Rosemary Beach Foundation presents An Evening With James Farmer

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 05:15 PM.

Because of his love for entertaining from the garden, he began creating floral arrangements and consulting on food for private parties and weddings held by his list of clients. 

Farmer said he always wanted to teach others about how the land and gardening shape our lives, maybe not in a proper classroom, but through writing and teaching in informal settings.

"It was passed along to me and I believe land and gardening is a direct tie to our past," he said. "We should all know the story behind what is healthy and understand our history and legacy."

He said his own summer garden was a great success this year with a bumper crop of tomatoes and he even has his first pumpkin of the season. He is not shy about admitting to using fertilizer and creating good soil. His preferred fertilizer is the standard 10-10-10, which he feels is the right amount of what's needed to get great results. He also uses manure and a compost of grass leaves, clippings, and garden refuse, which he said gives high nitrogen. Farmer said compost needs to be heavier in Florida due to our sandy soil.

"This gives great results," he said.

His favorite things to plant are herbs such as basil, mint, and rosemary, and they are what he grows the most.

Farmer said herbs are things anyone can grow.

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