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Timely Tendings: Plan your fall vegetable garden in August

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 and type "Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide" in the search box. Also, watch "Vegetable Gardening Pinellas County Style" at (click on the 2009 archive).

Information from Carol Suggs and Theresa Badurek of the Pinellas County Extension Service. Visit the extension website at

Timely Tendings: Plan your fall vegetable garden in August 08/06/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 5, 2010 1:59pm]
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