Get tips from Palm Beach County on hosting your own backyard veggie garden

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20120924 (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)---BOCA RATON--Max Roseberg, right, (double check with story), 9, Mynda Barenholtz (cq center), 9, and Jennifer Barenholtz, all of Boca Raton were photographed at a new micro garden at the campus today, Monday, September 24, 2012.
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It’s hard to beat; the aroma of a fresh basil plant. If you always have wanted to have your own vegetable garden, help is available.

A workshop on small vegetable farms and gardens is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service’s Hutcheson Agricultural Complex, 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. It will be conducted by Arthur Kirstein, Palm Beach County’s coordinator of agricultural economic development.

Participants will get tips and techniques on site preparation, plantings, crop maintenance, and harvesting. The seminar is followed by a tour of the vegetable garden at the adjacent Mounts Botanical Garden.

The program is free but is limited to the first 100 who sign up. Call 561-233-1792 or email mallman@pbcgov.org.

Groundbreaking for Mounts Botanical Gardens’ ‘Windows on the Floating World’ reset for Friday

mounts01mountsmapUPDATE: The county announced today that the Oct. 5 groundbreaking, postponed by Hurricane Matthew, has been reset for 11 a.m. Friday.

Groundbreaking is set for Wednesday afternoon at Mounts Botanical Garden  for its “Windows on the Floating World,” a tropical wetland to complement Palm Beach County’s largest and oldest public garden complex.

Work on the 6,000-square-foot “Windows” is expected to take three to four months, with the garden opening in early 2017.  A small stretch of a walkway will be closed to the public during construction.

Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden raised $470,000 for construction. The Palm Beach County Commission voted on May 3 to throw in $40,000.

The attraction, on the east side of the existing lake, will feature numerous plants from both wetlands and tropical uplands, incorporating them into an existing shade and color garden and an existing bridge overlook.