Welcome to Florida: Do this First

If you didn’t have the blessing of growing up in Florida like I did… my condolences. Welcome to Florida. This is a great place to garden. Yes, I hear some of you scoffing at that assertion. “Yeah, right! You should see the 20-pound rutabagas my pop used to grow in Jersey!” Yes, I know. Florida has “bad soil!” It’s “too hot!” It “has no seasons!” Whatever. If you don’t like it, go back home! Ahem. Where was I? Ah, yes. Look, you don’t need to worry about the soil, the heat, and the seasons if you decide to do READ MORE

My Favorite Tools for Florida Gardening

As anyone who subscribes to my YouTube channel knows, we use all hand tools on our farm, with the notable exception of a Stihl string trimmer for cutting paths and grass. On my previous property I often cut grass with an antique scythe, but our current homestead has a lot of blade-destroying rocks so I stick with my trimmer. There are a few reasons for this Luddite approach to gardening. First, I don’t like having to fix and maintain machines. Second, I don’t like spending money on expensive tools. Third, we only farm a half-acre, so getting a chainsaw, READ MORE

The Secret to Easy Florida Gardening (No One is Telling You)

I posted a video giving you the secret to easy Florida gardening – check it out: Transcription:   I grew almost a thousand lbs of food in my Florida garden in 2015. I wrote a book called Totally Crazy Easy Florida Gardening: The Secret To Growing Piles of Food in the Sunshine State. Here’s the main part of the secret: The secret is growing the plants that grow in Florida. If you grow the plants that thrive in Florida you can grow more food with less work than you ever thought possible. Here’s the thing with Florida, right: people READ MORE