Former Memphis Horticultural Society President Suzy Askew talks about plant societies and garden clubs. The Memphis Horticultural Society is the umbrella organization over many different plant societies in the Mid-South. The Memphis Horticultural Society brings in monthly guest lecturers from around the country to talk on different topics. Under the Memphis Horticultural Society are many different plant societies that specialize in a specific plant.
Local garden clubs are usually affiliated with one of two large organizations: National Garden Clubs, or Garden Club of America. The large national organizations have programs concentrating on various areas like flower arranging, gardening, environmental and conservation, landscape design, and scholarship.
If you would like to join a garden club, Suzy recommends that you visit several different clubs and see where your interest lies. You can attend many of the clubs without becoming a member for a small admission fee. Also, some clubs do not require more than annual dues. Don’t worry about not knowing enough to become a member. Suzy is a member of several plant societies and she does not consider herself an expert. She says she learn a little more every time she goes.
Another option is to become a master gardener. This is a course offered by the Extension Service. There is a fee and required service hours, but you learn many things about plants.

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John from goes on a field trip to downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida to share with you a urban farm who grows food in 100% containers. In this episode, you will learn about Fort Lauderdale Vegetables who grow food in the city and teach about decentralized farming. You will learn some of the techniques they use to grow in a tropical environment that gets lots of rain. You will also discover why smoking is not a good idea around your garden and much, much more.

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  • MonCher

    God bless grow bags. When four of my discs herniated & I had to go through surgery to have them fused, I didn’t think I would ever be able to garden again. My soil is nasty dense clay that I used to struggle with (it probably ruined my spine!). Then I decided to grow in containers.

    I started with 5 gallon cat litter buckets. Then while searching for larger, affordable containers I came across the grow bags. It took a couple of years to figure out which brand I liked best. I like Garden4ever and Casolly Square Garden Bags (the square ones even have loops to put you stakes in. Each year my "garden" gets bigger. I even use the 48" plastic kiddy pools to grow things like beans, herbs & even Jerusalem artichokes. Yea, I know, it’s plastic but it was only $7 bucks. Drill a few holes with a circle saw & you have a small raised bed.
    This year we’re putting in two real raised beds for raspberries & haskaps. Next year we’ll make two more raised beds for blueberries & asparagus. The raised beds will have perennials. I will still continue with my grow bags because they are are so versatile. I can arrange to them any way I want. They last many years. They’re even washable. Whoever thought selling grow bags to the public was pretty smart.

  • S Peek

    John – I love your energy, optimism, and encouragement to grow food in urban settings! Do the FL gardens grow kale and lettuces year-round? How? I would love to do. I’m in Atlanta.

  • Richard Powell

    I was gonna do raised beds this year, was 100% convinced that's what I wanted to do. But now I'm growing stuff in containers and I couldn't be happier. I love being able to move them if the weather changes, maybe they're getting to much sun or rain, maybe I wanna come throw and mow or weed that area of the garden. There are drawbacks for sure but I've become totally sold on container planting.

  • hope king

    Well hard to grow things in a lot one bedroom apt. I live on the third floor and the problem is got my niebor bitching when I accendently spill dirt to the second floor . there is crake's in between each plank and dirt accently falls to the second floor. Niebors don't grow a few thing. So now I have to pot in m house! Then bring it outside

  • Dorothy Kelley

    This looks great but what is the affect of all those cars belching out gunk on the food growing there?…Not sure I would want to eat it…

  • Beth Fl , Elizabeth Crom

    Great idea for Florida, but I wonder about the city pollution, the air quality, all those cars driving by continually, Ft. Lauderdale being on the water, boat exhaust too! more of a fence or green barrier might help, but no space…just wondering.

  • Morgrim X

    At the end of this video, there is a box labelled "Last Episode of Growing Your Greens". I believe you meant to say "Previous Episode …" unless the previous episode is also the last, final, never any more episode.

  • Gavin B.

    My neighbour used to live next to a main road back in the day when there was a lot more lead in car exhaust fumes. She grew some peas and took it to a local lab to test it for contaminates. They refused her as they didn't deal with individuals, so she went to another lab to get her peas tested. They gave her some odd looks, but took it anyway. A few days later, she got a call asking her to come in as they discovered the lead had been absorbed into the peas.
    I don't know what the current situation is with regards to car exhaust fumes, especially given the recent VW scandal, but I'd be wary of growing anything in a polluted environment.

  • Stinky Cheese

    Congratulations, you managed to mention almost all the urban myths / marketing lies about air pots.  They are only of benefit in situations where the plant is getting overwatered by owner ineptitude or excessive natural (rain).

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