Time to Plant
It is October in Florida, and that means the solarization covers on the garden boxes come off and the prep work for the winter season begins.
Once the plastic is removed, fertilizer is added to the soil and is raked in to a depth of four to six inches. I use Jobes Organics Vegetable & Tomato fertilizer. It is organic, easy to use, water soluble and it does not burn the plants if the directions are followed. Then, the soil is leveled and watered thoroughly.
Seedlings or Seed?
I use seed for okra, lettuce, spinach, cilantro, arugula and green beans. Everything else is a seedling. I have grown small yellow pear tomatoes from seed previously, but this year, I was able to get them already started.
So far, Neighbor Bill (Jacqie) Jackson, my garden partner, and I have planted lettuce, spinach, rosemary, cilantro, five varieties of tomatoes, two types of eggplant, green beans and poblano peppers. We will add okra from seed and jalapenos and pepperoncini pepper plants this weekend.
Most of the herbs in the garden box are perennials, so they do not have to be removed and replanted. Cilantro is an exception. I plant that fresh several times a year. I use a lot of cilantro.
The herb box stays green and provides wonderful flavors for cooking all year. Soon, many other things will be sprouting green. Stay tuned for the winter season.
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