Creating your own sustainable garden is a great idea if you’ve been itching to start a new project. Sustainable gardening offers many benefits for your personal health and the health of the environment. It’s important to research and learn how to best create your garden to ensure its health and sustainability. You’ll be growing your own produce in no time by following these tips and more.
Florida offers sunshine year-round which makes it a great place for growing plants and produce. Unlike most other US states, harsh winters don’t exist to ruin one’s garden. However, the intense heat and frequent rain are things to keep in mind.
Best Fruits & Vegetables for Florida Climate
- Sweet Potatoes
- Brussel Sprouts
Sustainable Maintenance Tips
With your desired crops in mind, it’s necessary to learn how to keep your garden sustainable. Here are some tips to maintain your garden’s sustainability.
- Make your own natural fertilizer by composting organic waste. There needs to be a combination of products rich in nutrients of nitrogen and carbon. Consider things like leaves and paper mixed with food waste from fruits and vegetables.
- Collect rainwater to use for watering your crops. Rainwater is one of the best sources of hydration for your plants because of how clean it is. There are various methods of collecting rainwater such as a barrel system that collects the water and controls redistribution.
- Avoid chemical pesticides and only use natural ones.
- When landscaping, it’s best to choose greens that are native to your land to help everything grow and thrive in the garden. Florida has plenty of beautiful native greenery.
- Use less energy as much as possible. Choose an electric or push-reel mower if available to you.
- Save your seeds! Once your garden is up and running, you can repurpose your seeds from previous crops to continue producing vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, and more.
Your Florida Zone
Knowing your zone can help you understand the specifics of gardening based on your area.
- Has true seasons.
- Plant schedules are similar to most other states.
- Experiences hot & humid summers.
- Experiences frost and freezes between November & February.
- Top of the state to Ocala
- Experiences light frost and freezes between January & February.
- Warm and humid throughout most of the year.
- Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Lake Wales
- Tropical-subtropical region
- No threat of frost, occasional freezes.
- Mostly summer conditions year-round.
Here is a great resource to understand Florida planting schedules for your specific crops and area.
With any new project, it’s best to consult experts and continue doing research. There are extensive resources available to keep learning about gardening. It’s never too late to start your gardening journey.
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