Tips from a local gardener at the Pathos Community Garden
"Hello, my name is Robin Turner and I have been gardening with the community garden for 2 years. A successful garden starts with good soil! This year at the community garden we are using class AA finished compost that provides beneficial bacteria to improve soil structure and water holding capacity. Class AA is a high quality mark for compost from the EPA indicating the compost is pathogen free. I also like to use organic fertilizer such as Jobe's Organic Fertilizer that is environmentally friendly. Lastly, I use hay from my pet ducks' house to act as mulch on top of the garden.
I just finished growing okra this summer and planted broccoli, watermelon, tomatoes, brussel sprouts and green beans for the fall. Between my home garden and my space at the community garden, I grow about 10% of my own food."
For more information on what veggies to plant this season check out the Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide
from the University of Florida.
The Pathos Community Garden has 14 garden beds that are rented out annually on a first come, first serve basis. The Community Garden will begin accepting applications for the next growing season in June 2021.
Want to start gardening now? Build your own raised vegetable garden bed at home!