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What tips do you have for Central Florida Gardeners?

Posted by tinael01 9B (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 1, 12 at 21:12

What tips do you have for Central Florida Gardeners?


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RE: What tips do you have for Central Florida Gardeners?

What sorts of tips are you after?
In general I would say be flexible, willing to experiment and willing to take some losses. Also, remember the value of pure foliage plants. They can do a lot of the heavy lifting for the garden when the flowers are in transition.
Use the climate to your advantage. I plant backbone shrubs and perennials with lovely foliage which I know will survive my area and then fill in with whatever selection of gorgeous annuals will thrive in whatever season we are experiencing. I also tend to use a lot of the perennials I loved in NY as annuals down here instead. That way I have a dynamic space always full of color and things I love.
Remember that although summer is WET, winter is DRY and plan your plantings accordingly. I tend to keep the things which prefer to dry out between waterings in raised beds (or, I raise a section of the bed and let them sit a couple inches above everything else).
Oh, and ADD TONS OF ORGANIC MATTER, do it initially and do it often thereafter. Florida soils can be very sandy and nutrient poor. Mulch with things that will break down like bark chips, use organic fertilizer and lots of compost.


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RE: What tips do you have for Central Florida Gardeners?

Add lots of bark, it breaks down slow, but in the mean time it provides lots of aeration and water retention. Remember to take advantage of our two warm seasons (feb-jun, and aug-nov) and realize that our cool season overlaps these (oct/nov-jan/feb depending on the weather). For perennials, try growing natives if you really have no clue, then take what you learn and apply it to other plants.


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After many years of failure growing spinach in Tampa, I found out how to. Now, I take a pack of spinach seed, put it in a paper towel, wet with a little water, put that in a zip lock, without closing the zip, put it in the refrigerator for about 12 days. By then they will have germinated and will be ready to plant. Since using this method, I have plentiful spinach every year. I plant two varieties a month apart starting in early October. For a small garden, one could plant half a pack at a time. Renegade and Space have done well for me.


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RE: What tips do you have for Central Florida Gardeners?

1. Don't plant wedelia; it looks pretty it looks nice with those yellow flowers but it takes over your yard.
2. Don't use too much mulch. I was of the mind that if one is good, two is better. Too much mulch gets soggy, holds water and can injure your plant or tree.
3. Read the label. I bought a fruit tree and getting home, noticed it was for a zone way, way north of me.


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RE: What tips do you have for Central Florida Gardeners?

I don't know what pesticides to spray on my citrus trees, orange, lemon, and tangerine. I am afraid to spray or put granules down and then eat the fruit? What do I use and how much and how often?

I also have an avacado tree that for 12 years gave NO fruit. Then one year we had 6 or 7 and the next year we were taking baskets to our neighbors. After that we've had NO fruit again... Any thoughts


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RE: What tips do you have for Central Florida Gardeners?

Also, to the OP, even though the label says that a plant can take "full sun", that may not actually be the case in the central and south florida heat. Have a good nursery that won't lie to you to sell plants or look for plants whose labels say they are grown for Florida sun.


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