Okay, so when I said “Winter” gardening in Florida you might have laughed out loud. Winter is a relative term here in Central Florida. While we don’t experience a winter as intense as our Midwest friends, we do still have an ever so slight change of seasons. The best part of our mild climate is that we can continue our gardens in the winter with just a subtle change of pallet. Let’s talk about how to re-sow your garden for a great Florida Winter harvest.
Florida winter is much like the rest of the countries fall in terms of average temperatures and fall is a great season for gardening, especially edible gardens. Have you ever grown your own food? If you haven’t here is your chance. Caution, this habit can be addictive and in Florida it’s an addiction that can be fed all year round.
Prepare your plot. This is a new gardening season. Take out any old plants and compost or harvest them as appropriate. Weed your garden space completely. Add fresh soil or compost and mix your soil to aerate your garden. If you are into it, drop some earthworms into your garden to keep it fresh. In Florida earthworms can survive all year round with the warmer temperatures and moist climate.
Plan your garden. Fall veggies in most US climates qualify as winter veggies in Central Florida. Here’s a great list of options you might want to consider for planting this “winter” season.
Beets Broccoli Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage Carrots Cauliflower
Celery Chinese Cabbage Collards
Kale Kohlrabi Leek
Lettuce Mustard Onion
Peas Potatoes Radish
Spinach Turnips Garlic
Maintain your garden. Each plant will need different care. Make sure you read all of the directions and ask your local gardening expert if you have any questions. Make sure each plant has the right amount of room, sun, and water.
Harvest and enjoy. When your garden succeeds (which it will) you’ll get to enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor. As your seeds are growing start looking into recipes you can use with what you’ve grown. You will be amazed at the huge taste difference in what you grow yourself compared to what you buy at the store. Make sure you grow your family’s favorites to guarantee your garden is a hit!
I challenge you to give home gardening a try this winter. The results may surprise you! And don’t forget to share your success story. I’d love to hear all about it (and don’t forget to send pictures of your award-winning harvest.)
If gardening isn’t top of mind for you this winter because you are thinking about selling your home and/or buying a home, I would love to have a conversation with you. It would be my privilege to put my many years of Central Florida Real Estate experience to work for you. Visit my website to learn about the communities I serve. Call or email me any time if I can be of help to you. 407-922-9011 | Tony@TonyDavidsHomes.com