WASHINGTON AND HOLMES COUNTIES - You don't have to have a big yard to have a garden. This spring, consider growing out of raised beds.

Bill Maphis, owner of Maphis Nursery & Tree Farm, 1532 Orange Hill Road, in Chipley, is an expert in growing from a garden box. From herbs to avocado trees, your compact garden can grow a variety of plants.

"All kind of things are growing now, this is the time of year that everybody plants everything," Maphis said while entering his greenhouse. "You don't have to have a big yard to have a garden."

Although spring may put one in the mind of blooming plants, the warmer temperatures of the season create an environment for seeds to sprout. Potatoes and other rustic vegetables that can sustain cooler temperatures are planted earlier in the year.

"They started back in January and they'll plant right on up to Mothers Day," Maphis said.

Right out of your raised beds, you can grow a range of plants.

"It is time to consider things like squash, green beans, cucumbers and tomatoes," Maphis wrote in a his monthly column Landscapes, Gardens & More in the Florida Panhandle. "These plants like for night time temperatures to be above 60 degrees. They will grow better and faster."

At his nursery, carrots, potatoes, greens, herbs from chocolate spearmint to rosemary, asparagus and even squash are planted in raised beds.

Maphis has two upcoming gardening classes: Peach, Plum and Nectarine Grafting on April 19 fom 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $25; Air Layering on May 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $20. Classes are held at the nursery and tree farm, located at 1534 Orange Hill Road in Chipley. For more information, go to www.maphistreefarmandnursery.com.