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cue_chik
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2012
7:19 AM

Post #9073973

I have never attempted a Fall vegetable garden and was wondering when I should start seeds for it? What can be grown here in Central Florida (Zone 9a) in Fall?
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 8, 2012
10:00 AM

Post #9074152

Tomato and bell peppers are the most widely grown in winter. Plant tomato starts out in mid to late August, right up to Jan. Sept/Oct for sweet peppers.

Green beans planted in ground in Sept do well.

Cole crops, like cabbage, broccoli, Collard Green, Brussell Sprouts can be started indoors and set out in Oct-Nov.

Carrots and radish outside from seed in Nov.

Pumpkins and other winter squash can be started indoors and planted out in Sept.

I am sure there are others.
cue_chik
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2012
10:15 AM

Post #9074165

Thanks! I'm trying to get a good plan for a fall garden, going to do some SFG beds, 4 - 4FT X 6FT beds.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 8, 2012
2:39 PM

Post #9074403

You must have a big family...

I ususally grow 4 tomato plants and 10-12 peppers for myself (with plenty extra for family and friends).

This winter was so warm the peppers did badly, only one good pepper this season.

I am mostly into peaches. I have 7 hybrid trees I bought and one volunteer that showed up under my Florida Prince.

Last peach I bought cost $1.07 and it was a small sized one - yikes!

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cue_chik
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2012
2:44 PM

Post #9074410

Well, not immediate - there are Myself, My Fiance and my always hungry teenaged Son, but want to try and grow a variety of veggies, enough for our own household and maybe some extra's for extended family. Also going to be learning how to can and preserve from my mom, so... hopefully, if all goes well, I'll have plenty to share ::)
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2012
3:44 PM

Post #9074512

I have had extremely good luck with broccoli and greens during the winter. Tomatoes do well also if planted early enough to be picked before frost. Sweet potatoes did very well.
I have better luck with fall gardens than I do summer and its more pleassant to be out there weeding during the winter than heat of summer. Forgot to mention okra. Had tons one winter and still have some in freezer.

Good luck with your garden.

Bonnie
cue_chik
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2012
3:52 PM

Post #9074526

Was thinking about okra, but I'm the only one in the house that eats it (one New Jersey Native Fiancee who just ain't got the hang of good ole southern grub , and one teenager whose tastes change with the wind it seems, psssht, kids these days!) so not sure if I should plant it or not, LOL
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2012
5:17 PM

Post #9074628

Know what you mean. I'm orginally from CT. and had never eaten oka but now I love it fried and battered. I plant whatever I particularly like and freeze it in small bags.
Just my husb. and I but our kids, grandkids, greatgrands never refuse to take home some vegies.
Oh brussell sprouts are another one that did well last winter.

Bonnie
vnickdd
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 11, 2012
11:52 AM

Post #9078607

Florida climates throw everything for a loop. I usually do a major planting after the last frost date - mid/late feb. Here in Orlando, we plant peas, beans, radishes, lettuce, tomatoes mustard/collard greens. Brocolli springs up from seeds I leave in the dirt each year around now.

Carrots are a pain unless you've got really well tilled soil. We've tried Kolrahbi, turnips and asparagus which were all busts.

if you're just starting out, stick to peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers and some "wild greens" types of lettuce/collard greens. They're the most forgiving. If you buy already grown plants and get them in the ground this W/E you should be pretty well on track.
cue_chik
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2012
2:25 AM

Post #9081809

Ive tried carrots several times, but it's one I've given up... along with peas. Seem to do pretty well with Tomatoes, Peppers and cucumbers tho!
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2012
8:21 AM

Post #9082065

One really good thing to do with okra that hides the slime is pickle it. It's delicious!
Sidney
cue_chik
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2012
3:39 AM

Post #9093809

Well, I've narrowed it down to Tomato, Pepper, Pole Beans, Peas and possibly okra (tho Ive been told that's a summer crop?). Family are not big lettuce eaters here, so thinking it probably wouldn't be worth the time to grow it because it would only go to waste.

Now, am planning to grow tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets. Is this a good idea? would they be better off in raised beds, or does it make a difference?
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2012
5:49 AM

Post #9093940

Once temps don't go below 60º at night, tomato blossoms will not set. Might want to save your energy there until October.
cue_chik
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2012
1:06 PM

Post #9094678

Ive already got tomatoes that have begun to set fruit. I was wondering about the 5 gallon buckets for the Fall crop :) my current tomatoes have been in since end of beginning of March, and are currently already producing fruit...YAY!

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