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Edible considerations:

There are a lot of different ways to set up a veggie garden. Here are some starting points:

  • It should have a dedicated irrigation zone/system
  • It should be situated to minimize overspray from landscape irrigation
  • Soil should be amended with organic materials
  • It should have some sort of border so that soil amendments don't migrate
  • A raised bed is ideal using wooden or stone walls
  • It should be in the sunniest spot you have
  • There should be at least two plots so you can rotate crops
  • Consider growing only those crops that are expensive at the store such as tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and squash.
  • Things like carrots and onions are inexpensive so consider buying organic if space is limited

Develop a recommended planting list for Spring, Summer, Fall, & Winter (see Tom's month-to-month book recommended below).

Many edibles can be integrated into the ornamental landscape.

Trees like loquat and shrubs like twinberry offer edible fruits and look good too.

Consider a simple cold frame to germinate seeds and overwinter seedlings.

When integrating edibles and veggies into planting beds we should consider the following:

  • Weeds: what are your options
  • Mulch: how much and how often
  • Fertilize: what types and when
  • Pest and disease to watch for and what to do

Get in touch with your local extension office for advice for urban horticulture:

Extension agents are there to help with day-to-day questions

Contact the extension office in your county for a free guide to planning your first Florida vegetable garden!

Seminole county help desk:  407-665-5550

Attend a workshop with the extension service,

  • For the next schedule class contact:
  • Gabbie Milch, Urban Horticulturalist for Seminole County
  • email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phone:  407-665-5558

 Recommended Books:

Month by Month Gardening in Florida; revised ed.

Tom MacCubbin

Vegetable Gardening in Florida

James M. Stevens

The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control

W. Ellis & F.M. Bradley

For your doorstep garden:

  • We can choose fruits that were meant to be eaten out of hand
  • Rather than those used as ingredients in jellies or cooking
  • There are many more plants you could use for cooking if you like
  • I have them pictured here so that you can have an idea of what they will be like at maturity, and look like as a fruit

Try this link for more information: ( and have some fun!

office:  407-615-1170

cell:  407-619-1951