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Fall Gardening: Now is the Time for Site Selection and Preparation


Image Credit Eddie Powell

Garde and landscape edibles: Image Credit Eddie Powell

Vegetable garden placement is a crucial part of the garden planning process because proper site selection will be a determining factor in its success. Below are a few tips to assist in the placement process.
  • The garden should be placed in a convenient location near the house so it will be easier to tend. It also needs to be located near a good water source
  • The gardener should determine how well drained the soil is in the area and make sure that the soil is not compacted
  •  If it is compacted, the gardener will need to add an extra step: Tilling will be needed to lessen the compaction of the soil and help the plants’ root zone reach out into the soil to get necessary nutrients
  • The garden needs to be located in an area that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily
  • Vegetable plants may be placed in the landscape with ornamental plants
  • Sites along coastal areas are also suitable places for gardens

    Fall Turnips: Image Credit Eddie Powell

    Fall Turnips: Image Credit Eddie Powell

  • When possible, rotate the placement of specific vegetables from place to place to prevent soil diseases and other pests of specific crops from becoming established
  • Develop a vegetable garden plan which includes the plant names, their location, and the dates they were planted
  • Consult your local UF / IFAS Extension office to obtain the Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide, which lists specific planting dates, row spacing and preference of direct seeding or transplanting for most crops
  • If direct seeding the garden, start seeds 4 to 6 weeks  before planting date to allow time for them to grow before transplanting.



Author: Eddie Powell – pep5@ufl.edu

Residential Horticulture
Educate the residents of Walton County who are unfamiliar with growing certain landscape and vegetable plants that grow in north Florida. Provide homeowners with information about why a good looking healthy lawn is important. Teaching proper fertilization and irrigation practices for successful backyard gardening and container gardening.
Master Gardener Coordinator
Develop in-school programs with use of Master Gardeners to reach school kids and youth. Also provide educational programs for developing community gardens and provide educational material at local festivals.


Eddie Powell

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