Growing plants in South Florida is very easy. When I first moved here, I remember someone telling me, “plant once and cut it forever” . Well, after successfully growing tomatoes, jalapenos, and a variety of peppers by simply throwing seeds from my kitchen into assorted pots, I am convinced that growing just about anything is pretty easy. The quality of what is grown, however, requires a little more effort. I threw papaya seeds in the yard and grew massive papayas, which were disgustingly mealy, and my frangipanis, though flowering, could use a little more something.
Composting is an easy way to improve the quality of your plants while reducing waste. A friend and neighbor of mine who swears by her composter and my sister, who lives in Italy and thinks composting is a no-brainer, have convinced me that composting is the way to go. So, after years of procrastinating, I have decided to go more “formal” with my garden and will start composting. Since the University of Florida has an amazing agricultural extension and an extremely informative website, I will be building vs buying my first compost pile. I will post my progress on this blog and, hopefully, will be producing compost that looks as good as this person’s.