Four Reasons to Start a Fall Garden in North Florida

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Fall is truly here. We have been enjoying very beautiful days, crisp mornings, and cool evenings. Did you know this is also a great time to garden? There are four great reasons to get started on your garden now.

1. Cooler Weather- I think we can all agree; gardening is much more pleasant without high temps and heavy humidity.
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2. Fewer Pests- The fall garden is not plagued by hordes of caterpillars, borers, or even  powdery mildew. Even the mosquito population seems to be diminished.

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3. Less Weeding- During the summer, the weeds keep pace with the vegetables, then overtake them in a blinding fury mid-July. During the fall, usually what you plant is what you grow, with minimal weeding, especially if you mulch.

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4. Less Work!! All of these advantages add up to less work overall. If you think you don’t like gardening, give fall gardening a try. For some, this is actually their favorite gardening season.

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Scatter some turnip seeds, poke a few kale starts in the ground, and enjoy gardening this fall!

Those bags are just some of my harvest from last year’s fall garden!

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    • In a nutshell: greens and roots. I like to grow collards, kale, mustard greens, and pac choi. I’ve had a little success with lettuce too. As far as roots go, I like ‘White Egg’ turnips, radishes, carrots, and the funny- sounding but oh so good rutabagas. Other crops include broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, and spinach. I’m growing cilantro this fall. Cilantro and parsley do well for me during this time. Fall really is a great time to start gardening; I think it’s more forgiving than spring.

  1. Before I could reply I had make my larger dog lay down. She was sitting next to me and kept bumping my arm so I could not type. I am trying for the first time most of the leaf crops mentioned above with the exception of pac choi and kale. Since I planted things too close there is still a little room in the raised beds that I have. One raised bed is 3/4 full of loquat seedlings and the other 4×8 has the leaf vegetables in it along with two Brazilian mild pepper plants and a tomato plant. I have the poorest luck with tomatoes and planted a robust looking plant about a month ago. It has flowers now but likely will not make before it gets too cold. The area is 50% shaded. I plan to cut down a mulberry tree that is near by since its mulberries are tiny and its removal will let a little more sun in.

    • I have 3 little loquat trees that I need to plant out. I hope you get lots of greens! They taste so good in the winter. Do you overwinter your pepper plants? If you pot them up before the first frost and put them somewhere protected during the really cold days and nights, they will produce peppers really early for you next spring when you put them back in the ground.

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