JIMMY BARLOW, NORTH TAMPA
Q: Describe your garden.
Answer: My garden is an array of various plants that, in my opinion, are fairly easy to grow.
Q: How long have you been gardening?
Answer: I’ve only been gardening for about six years. Before that I had no interest in gardening, but I find it to be very relaxing.
Q: From whom (or what) have you learned the most as a gardener?
Answer: I learned a lot just by trial and error. I also learned to buy drought-tolerant plants, because in Florida we can have periods of very hot weather with no rain.
Q: What are your go-to plants?
Answer: I would have to say cactus. They can be so ugly and yet bloom beautiful flowers. They’re also pretty easy to grow.
Q: What was your biggest gardening mistake?
Answer: Thinking it would be easy to grow vegetables.
Q: What are some challenges you face in your garden?
Answer: Trying to figure out why a plant grows and prospers when others wither and die.
Q: What is your best piece of advice for fellow gardeners?
Answer: Have patience. Just when you think a plant looks like it’s not going to make it, give it a little time and sometimes it’ll bounce back.
Have you ever been so proud of your garden that you wished you had some way to show it off? We’re looking for readers’ photos and growing tips for our “How Does Your Garden Grow?” feature in Baylife. Answer the questions above and email them along with a couple of jpgs of your garden to Baylife@tampatrib.com. Or mail your answers and photos to Baylife, The Tampa Tribune, 202 S. Parker St., Tampa, FL 33606. Please include a phone number and/or email (not for publication).