How To Start A Vegetable Garden | Central Florida Gardening 101 for Self Sufficiency

How To Start A Vegetable Garden | Central Florida Gardening 101 for Self Sufficiency

I teach a lot of classes in person but the recent events have prevented group gatherings so I have started teaching via online webinars. A lot of folks have the time and interest to gain a little self sufficiency in regards to their food supply right now so this is a quick start approach on how to start a Florida vegetable garden. This is a recording of a webinar that I recently taught covering the 4 “S’s” : Sun, Soil, Seed, & Seasons to get you started growing a vegetable garden quickly. For example leafy greens are something that looses nutrients very quickly but lettuce doesnt grow in the summer heat, try growing tatsoi, new zealand spinach, or amaranth instead for year round leafy greens. This is not my typical YouTube video format but is instead a very informative talk on central Florida gardening 101.

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  1. Melissa Roberts on June 16, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    I have a garden that gets son all day long. What do I plant I have no other place to put a garden.

  2. Pat Galo on June 16, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    I agree seed starts are the best even if you don’t get 100% germination. Try to start seeds, learn to produce your own and store them as you would Gold! Last play some……Gardening is more than produce production, it is also a great way to manage. So we learn to grow a plant, maybe 90% germinate, we have fun, and we learn… win to me

  3. Spaced Nation on June 16, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    This is AMAZING! you know so much about nutrition and growing food. I had no idea food loses so much nutrition from being grown so far away! *subscribed* I did know about monocropping though. I would like to not have to rely on the 1000 mile supply chain for our food, and grow what we eat most of in our backyard.

    Definitely starting my own garden (I already have raised beds but I haven’t made the best of them) as I’ve noticed that the produce I buy from the store is already rotting before opening the package. I’ve seen pictures of HUUUUGE piles of vegetables like onion just left to rot because the supply chain is broken because of quarantine. They are doing the same with meat, 1000s of animals being slaughtered simply because the demand vs supply is out of balance. Such a shame.

  4. Eat See RV on June 16, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Super informative thank you!

  5. Margaret Myers on June 16, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Where can I buy worm castings?

  6. kiutpi on June 16, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Àre you still having the Vegetable gardan intensive? I am in South Florida. Can I join the seed club?

  7. Peyton on June 16, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for the info! I’m also in central Florida. I’m just beginning my gardening journey. I bought a raised box and I’m super excited to start planting.

  8. Createyoursecondhalf on June 16, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    I can’t believe how much I learned from this video! Thanks so much. I now feel it’s possible to grow a productive garden in SW Florida.

  9. edelin espinal on June 16, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you so much for this ! New subscriber !

  10. cetriya's Art n Comics Channel on June 16, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    You’re in st.pete? Im in Sarasota (I’m thinking of trying to move to ga) I would love to take a class or pay for an online comprehensive resource for our area. Also, some suggest of where to buy seeds

  11. Melissa Roberts on June 16, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    How can I be a productive gardener?

  12. Gary Scanlon on June 16, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    I’m finding your videos very useful as I am down in Belize, so need to know about hot weather gardening. Unfortunately, we are in a severe drought. Not a drop of rain for 3 months and over 100F every day. But, I started vegetable gardening a few weeks ago and so far, my sweet potatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupes, radishes and lima beans are all taking off very well. So was my kale, but they all got bitten off, I think by ants. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for your info. I’m really enjoying this new ‘venture’.

  13. Todd Smolik on June 16, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Great Video

  14. Trinity L on June 16, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Super grateful for this! I used to work on a farm and want to start an organic garden in my backyard. This was super informative.

    Edit: I can’t send feedback since I watched on here but more pictures for the slideshow next time would be great if you have the time haha!

  15. bluebirdhill1 on June 16, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Also, if someone lives in a manicured area of Florida with a homeowners association, what edible trees and veggies do you recommend that can "blend" with the usual Florida landscaping and go "undetected" by the HOA plant police?

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  17. Emerald Green Gardener on June 16, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you for your channel. You are right about amending the soil! If you want your jalapenos and serranos hot plat the for the afternoon sun us best for (hot) peppers.

  18. yvonnegougelet on June 16, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    I planted my seeds three ago in Tampa and this is exactly the kind of information I have been looking for. I am SO thankful I found you!!! Thank you. I’ll be sure to follow al the social channels and read your resources. Thanks so much from the other side of the bay!

  19. f86sabjf on June 16, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    I would ask you. My backyard is East to west so the sun rolls,across,the whole yard with no shade. What to do?..

  20. Sharon61Sunshine on June 16, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks hun. 👍

  21. bluebirdhill1 on June 16, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    I keep hearing about detrimental nematodes being a problem in Florida. How do you deal with them?

  22. FeelGoodFirst on June 16, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Can you get organic bulk soil? I live in Seminole.

  23. Tila on June 16, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    I just found your channel! I’m in Sarasota county, just starting my first garden. I’m really grateful for your information specific to Florida. I really messed up on some of my seedlings and I’m struggling to figure out what to plant where due to the blazing sun which has fried some of my plants ….. I guess messing up is part of learning lol. I’ll get there! Can’t wait to watch more of your videos 🙂

  24. Rebecca Hendricks on June 16, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing this!!!

  25. Ashley Pajak on June 16, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Hey, I just subscribed! I’m from Volusia and have really root filled soil from old oaks and grapes/wild blackberry that we cut back. Any recommendations for getting the soil ready for sweet potatoes.

  26. nazalya21 on June 16, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    I live in south Florida. Now im battling with iguanas eating my garden. I tried putting fence, organic repellent. Nothing seems to work. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks you in advance

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