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Eco Minute October 7, 2015

Although vegetable gardens are associated with summer, not all vegetables grow well in the Florida heat.  In Northwest Florida we can get in a crop of fall and winter vegetables. Some vegetables to consider are leafy green vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, collard or mustard greens.  These greens prefer temperatures in the 60s making them perfect for a late fall harvest.  Root vegetables such as potatoes, beets, carrots and radishes will grow well here.  Be sure to plant them in loose, well-drained soil and put a layer of mulch on top to protect them against the cooler weather to come.  Cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts also grow in cooler temperatures, they need to be kept moist.  Some herbs, garlic, chives, thyme, rosemary and sage, are also good fall plants.  For a list of good local plants, go to the Escambia County extension service website and check out their “Florida Vegetable Garden Guide.” 

Extension Service website: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.