For local planting tips check out the IFAS Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide
Spring is here and that means the temperature will start rising. In case you didn’t know Florida gets hot in the summer. I’m glad you’re reading this now so I could warn you.
April is about the last month to get anything started in the garden. There are a few vegetables that can be started in warmer weather but the majority of our common garden plants would like to be harvested before the 90s and 100s start making an appearance. Before it gets too hot and you don’t want to garden anyway, April is the time to plant:
- Peas (Southern)
- Squash (summer, winter)
With seed libraries now in seven of our locations we’re looking forward to the summer months to let us take a breath and catch up with demand. Do still come and visit though! Bring in extra seed you might have taking up space in your closet, and swap it out for something new you haven’t tried yet. We love meeting new gardeners and hearing how your seeds are doing. If you have a neighbor or friend who’s considering getting into gardening, bring them by to pick something out.
A quick note before getting back to the fun stuff. I've heard from a few of our regular seed patrons that a few packs did not sprout at all. I believe I've narrowed down the source but I wanted to give a heads up and let people know. I've also started including the source of the donation on every new label so don't toss those packets! Extra seed love to the people who can tell me which seeds don't sprout so I can weed them from the collection.
If you’ve already started everything in the garden and are now purely in the maintain and harvest stage, maybe it’s time to look up some new recipes for all the fresh veg coming from your hard work. The library has a great collection of cookbooks including some southern vegan cookbooks I thought I’d feature this month.
Mississippi Vegan : recipes & stories from a southern boy’s heart by Timothy Pakron (also available through Overdrive)
The New Vegetarian South : 105 inspired dishes for everyone by Jennifer Brule
Happy National Garden month!
Image from U.S. Department of Agriculture
Vegetables growing in raised beds at Hollygrove Market and Farm (HGMF) in New Orleans, LA on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. USDA photo by Karen Lawson.