“Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals.”—Aldo Leopold
South Florida is known for its beautiful beaches, night clubs, and the year-round warm weather, but unfortunately, it isn’t exactly known for its life-producing soil.
When the ocean water that covered South Florida receded all those years ago, the ocean floor was left completely exposed to the sun. The extended exposure created rock known as Miami limestone, which is composed of calcium carbonate that has a moderately basic pH and does not have a high water or nutrient retention rate.
Without the proper amounts of water and nutrients, plants are not able to obtain proper health. The best solution to this problem is to use raised garden beds, which provide an adequate area for organic soil with a high nutrient composition for plant growth and development.
Apart from gardening in soil that houses little biological advantages, developing a garden in a raised bed also increases productivity. Because there is no need for walking space in between the plants, they can be placed closer together, which will reduce the number of weeds that grow since there is not as much free space available for the weed roots to spread.
With the interminable presence of Florida rain showers, gardens also have to be able to drain water so that the roots do not suffocate and they don’t succumb to tissue rot. Since the soil isn’t walked upon, it remains loose enough for excess water to drain out of the bottom of the bed and evaporate off of the sides of the box, leaving the plants hydrated and healthy.
Raised beds also include a bonus of making organic gardening more accessible to people with physical limitations. Those who are physically disabled or injured can maintain their garden without risking further physical damage because the beds can be built at dimensions that make it accessible from all angles.
Now, South Florida can be known for the beaches, nightlife, sunshine and the organic way of life.