I talk to people all the time that don’t think you can garden in Florida’s hot and humid summers. It isn’t always the easiest task, but it is definitely possibly, and always rewarding!
I found the easiest crops are: basil, sunflowers, peppers, and okra. They seem to love Florida’s heat and thunderstorms. Summer is a great time to work on improving your soil as well!
Above are photos taken of our late August 2014 summer garden. Shown: purple basil, sweet basil, native milkweed recovered from the Monarchs, okra, Seminole pumpkin, and sunflowers. We have already started our Seminole pumpkins for fall and are currently preparing our soil and planning our fall garden beds. The pine straw falling for all the Florida pines is a great, natural mulch for our pumpkin bed.
Here’s a great monthly calendar, divided by Florida’s three regions, to help you garden year around in the Sunshine State:
Florida Gardening Calendar by UF IFAS Solutions
Happy Gardening, ~Bee
Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s been since Christmas since we last updated. The garden is going well. With the holiday recovery completed, I think I will be able to post more regularly again!
We are still spending some time helping the community garden dissolve (the local college bought the land to turn it into a parking lot). We have found the plants and gardening items some great homes. We took in these pineapples and are hoping to nurse them back to health.
Some of the stepping stones, in the new walkway, are from the community garden as well. We are hoping the steps help with the foot traffic and dirt in the backyard.
Lettuce season is winding down. As usual we have enjoyed it! With the warmer winter this year, it wasn’t a stellar crop, but we enjoyed quite a few dinner salads!
Since the weather has been warmer, my Seminole pumpkins never stopped producing!
The collard greens were a first and my favorite this year! I will definitely grow them again! We have been picking off them since early December.
The beautiful red Pentas are the only thing blooming in the backyard. Above right, we have marigold seedlings started for spring gardening.
We’ve been having fun making terrariums with the little gardeners!!! A post with details coming soon.