From Seattle to Orlando, gardening a whole new ballgame
Hi friends, We're thinking about moving away from our island outside of Seattle and retiring just south of Orlando. From 8b to 9b, not much change in low temp, but a world of difference in the garden!
Nematodes! Late freezes! Too hot, too cold, cockroaches! (We'll get chickens for that problem), but whew! reading this forum makes me realize that my 40 years of organic gardening in the northern tier states mean nothing, NOTHING!
Please help me out here. Can I grow cool veg like lettuce, kohlrabi, radishes, turnips, spinach? The low temps make me think I can't in the winter, too hot in the summer. I know you have spring and fall seasons, is that what we're talking about here?
And please define spring! fall!
There's a similar amount of rainfall, but Seattle drizzles it out over nine months and then presents us with a drought in July, August, Sept. But your rainfall looks like it's mostly in the summer and I'm wondering how hard it is - does it tear your plants to shreds?
Oh, yeah, and what about warm weather veg like tomatoes, eggplant, sweet potatoes, cukes. I read about having to tear out toms because of mildew, and here I was thinking I could finally grow them because our cool maritime climate in Puget Sound made me give up on those crops years ago. But can you grow them and when?
Well, I've got amillion questions but I'll stop here. Spring is coming for us. Do you have spring? Thanks!!!