Video Tutorial on Making a Raised-Bed Garden by Urban Oasis Project, click here.
Click on these links to get your garden growing!
Raised Bed Gardening--includes information specific to Miami-Dade County by Urban Horticulture Extension Agent Adrian Hunsberger and Dr. John McLaughlin.
Vegetable Gardening in South Florida--a South Florida specific guide with pictures.
Herbs in the Florida Garden--includes information about when to harvest.
Organic Vegetable Gardening--includes information about composts, fertilizers, and insect and disease control.
Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide--includes a month-by-month guide to when to plant.
Compost Tips for the Home Gardener--make your own free organic fertilizer and recycle too.
Construction of Home Compost Units-- good info. At Urban Oasis Project, we use recycled shipping pallets lined with hardware cloth. Photo tutorial coming as soon as we can find time!
Worms Eat My Garbage--information on worm composting.
Top Ten Tips to Make Your Yard an Urban Oasis- after the veggie garden and fruit trees for you, make the other residents of South Florida happy.
Good bugs vs. Bad bugs-- Don't kill bugs! 99% of bugs are good. Know your bugs. Urban Oasis Project is against the use of chemical pesticides.
Questions? Call the South Florida Gardening Hotline!
305 248-3311 x 222
The University of Florida Extension Service offers many fact sheets about organic gardening, composting, growing fruits and vegetables, etc. Please visit these websites:
Vegetable gardening page:
For locally written gardening publications, please use this page:
County Extension Urban Horticulture Agent Adrian Hunsberger is compiling lists of materials needed for gardens and where to get supplies locally. Just call her if you need a copy.
She has Master Gardeners and a program assistant, Dr. John McLaughlin to answer gardening questions at 305 248-3311 x 222 or x 228 for John.
They also diagnose plant problems and she teaches classes.
She has a weekly column in the Sunday Miami Herald that answers many of the local gardening concerns.
Each article is free for 1 week after publication. To read older articles, check this site
Our University of Florida/Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension Service offers many services, most of which are free. So please use them!
A note: some people say that Extension is funded by big agriculture companies, chemical companies, etc, and therefore offers biased information. This is not true. They are bound to giving information which is research-based, unbiased, and scientific, covering all methods from conventional to organic. They update information as new research becomes available, and are solely concerned with offering the most accurate information, and dispelling common myths about gardening with proven scientific data. As organic methods become more popular, more research on them will become available.
Do not pass up the experience offered by educated people who dedicate their lives to helping people grow plants in ways which are good for people and the planet we share. They cannot promote any one method or philosophy, so you will see many approaches in their publications. We at Urban Oasis Project use sustainable gardening methods, and do not use chemical pesticides, ever. Extension recognizes that some people will use chemical methods, and wants to make sure they will do so responsibly. When using Extension publications, pick the information which applies to you and your preferred methods, and make use of this amazing free university-based resource!