Taking care of the vegetable garden
Thin overcrowded root crops such as beets, carrots, turnips and radishes by removing the smallest plants to give the remaining plants room to mature. Radishes and carrots should be about 3 inches apart, and turnips and beets should be about 4 to 6 inches apart.
It is not too late to plant some vegetables. Cool season crops like broccoli, cabbage, greens and cauliflower still have plenty of time to mature before warmer weather returns. For more information, see the fact sheets Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide at edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/VH/VH02100.pdf and Organic Vegetable Gardening in Florida at edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/HS/HS121500.pdf.
Cooler fall weather a fine time for herbs
Consider planting culinary herbs from seeds or plants now. A wide variety of herbs thrive in our cooler, drier fall weather. Favorites such as basil, cilantro, dill, fennel, parsley, sage, and thyme can all be planted as seeds and many are available as plants. For more information, access Herbs in the Florida Garden on the internet at: edis.ifas.ufl.edu/VH020.
Compiled by Theresa Badurek, urban horticulture extension agent, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Service. For additional landscape and garden information, visit pinellascountyextension.org. For regular tips and information about what's growing in Pinellas, go to facebook.com/growpinellas.