We all love having our backyard full of healthy vegetables and harvesting them straight from our own lot. Imagine, you need not go to the market just to buy them, as you can already have them with all their nutrients intact, and not lost during transport and storage.
While it is still hot outside, now is the time to start planning for your fall vegetable garden in Florida. Here is a list of some vegetables that grow successfully in the fall and the best time to plant them.
Beans – a favorite of Florida home gardeners, beans are high in protein. They are easy to grow and are considered a staple in a lot of cuisines. Most bean varieties such as bush, pole, and lima beans are planted outdoors from August to September and can be harvested from forty-five to eighty days.
Beets – usually come in a variety of colors, from red and white striped to garnet red to creamy white to deep gold. Beets are rich in nutrients, particularly its roots. Planting time is usually from August to February and can be harvested after fifty to seventy days.
Cabbage (Brassicaceae) – as it takes some time before this veggie grows, planting it in late fall may not give you a good head up until February or March, before St. Patrick’s Day. Plant cabbage directly in your garden from August to February and reap after eighty-five to a hundred days.
Peppers – another vegetable that is popular in Florida and comes in different varieties. Planting peppers straight in your garden is not usually endorsed by most home gardeners, so plant your seedlings indoors. Fall planting is in August and September.
Broccoli – prefer cold temperatures. Both are members of the same species, Brassica oleracea, along with kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage. In most regions, broccoli is grown both as a fall and spring crop. It grows best in cool weather. In Florida, broccoli should be planted during fall season. It usually takes eighty to a hundred days before it matures, so do not plant very late in the season for the head may bolt or start to open.
Radishes – considered as one of the easiest and fastest vegetables to plant and grow. They vary in taste, color, and size. Some are pungent while some are mild. Radishes prefer cool temperature and the ideal time to grow them in the state of Florida is around September through March. You can begin sowing the seeds directly in your garden.
Onions – sweet onions are very popular when it comes to their mild taste as compared to the strong taste of regular onions. Onions in Florida should be planted around September to December. Be sure to choose a sunny area in your garden to grow them.
Other vegetables such as corn, cowpeas, pumpkins, squashes, cucumbers, watermelon, sunflower, and gourds, need to be planted straight into your garden by the first week of August.
Watch for the 2nd part of our 4 part series next week, entitled Getting Ready For Your Fall Vegetable Garden in Florida – Finding the best area to start your garden.