Starting Seeds

Time to get those seeds popping!

I am getting ready for the season. The last frost predictions are usually mid February to be safe. Weather is unpredictable so be prepared to cover tender new growth if you do set them in ground.

The purple color is from the grow light. Not really needed but since I have one, why not!

This is the simplest way to get a head start that I have tried. I use a sponge for most seeds but with so many I have to use a wet paper towel.

As you can see, I wet the towel (just short of dripping) and place in a sealed baggy. If you have never tried this, most all seeds sprout. Make sure you have room in your garden. Now is the perfect time to till or turn the earth.

Add amendments or your favorite medium to the beds. When those soaking seeds get an inch or two big you can sow. It’s best to transfer new seedlings into small pots to get established before setting out into the elements.

If you have any wildlife that frequent your yard, be diligent in protecting against invaders!

Squirrels in my yard are my biggest culprits. I watched a squirrel eat the leaves off my hibiscus! They eat everything. Rats are also a problem as well as any animals that eats grubs, or greens. Inexpensive wire fencing helps deter.

If you have ideas on how to keep pests out if your garden, comment and let us know!

It’s never too early to be prepared so let’s get growing!!!

Deltona “Gardens”

Your Native Experiment

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“What plants are native to your area”?1809496a-a009-4b8c-b3ad-3f525048f687

The list above is shared from UFl but NOT ALL will grow in your location in Central Florida. The list is by no means an exact science with so many unique locations to consider

Lakes, open areas, dry areas, scrub areas, soil quality,  PH, soil amendments, sunlight or lack of, seasonal weather events,; etc,  all play a part in the health of your garden

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“Native” plants are pretty much whatever grows naturally without human placement.  That is “my opinion” from 30 years of  trial and error.  I’ve watched nature decide what filled the empty spaces in my yard  Some were allowed to remain but others had to go. The yard and garden transformations from year to year are ever changing  I don’t always agree with Mother Nature but I believe, I know, she knows best!

My goal from the first year living in Florida was, not to watch another plant freeze, or die due of dehydration from heat, or dry to a crispy dried branch!!  After all, I had personal relationships with some (actually all)  of these plants.  Did I mention what it cost to “wing it”? Or how I had what I thought was a green thumb…..until I moved from “South Jersey” to Florida!  Thank goodness I was up for this new challenge!

Zinnia’s like saucers in Glendora, NJ.
My daughters when they were young posing with the Zinnia!s.

When you see your favorite little joys bite the dust it is heartbreaking.  I do not like loosing things that give me so much joy.  Anyone who shares a gardening passion can understand that!   I knew it was time to stop watering dead plants AND stop wasting money as well  It’s a wonderfully different experience now

SO – I joined Deltona Garden Club  and my little piece of paradise began to grow! The knowledgeable ladies and men I had the pleasure of meeting, taught me so much  Sadly many of my mentors are gone but I am hoping to keep the garden club legacy alive by sharing stories such as this