Fall in Palmetto Bay
Fall has arrived in Palmetto Bay, Florida. I know this sounds ridiculous to anyone living above Jacksonville, Florida, but here in South Florida, the humidity has fallen below 50% and it feels downright cool here.
There is dew on the grass in the morning, and it is cooler sipping coffee on my patio than in my now stuffy feeling kitchen.
My husband and I finished preparing our organic vegetable garden beds this weekend, and so I really know that winter is on the way. For those of you from up North, we garden in the WINTER! Yes, while you are freezing and your gardens are frozen or under snow, our season is going into high gear, and our Farmer's Markets open, our fresh local produce starts to grow and all us Miamians, remember why we moved here. For the weather!
As you can see by the photos, we have raised bed gardens. Our natural soil is very rocky so we get the most out of gardening in Palmetto Bay by using raised beds. This year I started gardening the "Square Foot Garden"method, designed by Mel Bartholomew.
You lay out your garden in squares instead of the typical rows. You divide it up into smaller 1 square foot grids and plant a different vegetable, herb or flower in each square foot. You will plant either 1, 4, 9 or 16 plants per square foot. It should finish looking kind of like a patchwork quilt! When you finish harvesting one square foot, you just add compost and plant a new plant, giving you sometimes up to 3 harvests per square foot.
It's so simple I don't know why anyone would plant a garden any other way. Eventually, the garden will grow in and I'll continue to bring you photos of it.