Enjoying the Outdoors This Fall

Summertime is finally coming to a close and that means it will soon be enjoyable to go outside again. What better way to enjoy the fall weather and get connected with nature than gardening.

IFAS2013The Jacksonville Public Library has partnered with the University of Florida Institute of  Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) to bring you a Fall Gardening Series in September. We will have a different expert visit one of our branches every week to give you all the tips and knowledge you need for your garden. Go to one class to learn what you need or attend all four to gain a base knowledge on all areas.

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Did you know?

Florida has three climate zones and Duval County lands in two! To see which climate zone you live in, check out the region map from UF/IFAS.

What to Plant

Since a majority of Duval County lies in the Central climate region, here are a few tips onshutterstock_316507238.jpg what to plant in September, courtesy of UF/IFAS Gardening Calendar.

Bedding Plants: If summer beds need refreshing, try ageratum, coleus, celosia, zinnia, and wax begonia for color into fall. See: Gardening with Annuals in Florida

Bulbs: Add color, texture and pattern to the garden with the many varieties of Elephant’s Ear (Alocasia) now available. See: Alocasia spp.

Herbs: Plant herbs that tolerate the warm temperatures of early fall, such as Mexican tarragon, mint, rosemary and basil. See: Herbs in the Florida Garden

Vegetables: Start the fall planting season now. Plant cool season vegetable crops such as celery, cabbage, lettuce and collards. See: Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide

For more tips on what to plant and how to utilize recycled materials in your garden, attend one of our Fall Gardening workshops at your local library branch in September. Everyone is welcome and asking questions is always encouraged.

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