Let’s get your garden growing!
Here are some helpful resources for you to have a bounteous harvest this season. If you are ever in need of a garden build, maintenance, education, or seed/soil replacements, please feel free to reach out to Edible.Landscapes @FleetFarming.org for our team to get you all set up to grow.
This Fall Season we are planting:
Florida is one of the best places in the United States to grow food! You can grow all year long if you plant the right plant varieties. In Florida, we have basically 2 seasons- the infamous hot Summer and the cooler Fall / Spring.
IFAS has resources online like this seasonal planting guide to help you plan your gardening each month.
Our favorite book for growing in Central Florida is Florida Fruit and Vegetable Gardening by Leu Garden’s Robert Bowden.
As plants use nutrients from the soil to grow, it is important to rotate your crops and to plant companion plants to increase your soil fertility. Check out this companion planting guide.
Some quick companions:
-Lettuce is best planted with carrots and green onions
-Corn, beans, and squash are a great combo called the Three Sisters as planted by Native Americans
-Tomatoes love to be planted with basil, oregano, and parsley
Carrots Love Tomatoes is a helpful book to take in the garden for companion planting.
To encourage pollinators like bees, butterflies, and other friendly insects to your garden, it is important to only spray your crops with natural pest management sprays like neem oil. Just add a small amount to a spray bottle of water and you are ready to go!
Lady bugs and parasitic wasps act as predatory insects to keep the ecosystem of your garden balanced so be careful to keep harsh chemicals like Round Up away from your garden beds.
Add a solitary bee hive near your garden to encourage pollination for your fruits and vegetables.