In most parts of this country, vegetable garden season starts somewhere between April 15 and June 1st. Once the threat of frost is gone, the seeds come out and the plants are sown. I have found that Florida does not follow the rules. You can garden year round here, but most people skip summer planting altogether. By May, the first harvest is in; corn is on sale, "summer" squash is plentiful. Last year, I tried planting some tomatoes in containers on my patio. Unaware that summer isn't the most plant friendly time of year here, I was anxiously awaiting a plentiful harvest in August. Then, along came two tropical storms and a host of other rains. Despite trying to shelter the plants under the eaves of our house, those poor things were limp with over-watering and only produces a handful of marble sized fruit. They were not cherry tomato plants, either.Now, you would think that if January was the best time to start sowing seeds, the local stores would start stocking them around that time of year. Ha! There are beautiful tomato plants in the stores right now. My plan this year is to buy a couple and keep them as indoor plants in my sun room. I will have to pollinate them by hand, but the rains won't bother them much. Maybe I will even get a decent harvest. It will take me a while to figure out how to have an outside vegetable patch in Florida.