Gulf Coast Gardening
Several years ago, I tried to convince several gardening publications to write some features on gardening along the Gulf Coast. I pointed out that approximately 13 million residents lived within 100 miles of the coast – a sizeable number of potential readers. If we add San Antonio, Tallahassee, Tampa, and Fort Myers, the figure rises to almost 15 million. They didn’t seem to be impressed.
Thus, this blog series. If only 10 percent of us are gardeners, that’s well over a million gardeners, but I’ll be willing to bet that number is much higher. Some of us raise vegetables, while others raise beautiful flowers. Some of us are retired and like to garden our days away. Some of us actually have jobs and can only garden in the evening and on the weekends.
The USDA roughly gives us about four zones to work in along the coast: 8b, 9a, 9b. We should also include the part of southwest Texas called “The Valley,” the tip of the boot of Louisiana, and southern Florida, all of which are in USDA plant hardiness zone 10a.