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In the Garden, We Grow: Beat the Heat


July 27, 2022

Florida's Rainy Season Florida’s rainy season arrived. County-wide we have seen lots of moisture in the past couple of weeks. Some areas receive over 2” of rainfall in an hour. Despite the invaluable impacts of moisture within our natural ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Fruits, Gardening, Green Manure, IntheGardenWeGrow, Okra, Roselle, Solarization, Vegetables
Vegetable growing in Jacksonville FL

Vegetable Growing in Jacksonville FL – April’s New Chapter


April 8, 2022

It’s mid-April and in one of our raised vegetable beds, the first leaves of yard long beans (Vigna sesquipedalis, also known as snake beans, asparagus beans, or Chinese long beans), are just unfolding. When vegetable growing in Jacksonville ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes
Tags: Beans, Chinese Long Beans, Cutworms, Okra, Organic Diatomaceous Earth, Vegetable Growing In Jacksonville Fl
Seminole pumpkins

Summer Vegetable Gardening

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July 24, 2020

As if we needed another reason to call Florida 'Special', what with our state hanging out into the water and located south of the rest of the nation. Here in Central Florida, we even seem to do our gardening backwards. We can grow edibles ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Basil, Calabaza, Cover Cropping, Crop Rotation, Heat Tolerant Vegetables, Mexican Tarragon, Okra, Pumpkins, Rosemary, Solarization, Southern Peas, Summer Gardening, Sweet Potatoes
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Hibiscus and Some Relatives


June 2, 2020

The Malvaceae family Most all Floridians are familiar with the large tropical evergreen Hibiscus, Rosa sinenis. It is bright and sunny and totally tropical looking with gorgeous flowers that bloom nearly year round. Vero Beach, in particular, ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species
Tags: Cotton, Hibiscus, Hibiscus Relatives, Mallows, Malvaceae, Okra, Roselle, Sorrel

A bug is afoot – a leaf-footed bug


March 28, 2018

By Ralph E. Mitchell One spring/summer plant pest that really bugs me is the leaf-footed bug. Just as its name implies, the back legs of this insect have leaf-like projections easily seen by the naked eye. The leaf-footed bug attacks many ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Beans, Citrus, Crape Myrtles, Hemiptera, Hibiscus, Ixora, Leaf Footed Bug, Lychee, Nuisance, Okra, Pecans, Peppers, Roses, Stink Bug, Tomatoes

Time to Prep for Spring Vegetable Gardening!


February 5, 2018

Did you know that you can grow vegetables year round in Florida? The trick is knowing that summer really isn’t a good time for most veggies. A few, like sweet potatoes and okra, do well in the summer heat, but spring and fall are our most ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Brassicas, Cauliflower, Fall, Gardening, Greens, Kale, Microgreens, Mustard, Okra, Overseeded, Peppers, Season, Sweet Potato, Tomatoes, Veggie Gardening, Winter

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