Historic Apalachicola

City Square Community Garden was founded in 2008 as a place for citizens to enjoy fresh air and exercise while growing healthful food for their tables. The City of Apalachicola provides the four squares of land, water for irrigation, mowing, and many other supports. Volunteers manage leasing of beds, fundraising, provision of fertilizer and topsoil, regular clean-up and maintenance days, and the annual Earth Day-Arbor Day celebration.

In 29 raised beds members grow organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. They also share seeds, plants, gardening tips, and neighborly conversation. One large plot provides produce for the local feed pantry. Another plot, the Learning Garden, is a space school, church, and scout groups may arrange to use for a particular project.

For more information about the garden, or how to participate, contact Jenny Billings, 850-653-3153, citysquaregarden@gmail.com. 

City Square Community Garden Blog

Growing Community!

Located on the corner of Avenue F and 8th street, the community garden provides a lovely, sunny space for Apalachicola's gardeners to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, and friendships. We produce fresh, healthy vegetables and neighborliness!

 

                           

                                   VEGETABLE GARDENING GUIDE FOR NORTH FLORIDA

                            Warm Season Vegetables

       Crop                Row space   Plant space Seed depth         Planting dates     

            Beans, bush                  4-30”               2-3”                  1”                     Mar-Apr / Aug-Sept

            Beans, pole                   40-48”             3-6”                  1”                     Mar-Apr / Aug-Sept

            Beans, lima                   24-36”             3-4”                  1-2”                  Mar-Aug

            Cantaloupes                  60-72”             24-36”              1”                     Mar-Apr

            Corn, sweet                  24-36”              12-18”               1-2”                  Mar-Apr / Aug

            Cucumbers                    36-60”             12-24”              1”                     Feb-Apr /Aug-Sept

            Eggplant                       36-42”             24-36”              ½”                     Feb-July

            Okra                             24-40”              6-12”               1”                     Mar-July

            Peas, southern              30-36”             2-3”                  1-2”                  Mar-Aug

 

            Peppers                        20-36”             12-24”              ½”                     Feb-Apr / July-Aug

            Pumpkin                        60-84”             36-60”              1-2”                  Mar-Apr / Aug

            Squash, summer            36-48”             24-36”              1-2”                  Mar-Apr / Aug-Sept

            Squash, winter             60-90”             36-48”              1-2”                  Mar / Aug

            Sweet potato                48-54”             12-14”               ---                    Mar-June

            Tomatoes                     36-48”             18-24”              ½”                     Feb-Apr / Aug

            Watermelon                 60-108”            48-60” 1-2”                  Mar-Apr /July-Aug

 

The wide range of spacing requirements for some plants is due to the varied growth habits of different varieties. For instance, some plant varieties are bred to have a very compact growth habit, while others can take over your whole garden. This is particularly true for squashes, melons, cucumbers, and tomatoes.Read the information on the seed packet, or that little plant marker that’s stuck in the pot. Even if you don’t plant in rows, allow plants the required amount of space.

If you plan to start your own plants from seeds, you will need to allow approximately 6 weeks for those seeds to sprout and become plants 3-6” tall and with a with a root system strong enough to sustain the plants through transplant adjustment.

                                                   Cool Season Vegetables

       Crop                Row space   Plant space Seed depth         Planting dates

            Beets                            14-24”             3-5”                  ½-1”                              Sept-Mar

            Broccoli                        30-36”             12-18”               ½-1”                              Aug-Feb

            Brussels Sprouts           30-36”             18”                   ½-1”                              Sept-Nov

            Cabbage                       24-36”             12-24”              ½-1”                              Sept-Feb

            Carrots                         16-24”             1-3”                  ½”                                 Sept-Mar

            Cauliflower                   24-30”             18-24”              ½-1”                              Jan-Feb / Aug-Oct

            Celery                          24-36”              6-10”               ¼”                                 Jan-Mar

            Collards                        24-30”             10-18”               ½-1”                              Feb-Apr / Aug-Nov

            Escarole                       18-24”             8-12”                ½”                                 Feb-Mar / Sept

            Kale                              24-30”             12-18”   ½          -1”                                Sept-Feb

            Kohlrabi                       24-30”             3-5”                  ½-1”                              Sept-Mar

            Leek                             12-24”             2-4”                  ½”                                 Sept-Mar

            Lettuce                        12-24”             8-12”                ½”                                 Feb-Mar / Sept-Oct

            Mustard                       14-24”             10-18”               ½”                                 Sept-May

            Onions, bulb                 12-24”             4-6”                  ½”                                 Sept-Dec

            Onions, bunch               12-24”             1-2”                  ½”                                 Aug-Mar

            Peas, English                24-36”             2-3”                  1-2”                              Jan-Mar

            Peas, edible pod           24-36”             2-3”                  1-2”                              Jan-Mar / Oct-Nov

            Potatoes                       36-42”             8-12”                ---                                Jan-Mar

            Radish                          12-18”              1-2”                  ¾”                                 Sept-Mar

            Rutabaga                      12-20”             4-6”                  ½”                                 Jan-Apr / Aug-Oct

            Spinach                        14-18”               3-5”                 ¾”                                 Feb-Mar / Oct-Nov

            Turnips                         12-20”             4-6”                  ½”                                 Jan-Apr / Aug-Oct