Peruse the produce section of a grocery store and you can find citrus, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, sugarcane, corn and lettuce developed by UF/IFAS researchers. Go to a business that sells plants, and you’ll see lantanas, coleuses, caladiums and… Read More
A destructive disease known as bacterial spot can ruin tomatoes anywhere it strikes. That’s why University of Florida scientists want to understand how the pathogen that causes the disease spreads and evolves on farms. A couple of quick… Read More
Many gardeners enjoy saving their own seeds for next year’s garden. Learn the basic steps of saving seeds from your favorite tomato selections with UF IFAS Extension Escambia County. View the handout version too.
What are we looking for? Hornworms can consume large portions of your tomato plants overnight, we are more likely to find tobacco hornworms manduca sexta since they are more prevalent in the Gulf Coast States. The tomato hornworm,… Read More
Many summer garden edibles need insects in order to pollinate flowers. Learn about a few flowering plants to add to your garden to attract pollinators In the Backyard Garden with UF IFAS Extension Escambia County.
A growing mecca Some northerners, (from Georgia north!) don’t understand Florida’s vegetable growing season. Northern states are, after all, used to producing vegetables all summer. In Florida, from October until spring, lots of food travels out of state… Read More
Tiny, but terrible, the two-spotted spider mite is the bane of many ornamental and edible plants. Only one-fiftieth of an inch in length, when working in groups, this plant pest mite sucks the sap from leaves causing decline… Read More
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 types… Read More
Have you ever picked up a piece of produce at the grocery store—say, a bell pepper, as I did recently—and noticed that it was grown in someplace you didn’t expect? In my case, I found a bell pepper that was… Read More