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[Sticky] -- Florida Gardening by dave Jul 11, 2019 7:55 AM 61
Hurricane Season 2020 by flaflwrgrl Jun 4, 2020 7:48 AM 79
Scientists just captured a record 17-foot-long python in Florida by flaflwrgrl May 28, 2020 11:31 AM 187
Coronavirus by Gina1960 May 27, 2020 7:34 PM 423
Using cat litter in our sandy soil ? by orchidgal May 20, 2020 11:52 PM 14
Moving to Florida by JamesAcclaims May 14, 2020 7:42 AM 87
Lavender in Florida by Gina1960 May 8, 2020 3:02 PM 7
Help with hibiscus bush? by Alan212 May 6, 2020 2:42 PM 3
Fl zone-9 acacia trees by JayCee07660 Apr 25, 2020 12:12 PM 1
Soil Management Advice by caustic Apr 22, 2020 8:13 PM 3
looking to buy Viburnum Odoratissimum by aliyesami Apr 17, 2020 11:13 AM 2
Not a hurricane BUT by gingin Apr 13, 2020 8:34 AM 11
Ribbet Ribbet - Cuban Tree Frogs by plantladylin Apr 6, 2020 1:17 PM 41
I'm now one of you by drdawg Apr 5, 2020 3:38 PM 222
green anolies by florange Apr 2, 2020 8:04 AM 2
Please help diagnose what's going on here by Absolute46 Mar 24, 2020 8:24 AM 3
'SunHosta' by Seedfork Mar 16, 2020 9:52 PM 43
WHat's your latest zone pushing experiment? by Gina1960 Mar 16, 2020 3:07 PM 0
Does anyone else watch the weather in zone 9b and above for frost reports? by Miamiu Mar 16, 2020 5:36 AM 104
We've Reached Equilibrium, almost.... by Gina1960 Mar 16, 2020 5:34 AM 0

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The climate here in the Sunshine State is very diverse but we are very fortunate to be able to garden almost year-round, so please join in the discussions, ask questions and share your tips, photos and gardening experiences!

Climate wise, the northern and central parts of the state are considered sub-tropical, while the southern part of the state is more of a tropical zone.

In North Florida, we experience noticeable seasonal changes; mild spring temperatures, hot humid summers, cool fall temperatures (with colorful foliage) and frosts and freezes during the winter. Like most of the state, the northern area has sandy soil and in the Panhandle, you find not only sandy soil but also a fair amount of clay-based soil as well.

In Central Florida, we experience mild spring temperatures, hot, humid summers, mild fall temperatures and winter frosts, with an occasional freeze. The Central Florida area tends to have very sandy soil.

In South Florida, we experience a more tropical climate that includes warm spring weather, hot, humid summers and mild, frost-free winters. The soil in the southern part of the state can consist of sand and limestone as well as marl and muck, which can make gardening somewhat of a challenge.

No matter the part of the state you garden, adding organic matter to your planting area will help increase the nutritional content of the soil and stabilize soil PH, resulting in happy, healthy plants and successful gardening."

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