A LONG Overdue Makeover!

Ah. Florida got a hint of fall weather lately. It’s been still close to 85-95 degrees daily which is common for us, but it dropped down to a blissful mid 70’s this last week with a gentle breeze and it is heaven!!! I have been planning the garden “overhaul” since the end of July, and I am happy (and belated) in saying it is halfway done! Queue the drumroll please!!

Beds of untreated pine measuring 8ft x 4ft in this 20×20 space!

Ta-da!! Aren’t they beautiful?!? My sweet Husband, Tanner, built these for me mainly by himself. He, my 9 year old Son and my 8 year old nephew filled them with the garden soil we had delivered from our local nursery. That pile out front sure had some head turns from the neighbors! Haha. We got a 50/50 mixture of black cow manure and mushroom compost.

Of course I couldn’t contain my excitement any longer, I had to do some planting!! I was itching to dig in this mixture and see what I could do with it!! I planted all this in late September from seed starts just to see what I could get away with until it was too “chilly” (not a term used often here in eastern central Florida!)

From the back: okra, eggplant, supposedly ground cherry.
From the front: burgundy beans x’s 2 rows and yellow beans x2 rows.
From the back: market more cucumber. 2 varieties of radishes down the center. Tomatoes galore!
From the back: sunflowers, marigolds, grey stripe zucchini x’s 2, yellow squash x’s 2, and green zucchini x’s 2!
From the back: bunching onions, 1 row. Leeks, 1 row. Brussel sprouts x’s 3. Broccoli x’s 3, and romanesco broccoli x’s 3. Hard to see!
A pumpkin vine for fun, lettuces and cabbages in this bed!

Things are growing so well in this soil! I am having some trouble with germination of the brassicas. I have will have to re-seed if I don’t see sprouts soon! Other than that, I am so thankful to have these amazing beds to grow food in! This has taken a huge burden off my shoulders and I am glad I can get back into the groove of learning!

Published by FloridaGardenGirl

Hey Y'all! My name is Nicole, and I am a wife and mother just trying to make it through this thing called life and survive in one piece! I decided to start up gardening here in our home state of Florida (zone 9B) in 2018 dappling with one 4'x8' bed and I stuffed what I could in there. It was AMAZING! I had this giddy excitement inside me that was screaming for joy at my new found hobby, and it has grown so much more over the past year or so! Now we own laying hens, garden in 8 raised beds in our back yard almost year round, and we homeschool! I have learned so much from this experience and I would love to share it with you! This exciting adventure has encouraged me to start blogging about our experiences, successes and failures in hopes to inspire others to follow the desires of their heart and reach for their dreams. This is a space for lifting others up and freeing yourselves from the woes of the world! Relax and garden a little. You will be surprised how amazing it is and how rewarding it can be!

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