Vegetables for Southern Florida - Knowledgebase Question

Key West, FL
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Question by renner3
January 17, 1998
In Key West, FL, where we get no frost at all, what can I grow of the common eating vegetables and, if any, when should they be planted? I most enjoy tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, garlic, and broccoli. Also I would be planting most of these in large pots. Any recommended publications would also help.


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Answer from NGA
January 17, 1998
All of the vegetables you mention would be best grown during the late fall and winter months in your area. The summer would be too hot. Remember that container-grown plants can dry out quickly, so be prepared to water them regularly. An organic mulch like compost or wood chips can help conserve moisture.

I suggest you contact the Monroe County Extension Office at
(305)292-4501 and ask for Circular SP 103 (Vegetable Gardening Guide).
There's also a magazine called Florida Gardening that might interest you. (Ph# 407-951-4500, e-mail: flgarden@iu.net)

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