Today we’re visiting with Kimberly Butler (to see more of her garden, check out her Instagram). Kimberly gardens in sunny Florida and makes great use of a community garden plot to grow lots of delicious food. If you wish you had a garden but don’t think you have the space for it, Kimberly is great inspiration!
This shot is of the community garden plot before Kimberly started gardening on it. A lot of weeds and not much else!
Just three months later, the plot is full of thriving broccoli and kale!
Beautiful heads of broccoli are ready to harvest.
The delicious variety of kale variously called lacinato, Tuscan, or dinosaur kale. Whatever you call it, the narrow, textured leaves are notably tender and delicious, with less of a bitter flavor than other kale varieties.
Gardening in Florida means opportunities for some unusual crops! These bananas are from another bed in the community garden.
Kimberly even harvested a pineapple!
An abundant harvest of habaneros, okra, sage, bell peppers, and jalapenos.
Baby cucumber in progress.
Mature cucumbers and summer squash made into quick pickles in reused salsa jars.
A harvest of fragrant mint and lemongrass. Kimberly says, “I would say I’m making tea, but I’m going to make some great mojitos after work today.” Sounds like a much better idea than tea!
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