May 21st, 2020

Find Your Green Thumb at Shearwater

Shearwater is a healthy living community with a deep appreciation for nature, so it’s no wonder that residents here love to stroll along the 15 miles of trails, picnic at the park or take advantage of the Community Garden. Gardening is a great way to bring nature closer to home, and you don’t need a huge garden to enjoy the benefits. Here are some easy tips and tricks to get started, even if you have more of a brown thumb than a green one.


When you think of gardening the first thing that comes to mind is starting a veggie patch in your backyard. Raised beds are a great option, and make it easy to amend sandy Florida soil. Complete your garden with a few homemade trellises for climbing plants like cucumbers and peas, and you’re ready to sow some seeds!

If a whole veggie patch sounds like too much to maintain, then consider a container garden on your porch. At Shearwater, most homes have either a front or back porch that are the perfect place for your potted plants. You can still grow veggies in pots, but colorful flowers and overflowing vines are also great choices and add a lot of ambiance to your outdoor space.


You can grow a lot more inside than you think! There are a variety of easy-to-care-for houseplants that will help purify the air, so they’re not just something nice to look at. A windowsill herb garden can add a fresh bite to dinner, and jewel-colored succulents are hardy and stylish additions to almost any room. And even if you think you can’t keep any plant alive, a compact hydroponic garden is practically fail-proof – just fill it with water and add nutrients whenever it tells you to!

Community Garden

At Shearwater, even if you fill your entire yard and home with plants you can still find space to grow. The Community Garden is a series of raised garden beds that residents are able to rent for their own enjoyment, so you could have even more space for fruits and vegetables or a place to grow flowers to share with neighbors.

At Shearwater you have all the space you need to grow – whether that’s more space for a garden or for your growing family. To learn more about Shearwater, join our Interest List to receive all the latest updates, and view our Quick Move-In Homes page to see what’s currently available.