A: There are two different kinds of cracking commonly found on tomatoes. One of the cracks starts at the stem and flows downward toward the blossom end. This type of downward crack is called a radial crack. The… Read More
Category: Home Landscapes
A: Once you brought a clipping of the tomato leaves into the office, the culprit was easy to identify. The cause of the white lines is probably the American serpentine leafminer, Liriomyza trifolii. The American serpentine leafminer is… Read More
A: A growing number of garden enthusiasts are becoming interested in producing our own tomatoes. There are several reasons for the increased appeal in gardening which involve food safety issues, reduced cost and better flavor. According to Taylors… Read More
A: Since this is July in Florida, it is a little late or too early – depending on how you look at it for the plants to produce fruit. Tomatoes and beans should have been planted between February… Read More
Q: My friend grows wonderful tomatoes so I decided I would try it. He told me to get the determinate type for my small back yard. I was too embarrassed to ask him what he meant. Can you… Read More
A: We recommend planting tomatoes from February through April for summer production and July through August for fall production. You will need to protect any young, tender plants from frost. If you want large fruit consider planting Celebrity,… Read More
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
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