Summer Crops for Central Florida

While many people will be turning down their gardens for the summer, by mulching, others will be replanting. If you are one of the daring ones, and decided to brave the Florida heat and moisture, there are a handful of crops that will do well in the summer. Green beans, okra, sweet potatoes, and basil are great examples. These crops like the heat and are not very prone to disease. While others may try out other crops like peas, Seminole pumpkin, and cherry tomatoes, they are not highly recommended. These crops may survive the summer and produce, but they will a lot more work via weekly pest and disease maintenance. Please keep in mind, that what your friends and neighbors swear by and grow in the summer, may not do well in your garden. Take into consideration microclimates or how different environmental characteristics may affect your crop in comparison to other gardens. To learn more about when/what to plant in Florida, check out the Florida Vegetable Garden Guide at the UF/IFAS website. (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vh021)

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