"If you already have a small garden and you've done some composting, you can pull out any old plants and maybe throw that into your compost for your next three months while you're also preparing those seedlings," says Madfis. "If you don't have compost, in Palm Beach there is SWA (Solid Waste Authority) and they have a solid waste material -- they even make it for free for people who live in Palm Beach. You can use that fortify your soil and get 20% or so of what you're going to need to fill it. It is very rich and it's a good way [to improve your soil], especially if you are working in the ground, you can have nematodes and this will just push those out because it's so rich."
As to the seeds, here's what Madfis recommends to begin germinating now, here in zone 10:
- Lima Beans
- Summer Squash
What would a home garden be without tomatoes?
Begin the seeds indoors or on a patio. They don't need sun at this initial stage though they need to be wet down twice a day. Start them now and they should be ready to go into your newly -- and organically -- enriched soil by about September 15.
If prepping seedlings seems too hard -- or if yours fail (it happens) -- you can get trays from Fort Lauderdale Vegetables. It's about $30 for 72 seedlings and you can get a full tray of just one kind or order a mixed tray.
Of course, there's also the option of leaving the dirty business of growing veggies to the pros and buying locally.
Whether you need seedlings, full grown veggies, or just advice and guidance, you can contact Michael Madfis of Fort Lauderdale Vegetables by calling 954-854-8788, or emailing [email protected]. You can also follow Fort Lauderdale Vegetables on Facebook or Twitter. Visit fortlauderdalevegetables.com.