Gardening in Florida isn’t easy! It’s hot and humid, alternately too wet and too dry, and the soil is sandy and alkaline. But by paying attention to what grows well you can create a beautiful landscape and grow wonderful trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables, and fruit. It’s all about the “right plant in the right place”.

Now that the days are cooler and longer it’s time to get out in the yard and enjoy gardening.Here on the barrier island in South Brevard we are in Zone 10a.Keep this in mind when selecting plant material for your landscape or edible garden.This is the season for growing cool weather vegetables including tomatoes, cabbages, beans, broccoli, eggplant, and Brussel sprouts. Excellent information can be found on the University of Florida IFAS Extension website. Help is also available from UF/Brevard Master Gardener Clinics. Volunteer UF-trained Master Gardeners can help with your gardening and landscaping questions by phone, email, and in person at clinics located throughout the county. The main clinic as at the Ag Center in Cocoa:Brevard County Extension Service,

3695 Lake Drive, Cocoa, FL 32926.

Open from 8am-5pm.

Phone (321) 633-1702 extension 227.

The closest clinic is on Thursdays in the community room at the

Melbourne Library on Fee Avenue. Call for hours: 321-674-5700. UF Resources for Gardeners Florida-Friendly Landscaping™: Gardening Solutions: Lawn & Garden: Living Green: We are all stewards of the Indian River Lagoon. The health of this unique and fragile ecosystem depends on every one of us doing the right thing. Fertilize correctly: Plant Florida Natives The Conradina Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society serves the southern area of Brevard County. Its website has links to lots of information on native plants that will do well here and attract birds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Happy Gardening! Jenifer Marx

Brevard County Master Gardener

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