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New to Veggies, starting over for Fall

Posted by SakuraSundries 9 (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 9, 12 at 12:21

Hi everyone, I'm new to vegetable gardening, just finished cleaning up after a semi-failed late spring season. I got things in the ground too late and then we had SO much rain, many things failed.

But we're starting over, possibly a little late again, but I'm going for it anyway. Spent all day yesterday building new raised beds, and hope to add more in the next month (in preparation for spring planting).

My question is this, what do you grow in the fall with success, and what would you recommend for me to try?

I'm located in Tampa, my garden areas range from almost excessive sun to part-sun. I am using raised beds, square foot beds (raised w/ Mel's mix), containers/pots, and a hydro-stacker system. I'll hopefully be restarting my old gardening blog and getting pictures of the areas up soon, but there's too much storming today to get out with camera.

I would love to (in the correct time) plant carrots, beets, various lettuces and greens, peas, beans, squash, potatoes, garlic, onions, shallots, leeks and tons of other stuff.

So what are your recommendations and favorites! Thanks in advance :)

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: New to Veggies, starting over for Fall

I would recommend you check with your local ag center for advice on what to grow now.

RE: New to Veggies, starting over for Fall

I have posted a link below that I have found extremely helpful. Actually, this entire site has been an excellent source for information for me. I am also located in Tampa :).

Here is a link that might be useful: Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide

RE: New to Veggies, starting over for Fall

Thanks for the link, I've found a lot of information around online... I guess I'm just curious what other people are actually doing. Sometimes I feel like there is a disconnect between what is posted on sites and what real people are finding works for them.

RE: New to Veggies, starting over for Fall

I'm a novice, but I have started Brandywine tomatoes inside as well as California Wonder bell peppers. They will go out in the garden in a couple of weeks.

I also want to try broccoli, lettuce, and maybe a couple butternut squash plants. I will wait until October before I even thinking of sowing the seeds.

RE: New to Veggies, starting over for Fall

It is time to put certain things in the ground; tomatoes, squash, peppers, other frost sensitive veggies. Realize that most of these are frost sensitive so you will either have to try and protect them or expect a short growing season.

You still have time for other varieties like greens (kale, spinach, collards, etc.) and sugar snap peas.

The link above is a great reference and I keep it handy.

Good luck!


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