tampa area,I have grass hoppers the black ones coming out of the groud,they ate my whole garden last year..I need help what can I use to get rid of them naturally

  • The Tin Can Gardener 7 months ago

    In south Florida insects like (pickle worm )will devastate melons, squash,and zucchini. So row covers are important and the tomato horn worms can get crazy I also found that the horn worm will go after eggplant as well.great video john

  • Mich LAW 7 months ago

    I live in Palm Beach, a beginner gardner and I have had trouble with blight on my tomatoes which I started using aspirin to combat this and it seems to already be working. (only used one application) I have had minor success, the first garden planted in 2014,started growing beautifully at first, from cucumbers, cabbage, punkin, tomatoes, kale, beets, carrots, butter lettuce, also watermelon, but in the end I only got some
    1. Butter Lettuce (didn't grow very large and died off after cutting )
    2. Kale (a few plants survived)the plants that did survive did well
    3. No watermelon or punkins survived,
    4.Tomatoes were small, few and plants suffered with blight, they are heirloom
    5. Red Dragon Carrots tops were beautiful but the carrots were small, ,
    6. Cucumbers started producing but then died,
    7. Raspberry and Gogi berry did poorly.
    8. Cabbage died after a month or so.
    9. Beets were very small (Bullsblood)most didnt survive
    I also planted a Florida Peach, Olive tree, Fig, lemon and Jujube tree, over 1 year now. The growth has been very little but they are alive and I know it can take a few years after planting to produce. I also planted herbs and calendula, only a few plants survived so I make sure I always propagate, I am growing knock out roses and gardenia, I have had trouble with gardenia as well so I make sure I propagate, and those gardenias are doing better than the one I planted. I did get 3 good size Black Diamond watermelons this year 2015.
    I have picked up and made compost, and fertilizer from local farms, and it seems to make no real difference I also compost my waste, (Food, leaves, grass, etc)use compost tea and will soon buys worms for composting, I think this will make for a faster composting process. I now know about the water Im using its reported that if your water contains chloramine your plants will produce poorly or die, which I have in my water so I let it sit out for 24 hours before using or use my well. I have tested my soil its actually very alkaline, avg 8. Moral of the story most of my plants start off well then die off before producing food.

  • hananokuni2580 7 months ago

    For those not living in Florida, here's the nutshell explanation. Florida has 3 climate zones. The Panhandle and North Florida correspond to USDA Zones 7 and 8. These areas have a humid subtropical climate like that of the Deep South. Summers are hot and winters can be very chilly, with frost occurring frequently. Snow will fall in this region about every 10-20 years on average. Changes in the seasons are much like those of the rest of the Eastern US. Central Florida south of Gainesville and north of inland areas surrounding Lake Okeechobee correspond to USDA Zone 9. This includes Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, and Daytona Beach. This area is transitional between the humid subtropical climate of the northern portion of Florida and the tropical climate of South Florida. Summers are very hot and winters often get chilly and frosty, but snow will not fall unless an exceptionally strong cold front passes through. The four seasons that can be noticed in North Florida are less noticeable in CenFla. Everything south of Lake Okeechobee and along the coast up to Jupiter on the Atlantic Coast and up to just north of Fort Myers on the Gulf of Mexico coast corresponds to Zone 10 and, for the Florida Keys, Zone 11. This comprises South and Southwest Florida. These have a tropical climate and very hot summers and moderately cool winters with no frost. The changes in seasons are more like those of the tropics than the higher latitudes, with wet and dry seasons.Florida soils are varied. South Florida tends to have chalky soils due to the abundance of coral reefs thousands of years ago when the area was under a few feet of seawater. As well as having a lot of limestone, SoFla soils also have a lot of sand, with loamy soils occurring mainly in areas that were once swampy or formed part of an agricultural property. Central and North Florida have more acid soils due to the abundance of pine trees and other sources of organic matter; cool winters tend to reduce the number of days per year that temperatures are high enough to promote decomposition of organic matter. As well, the soil is of sedimentary origin, but very sandy. Some areas have clay-based soils. Also, South Florida's tropical climate tends to cause organic matter to decay very rapidly in warm weather and summer temperatures can persist even into the dry season, so adding plenty of organic matter to the soil is essential for South Florida gardening, especially in the case of plants that have a hard time growing in chalky soils.Growing apples, peaches, and plums in SoFla is impossible since winter temps do not fall low enough to induce flower bud formation in these plants. Loquats – a plant related to these three and producing a sweet, tangy fruit – do well in SoFla. As for veggies, SoFla tends to favor tropical Asian vegetables such as bok choy, ginger, and Chinese broccoli. Collard greens will also do well. Just remember to add plenty of organic matter and ensure good drainage. Certain pea varieties can be grown. Carrots and potatoes can be grown in a shady spot, in a large container full of compost and other organic matter, with drainage provided to prevent water from pooling. Decorative plants such as camellias and azaleas can be grown as well, provided that the soil is properly amended to promote acid pH. However, unless winter conditions provide for temperatures below 45ºF at night, flowering will not occur.The "Three Sisters" method of vegetable gardening will work well in South Florida. In fact, the combination of a tall grass, legume, and viney plant is common among weeds growing in abandoned lots throughout the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area. This will work even on sandy soils rich in limestone. Corn, peas or beans, and a squash variety suited for warm climates will work well. Be sure to space apart each plant adequately and allow the corn seedling to grow a few inches before planting the other two plants, the corn stalk will serve as a trellis for the squash vine and legume.Summer vegetables typical of humid subtropical and humid continental climates will grow in South Florida (USDA Zone 10) during the dry season, when daytime highs do not go above 85ºF. Also, the soil in many parts of South Florida is rich in limestone and so the pH is rather high, around 8.0 or so. This means that plants preferring acid soil should be planted in a spot rich in organic matter, with amendments of either overripe fruit, grass clippings, urine and dog poop (!), or acidulants such as sulfur or commercial potting mixes specially prepared for the plants of your choice. For example, tomatoes like acid soils and dry, sunny spots, so plant them in a sunny spot and amend with plenty of organic matter such as leaf litter, grass clippings, and urine collected in a container.