The Top 8 Tips For The New Florida Gardener
Beware of the Heat
The summer heat in Florida is strong and brutal. It’s particularly ruthless for plants. If you are someone who is new to Florida; or just new to gardening; you need to do some research before getting your hands dirty.
Remember to drink plenty of water and take breaks in the shade or air conditioning. Sunscreen is also a must, so make sure to apply some before heading out into the yard.
Research the kind of plants you want to plant and then come up with a blueprint of where you are going to plant them. Overcrowding is a common mistake that beginners make; planning is the best way you can avoid that.
Before planting anything, find out how high it will grow. Plant the small plants ahead of the taller ones.
You need to pick the right month and the right grass for establishing a lush growth. Make sure you know your soil and buy appropriate grass variety for your environment. Measure your ground, clear all weeds, add grass plugs, water and wait for them to grow. For more info on that, check out our recent articles on the topic.
If you already have grass and plants, you will need to water them periodically. Always water plants early in the morning or after the sunset. This is recommended because the water on the plants can magnify the heat and burn the leaves.
Sustenance for Soil
Just like every other living thing, plants need sustenance as well. Plants get a lot of their nutrients from the soil, so it only makes sense to add some nutrients in it. You can do this by adding some organic matter like mulch or compost to the ground. Mind you if the mulch is old and has formed a matt, it stops nutrients from going into the ground.
Yes, you can have your vegetable garden in a hot place like Florida. Although you need a lot of planning and preparation to have one, most plants don’t survive if the temperature of the soil is above 90 degrees. It is best to plant your veggies in the fall.
Go to the Root
You need to remove the mulch if it is blocking water and other nutrients from going into the ground. Plants that grow on the surface wilt easily, so you need to water their roots more as compared to deep-rooted plants.
It’s easy to panic and over water and damage your plants. Don’t panic.
Gardening is a slow process that has therapeutic properties. Don’t forget to look around and enjoy the process.
Gardening is an art, and it’s a science. It’s not easy to get it right the first time, but you live, and you learn. It’s okay to make a few mistakes.
Chances are quite a few of your plants are not going to make it. The key here is persistence; you need to learn from your mistakes and move on.
It’s all about “right plant, right place,” and you will learn about the plants you can manage and even about those that are out of your control. Keep in mind that a planting a shade loving plant in direct sunlight won’t do well, and a plant may flourish on one side of your garden versus another.