What to know about vegetables grown outdoors in the United States.
By AP Science WriterTAMPA, Fla.
(AP) — In Florida, a growing number of gardeners are looking to make vegetables outdoors in warmer climates more appealing to consumers.
Gardening and landscaping, too, are growing in popularity.
And with growing numbers of vegetables outdoors, some experts say it’s time to get outdoors in your garden or landscape.
Here are some tips for growing vegetables outdoors.
In Florida, growing vegetables indoors is more popular, and in some areas, growing outdoors is easier.
There are many places that grow vegetables indoors, said Jennifer Hines, a gardening writer at The Miami Herald.
For example, most Florida counties have a garden center, a county park, or a private nursery.
Some gardens and parks even have indoor water features to help vegetables grow.
Hines said many growers have been looking to grow veggies outdoors to grow more vegetables.
And some of the vegetables that grow outdoors, such as squash, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and radishes, are good sources of vitamins and minerals.
“You want to keep it as natural as possible,” Hines said.
There are many ways to grow your own vegetables outdoors for a variety of reasons.
There’s a variety in the amount of sunlight that can be put on the plants.
In some places, plants can be left on for longer periods of time, she said.
And if you have a greenhouse or greenhouse with air-conditioning, you can plant vegetables indoors instead of having them sit outdoors, Hines added.
“It’s great for the environment,” Hine said.
The weather can also be a factor, she added.
Some plants can take longer to bloom if they get too hot.
The amount of heat that the plants get when they’re growing indoors can also affect their ability to get nutrients from the soil, Hine added.
The sun can also cause damage to plants, as can humidity.
In addition, when plants are in shade, the temperature of the ground can drop, making it difficult for plants to take advantage of the nutrients from soil and plants.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) says outdoor vegetables can also give a green glow to a landscape.
In many areas, the colors of vegetables can reflect light and increase the plant’s chances of success, Hins said.
For more information about vegetables growing outdoors, visit www.fdacs.org.
The National Association of Home Gardeners has grown to more than 800 members.
The association says more than two-thirds of its members grow vegetables on their own.
The rest grow vegetables and plants for their gardens or landscaping businesses.