University of Florida

Getting Started with Gardening


Florida's unique features--such as sandy soil, numerous insects and other pests, and four different growing zones--can make gardening a challenge for new residents and first-time gardeners.

These topics cover the information you need to get started with your Florida garden.

For information about organic lawn care, landscaping for wildlife, and other topics, see Sustainable Living: Lawn & Garden. Visit our Environment section for information about Florida wildlife and invasive species.

If you can't find the information you're looking for, check our A - Z Index, send us your questions--and tell us which county you live in--or contact your county Extension office.

General Resources

Plant Hardiness Zones

Hardiness Zones map

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