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The Summer Vegetable Garden

Vegetable gardening in Florida is fun and easy, and if you're up for the heat and humidity, you can even grow vegetables in the summer.

A handful of vegetables will do well in the summer heat, including sweet potatoes, southern peas, cherry tomatoes, and okra. Some spring crops like peppers and eggplant may continue into the summer. As long as the plants are healthy, there's no need to remove them if they're still producing fruit.

If you prefer to give your garden a rest during the summer, take advantage of the summer sun to solarize the soil. This kills nematodes, weeds, and other harmful pests with heat.

Your summer garden can continue to provide delicious food, or take a needed rest—either way, summer can be a productive time.


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