Happy November everyone! This is the time of year where weather finally starts to get cooler here in Florida and I’m looking forward to how well everything will grow during this time.
Here’s the lineup for November in Central Florida (Zone 9b):
Cool Season: Beets, Broccoli,
The biggest difference this month compared to last is that it’s no longer recommended to start bulbing onions, and it’s now cool enough for potatoes and peas.
I’ll admit I planted my bulbing onions again this past weekend. I forgot that seeds don’t hold up forever. I usually only order seed packets when I run out of seeds, or I find something new to grow. I love growing onions! I just ordered some new ones from Botanical Interests and got them in my pots.
My favorite to start this month is sugar snap peas. I like to pick them right off the vine and pop them in my mouth. They usually never make it out of the garden.
Without further ado, below is a chart you can print out for your Central Florida November Planting guide! I hope this makes your planning a little bit easier. 🙂Planting dates here are based on the University of Florida IFAS Extension.
To verify your planting zone you can check out the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Enter your zip code on their site, or check out the picture below from their site.
Because I have raised garden beds, I do my planting based on square feet. Square foot planting is included in the chart. For example – if you’re growing beets you can plant 4 per square foot. For carrots, you can plant 16 per square foot.
While November is a great time to plant in Florida, it’s also a good time to get a frost blanket if you don’t have one already. Check out the post Protect Your Plants from the Cold to learn more about keeping your plants warm. And even though we live in Florida here, we do get the occasional cold snap. There are maybe half a dozen times during the season where I pull mine out to cover my plants, typically during December through March, though I have had to use them in November in the past as well. There’s a lot of different frost blankets out there that you can use.
Days to harvest depends on the quality of your soil, so keep that in mind when waiting for your vegetables to ripen – they can take longer than the time stated above. Days to harvest is also based on when your seed germinates, and not when you plant your seed.
To ensure your plants are growing in the best environment, you can also get a pH Tester to check the soil, and use the guide above to see what range your vegetables should be grown in. Don’t worry if you’re not at this step yet. My first couple years growing my garden I didn’t check my soil.
I hope this November Vegetable Planting Guide for Central Florida helps you with your garden!
Do you have a favorite vegetable to grow this month? Share it with us in the comments below.