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Are there any root veggies that can be planted during summer

During the last three summers my garden took a constant beating from pests and the very hot humid weather. That resulted in plant/fruit damage and most of the time they dropped their blossoms. It turned into a chore, not a passion.

This summer I'm not growing any tomatoes nor cukes. Lesson learned. Right now I have a batch of tomatoes and cukes growing nicely. So with that said, are there any root vegetables that can grow during the summer here in Florida?

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Re: Are there any root veggies that can be planted during su

Do you mean root vegs that are HARVESTED in the summer or that are PLANTED in the summer? Or do you mean planted in earlier part of the summer, matures quickly and is harvested? Or do you mean PLANTED/GROWS THROUGH the summer to be harvested some time in the future? What kind of seed/planting to harvest timeframe are ou thinking of?

(right now, I'm thinking sweet potatoes....)

OK thought of something else -- Sakurajima giant radish is grown on a southern island in Japan and as I thought, you plant it in the summer:
https://www.kitazawaseed.com/seed_100-112.html
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Re: Are there any root veggies that can be planted during su

I was thinking planting in early summer and harvesting late summer. By then I will have tomato seedlings ready for the fall and early winter.

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Re: Are there any root veggies that can be planted during su

According to the planting guide for Zones 9-10, you can plant carrots, kohlrabi, beets and potatoes through March. However, I generally don't grow those things in summer months and stick to above ground producers and wait till the fall to plant the root crops. But that's just me.

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Re: Are there any root veggies that can be planted during su

Francis Barnswallow wrote:During the last three summers my garden took a constant beating from pests and the very hot humid weather. That resulted in plant/fruit damage and most of the time they dropped their blossoms. It turned into a chore, not a passion.

This summer I'm not growing any tomatoes nor cukes. Lesson learned. Right now I have a batch of tomatoes and cukes growing nicely. So with that said, are there any root vegetables that can grow during the summer here in Florida?


Yeah, pretty much the same here in New Orleans with pests, heat and humidity in mid through late summer. My garden suffers and I suffer more trying to make it all work. I only work in the garden in the early morning or late evening from late June to early September.

One sure winner in summer heat is okra and if you like it, it is pretty foolproof.

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Re: Are there any root veggies that can be planted during su

Oh I was right then! Okra would have been my above ground suggestion, too.

Oh! How long is your "summer"? Maybe things I wouldn't consider because fall comes much quicker here would still fit?
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Re: Are there any root veggies that can be planted during su

applestar wrote:Oh I was right then! Okra would have been my above ground suggestion, too.

Oh! How long is your "summer"? Maybe things I wouldn't consider because fall comes much quicker here would still fit?

Orlando is very much like New Orleans when it comes to climate. Our summer heat starts in late May where temperatures can get into the mid to upper 90's daily and that lasts until late September most years.

Our real "dog days" are in July and August where the heat and humidity is worse than most any time of the year. During those months walking out my door, even in the early morning feels like walking into a greenhouse with the air feeling like you can cut it with a knife. Simply miserable for the most part.

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