A tour of an Urb Farm in Jacksonville
For years I've met up with Victoria Register-Freeman at local garden-orientated events in the area and I'd heard her describe the community garden between her B & B and the St. Johns River, but I hadn't visited until a couple of weeks ago. It was in the middle of the summertime doldrums, but still a lot was growing here.
Victoria tells of the day that a neighbor, who wished to have a garden, said to her, "I wish I had your light." Victoria replied that she could. And that was the beginning of turning an expansive lawn between the house and the river into a community garden. There is still some lawn area, but it's interrupted by a number of raised beds, garden sculptures, and compost bins encased in twig enclosures. This made her an accidental urban gardener.
Weeding is a permanent entry.
Lettuce doesn't do well in Florida's hot summers, but starting the lettuce in a cool shady spot will provide a head start on the fall season.
("Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew.)
Thanks go to Victoria and all the urban farmers. They are making a real difference!
Ginny Stibolt moved to northeastern Florida in 2004 and even though she's a botanist and lifelong gardener, Florida gardening was a shock. She started writing The Adventures of a Transplanted Gardener columns for the Times Union newspaper in Jacksonville. This is one of those columns archived here on Floridata.com for your enjoyment. Now she's written three Florida garden books published by University Press of Florida: Sustainable Gardening for Florida, 2009; Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida with Melissa Contreras, 2013, and The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape, 2015. Check out her blog for the latest news and articles: www.GreenGardeningMatters.com