Cool Season Vegetables — November in the Garden
Since September you have been growing warm season vegetables and now it is time to add cool season vegetables to the garden. Temperatures are starting to drop and the production of the warm season vegetables is slowing for the same reason. You will have almost 5 months to grow lettuces, cabbages, spinach, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, strawberries, onions, carrots, radishes, beets and turnips. These will the best tasting vegetables you have ever grown because you will be picking them at their peak of ripeness.
When planning your vegetable garden, be sure to select varieties that are recommended for our unique gardening environment. They are listed on pages 8-10 of the Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide.
If you forgot to fertilize your lawn in October, early November will be the latest to prepare your lawn for winter. Major pruning should be held off until next spring. Too much fertilizer and pruning at this time of year may stimulate new growth that will be damaged by cold weather that can accompany November. Replace those tired annuals that are left over from summer with new plantings that are better adapted for the winter days ahead. Select from robust fall/winter plants such as ornamental kale and cabbage.
Contact your local UF/IFAS Extension County office for answers to your landscape and garden questions.