Ft. Pierce, located on the southeast coast of Florida, is within USDA Hardiness Zone 9b. This is an interesting gardening region in that it sits in what is known as a biological transition zone between the temperate zone and subtropical zone. This allows the Ft. Pierce gardener the luxury of growing an array of plant species from around the world. Because some areas of Ft. Pierce are right on the water, though, the weather and salty air will play a role in what can be grown. The native sandy soil, generally acidic in nature, is another consideration. Overall, though, planting a seed in Ft. Pierce is easy, and it will germinate quickly.
Eliminate all weeds in the planting area. If there are just a few weeds, hand-pulling may suffice. Use herbicide for a larger weed problem. Follow all package directions, wear protective clothing when applying, and use the herbicide only on a windless day in Ft. Pierce.
Dig 6 to 8 inches into the soil in the planting area, in three different locations. Remove one cup of soil from each location, mix the soil together and spread it on newspapers, placed in the sun. When the soil is completely dry, place one cup of it into a bag and deliver it to the St. Lucie County Extension Office, 8400 Picos Road, Suite 101, in Fort Pierce (34945) for analysis.
Ask the extension agent for soil amendment recommendations based on the soil analysis.
Til the soil in the planting area to a depth of 12 inches. A gardening fork works well for this task. Crush any clumps of soil larger than your fist.
Pour the suggested amendments onto the existing soil and, again using the gardening fork, mix them in to a depth of 8 inches. Level the planting area with a rake.
Plant your seed at the depth recommended on the seed packet. Mark the planting location so that you won't accidentally pull the sprout or mow over it.
Water the planting area with the fine mist setting on your hose and keep the area moist until the seed sprouts.