Warmer weather has officially arrived in Florida, and now is a great time to focus more on your garden! Whether you plant your own vegetables to enjoy in the kitchen, or love to enhance your curb appeal with flowers, here are 3 tips for gardening in Florida’s spring.
1. Enhance the soil.
Did you know Florida has its own official state soil? It’s called Myakka, a fine sand-soil. Of course, sand is great for the beaches, but it can be hard to grow plants in it. Myakka doesn't have much organic material, making it low in nutrients and too thin to hold water well. Before planting, you can either enrich the soil with compost or other organic material, or you can use potting soil in a raised bed or planters. Window boxes are also a fun and easy way to spruce up your exterior while avoiding Myakka.
2. Prune and fertilize perennial plants.
Plants like camellias, azaleas, and bougainvilleas bloom in fall or winter in Florida, so March is a great time to cut them back to prepare for the upcoming year. Tabebuia trees also bloom in late winter or early spring, so you can shape them up and fertilize them once they stop blooming. Palms can be a beautiful addition to your garden, and spring is a great time to dig in a slow-release fertilizer around the plants.
3. Plant annuals and perennials.
March is planting time for a vegetable garden, so if you haven't already started, you're running out of time! Some ideas for vegetables to grow are beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, melons, peppers, potatoes, yellow squash, tomatoes, and zucchini. All of these veggies thrive in the tropical Florida climate. Around this time in March, you can also plant annual flowers like angelonia, wax begonia, cannas, dahlias, gloriosa lilies, and zinnia. If you want to add trees or bushes to your garden, now is a good time for that as well! Before you plant, research the plant to make sure it doesn’t grow too big for your home or the plants around it. When you plant, dig a hole slightly wider than the root ball of the plant. Set the plant in the hole at the same height it was growing in its pot, fill the hole with mulch or potting soil, and water it well.
Gardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get exercise, and improve your home value! If you want more tips and help with maintaining your home, download my mobile app that has HomeKeepr, a tool just for homeowners! And as always, feel free to contact me with any real estate need.