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A test to check the germination rate of old seeds


September 17, 2021

Have old seeds packets and wondering if the seeds are still viable to grow in the garden? Many seeds will last for years if stored correctly in a cool, dry, indoor environment. Follow these simple steps to test your old seeds. Gather your ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Fruits & Vegetables
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Florida-Friendly Plants, Germination Test, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Seed Germination, Seeds, Swebb, Vegetable Gardening, Vegetables

Global gardeners help UF tomato breeding program; will send growth, flavor data to lab


January 12, 2021

Normally, University of Florida scientists such as Harry Klee gauge the taste and aroma of their new tomatoes by letting volunteers test them at the UF Sensory Lab in Gainesville. But now, people from across the globe who grow tomatoes in their ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: Amateur Plant Breeders, Citizen Science, Data, Gardeners, Harry Klee, Production, Seeds, Taste, Tomatoes, UF/IFAS Advancement, Varieties

What to do in August in your North Florida Garden


August 25, 2020

We are all eager to get back into our gardens, but right now can seem like the less fun part of Florida vegetable gardens. Weeds, pests, and heat have taken over. So what can we do NOW to prepare for fall? Pull those weeds Hand pulling weeds ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Garden, Organic, Seeds, Soil, Sustainable Food, Vegetable Gardening, Vegetables
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Did you get a suspicious packet of seeds in the mail?


July 28, 2020

What is going on with the seeds? Recently, there have been reports of people receiving packages of seeds in the mail. What is weird is that they did not order the seeds and have no idea where they came from. There have been reports in multiple ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Invasive Species, Pests & Disease
Tags: FDACS, Invasive Species, Mail, Seeds, Suspicious Packages, Unknown Seeds, Unsolicited Seeds

Stuck at home? Here are 8 family-friendly gardening activities you can do in your own backyard!


March 20, 2020

By Sara Weber Plant a vegetable garden. There are quite a few edibles that can be planted in March here in Florida. Tomatoes, peppers, and sweet potatoes all will generally survive transplanting this time of year. You can use seeds right ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Relationships & Family, Work & Life
Tags: Family-friendly Gardening, Gardening, Gardening With Children, Seeds, Vegetable Garden

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