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Old 10-06-2009, 03:02 PM
Location: Utopia
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Some good information, folks! Thanks! I could definitely herb garden in summer as I grow basil, parsley and mint regularly up north.
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:22 AM
Location: Pasco County, Florida
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Originally Posted by TootsieWootsie View Post
OMG, that sounds fantastic to me! I would LOVE to grow things all year almost. Unfortunately, I'll be getting a condo most likely and container gardening just normally doesn't cut it....maybe it's different down there, tho?
TampaKaren, thanks for that great vegetable table you posted!
If anything is still growing during summer months like June thru August, do you have to wa may add )ter 2 times a day then? Nobody answered that yet.
I moved here from the Northwest, and was a gardener by trade. I was never able to grow vegetables down here in the summer. It just gets too hot. Even Tomatoes wither on the vine. Some have luck, but I was never one of them. Depends on the exposure of your home. Here where I live, the sun beats down everywhere. Hard to grow anything, much less veggies.

The soil is mostly sand and clay, and as such does not hold moisure. If you plan on growing veggies you will need to enrich your soil. Too many people move here, thinking it is a lush tropical place, it is closer to a desert! When it rains, it mostly runs off as it comes in torrents all at once. Summers can be quite wet, which also tends to rot a lot of plants that are not native to the region. If you look at the Florida native plants, you will see that they are mostly plants that can tolerate extremes. Most food plants, are not in this category.

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Old 12-07-2014, 08:51 PM
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Is anyone wiling, for a reasonable fee, to assist my new son-in-law to get his vegetable garden started and help him stay with it for a few sessions? Possible starting in February?

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Old 12-07-2014, 08:59 PM
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Default great birthday present

need help for birthday present - future son-in-law needs help getting his veggie garden underway. anyone interested in hands on helping, please?
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:19 PM
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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I love gardening but have given up on vegs. Most of my successes came with an earth box or container gardening. In theory it should be easy to grow crops in the tropics. But between the bugs, fungus, nematodes, birds, worms, critters, and poor soil, I now stick to butterfly and hummingbirds attracting plants. The times I had fruit trees in my yard, I ended up with fruit rats in my attic. Not to be a debby downer, but Florida gardening can be frustrating. Though I'd still rather dig in the dirt than clean my house any day.
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