Gardening in summer can be a challenge, especially with the Florida heat. But if you have plan, growing a summer garden is possible.
In this episode, our guest speaker Dr. Rodriguez discusses:
- starting a garden in summer,
- what to grow in your garden,
- purchasing seeds and seedlings,
- and methods for growing in different areas.
When creating a plan for your garden, start by deciding what types of crops you want to grow. UF/IFAS extension offices and agents provide great resources that help gardeners understand which plants grow well in each zone. Preparing your soil and understanding what kinds of soil to use in your raised beds or potted garden is also key.
Some examples of the crops that grow well across the state in summer are beans, eggplant, okra, peppers, sweet potatoes, and watermelon. However, summer is also a great time to take a break from growing to prepare the soil for fall planting.
With the summer heat, growing indoors is another option. Plants like herbs and tomatoes are a good choice. However, gardeners must keep in mind that plenty of light for many of these plants will be necessary. Consider growing plants that don’t require pollinators or learn about how to self-pollinate and the necessary requirements.