This month in Edibles to Plant Now we talk about Vegetables and Fruits
Gardening is a great form of exercise and provides a great way to relax, which is good for your mental health. Plus, with fresh vegetables just a few steps away from the dinner table, it’s more likely that you’ll eat them every day. These days many people are concerned with eating food that’s fresh, in season, and locally grown. Having your own vegetable garden is definitely the simplest way to ensure all three.
Growing your own vegetables can definitely save you money, if done right. It is possible to spend a lot of money on your garden buying seed, tools, fertilizer, and other items you may need. The trick to saving money in this endeavor is keeping costs down while maximizing your garden’s yield. And remember, too, that the first year you have a vegetable garden is probably going to be your most expensive one. The typical garden is more cost-effective each year you cultivate it. Read Planting Your Vegetable Garden for more information about getting the most savings out of your garden.
It’s tastier to grow your own—vegetable varieties grown in the home landscape often have a much more savory flavor than the vegetables found in grocery stores, which are bred for looks and shelf-life more than taste. You can incorporate flowers, herbs, and fruits into your vegetable garden to make a beautiful statement in any landscape.
- Getting Started with Your Vegetable Garden
- Designing Your Vegetable Garden
- Hydroponic Vegetable Gardening
- Vegetable Gardening: Site Selection
- Selecting Vegetables for Your Garden
- Vegetable Gardening by Season
- Mulching Your Vegetable Garden
- Selecting a Fertilizer
- Organic Soil Amendments
- Applying Fertilizer
- Watering the Vegetable Garden
- Vegetable Garden Questions
Fruit growing is an interesting and rewarding hobby, which provides fresh fruit at the peak of its maturity. Fruit plants are also an attractive addition to many landscapes.
Many kinds of fruit can be grown successfully in the Florida home garden, including temperate fruits in the northern part of the state and tropical and subtropical fruits in the southern part of the state.
Selection of species and varieties is critical for fruit production, as plants that are not adapted to local conditions will generally fail to produce regardless of how much care and attention they receive.
Weather is perhaps the single most important factor that determines where fruit crops can be grown. Winters may be too cold for some fruit or too short for others. Still other fruit may suffer from summer’s heat and humidity. Consequently, species and varieties of fruits should be chosen on the basis of historical weather patterns.
- Carambola (Star Fruit)
- Chill Hours
- Deciduous Fruit Trees
- Dwarf Fruit Trees
- Fall Fruits and Nuts
- Mamey Sapote
- Meyer Lemon
- Muscadine Grapes
- Oriental Persimmon
- Pineapple Guava
- Tropical Fruit