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Category: Fruits & Vegetables

Q:  I have been reading about the benefits of eating sweet potatoes and I think I would like to grow it here.  What do you recommend?

sweet potato

A: The sweet potato, Ipomoea batatas, originated in tropical America and ranked second only to the Irish potato as an important vegetable until World War II. The sweet potato is a good source of sugars, carbohydrates, calcium, iron,… Read More

Q:  My summer squash is producing loads of fruit.  The problem is they only get the size of my first pinky finger joint and then they fall off.  What is wrong?

squash

A:  I suspect your squash is not getting pollinated.  Squash, in addition to all the cucurbits like watermelon and cucumbers, have male and female flowers.  In order for the female to produce completely mature fruit; her flower must… Read More

Q:  I need to lower the pH of my soil for vegetable planting.  My soil test from the University of Florida Extension soil lab said I should use sulfur, but I cannot find it anywhere.  Do you have any ideas?

garden soil

A:  I have adapted the answer to this question from a publication titled, “Soil pH and the Landscape or Home Garden” by Shober and Denny. The full publication is attached at the end of this answer. Vegetable gardens… Read More