Florida Gardening in October

Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus

October Gardening:

It’s been a busy month. I’ve been doing my regularly maintenance of watering and weeding along with cleaning up some dried up plants. I also planted some lettuce, beans, squash, and tomatoes. I want to plant more, but my watermelon plant is relentless, and I decided to just let it grow. It will free up an entire raised bed when the time is right. I discovered three watermelons hiding among the vines. The vines are still producing flowers and tiny melons are budding.

An entire dump truck of mulch will be delivered next week. I would like to add to the mulch I had put down in spring and also prepare for the dry season. The mulch will help hold more moisture when I have to water. My husband is installing irrigation in the main beds, which will also ease the need to water every day. We chose drip irrigation. I have also continued to play with propagating and pretty much take cuttings from every plant, stick it in soil and see what happens. So far, I’ve been pretty successful. My goal: free plants to pass onto friends for Christmas presents.

What to plant:

Time to continue adding to your vegetable garden!

From seed:

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Turnips

From seedling:

  • Herbs
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Collards
  • Onions

What you may be harvesting:

My Jamaican strawberry tree is producing berries daily. The small red berries taste like cotton candy – a favorite with the kids.

  • Some citrus
  • Barbados cherry
  • Carambola
  • Guava
  • Passion fruit
  • Papaya
  • Persimmon

The above quote may paint the picture of newly fallen leaves to newly sprouted flowers, but perhaps in Florida October is like spring in the actual growth of all those new vegetable seedlings! Get out there and start planting!

References:

Maccubbin, Tom. Month-By-Month Gardening Florida: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year. Minneapolis, MN: Cool Springs Press, 2014.

 

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