Planting a Fall Garden in Miami

Planting a Fall Garden in Miami

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Miami is blessed with amazing weather. The fall is a great time to get some landscaping done and to put different plants in your green spaces. It’s even an ideal time to plant a vegetable garden with herbs.

October is upon us, so here are a few things you can get started with.

First of all, green lawns are greatly appreciated but we spend a lot of time and energy on them. There are more-eco friendly alternatives which are less of a hassle.

Alternatives to grass

  • Groundcovers sprawl across the ground but don’t grow tall, eliminating the need to mow them.

Corsican Mint and Creeping Thyme. Mint and thyme in particular have a great scent which you´ll feel particularly in mornings and evening.

  • Ornamental
  • Evergreen Moss. Moss is great for the rainy season. It works as a sponge and can protect the rest of your garden from getting flooded.
  • Native Perennial Beds.
  • Artificial Turf.

Annuals/Bedding plants

Even though temperatures are still warm, begin planting for the cooler months ahead. Impatiens, alyssum, and dianthus are good plants for the fall/winter garden.


Plant Agapanthus, Rain Lily, and Clivia Lily now for blooms next spring. Add organic matter to the planting bed for best results. The purple and white is spectacular and you’ll be able to have a vase of flowers from your own garden in your home.


A wide range of herbs can be planted from seed or transplants this month. Some to try include dill, fennel, parsley, and cilantro. Different herbs will take better. For example, basil is loved by different bugs because it is sweet. Insects are healthy in a garden, but you don´t want them to eat what you´ve planted. Mint can be a natural bug repellant and it makes a great infusion in case you have an upset stomach.


Easy crops that can be grown now include beans, broccoli, carrots, collards, lettuce, green onions, peppers, radishes, spinach, and tomatoes.  You´ll still be going to the market, unless you go all-out. Nothing beats having fruits and vegetables from your own garden, after watching them grow for months.

Ornamental trees and shrubs

Fig or orange, Miami is great for a great variety of trees. Look around in your local greenhouse or nursery to see something you might like. Be patient, so trees can take a couple of years to bear fruit. If you already have trees, fertilize plants that are not performing as desired. This is the last month of the year to fertilize shrubs and trees. Controlled-release fertilizer provides nutrients over a longer period of time.


Who doesn´t love strawberries? They´re high in vitamin c and they taste great. If you have enough, you can even make some jam for the coming months. Prepare beds and set strawberry plants this month. Strawberries also make a colorful and tasty container planting. Either way, water daily until plants are established.


Palms are a typical Miami touch. They have unique nutritional needs. Select a fertilizer that contains controlled release nitrogen, potassium and magnesium.

Controlling pests

Control the Oleander Caterpillar, which is a year-round resident in South Florida, without harming beneficial insects by pruning off infested leaves or spraying with BT (Bacillus Thuringiensis).  For bringing in beneficial insects, there are different flowers which you can plant. Make sure to ask the professionals and experts at your local  nursery for what is best for your garden. Everything should be as non-toxic as possible, particularly if you´re going to cultivate edibles.

For more information, you can call Property ACES at (305) 985-2237 and get started with the next stage of your life.


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