Frosts and freezes have already hit parts of Central Florida Zone 9 this season… a little early. Normally, we all should be getting our first frost within the next couple of weeks… Sooner for the northern parts of Zone 9a and later for Zone 9b – particularly the southern parts.
Use the map to find your zone then the chart to find your average expected first frost date.
All the things you can plant in your garden this month will not be bothered by frosts or even a freeze. BUT, if you have any warm weather plants in your garden, THEY WILL NEED PROTECTION!
At Central Florida Gardening we build a temporary greenhouse (a frame with construction plastic over it and a flap for the door — lots and lots of duct tape… LOTS!) and then heat it with strings of Christmas lights. Works GREAT! Looks WONDERFUL!… particularly at night.
Note of warning, there will be LOTS of condensation inside, so much that it will feel like it’s raining in there.
Another Note, you will have to be able to open it and provide some ventilation for heat to escape on those warm sunny days.
Warm Weather Plants
- NONE (but next month there will be)
Cool Weather Plants
- Chinese Cabbage
- Onion – bulb, multiplier, bunching