If you are going to plant spring vegetables in Florida, the time to do so is now. Did you read about starting a raised bed in my earlier post? If not, go ahead and read Part 1 and then come back. 🙂
Look at this beautiful compost that they had for their raised bed! They employed the easy method of making compost. Over about 10 years, they kept adding kitchen scraps and yard waste to a pile and let the worms do the work. 🙂
After the raised bed is assembled and filled with compost, it is time to plan and plant.
I just took a trowel and sketched out the spacing before we planted to be sure that everything would fit and that the spacing would work.
This couple wanted vegetables, herbs, and flowers. We planned out the placement of the vegetables, putting the tall tomatoes in the back (north) of the bed. Peppers and basil went in front of the tomatoes. Yellow squash and bush beans were in front.
Some take string and carefully measure out their square feet and plant according to this guide, but we treated the square as a whole unit, not as individual squares.
In the picture above, the couple is planting their bush bean seeds in rows. They have such great compost to plant in and I am sure their plants will just love their home.
Cilantro, basil, and yellow squash were also planted from seeds. They planted tomatoes and pepper plants as young transplants rather than seeds.
With all the warm weather and spring showers that we have been getting, the seeds should be coming up soon.
A few marigold plants were placed in the raised bed. These will attract pollinators and look pretty.
It is really amazing how much can be crammed into a small but carefully maintained space. In a month, this Florida raised bed will be full of young plants. Little fertilizer will be needed because of the great compost. What a great use of space!
If you want to learn more about making your own compost, you should read my post about how to make compost.
Hopefully soon I will posting about little sproutlings in this garden!
How is your garden doing? Have you planted yet or are you expecting snow in your area?