Where to begin. I'm moving to Florida at the end of May (should arrive on or about the 30th) 2013. The property does not have an existing garden so I will have to install one. I do not own a tiller either. Additionally I do not want to miss planting time either so I will have something to harvest in the not to distant future.
I was told by someone who lives in central Florida (Zone 9a to be more precise) I could collect mulch from a local landfill (not in the landfill itself, but a
separate cleaner area) and this is what she uses for her garden/gardening.
So, my question is, can I start a garden using mulch only that I build up much like a lasagna garden or raised bed (without the wooden form around it)? This is my own very first garden and I really need my plants to be successful due to money issues for me and my friend who is recovering from cancer.
Any helpful advice is greatly and graciously appreciated!
Commented on Apr 23, 2013
Congratulations on your move to sunny Florida! When we moved here, I had a huge learning
curve. The soil in the back yard is mostly sand and worthless. I hope yours is better. I ended up building raised beds and started planting in January so everything was finished by July. Last summer I was able to extend the growing season with a shade sail suspended over the beds. Until I put bird netting over my tomato plants, I fed the local wildlife some awesome tomatoes. Check your local library and newspaper for gardening advice and forums. The county extension agencies have many publications and frequent Q&A talks in the community. Good luck to you and Good health to your friend.