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Welcome and thank you for visiting Central Florida Gardener. Florida is a unique state in which to garden. It can be frustrating but also rewarding for gardeners who persevere. This blog was created as a resource for Florida gardeners, both new and experienced, in search of information specifically for Florida gardens.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Vegetables to Grow Through the Winter

One of the highlights for Florida gardeners is being able to grow vegetables through the winter months. Once the daytime temperatures become pleasant it's time to plant a number of vegetables that will perform well during our Florida winters.

Many of the varieties are perfect for making tasty winter soups. Take your pick from these vegetable that thrive in cooler weather: beets broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, collards, kale, kolrabi, leeks, mustard greens, onions, spinach, lettuce, swiss chard, arugula, carrots, chinese cabbage and turnip greens.

We have plenty of herbs to choose from as well: dill, parsley, cilantro, chives, garlic, sage and rosemary.

Garden Tip: It's best to plant peppers and tomatoes in containers so that you can bring them indoors when a freeze is expected.

While you're at it don't forget to plant a few cold-hardy annuals along with your veggies. Some great choices for winter are: petunias, pansie, violas, snapdragons, allysum, foxglove, calendula, dianthus and ornamental kale.

What favorite winter vegetable varieties grow in your garden?