broccoli

Q:  Is there any vegetable I can plant now (December) or am I too late? 

Q:  Is there any vegetable I can plant now (December) or am I too late?  Also, I am just a beginner so I would like to start out with something easy.

A:   I commend you for wanting to try gardening.  You are smart to start during the cooler months as winter gardening in Florida is much easier than during the warmer months –especially for novices.  I have attached the University of Florida vegetable garden guide to assist you.  This publication contains information on preparation, planting, selection and maintenance of gardens.

I think one of the easiest vegetables to grow here during the winter months is broccoli. Try any of the following varieties – Early Dividend, Waltham, Early Green, Packman, or De Cicco.  Broccoli is an excellent source of calcium, fiber and vitamins C and A.  There are other easy vegetables too such as lettuce, cauliflower, peas, and cabbage.

Have fun with your garden and do not be afraid to try new things – you never know how successful this adventure may be for you.  Good luck – and keep me posted on your progress. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vh021