Now is the time to get busy making plans if you’re going to have a garden this fall. Next month you’ll begin planting it. It’s also time to plant seed for tomatoes, cabbages, etc. If you’re growing your own transplants, remember to follow seed package directions for planting and once they’ve germinated, begin giving them lots of sun, otherwise they’ll become leggy (stretched) plants. If you choose to start your own transplants, suggest you visit solutionsforyourlife.com website and make a copy of SP102 “Florida Vegetable Garden Guide”, to learn what varieties are recommended to plant here. Many of those you typically find in the box stores aren’t suitable for us.
If you’re going to have a garden, ask yourself:
What crops am I going to grow?
How much space will I need for each variety?
Will I need to increase or decrease the size of my garden? (Typically a 20’ x 20’ plot is large enough to provide sufficient vegetables for a family of 4.)
Do I need to improve the soil, by adding organic matter etc.? (If not already done, or if this will be your first garden, get your soil tested by taking a sample to your local Ag Center for analysis.)
Do you have the necessary materials for fertilizing and pest control? If not, get them. By the way, don’t forget to also get your seed.
I’m sure you’ll probably think of other things to do or get, but it’s a start. Good luck with your endeavors.