Whats Growing On: Preparing for Fall and Winter
You may think that gardening season has passed, but fear not, we have some tips for those that still want to get their garden started. Although it still may be quite hot in North Central Florida, there are a few plants that will still produce in this summer heat.
Tom Thurston, owner of Green Market Nursery in Gainesville suggests planting peppers and tomatoes now to have a nice fall crop and beginning on August 15, plant broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage seeds for the winter. You will have to wait until September, though, to plant lettuce.
And if you feel that your plants are dying this summer, there are some things you can still do to try and revamp your plants. Thurston suggests using a slow release, nitrogen fertilizer, such as an organic chicken manure to try and keep your plants alive in the summer heat. Just make sure that you are aware of any bans or regulations on fertilizer in your county.
Even though the typical North Central Florida gardening season is in the spring, there are still plenty of things you can do to maintain your garden through the summer and the fall and start preparing for the winter.