August is the time to plan for a fall vegetable garden. Timely Tendings offers tips for preparing your garden in advance of September planting dates.
Make a plan. Consider the size of your family and the amount of produce you can use or share. If this is your first garden, starting small is a good idea.
Choose the location. Pick an area with good, well-drained soil that is not shaded by tall buildings or trees. Most vegetables need six to eight hours of full sun each day. Plant near a water supply.
Sketch it out. Many gardeners find it helpful to make a garden map when considering what to plant where. One thing to keep in mind: The sun is lower in the southern sky; plant your tallest plants to the north to avoid these plants shading shorter plants.
Next week: Tips for preparing your soil
Online: For more information, go to edis.ifas.ufl.edu and type "Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide" in the search box. Also, watch "Vegetable Gardening Pinellas County Style" at pinellascounty.org/tv/pinellasplanting.htm (click on the 2009 archive).
Information from Carol Suggs and Theresa Badurek of the Pinellas County Extension Service. Visit the extension website at pinellascountyextension.org.