learning about florida planting - Knowledgebase Question

St. Petersburg, Fl
Question by kathy4621
July 5, 2009
I have recently moved from NY where I had a successful organic garden.
I see the soil is totally
different in SW Florida
& the tomatoes I tried were a failure. When is
the best time to plant
tomatoes? Many people have told me that the soil is so bad I should use pots. Is this true?
I need advice.

Answer from NGA
July 5, 2009


Here's a publication from the University of Florida Extension Service that I know you will find helpful: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/VH021

It addresses soils, planting dates, and even the best varieties to grow in Florida. After reading this you'll discover that you don't need to grow in containers - you can amend your soil with organic matter to help improve it. And, growing seasons are different in Florida than they are in New York. Once you have a better understanding of what and when to plant, and how to prepare your garden bed, I think you will be successful with your organic vegetable garden. Best wishes in your new home!

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