I am new to gardening and new to this area which is in a small town of Crestview, close to Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach, Florida, close kind of to Panama City also. Here is the thing, when is our last frost date supposedly? I have seeds I want to plant but they say to plant 6-8 weeks before last frost date, so when would the last frost date for this area be????
If you scroll down past the hardiness zone info this website has a map that shows last frost dates (it only gives them in 1 month ranges, but you can guess if you're near the northern end of a color band your last frost date will be closer to the end of the month, but if you're at the southern end it'll be close to the beginning) http://www.thegardenhelper.com/hardiness.htm
Ecrane: That helps a lot and thank you ; but, I'm not sure if I'm in the yellow or orange actually. So; I'm either the last frost date Feb 1-28 or Mar 1 - Mar 31, whereever Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and Destin is I'm sure.
If you're not sure if you're yellow or orange that means you're right on the edge, so your last frost date would be in the late Feb/early March range. So if you want to play it safe, I'd assume March 15th.
What I did was to use the dates for the largest city North of me, the largest city South of me and the USDA data for my area and decided to go with March 15 with the understanding that I will be prepared to cover crops in the event of a late cold snap if need be. That's about all we can do here because it get so hot so fast over here in my part of the country.
I started my tomato seeds Jan 14. Depending on the weather, I may very well start setting out some of the plants around March 1 taking the gamble of an early Spring.
Hi Joy; I live in Homosassa, FL. Mid to Late March planting is the best. All danger of frost or temp's below 40 degrees are gone. I start everything in pots from cuttings in November and seeds late Feruary. Begin hardening them off, put them outside during the daylight and bring them in during the night if the temperature is expected to drop. Some plants that are Annuals can be treated as a perennial down here and come back every year. We do not get the hard freeze as up North so the roots don't die and the plant generally comes back when the weather warms up. "Have fun gardening"