A: This is the season when this question gets asked most often. I took the following information from Texas A&M Extension. Hopefully, this will answer your question. “Several decades ago when orange flesh sweet potatoes were introduced in… Read More
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?
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: Our local community garden in Hilliard has produced a zucchini that is over 3 pounds. Can you tell me the largest local zucchini recorded? A: What a fun question. This is just the kind of question that… 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?
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
A: Several beetles (some spotted or striped) have been known to cause damage to the cucurbit plant family, which includes melons, squashes and cucumbers. The larvae of these beetles feed on roots of the plants as soon as… Read More
A: Spinach contains large amounts of minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, iron and potassium. Spinach also has high levels of protein and therefore a wonderful addition to any diet. Ninety-one percent of spinach weight is water…. Read More
Q: With all the new rules about lowering the phosphorus on fertilizers I am concerned about my vegetable garden. What kind of fertilizer should I use? Do I use the same one I use on my lawn? A: … 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?
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
A: Rhubarb can be grown here but it is somewhat difficult to do so successfully. Rhubarb prefers summer temperatures to not exceed 75 degrees and winters temperatures to be below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. As you know, many of… Read More
Q: When do I harvest rutabaga? I am concerned about the cold temperatures coming and did not want it to get destroyed before I get a chance to eat it. A: Rutabaga is a cool season vegetable, which… Read More