Your Successful Florida Garden

Welcome to the Florida Gardening challenge. We have sandy soils, water restrictions, more than 300 days of bright sunshine, and five months when the temperature climbs to or exceeds 90 degrees.

Spring is our best growing season in our state, but you certainly can build gorgeous gardens and lawns to enjoy all year long. In fact, that is our goal. It will just take a little knowledge.

Ornamental flowers, summer vegetables, and herbs are enjoying their best growth right now. The mild daytime temperatures and the cool nights help get those gardens going, the bugs haven’t fully taken over, and there is time to get weeds under control.

Springtime herb garden

Kids in the Garden

Teaching kids of garden shows them how food grows.

Creating a pineapple garden is a simple and cheap educational project. Pineapples love Florida’s sandy soil and require very little care.

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Nature’s Pesticide

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Ladybugs prey on soft-bodied insects especially those that tend to destroy crops and plants so gardeners love the introduction of these beetles to the garden. The North American ladybug pictured above is the seven-spotted lady beetle whose red color warns predators not to eat her.

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A Treasure of Florida’s Wetlands

McKee Botanical Garden, one of Florida’s often overlooked public garden spaces, is found along US-1 in Vero Beach. It may be easy to miss this gem if you don’t know its history or its charm.

Developers Arthur McKee and Waldo Sexton planned to grow citrus on the 80-acre tropical hammock when they purchased it in 1922.

McKee Botanical Garden

350 US-1
Vero Beach, FL 32962
Contact: 772-794-0601
Open 11am – 5pm daily
Last Garden Admission 4:00pm

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