Fall tends to conjure up lots of rustic imagery for a large portion of the country. For us Floridians, however, fall is just as green as ever! Late August to early October is a time of great potential for those looking to grow vegetables in the Sunshine State. In order to make the most of this season, we wanted to give you a guide to growing veggies and herbs for autumn recipes.
Step One: Location, Location, Location!
Where you decide to plant your vegetable harvest will indicate the likelihood of success you’ll achieve. To make it easier on you, try to set up your garden near your home and close to a source of water. The area should be well drained, so don’t set up a plot of soil at the bottom of a hill unless you want your plants to get washed away.
Note that vegetable plants need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to get the nutrients they need. Be sure to scope out your future vegetable garden’s location to make sure it isn’t in the shade all day.
Step Two: Choose Your Plants
This is one of the most enjoyable steps of the fall harvest! There’s a variety of plants you can pick, and your area of Florida may be more supportive of some more than others (talk to one of our professionals to see what will work best for your home garden!). Plants like basil, cucumbers, eggplant, summer squash, garlic, tomatoes and green beans are safe bets for a quality fall garden.
Step Three: Feed the Soil
To make sure your harvest has what it needs to thrive, you’ll need to introduce some form of fertilizer to the soil. Compost and manure are great natural options that will encourage healthy growth. If you don’t have an abundance of organic material to use, synthetic fertilizers will be your alternative option.
Step Four: Protect the Plants
In addition to regular watering, you’ll also need to be careful to watch over your precious plants. For instance, keep an eye on any weeds that threaten to steal nutrients from veggies! Protective coverings can also defend your plants from pesky bugs and hungry animals that want in on the harvest. Coverings can also extend the gardening season by protecting plants from heat stress or frosts.
Once you follow these steps, you should find that a bountiful harvest awaits you! We hope that this article was able to guide your green thumb and encourage you to take advantage of delicious fall vegetable and herb options. To learn more about growing your own food, call us today and learn more about home gardening!