The South Florida Gardening Guide

The South Florida Gardening Guide

  • Bianca Ungerman
  • 02/16/23

Getting Started.

Ideal placement: Your garden will need at least 6 hours of sun per day and will need to be on level ground. We also recommend a spot that has good draining, close to a water source, and is clear of trees and shrubs. 

What is good soil?: Ideal garden soil has a pH between 5.5-7.0; however, in South Florida, the pH ranges from 7.0 to 8.5. To improve, bring in topsoil or a soil mix, or by applying liberal amounts of organic material to the soil already present. Spade or plow the plot at least 3-4 weeks before planting. Then, rework the soil into a fine firm, seedbed planting at a time  

Best Crops to Plant in South Florida in February/March... and when they'll be ready to harvest!

Cantaloupes: 80 to 90 days 

Carrots: 60 to 80 days

Cucumbers: 50 to 70 days 

Eggplant: 100 to 120 days 

Onions: 100 to 175 days 

Peppers: 60 to 90 days 

Sweet Potatoes: ~90 days 

Tomatoes: 60 to 85 days 

Watermelon: 80 to 120 days 


PS: Don't forget to fertilize! 

Use a balanced time-release fertilizer such as 8-8-8 or 15-15-15. If the pH is above 6.3, micronutrients will be necessary. Fertilize at planting, when the plants flower, and when the fruit is medium-sized 


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