In Florida, organic food is a frequent feature in many homes; however, the only way to be sure that the vegetables you’re eating are free of any harmful chemicals is to start a home garden using raised garden beds. Obtaining your own garden beds is easy with My Nona’s Garden, and you will find all the helpful information and guidelines to make your harvest a success. But, if you lack the time and adequate gardening experience yet want to eat healthy vegetables, you can still opt for our standard or premium gardening service packages where we will even create a Vegetable Garden Layout to ensure your plants get all the needed growth factors. Here’s the best guide to your next vegetable garden.
Plan your vegetable garden layout
Before planting your vegetables, you first need to choose the ideal space that offers sufficient sunshine and air circulation. While most people grow their crops in their backyard, you can still start your garden on a Patio, deck or balcony. The soil in raised garden beds has to be a few inches above the ground to absorb warmth quickly, retain it longer and have good drainage. Furthermore, the arrangement should prevent taller vegetables from overshadowing the shorter crops. Therefore, middle-sized plants should be in the middle section of the garden.
Know the right seasons to plant
While the ideal time in Florida for planting seeds is in fall, it is possible to plant throughout the year in a Vegetable Garden Layout. There are three planting seasons: spring, summer and fall. The chilly spring conditions are advantageous for gardening as they are not conducive for some pests and insects. The best vegetables to grow between March to May is carrots, beans, spinach, scallions, pepper, squash and kale.
Fall is the best growing season for Florida as it extends for six months from September to February. You can grow different vegetables like cherry tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli, cucumber and herbs like basil.
Vegetables like beets, snap peas, celery, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and herbs like sage will thrive in zone 9 as it supports year-round gardening. Crops that thrive in high temperatures such as Swiss chard, black-eyed peas, Calabaza squash, winged peas and herbs like rosemary and mint will grow well in summer period between June and August.
Choose what to plant
The allure of having your first successful harvest can tempt you to grow various vegetables. However, you will also have to learn a lot of information quickly on how to maintain the different plant species, and this can lead to exhaustion as well as disappointment. The trick is to plant your favorite vegetables, those you can’t find in your local stores or are too expensive. Depending on the available space for your raised garden bed, plant a few seeds and use the knowledge and skills gained to expand. Avoid overcrowding.