As I mentioned in my last post, I am pretty thrilled to officially call Orlando home again for the first time in nearly 14 years. I grew up here, only leaving to move north for college and grad school. While I’m fortunate to have some amazing experiences living the northeast, I am happy to be home at last.
In December, I purchased my first home – an 80 year old charmer in College Park – and immediately set to work on turning my dreams for the backyard into reality. Looking back, so much has happened in a short four and half months.
When I started looking for homes in downtown Orlando, I knew a big backyard with potential for installing raised beds or tilling planting space was a must. In the northeast, I was always finding a way to squeeze green out of gray – transforming tiny concrete patios with pots full of flowers and vegetables grown from seed on any sunny windowsill I could find. I’m a BIG proponent of container gardening, and I believe there’s truly endless possibilities with what you can make of a small space if you have the right mindset about it. However, after years of pushing the limits of what small space and urban gardening looked like, I knew I was ready to expand my horizons.
The woman who previously owned my home had a wonderful green thumb and eye for landscape design. I’m fortunate to enjoy the fruits of her labors now, as each flower unfurls in all its glory and the many insects and creatures that call my yard home flock to enjoy it, too. I’ve left much of the work she did intact, adding a few things here and there. There