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Learn tips and tricks to make your summer garden in Orlando bloom

24

May 2021

Your Orlando Summer Gardening Guide

Guest Post by Caroline Gray

You’ve got your marigold seeds, columbine, and blanket flowers all ready to put in the ground. If only you could find your spade, trowel, and shovel. They’re probably piled up in the garage, under the bicycles, and other stuff taking up space. By the time you’ve dug out all the rusty tools, you’re probably too tired to dig in the garden.

If you live on a small lot, storing yard and garden equipment at home may be inconvenient (especially because you only use these items a few months out of the year). Renting a storage unit will keep your stuff out of the way until it is time to dig, plant, weed, feed, and water. It will keep you from stepping on the prongs of your rake, and it will keep your tools from rusting.

Guide your way through summer’s gardening season with these helpful hints.

Where Does Your Garden Grow?

Choose a location that gets a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.

Before you dig up the yard for a garden, keep in mind: Not everything grows perfectly everywhere. Flower and vegetable plots must soak up at least six hours of sunlight every day. The plot should also be near a water source (hoses and sprinklers are easier than carrying buckets back and forth). Test the soil to find out what nutrients it needs. You can get a kit at your local garden store or take a sample to the Orange County plant clinic through the University of Florida’s county extension office.

Seeds or Seedlings?

Different seeds require different strategies for optimal growth.

Garden stores are teeming with seeds for whatever flowers, fruits, and veggies strike your fancy. If you go the seed route, note that some types such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, and broccoli are stronger when started in small containers and then transplanted into the ground. Corn, pumpkins, cucumbers, and other “large” seed kernels do well when directly placed into soil beds. You can also buy small seedlings (and larger stems) to place directly into your garden. Don’t throw those plastic trays and pots away when you’re done. Put them in your storage unit for next year.

What to Grow

Look for varieties that can withstand Orlando’s high summer temperatures.

The heat and humidity of Orlando summers determine the types of flowers and vegetables that will thrive. Flowers that can handle Orlando’s summertime heat come in a variety of colors, from annuals to perennials. Summer bedding plants to consider? Torenia and zinnias are colorful annuals that stand out against pretty foliage. Scarlet salvia is a perennial that does well in tropical climates. Pentas lanceolata keeps its bright colors in summer while producing pink, red, and white blooms to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Vegetables that can handle high temperatures include:

  • Okra
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Southern peas
  • Malabar spinach.

Weekly Care

Your garden will require plenty of water and care during the summer months.

Gardens need a weekly tune-up to stay productive. If you care for it while you’re caring for your Orlando lawn, they’ll add to your curb appeal and increase your property value. Keep in mind: The curb appeal drops if you leave the garden tools scattered on the lawn.

Weeding and watering are the main tasks, and it is a good idea to pinch off dead blooms and leaves. While you’re caring for the lawn and garden, take care of yourself by wearing a sunhat, sunscreen, gloves, and insect repellant. Drink a lot of water and take shade breaks.

Ready For Summer?

With so many things on your to-do list, getting organized before summer can help you get started gardening a lot sooner. Plus, with that stuff you’re not using — such as your wheelbarrow and rakes– in storage, there’s less clutter and more chance you’ll find what you need when you need it. You dig?


Caroline Gray is a freelance journalist who balances writing for newspapers and blogs with taking care of a 5-acre ranch. She finds it tough to part with any of her garden tools but says it can’t be hoarding if they’re all meticulously placed on pegboard hooks.


5 Orlando Neighborhoods worth checking out

11

May 2021

5 Orlando Neighborhoods Worth Checking Out

Whether you are new to the area, or have lived here for decades, there’s always something new to see and do in Orlando. Many don’t realize there’s much more to the city waiting to be discovered outside of the theme parks. We’ve compiled some of the most interesting and unique, local neighborhoods worth checking out below.

1. Mills 50 District

The Mills 50 neighborhood is a popular late night spot thanks to a growing list of bars

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, your search should start in the Mills 50 area. According to Mills50.org, this neighborhood is a culturally minded urban district focused on creating a walkable community with a creative spirit. Street art is a common sight as well as well as plenty of diversity. Be sure to check out eclectic businesses like Retromended Vintage, a funky preowned fashion store, and Dong A Imports, an asian supermarket. If locally sourced food and craft beer interest you, then be sure to check out local favorites like Tako Cheena, Santiago’s Bodega, and Ten 10 Brewing Company.

2. College Park

Combining an urban lifestyle with small town charm, College Park is definitely on our list of must-see Orlando neighborhoods. A vibrant community located just north of downtown Orlando, College Park is well known for bungalow style homes, unique shops, restaurants, and parks creating a comfortable place to call home. Take a walk down Edgewater Drive and be sure to check out some of the small businesses that contribute to the area’s unique vibe such as Trevi Pasta, Orange Cycle, and Good Crowd Gifts.

3. Audubon Park Garden District

Spend an afternoon visiting the many shops and stalls inside East End Market

An award-winning shopping and dining neighborhood in Orlando, the Audubon Park Garden District is described as hip, diverse and independent. This unique neighborhood just north of downtown Orlando is known for eclectic shops, cafes, craft beer, boutiques and more. Locals love to visit East End Market where vendors sell everything from gigantic homemade cookies, to fresh baked bread, to locally sourced produce. Do you know the difference between a lager and a lambic? Then make sure to visit Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour where they’ve been serving up unique and rare brews since 2005 (be sure to try one of their own microbrews while you’re there).

4. Lake Nona

Lake Nona is the newest neighborhood on our list. A mixed-use planned community located southwest of Orlando International Airport, this growing area is home to the USTA National Campus, Medical City, and the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. Designed as a smart and connected community where residents benefit from a vibrant culture and innovative collaboration. Many young families call the area home and have lead to the growth of modern neighborhood amenities like the outdoor food hall concept, Boxi Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, head to Nona Adventure Park to experience water based family entertainment.

5. The Milk District

Street art can be found around every corner in the Milk District

The neighborhood with the most interesting name has got to be The Milk District. Named for the T.G. Lee Dairy processing plant in the area, there’s much more than milk to this funky, eclectic corner of Orlando. This neighborhood is home to numerous murals, giving a nod to the artistic spirit felt throughout the area. Thanks to a growing list of bars and eateries, the Milk District has become a late night hot spot. Local favorites include MX Taco, Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwichera, and Sideward Brewing Company.


Ready to explore more of Central Florida? Check out our other blog posts featuring 5 Things to Know When Moving to Clermont and 5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Clearwater-St. Pete.

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Top 6 Orlando Area Neighborhoods For Young Adults

06

Sep 2018

Top 6 Orlando Area Neighborhoods For Young Adults

It’s estimated that over the next five years, 388,270 people will be moving to the Orlando area, bringing the population to 2.8 million. With strong job growth, local colleges and universities and a huge tourism industry, an influx of young adults will be moving or staying in or around Orlando. If you’re looking to move to Central Florida, or are a current resident looking to buy or rent a home, here’s the top 6 Orlando area neighborhoods for young adults.

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College Park

Centrally located to the west of Downtown Orlando, the College Park District is filling up with young adults. Off of the brick roads of College Park you can find renovated bungalow homes with a mix of new development housing. The neighborhood is known for having a small town, yet urban feel, and locals love hitting up the small businesses such as award winning restaurant and wine bar Rusteak, Falafel Shop Hubbly Bubbly, The Yoga Shala Yoga Studio, and dozens of other restaurants, bars, shops and wellness stores.

Median Home Value: $298,600
Current Homes For Sale: 73

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Winter Garden

Winter Garden, located 14 miles west of Downtown Orlando, has gained some serious traction over the past few years. The town has grown from 14,351 residents in 2000 to an astonishing 41,988 in 2016, with many new residents consisting of young adults and families. New construction is huge in Winter Garden, so if you’re looking for newer homes, this is a great area to look at. Winter Garden is always bustling with a weekly farmers market, dozens of new and old bars and restaurants, a local brewery and market, and a huge shopping plaza. If you’re thinking about making the move to this area, you can check out 6 reasons to love Winter Garden.

Median Home Value: $253,200
Current Homes For Sale: 291

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Doctor Phillips

Love restaurants, bars and theme parks? Doctor Phillips is your spot! Located a few miles from International Drive, Universal Studios and Mall of Millenia, Doctor Phillips is a tucked away suburb that’s close enough to just about anything you could need. Down the street is restaurant row, featuring dozens of upscale restaurants like Seasons 52, Melting Pot, Eddie V’s, and local favorite Rocco’s Tacos. Doctor Phillips has a very family friendly vibe, and is perfect for young adults looking to start their lives in the heart of Orlando.

Median Home Value: $307,100
Current Homes For Sale: 49

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Audubon Park

Calling itself “Orlando’s Most Unique Neighborhood,” Audubon Park has local vintage shops and boutiques, as well as some of the best restaurants, craft beer and craft cocktail bars the Orlando area has to offer. If you take a drive through Audubon Park, you’ll notice a slew of local residents walking and biking the area to their favorite spots. Locals love hanging at East End Market, a neighborhood marketplace with an array of artisanal vendors, or Redlight Redlight, an award winning craft beer bar and brewery. With close proximity to Winter Park, Downtown Orlando, Baldwin Park, and local roads and highways, Audubon Park has seen many of it’s new residents being young adults.

Median Home Value: $279,700
Current Homes For Sale: 4

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Downtown Sanford

With a completely revamped downtown area, Sanford is really starting to catch the eye of millennials. Over the past few years, downtown Sanford has seen the addition of new breweries, craft beer bottle shops, remarkable restaurants, and nifty shops. Downtown staples such as Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, a traditional German restaurant serving up authentic German food, German beers and live music, and West End Trading Post, a local favorite that offers drinks, a vibrant atmosphere and nightly live music, line the brick streets of downtown and compliment the new additions to town. Alive After 5 or the Sanford Art Walk are just 2 of the monthly events the city puts on where residents gather for a good time. There’s many older homes in the area, as well as lots of new development of homes and apartments, providing a mix of housing that can suit any need.

Median Home Value: $190,000
Current Homes For Sale: 205
*Median home value and homes available for 32771 zip code

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SODO

Also known as South Downtown, the SODO district has been becoming increasingly popular with young adults. While this area has always been filled with homes and apartments, shopping plazas and bars and restaurants, lots of new and unique spots have been opening up around SODO giving the area a new, cool feel. SODO and surrounding areas such as Delaney Park, Conway and Lake Holden have multiple neighborhoods of homes, as well as new apartment buildings and town homes that have been popping up over the years.

Median Home Value: $250,500
Current Homes For Sale: 102

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6 Orlando Real Estate Groups That Stand Out In The City Beautiful

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Sep 2017

6 Orlando Real Estate Groups That Stand Out In The City Beautiful

Buying a home can be stressful, time consuming, and just plain overwhelming, but when you find a real estate agent you can trust, most of those uneasy feelings will go away. If you’re looking for your dream home in the Orlando area, we’ve put together a list of some of Central Florida’s best real estate companies that are sure to help you find the perfect house!
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Top 10 Places To Live In 2017

27

Mar 2017

Top 10 Places To Live In 2017

Moving comes with a lot of thought and consideration. People choose to relocate due to reasons such as family, jobs, lifestyles, and the cost of living. Whatever the reason is families are sure to migrate to certain areas throughout the year. It seems the South is headed towards a population increase. Florida itself holds 3 cities that are in the top 10 places to live for 2017. Let’s take a look at the ten cities and why they have become a popular place to move. (more…)