Starting a Vegetable Garden in Florida


If you are starting a vegetable garden in Florida, you are in luck. Florida is different from many states in the U.S. because it is possible to grow vegetables year round. Your county extension office is an excellent source of advice and assistance with regard to specific questions or problems you may have. Having the ability to grow vegetables year round also means it is possible to start your vegetable garden any time you like. When the gardening bug bites you, you do not have to wait until spring in order to get started.

Step 1

Test your soil wish a soil test kit from a garden-supply store. Alternately, send your soil for testing at your local county extension office for a small fee.

Step 2

Dig compost into your soil in a one-to-one ratio a month before you intend to plant your first crops.

Step 3

Plant vegetable seeds according to temperature requirements and your weather. Follow the planting directions on the seed packet, or consult the University of Florida IFAS Extension's Gardening Guide for specific instructions for a variety of vegetables.

Step 4

Apply fertilizer for your vegetables according to package instructions. Choose appropriate fertilizer based on the results of your soil test in combination with what vegetables you choose to plant.

Step 5

Apply a 2-to-3 inch layer of mulch over your vegetable beds once your plants have established themselves.

Tips and Warnings

  • Florida soils can sometimes be high in phosphorus, which means that you should only choose fertilizers that do not contain additional phosphorus. Excess phosphorus can pollute rivers, streams, and other bodies of water.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil test
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Seeds
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch


  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Florida Gardening Guide
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Organic Vegetable Gardening
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Minor Vegetables

Who Can Help

  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Soil Testing Procedures
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About this Author

Amrita Chuasiriporn is a professional cook, baker, and writer. In addition to cooking and baking for a living, Chuasiriporn has written for several online publications. These include Chef's Blade, CraftyCrafty, and others. Additionally, Chuasiriporn is a regular contributor to online automotive enthusiast publication Chuasiriporn holds an A.A.S. in culinary arts, as well as a B.A. in Spanish language and literature.