However, growing veggies in Florida is quite a bit different than California. While my mom and sisters aren't even thinking about growing veggies, I am harvesting tomatoes and beans right now. Call me crazy but I try to grow early and succession plant for a nice long harvest.
According to Mother Earth News, the top 10 crops for the Gulf Coast are:
Sweet Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Bulb Onion, Slicing Tomato, Garlic, Lettuce, Spinach, Potato, Cucumber and Summer Squash.
Also from Mother Earth News, planting time in the Gulf Coast is March. I planted Purple Podded beans in November and I just harvested a plateful of my first EVER purple beans!
My suggestions are:
-Plant in January!
-Plant seeds on a covered patio that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight each day but has shade during the hottest time of the day OR grow indoors.
-Consider planting throughout the growing season to extend your harvest.
-Marglobe Tomatoes are a fantastic variety and grow well in humid climates
Peppers, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Beets, Beans, Eggplant (needs cooler weather), Carrots, Swiss Chard, Corn, Cucumber, Lettuce, Broccoli, Cabbage, Radish, Bunching Onions (or Leeks) and ALL Herbs.
For areas/states that actually get cold, plant 6 weeks before your "last frost date."
The list is amazing!!! If you have not done so already, read my posts (3) on Companion Planting. Companion planting will help keep away "bad" bugs, encourage "good" bugs and might save your veggies. Trust me...I lost 3 entire cucumber plants to aphids my first time around!
If you are looking for additional help for natural or organic pest control check out "Natural and Organic Pest Control." I use Neem Oil for powdery mildew when I just can't get rid of it any other way.
Would you like more gardening info specific to your area?
Let me know!