It is winter and the temperatures are dropping, the holiday season is upon us, and citrus across the state is ripening on the trees. In this season of giving, have you ever noticed your backyard orange trees produce just too much fruit for ... READ MORE
Typical gardens revolve around annual food crops that are seasonally planted and then harvested. Rather than have long gaps between each harvest, consider a food garden that contains crops that can be harvested or consumed when you are ready.
There ... READ MORE
Most people probably know about the struggles faced by residents and businesspeople in Lee County and the rest of Fort Myers in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
But you might not know that farms dot the seaside landscape of Pine Island, off ... READ MORE
Consider how can prior and current crops affect the future. What actions can be taken to ensure a successful garden in the future? Understand that pests from prior gardens often show up in future gardens.
If weeds in a garden got out of control ... READ MORE
It is essential to understand how prior crops affect the present and what actions can be taken to ensure a successful garden.
When a gardener or a large-scale grower understands this, they can prepare accordingly and prevent or mitigate the ... READ MORE
A successful garden comes from an understanding of the variables that emerge from the past, present and future. Before any garden begins, ask the following questions: What crops were planted in the past? Were they a success or failure, and why?
A ... READ MORE
The Inevitable Pests
It is inevitable – any gardener can attest. Look closely and you will see a garden and its pest. But what is a pest? Usually when we think of the term “pest,” we may think of insect pests. Pests also include pathogens, ... READ MORE
Most of the food crops we grow in Florida originated in lands far away. If we understand where these crops originated it can help us to grow them more effectively.
Generally, plants that originated from a latitude that Florida shares are ... READ MORE
Want to get healthier this summer? As part of an overall healthy diet, eating fruits and vegetables, that are lower in calories, instead of some other higher-calorie food, may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake and lower body weight. ... READ MORE
Demand for locally grown food soared during the pandemic, and this trend appears to be holding true for consumers. Concerns about sustainability and a demand for more familiar ingredients have put locally grown products in the spotlight throughout ... READ MORE