Things that will grow in Florida
Over the past 35 years I've tried on 3 or 4 occasions to have a vegetable garden which would provide vegetables for my table. I've had some success where I've had a yard to grow. 10 years ago I moved to Miami in South Florida but I had no place to garden in. Recently I moved to a place in zone 10 which has a small concrete patio about 20x25 feet but no open ground for growing. So I decided to try some containers.
I have a number of plastic milk crates which I've had for years and so decided to line them with plastic bags and see how they would work. I also have some 5 gallon plastic buckets which will be rotated into use as summer advances.
Well to make a long story short, I've been successful with getting plants to grow so far but those which have fruited haven't grown the fruit large enough to harvest. what I've planted are Yellow straight neck and zucchini squash andcucumbers. These were planted around the end of November. I also planted a few tomatoes and peppers, some peas and eggplant. None of these have fruited yet though the tomatoes have flowered. I also have basil which is doing fair and oregano which refuses to grow beyond very small sprouts. I have tried to sprout rosemary and sage with no luck what so ever. But recently I did get some mint to sprout and I am working very carefully with it.
In my general search for info on gardening I ran across this web and specifically this forum. Now I am new here so I don't want to step on anybodies toes, but as I said I was searching for things pertaining to gardening here in Southern Florida and I ran across this idea from "bruggril" post of "Things That WON"T Grow In Florida."
As I understand things, Florida has 3 primary growing zones with sub-zones for each. While there is some overlapping, generally speaking there are going to be thousands of plants which will not grow in the state. Far to many to get a competent list. Bruggirls post has had an admirable turn out.
It just seems to me that it would be much more efficient to list what plants WILL grow here in Zones 8, 9 and 10. I've done a search and there doesn't seem to be a thread dedicated specifically to this topic so I thought I'd start one.
For my part, I am particularly interested in what grows well in zone 10 in Southern Florida. Where I now live is north of Homestead on the border between Leisure City and Naranja.
Thanks for any input.