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
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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
Q: We tried last year to grow pumpkins and gourds with no success. The pumpkins would flower then essentially rot before turning into fruit. The gourds didn’t do much of anything. I was wondering if there’s a particular… Read More
A: The good news is the cracks are not caused by an insect or disease but by physical conditions in the soil and climate. The growth of the potato has alternating times of good nutrition and water followed… Read More
A: Yes, we have many heirloom hot peppers which can be grown in several parts of Florida. Remember, the term “heirloom” vegetables means you can use the seeds from the fruit and produce future plants year after year…. Read More
Q: I am growing several types of peppers but my Ghost peppers are not producing well. What could be the problem?
A: The Ghost pepper, Bhut jolokia, requires temperatures above 70º degrees F to produce fruit or peppers. We are just now reaching those temperatures on a regular basis. We may not be hot enough for a long enough… Read More