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Tips from Travis: Growing your own spring salad mix at home

By: Travis Mitchell, Community Food Project Coordinator and Coordinator of Porters Community Farm

Fall is a great time to vegetable garden in Florida, and my personal favorite season. The bugs are starting to disperse, weed pressure is lowering and temperatures are starting to fall.

Baby salad greens are one of my favorite things to grow in my fall/winter garden. They are easy to grow, will produce a lot in a small space, and if you are a big salad eater really save you some money at the grocery store.

1455985_479117562201694_518531813_nThe process is simple; first prepare your bed or garden section making sure to work in fertilizers or compost. Next, prepare a seed mix of your favorite lettuces or greens. I use everything I have laying around, a bag of mesculin mix, some red leaf, some oakleaf, some red russian kale, and some arugula.

Then broadcast your seed evenly and relatively thick across your prepared garden bed. I just used my hands but there are a lot of farm tools for broadcasting seed available if you are going planting a lot. To insure you get a real even application you can add some sand to your seed mix to give it a little volume. After broadcasting the seeds, gently work them into the soil by giving them a light brush with your hand or gently scrape the top of soil with rake.

About a month or so later depending on how warm or cold it is (lettuce doesn’t grow much when the temperatures are below 50 degrees) you will have a bed full of yummy little baby greens. You can harvest them as soon as you want but you don’t want them to get taller than about six inches. Harvest with a knife or scissors and cut the leaves about an inch above the ground. The plants will grow back and can be harvested again two to four times until they become bitter.

If you are a visual learner, watch this video explaining the technique.

Tree Donation Story in the Alligator

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Travis Mitchell, community food project coordinator of Porter’s Community Farm, 26, examines a new shipment of fruit and nut trees. The trees were donated from Chestnut Hill Tree Farm and will be planted next week. Kelly Logan, Alligator | Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 12:30 am

Our incredibly photogenic Community Food Project Coordinator, Travis Mitchell, is in the newspaper again! The Alligator has run a story about Chestnut Hill Tree Farm‘s recent donation $500 worth of fruit and nut trees to Porters Community Farm. Read the Fog Blog post about it here>>

Click here to read the Alligator Article: “Garden to Receive Gift of Trees”