Starting a springtime garden in Florida.

Plan Your Plot, Plot Your Plan

With spring fast approaching, now is the time to plan your garden for the summer and fall months. Some vegetables to plant right now include beans, cantaloupe, carrots, sweet corn, eggplant, lettuce, okra, peppers, sweet potatoes, squash and tomatoes. As you make your plans for your spring plantings, be sure to take a few minutes to sketch out your garden plan to improve your chances of a successful harvest in the fall.

Giving Your Garden Room to Grow

Vegetables thrive when they are not competing for water and nutrients with other plants: Make sure to keep your vegetable garden away from trees, shrubs and other large plants. Other ways to help your vegetables thrive include placing a barrier between large root plantings, or digging a trench around your designated vegetable garden to keep tree roots away from the roots of your vegetables.

Find the Right Spot

Planting your garden where you can see it is good way to insure success. If you plant your vegetable garden near your home, preferably within view of a window or door, you’ll be able to watch it grow week after week and enjoy view the results of your labor. Make sure to protect your vegetable garden with a fence to keep away wandering pets, rabbits, and other small animals. Be sure your garden is irrigated well and has plenty of sunshine:  6 hours at a minimum. Keep in mind, though, that corn, cucumbers, melons, peppers and tomatoes need lots of sun, but leafy vegetables such as cabbage, collards and broccoli will do better with more shade. Also, make to avoid planting your vegetables over septic drain lines to avoid contamination.

Show Your Work

If you’ve found in the past that your garden is not draining properly, now is the time to consider renewing your garden with organic mulch or a similar product. If you would like to enhance the look of your flowers and vegetables, consider adding artistic touches such as decorative stones to show off your plants and the hard work you put into your garden. Shells make a great ground cover to improve the look of your garden and reduce weeds, and they’re a great way to make your garden unique to your Florida lifestyle.

If you’d like to us to help take your garden to the next level or need other concrete or stucco work, please call us at (800) 910-6928 or contact us online.


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