Category: Agriculture

Scarlet ginger – easy to grow by all gardeners

Scarlet ginger

By Ralph E. Mitchell Many gardeners shy away from exotic -looking plants with a mistaken fear related to their personal lack of horticultural skill. One such plant in bloom now is the scarlet ginger also known as  Hedychium… Read More

Colorful, edible – eggplants

Eggplant

By Ralph E. Mitchell For a vegetable that was domesticated over four-thousand years ago, the eggplant has come a long way!  Although not a vegetable that everyone likes, this meaty fruit is a delicious and productive “vegetable” that… Read More

Double the color

Canna leaves

By Ralph E. Mitchell I wrote an article awhile back about canna lilies.  These perennial plants are so well-adapted to our area and their floral display is orchid-like and abundant.  While the blooms are fantastic and come in… Read More

Fertilizer Ordinance – Restricted Season is in effect

Fertilizer spreader

By Ralph E. Mitchell The Charlotte County Fertilizer Ordinance (as well as the Ordinance issued by the City of Punta Gorda) was developed to allow for maintaining healthy landscapes while still keeping our water bodies clean.  As we… Read More

Rediscovering an old favorite – The Coral Honeysuckle

Coral Honeysuckle

By Ralph E. Mitchell We just finished our 2018 Master Gardener Training activity called the “Parade of Plants”.  Master Gardener Trainees pick a plant and then develop a short ten-minute presentation on this plant.  All of the presentations… Read More