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Jul 1, 2015 2:37 PM CST
Name: Chenoa Frazer
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
I have a question about something that is becoming more confusing to me as time goes on, I printed out the gardening calendar for my zone, which has fall planting guidelines for sowing seeds indoors and direct sowing. I bought some seeds from Heirloom Seed Company based on the calendar for fall which had the different dates on when to start. So for instance, Spinach on my ATP calendar says to sow Aug 11- Sept 25. But on the packet it says sow 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost. Now this may be where my confusion is once I got all these supposedly fall crop seeds. Because my frost free growing area starts March 26 and ends Nov 24. But if I am planting my spinach according to guidelines I should plant in January. I was under the impression that spinach was a fall crop, a lot of the seeds I have bought are the same. Being a new gardener, this will be my first garden, i am very confused, am I looking at the wrong dates? Can someone please direct me where I can get some advise on what is going on?

Any help would be great on this.
I am in Sanderson Florida 32087 which is zone 8 if that helps.
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Jul 1, 2015 3:01 PM CST
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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You can grow two crops of spinach a year. The dates that say before last spring frost is for harvesting in the spring. The Aug - Sept dates or for fall/winter harvest.
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Jul 1, 2015 3:05 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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This link has details for different parts of Florida.
Look here:http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/calendar/

and it will lead you here:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vh021

I think Spinach likes temperatures about 65 F.
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Jul 5, 2015 10:37 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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You might also like a book put out by the Escambia County, FL, Master Gardeners called "Simply Southern, Garden Guide for the Coastal South." It was written especially for Northern Florida. You can call the extension office at 850 475 5230 for info on how to obtain it. We use it a lot here in the Lowcountry sea islands where the climate is similar to yours. They have great month to month "to do's".
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Jul 6, 2015 11:42 AM CST
Name: Chenoa Frazer
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
Thank Everyone for the advise, sure did clear up some confusion on my part, I guess everything is labeled for spring planting and not the fall as much
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