I have noticed that quite a few of you are very much into growing your own food and/or are into gardening quite a bit. I am pretty much addicted and thought it would be nice if we could all share some of our tips and knowledge of growing here on the island. I am also a seed saver, maybe we could exchange seeds down the line?
I am limited to container gardening at the moment but in the next few months I plan on branching out and starting some 4x8 beds on our family property. I will be using the "lasagna method" and we will also be building some spots to start and rotate our compost piles. Currently, I am using a local supplier for compost. It took me a LONG time to find them but so far I am pretty happy with them. We also just finished building a catenary kiln on the same property and plan on producing some earthenware pieces using local clay. As many pots as I go through, it will be nice to make my own. (Still learning so it will probably be awhile.) Btw, if you know anyone selling a pottery wheel, please let me know!
I'm really curious to hear what kind of challenges any of you might face that concern you and how you work out any problems. I'm sure every year is different for everyone but it would be interesting to know of any dramatic changes. Currently my container garden is being abused by the high winds (which started sometime in January I think) and scorching heat. In all the years I have been here, it has never been so bad. Many days I just have to pull the more tender ones inside to give them a break.
I am also interested to hear if you have a favorite nursery or local supplier. We live North/central and a couple of our usual spots are Byron Pike Nursery in Arecibo and Gramaslindas in Dorado. We plan on hitting up the entire South East corner next if you have any recommendations for that area. But ANY area really.
So, what are you guys growing, is it going well, what plans do you have for the future, is there anything on your wish list you are dying to grow? If you have photos, I would LOVE to see your gardens.