The start of ‘second spring’ BIG GARDEN PLANTING time is here now! Are you ready?
In Central Florida Zone 9, the fall garden is often bigger than the spring garden… because we don’t head into insufferable hot and humid weather as the season goes along. Instead we head into cooler weather where our cool loving plants will thrive, conditions aren’t as good for bugs and disease to flourish because of the cooler dryer air and impending winter, and it’s more pleasant for us to get out there in our gardens to tend to things.
Since we virtually had no winter again this year, bugs and diseases have had the opportunity to flourish… but so have your plants. There has been a TREMENDOUS amount of healthy growth going on in people’s gardens – our place looks like a jungle and some plants have grown HUGE!
With the weather being a bit dryer, fungal diseases don’t seem to have been as much of a problem as they’ve been the last few years… YAY!!!
Warm Weather Plants
(This is the last month for planting these — best to get them in the ground as early in the month as possible… like NOW… so they will have time to grow, mature, and produce before a frost or freeze hits)
If you’d like to try, you can experiment with planting some of the August warm weather plants. Be sure to plant them in such a way that you can protect them if we get a frost or freeze before they’re ready for harvest.
- Beans – pole, bush, lima
- Southern peas
- Summer Squash
Cool Weather Plants
- Onion – bulb, multiplier, bunching