Editors Blog: A New Year and a New Garden

By: Dan Hagan - Managing Editor

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2017 is about to end and I have just moved into a new home!  For the past few years I have been living in an apartment while looking for a home in a new area, and my wife and I have settled in!  We have been in the new home for about 2 weeks now, and it is officially time to start gardening again!

I am very excited to get started, it has been FAR too long!

The Plan

The first thing I am going to do is buy a raised bed garden from amazon, I have picked out the following:


I live in Lake Mary, a beautiful suburb located about 20 miles north of Orlando.  This area is the heart of Zone 9 so it offers some great year-round gardening opportunists, but the soil here is almost void of nutrients.  It is sand that hold no water and has very little organic material in it.

As soon as the raised bed arrives (I ordered it today, so it should be here right before or just after Christmas) I will be taking a quick trip to the big box store to buy some garden soil and a few soil amendments (here is an old post about amending sandy soil).

The Crops

I will not be starting my garden at an ideal time of year, but hey, its my first true garden in years so I am happy to be putting anything in the ground.

I plan on starting with the following:

  • Mixed Greens
  • Spinach
  • Onions

In the past I have had great luck with the Onions and Mixed greens and I expect the luck to continue.  Here is a picture of a past crop of my mixed greens (its a mix of different type of lettuce)

2015 Mixed Green Crop

I will keep this editors blog updated as the garden progresses, and the website in general will see many more updates than it has over the past few years!

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