Successful patio garden project

The winter garden season kicks off in September for the southeastern US states. The rest of the country plans for cold weather, but we’re ready to grow our garden vegetables.

Gardening in the winter months is preferable for me. There is nothing fun about weeding the vegetable garden in 95° weather. Not many vegetables grow well in that heat either. The key to any good garden is the preparation of the garden soil and getting these seeds started early enough to accommodate potential frosts in January. Even in Florida, we get ice.

My target date for planting in the ground is September 15th. I ordered my seeds this week from, intending to germinate seedlings by September 1st. This is my first time purchasing from this vendor. The website is easy to navigate, and the seed cost was less than other vendors.

I have my favorite gloves, tools, and liners ready to go when it is time to transplant my seedlings.

Great vegetables for September to February

The Florida winter temperatures range from a low of 40° to a high of 80°. It shouldn’t surprise northern residents that our winter vegetables include carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, and other vegetables they typically grow in the northern climates during summer. Tomatoes grow well in the Fall here, as do most herbs.

The planned herb garden includes basil, cilantro, and Italian parsley. I’ll attempt my first crop of brussels sprouts in the self-watering planter I built last May. I am still working out how to support the stalks, but I’ll keep posting here if I’m successful.

I also ordered spaghetti squash, tomatoes, and cucumbers that I will plant in these grow bags I bought from Amazon. These obelisks are perfect for holding up the squash and cucumbers in the grow bags. The grow bags will also be home to bibb and butter lettuce plantings.

Wish me luck!

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