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Timely Tendings: Tidy up your root crops, add vegetables and herbs to the garden

Tidy up your root crops, add some vegetables and herbs to the garden

Thin root crops such as beets, carrots, turnips, and radishes when they are overcrowded 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 4 to 6 inches apart. It's not too late to plant some vegetables. Cool season crops like broccoli, cabbage, greens and cauliflower still have plenty of time to mature before the warmer weather returns.

For more information, see our online fact sheets: "Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide" at and "Organic Vegetable Gardening in Florida" at

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 online at:

Compiled by Theresa Badurek, urban horticulture extension agent, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Service. For additional landscape and garden information, visit For regular tips and information about what's growing in Pinellas, go to