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Old 11-12-2010, 08:15 AM
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I'm talking backyard vegetable gardens, fruit trees, etc. I'm an avid gardener here in the NW and I'm sure it's a whole new ballgame down there. Is it common for people to have gardens, as it is up here (in the summer)? Or is it just too difficult with the heat and pests? I hope not! Are there areas that are more garden-friendly? We had zeroed in on Wellington but learned that vegetable gardens and fruit trees are prohibited so that's off the list. Thanks!
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:02 PM
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My parents live in Wellington and have had several fruit trees over the years, including in the front yard. I don't think there are any rules about what you can grow unless you live in some subdivision with a strict HOA.

Florida is a major agricultural state despite the hot weather, so yes you can grow a fair bit of stuff. Citrus trees like orange and lime are easy to grow. Oranges get ripe around this time of year in late fall/early winter. You can also grow papayas and avocados, and I think pineapples. There are a lot of mango trees around Lake Worth (I don't know if I've seen any in Wellington) but they are pretty big trees so it would take quite a while to grow one. I'm not as familiar with veggies since my parents mainly focused on fruits or other non-edible plants. You can also grow roses if you're inclined. I remember growing herbs like basil when we lived in Lake Worth before moving to Wellington, though stuff like that wilts in the heat.

There are no doubt a lot of websites out there that provide information about what you can grow in the PBC area, also when you move here maybe look up some local gardening associations. There used to be a gardening center called the Mounts Center in WPB, not sure if they are open anymore since I can't find anything on them online. Also pick up some books, there are several Florida fruit and vegetable gardening books on amazon. I seem to remember that Tom MacCubbin is a big gardening writer in Florida, maybe check out some of his books.
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Old 11-12-2010, 03:14 PM
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Try Jupiter Farms in Jupiter. It would be allowed there and the lots are large as well
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Old 11-12-2010, 05:43 PM
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Welly Wellington is a totalitarian regime no doubt.To think you can be dictated to as to not have something as simple and fun as a garden on your own property that you own & pay taxes for is out of control Hitler & the SS would be proud of Wellington.Mind you not just Wellington alot of S.FL you can not have a garden "ITS AGAINST THE RULES
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