Gardening

Creating an at home garden is a great way to get outdoors, reduce stress, and provide food for your family. Below are some basics of gardening to help get you started. If you have questions, please reach out to the Sustainability Coordinator.

Picture of sprouts growing

Native wildflower seeds

Several varieties of Florida native wildflower seeds can be picked up at the Oldsmar public  library. Here are some tips for successful planting :


Species
Planting Season
Planting Depth
Moisture Level
Spacing
A photo of a swamp milkweed flower

Swamp Milkweed - Asclepias incarnata 

Fall or Spring (40oF) - 3-4 week cold treatment recommended UncoveredKeep moist until germination24" (4 seeds per plant)
A photo of a butterfly milkweed flower

Butterfly Milkweed - Asclepias tuberosa

Fall or Spring (60oF) - 3-4 week cold treatment recommended UncoveredKeep moist until germination, water regularly through first season24" (2-4 seeds per plant)
A photo of a blanketflower

Blanketflower - Gaillardia pulchella

Spring (70o-75oF)Compress seeds lightly into soilKeep moist until  4-6" tallScatter broadly
A photo of Florida's state wildflower

Florida's State Wildflower - Coreopsis tincoria 

Spring (60o-65oF)Compress seeds lightly into soilKeep moist until germination12-18"
A photo of a variety of wildflowers that are native to Florida

Florida Wildflowers Mix

Spring or Fall (after first frost in Fall, or last frost in Spring)Compress seeds 1/4" into soilKeep moist until germinationHand-broadcast or use seed spreader
  1. Ben Cegelski

    Sustainability Coordinator

There are 4 basic types of home gardens:

Traditional RowRaised BedContainerHydroponics
In ground plantingBoxes built above groundGood for small spaces (like balconies)Does not require soil
Raised on mounds or flatContains plants & reduces weedsIndoor or outdoorIndoor or outdoor
Best option for larger gardensReduces bending & ground prepNeed to ensure proper pot size for plantHigh yield for limited space