Today’s photos are from Mika (catch her on Instagram @theherbanlife_), who grows a lot of food on a small lot in Jacksonville, Florida.
My story is very simple. I am a licensed beekeeper, a licensed plant nursery owner, a gardener, and an herbalist. I don’t have a particularly big piece of property. I live in a regular subdivision, and my total area is a quarter of an acre. I got started with gardening and my other interests about three years ago quite simply because I ran out of health insurance and needed to find something to help me maintain good health.
I asked Mika what her advice would be for other beginner gardeners, and this is what she said: “Go for it! Bloom where you are planted! Gratitude is a huge key to happiness. I’m grateful for the space that I do have and am looking forward to the day I have more.”
Harvest of white zucchini, okra, and pear cherry tomatoes.
Mika’s veggie garden. Simple cloths over some of the beds help provide shade from the intense Florida sun. Gardening techniques vary by climate, and while full sun is great for vegetables in many places, it can be too hot and intense in very warm climates.
A new planting box ready to be filled with veggies.
Mika introducing her grandson to honey straight from one of her bee hives. It didn’t take long for him to dive right in! It is important to Mika to help her grandkids have a connection to their food, to know where it comes from.
Mike doesn’t just grow vegetables and keep bees—she also has chickens! All on a quarter of an acre. You don’t need a huge property to produce your own food.
Dried herbs to be used in making medicinal teas.
This striking passion flower (Passiflora species) only stays open for a single day. Mika says it is a reminder to literally stop and smell this beautiful flower because it won’t be there tomorrow. Seize the day!
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) harvest! While most of us are most familiar with turmeric as a dried powder, it is a relative of ginger and grows as these thick rhizomes. Perennial in Zones 8–11, it can be grown in colder climates in a container that you bring into a protected spot for winter.
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