How to Grow Vegetables From Seed in Florida

Overview

Florida gardeners have the ability to have a vegetable garden year-round in the majority of areas of the state. Only those living in the most northern regions will have to deal with freezing temperatures in winter. Growing vegetables from seed in Florida is no different that in other regions of the country. The only difference is the gardener will have to pay attention to cold and warm season crops, as cooler season crops such as certain greens will not do well in the state's warm, tropical summers. Start seeds into containers or directly sow them into the ground.

Starting Seeds in Containers

Step 1

Create a garden plan of what vegetables you desire to plant in your garden, before starting your seeds. Consider the season and temperatures. Select vegetable varieties such as lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower for cooler seasons and peppers, eggplant and cucumbers for warmer seasons.

Step 2

Fill peat pots or four-inch containers with a well draining potting mix that includes organic material. Water the soil.

Step 3

Poke an indentation into the center of the container at the correct depth, per the instructions on the seed package. Place a seed into the hole and cover with soil. Water the container again.

Step 4

Place the container in an area that receives at least six hours of sunlight during the day, keeping the soil moist.

Step 5

Transplant into the garden once the seedling has established itself in approximately three to four weeks. Continue watering the seedling daily, keeping the soil moist.

Sowing Seeds into the Garden

Step 1

Prepare your garden before planting the seeds. Select a well draining area that receives at least six hours of daily sunlight. Dig up any weeds and remove any grasses from the planting area. Rake the area clean.

Step 2

Amend the planting site with manure, compost or peat. Work the organic material into the soil to a depth of at least six inches by either digging it down into the soil or using a tiller.

Step 3

Create rows in your garden by mounding up the soil to a height of approximately four to six inches in height. Consider the types of vegetables you will be growing and their space requirements, per the seed package instructions.

Step 4

Dig a small hole to place your seeds into, per the package instructions pertaining to planting depth. Cover the seeds with soil and pat down lightly.

Step 5

Water the garden well after planting the seeds. Continue to keep the garden's soil moist by watering daily, depending on your local weather conditions.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeds
  • Peat pots
  • Containers
  • Potting mix
  • Water
  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • Tiller
  • Compost
  • Peat
  • Manure

References

  • University of Florida: Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide
  • University of Florida: Minigardening (Growing Vegetables in Containers)
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About this Author

Joyce Starr is a freelance writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawncare, gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.