by Larry Williams, UF/IFAS Extension Agent
We are fortunate to be able to grow some sort of vegetables year round in Florida. But not all vegetables will grow year round. Planting time is critical. Cool-season crops tolerate and require lower temperature.
Many of these cool-season vegetables, sometimes called fall or winter crops, can be planted this month. The below recommended planting dates are for North Florida.
Broccoli is an excellent crop for the home garden. General cultural practices are about the same as for cabbage. September through February is a good time to plant broccoli and cabbage.
Collards will withstand wide ranges of temperatures if properly conditioned. They may be direct seeded and thinned to cabbage spacing or plants may be set. Collards may be harvested by cutting the whole plant or by “cropping” individual leaves. Plant collards during August through February.
Onions are generally grown from sets or plants. Sets and plants will require about six to eight weeks to reach eating size. These can be planted now through March. Bulbing onions will not be ready to harvest until spring. Plant bulbing onions September through early December.
Radish is fun to grow and it is fast. It should be ready to harvest 25 to 30 days after planting. Plant radish seed September through March.
Beets, cauliflower, kale, mustard and turnips can be planted now through February. Carrots and spinach can be planted now through March. Lettuce is best planted either September through October or January through February.
Additional vegetable gardening info is available at the UF/IFAS Extension Office in your County or online at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_vegetable_gardening.