A Walk in the Garden

Spending time in your garden on the weekends can offer a fantastic oasis. Put your head together before going out and the day is sure to end successfully. Plan your garden around plants that can take the heat. By using USDA planting zones, your garden will flourish this time of year.

The Natural Order

Knowing what, when and how to plant in Central Florida during the month of October is vital. Follow this list to incorporate floral color, healthy herbs and vegetables as well as practical plants that offer soil protection.

Herbs:
Explore options such as herbs that offer a lovely green and healthy pick from the garden.
Flowers and Grown Cover:
This is a great time to plant perennials. If we can’t have fall weather, go with festive mums. These are easily found in most local home repair stores and bloom beautifully. Ground cover can be pretty by using plants such as Blue Daze are not only beautiful but also provide soil support for our rainy seasons that tend to drift the soil.
Landscape Filler:
Cast Iron plants make for great green and low-maintenance plants in your garden.
Veggies:
Savor the Florida extended summer and incorporate vegetables into your garden such as carrot and heirloom tomato plants. If you have plans to include vegetables, be sure to include flowering plants that attract bees for pollination. 

Herbs:

Garlic

Cliantro

Flowers and Ground Cover:

Mums

Blue Daze

Landscape Filler:

Cast Iron Plant

Bromeliads

Veggies:

Heirloom Tomatoes 

Carrots 

Beat the Heat

These past few months may be the hottest time of year for the Tampa Bay area. Be sure to keep these tips in mind to have a safe day in the garden:

  • Drink lemon water or lightly sweetened lemonade
  • Avoid gardening 10 until 4 p.m.
  • Wear sunblock, bug spray and proper clothing
  • Take breaks
  • Check the weather for lightning and storms