A: Okra, Abelmoschus esculentus, grows best when the temperatures are consistently above 65 degrees F, which makes this pod vegetable a warm season vegetable. Okra is part of the Mallow family which includes plants such as cotton and hibiscus…. Read More
Category: Fruits & Vegetables
A: Before I say anything further on the subject, I just want to encourage anyone interested in mushrooms to eat only mushrooms positively identified as edible. Serious complications and even death have occurred when eating mushrooms found in… Read More
A: Lettuce is very easy to grow but is best grown here in the coolest months of the year (December – February). If you want to grow from seed, be sure to plant them shallow. Start out with… Read More
Q: What is kohlrabi? You have it on your newsletter list of vegetables to grow in October but I have never heard of it. A: I have attached a publication from the University of Florida but the most… Read More
A: Kale is cool-season cooking green somewhat similar to collard and nonheading cabbage. It has recently become known as one of the “super” foods – those foods important for their anti-oxidant qualities. “Kale” is a Scottish word derived… Read More
A: Obviously you are referring to the root, Zingiber officinale, and not the ornamental plant ginger. And to answer your question, yes we can grow ginger in Northeast Florida. Ginger is a perennial plant meaning it has several… Read More
Q: I was watching a show about the Queen’s garden and they use garlic to kill aphids. It appears to work. What do you think?
A: According to Clemson University, garlic is marketed in several products intended to repel insects, such as capsaicin. Remember capsaicin is in pepper spray which is used to deter dogs. It is derived from hot peppers. Both garlic… Read More
Q: I am growing cucumbers which have turned out bitter. Can I add something to the soil to make them sweeter?
A: This is a fairly uncommon occurrence on newer hybrid varieties. However, many of us have been experimenting with older, heirloom species which has resulted in me getting this question twice this week. Bitterness is due to the… Read More
A: What may be occurring is the pollen from your neighbors field corn may be reaching the silks of your sweet corn and altering the flavor. Corn is cross-pollinated by wind-blown pollen from the male flowers or tassels… Read More
Q: I want to stagger my corn plantings so I will be able to harvest corn at various times of the season. I do not want to have too much to handle at one time. So, when is… Read More