Dennis Gilson, the Front-Yard Farmer, shares information, local insight and advice about growing vegetables, berries and fruit trees in North Florida
By: FrontYardFarmer , 4:56 PM GMT on April 24, 2010
For vegetable gardeners in North Florida, spring planting time is much like Christmastime is for children: eagerly anticipated all year long and once here, it’s over way too soon.
As April draws to a close, so does the window for planting most warm season vegetables in North Florida. I sowed the last of my spring veggies, a couple of rows of bush beans, earlier in the week. If you have not put out your spring vegetables yet, you should make it a point to do so very soon; the sooner you do the better your chances for success.
Once we get beyond April, it is best to give up planting most spring vegetables and instead look to those vegetables that will grow and thrive during the summer months. For example, lima beans, Southern peas and okra can be sown all summer long in North Florida. Eggplant can be successfully planted through July and sweet potatoes can be planted into June.
You don’t have to wait until next spring to plant traditional spring vegetables, though. One of the greatest benefits to gardening in North Florida is having two seasons in which to grow warm season vegetables – spring and fall. So, if you miss getting your spring vegetables in the ground in April, you will have another opportunity beginning in mid August. For vegetable gardeners in North Florida, Christmas does indeed come more than once a year.
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