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Category: Fruits & Vegetables

Florida’s Great Pumpkins

2 decorated pumpkins

The Season for the Pumpkin The Autumn season screams cooler weather, warm colors, rich spices, and Pumpkin.  I adore pumpkin, including all its many varieties.  There are also many ways to prepare the winter squash,… Read More

National Guacamole Day, September 16th

Guacamole in a bowl

September 16th is National Guacamole Day!  Wait, I love Guacamole. How did I not hear about this before now? The Humble Avocado Here in Florida, early settlers to the state called them Alligator-pears.  Where I… Read More

Avocados!

Avocados with a halved avocado with pit

Avocado! One of the major attractions of Florida for many people is our ability to grow a variety of tropical and subtropical fruits.  It was at the very top of my list when I decided… Read More

Fall Gardening: Right Here, Right Now

an onion patch with a hand-painted garden sign stating little veg

by Leslie Munroe & Yvonne Florian Right Here, Right Now Fall 2021 growing season is here.  Have you started your vegetable garden yet?  If your answer is, “no”, here are a few tips to help… Read More

Summer Vegetable Gardening: Cover Crops and Garden Planning

crimson clover and Celosia

Written By Leslie Munroe and Yvonne Florian. Gardening once again became America’s pastime this past year due to “stay at home” and “social distancing” mandates.  Many people took up vegetable gardening to pass the time… Read More

Gardening with Ginger and Turmeric

Here in South Florida there are many species of spices we can grow in our gardens.  Ginger, Zingiber officinale, and Turmeric, Curcuma longa, are just two popular spices that can grow well in our Florida… Read More

Summer Vegetable Gardening

Seminole pumpkins

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… Read More

Cover Cropping in Summer

Sunflowers as cover crop, UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones

In the Wilting Heat Many Floridians choose not to grow any edibles during the summer in order to let the garden beds rest.  It is generally a hostile time of year to be doing very… Read More

May-June Bug Season

close up of beetle

Back in May I noticed numerous half-inch brown beetles congregating around my porch light every evening at around 10:00 PM.  Most householders in Florida deal with their dried-out bodies under outdoor lights, in shallow plant… Read More