In Florida, the fall season means its time for vegetable gardening and flower planting, too. While the rest of the country is harvesting their vegetables, most Floridians are planting them. Cooler temperatures – although this year has yet to bring them! – mean that more edible plants can thrive. Crops like lettuce, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and collards all can be planted in the winter. Tomatoes can be grown in the fall as well, but your window is much smaller – early fall is best. Before planting, remember to alter your soil with compost or other organic matter. Also, make sure to plant your veggie garden in an area that will get at least six to eight hours of sunlight and be sure to water the crops sufficiently, as the fall season in Florida can be a bit dry. Other edible crops like herbs also do well in the cooler temperatures and if space is an issue, try container gardening for your herbs.
Now that fall is upon us, it is time to take advantage of the great weather and update your garden. Because Florida weather is so ideal in the fall, it is the perfect time of the year to start your vegetable garden, plant some beautiful flowers, and get outside. But remember to do your homework first, and find out the best way to care for each plant to ensure a great outcome and reap what you sow – literally!