Stock up on agrarian essentials rooted in the Far East.
Jason “Farmer Jay” McCobb, founder of Farmer Jay Pure Organics, knows his way around a garden. An expert in sustainable agriculture, McCobb divides his time tending to his three-acre farm in Lake Worth, designing herb gardens for his restaurant clients, and teaching kids about sustainable practices through his Jr. Sprouts program. Here, he shares a few tips.
Location: Gardens should be a part of our everyday, not in the back corner of the yard out of sight. Ideally, you should be able to slip out in your socks to trim some basil.
Sunlight: Consistent southern exposure is best for berries, fruits, and summer vegetables. Leaf and root vegetables are more tolerant of the shade.
Water: Irrigate regularly but don’t overwater or you’ll attract bugs. Get a hose with a built-in water timer.
Maintenance: The best fertilizer is the gardener’s shadow. Tending a garden is like raising children, so get to know your baby’s needs by being present.
On Your Mark
Go hands free with a gardening apron that has plenty of pocket space.
Our pick: Ample pockets and concealed fabric ties make this locally made linen Makers apron a great choice for fashionable floriculturists. Earth and Sugar at Social House, Lake Worth (561-444-9636)
Regard your verdant surrounds from a bold perch.
Our pick: Artist John Risley’s vintage iron bench ($3,500) seats two and charms at any angle.