I live on 3 acres in zone 9b Florida and I have been turning our yard into an edible landscape and food forest since 2014.

Because my yard is so large, I’ve had to come up with ways to grow an abundance of food without spending all my time, effort, and money on it.

When I first started gardening, I quickly realized that traditional methods would too labor-intensive and costly for such a large space. So, I began researching and experimenting with different approaches to make my gardening journey more manageable.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

  • Utilize free and natural resources on-site.
  • Grow your own mulch and fertilizer to reduce costs and ensure organic matter supply.
  • Compound efforts: Small, consistent actions lead to significant results over time.
  • Embrace diversity: Plant a variety of species with different purposes (edibles, pollinators, nitrogen fixers, etc.).
  • Adopt chemical-free methods to create a balanced ecosystem.
  • Practice common-sense gardening by observing and learning from nature.
  • Grow plants that thrive in your specific climate and region.
  • Regularly add new plants to ensure continuous harvests.
  • Walk the garden daily for observation and early problem detection.
  • Use innovative, low-effort methods for watering, mulching, and weed control.
ur food forest | zone 9b, Florida