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Old 08-03-2009, 03:44 PM
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Hello All!,
Just found this site, and you have some great information here. I was wondering, do you have any links on year round, or fall/winter gardens for North Florida area? What and when it can be planted?

We planted our first "REAL" summer garden and have harvested everything, now want to try our luck at a fall/winter garden. Thanks in advance!

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As a native Floridian, I can tell ya most of Florida grow strawberries and citrus (cash crops), but for your garden, grow hardy stuff, but know, that you will have a freeze, so no matter what you grow, you have to protect them from freeze burn. Now, folks here just spray 'em down with water and it freezes and saves strawberrys. Other folks cover their plants to protect from freeze. Check your local co-op store, feed store, or Tractor Supply.
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I am going to try and plant a winter crop as well. Where I live most of the citrus crop has died due to frost (with the exception of a few protective home gardeners). Anyway, my friends tell me that brocolli and carrots are a good winter crop in north Florida. Also, lettuce will do well, so I have heard. Like you firemanjw this will be my actual first winter crop. I am planting all of the above plus a few tomatos.

Anyway, I would love to try strawberries as that is one of our favorites! Do you know when to try and plant them for a north florida climate?
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In the Panhandle area of Florida, Plants like Turnips, Mustards, Collards are planted even as late as the first frost if you start them inside, or during the "Still warm" months and get them up 6-10 inches. Once you have them started, they will grow all winter with out any problem. If you plant them in the ground now, you will have them established before the first frost, but I would wait another month or so, until it starts to cool off. Generaly about the time I plant a fall deer food plot, which is the first to second week in September.

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