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Old 05-31-2008, 10:22 AM   #11
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One thing to bear in mind is that zone 9 has freezes in the winter (I lived right on the "freeze line" -- some years we had frost or even a hard freeze, some years not). In those areas you have to plan your winter garden accordingly. While Georgia summers are every bit as hot as Florida ones, they don't last as long, and some vegetables simply couldn't take the heat in years where it hits 90 in April and is still going strong at Halloween. The soil can be very different between the two locations as well. Some of North Florida does have the red clay soil of Georgia, but where I lived it was pure sand. It needed lots of suplementing and watering; in spite of all the rain! The drainage was such that even if we had floods for a week, the next week you'd still have to water. I didn't do well with full-size tomatoes there, cherry tomatoes did better. Everyone who recommends your local extension, absolutely. Depending on where you live, you can call them for specific advice, you can have your soil analyzed and be told what to add to it, you can take classes.
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Old 06-01-2008, 10:05 AM   #12
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Oh, I forgot to mention my favorite "winter crops" were brocolli and brussels sprouts, lettuce and spinach (which would die if I had a hard freeze, but are such a short growing life that I could replant). You're going to find that experimentation is your best bet and it will depend upon where in those zones you live.
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