Friday, October 28, 2011

What's Growing in Your Garden?

We obtained a small seedling of Roselle/ Hibiscus sabdarfilla from the monthly meeting of the Redland Tropical Fruit & Vegetable Society meeting at the Fruit & Spice Park. Of course we had to let it bloom just to enjoy the flowers but apparently the buds should be harvested for teas and jams. We will share more information. ( this account is taken directly from Julia Morton’s book, Fruits of Warm Climates)

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle The Bottle Garden
We created the bottle garden in our Demo garden here at the Extension Office to start seedlings, here we have two varieties of basil growing. It proved really easy to control the amount of moisture these will retain. When it is dry we screw the caps on tight, when rainy we loosen the caps so excess water will drip out. Thank you Adrian Hunsberger, I was totally removing the caps which is a good way to loose them.

The Milk Crate Garden
We used staggered milk crates lined with patio screening to create containers for the space challenged. Everyone of the crates was collected from the roadside!

This Old Garden uses old recycle bins
We were also lucky enough to find some of the old bin style recycling containers. We will drill additional openings in the bottom of the bins for better drainage and fill with compost and plant tomatoes! Note- we used cardboard to suppress weeds and placed our compost right over the top of the cardboard. This is my home garden which I worked on this past weekend-more photos to come-everything used in the construction of the garden is reused so the garden is named, this old garden at this old barn planted by this old gardener!

Rain Barrels for Schools
You can pick up barrels for schools at the Extension Office-call to insure stock. We have 14 on hand as of today’s inventory. If you already have barrels this is a good time to store water in air tight containers like 1-gallon milk containers and 2-litre soda bottles so your barrel can collect more.

La Nina forecast for drier than normal dry season

Do you need to water the school garden every day? Of course not, water only as needed. Remember days are shorter and temperatures are a bit lower- less stress and less water needed by plants. Teach Water Conservation while you grow the school garden.

Free Trees for your School

We have a wonderful gift from DERM to share for your school garden.Remember Trees are Cool!

Fiddlewood/Citharexylum spinosum
Photo by Roger Hammer

This of course is not a pest!  but the caterpillar of maybe a cloudless sulphur? - amazing collection of photos and information on butterflies, moths and caterpillars of North America.
Enjoy and share your photos and information so we all grow.

For more information contact:
Barbara McAdam
305-248-3311 ext. 245


  1. i do lawn service and landscape in miami and i love what you doing keep up the good work

    1. Thank you- be sure to come visit us for our 2nd Annual Extension Open House on February 25th, lots of information, fun and free workshops.

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