Harvest some spring vegetable gardening tips from UF/IFAS experts

  • “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” returns in 2021, and the next episode covers spring vegetable gardening.
  • The next event is live on March 11 at 1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central.
  • Recordings are posted afterward at tinyurl.com/GardeningLive.
  • Zoom requires pre-registration, and viewers have another option to tune in on Facebook Live. An expert monitors each platform’s comments to answer viewer questions live.

Cucumbers, okra and peas – oh my! It’s time to ready spring vegetable gardens in Northwest Florida, and that’s the topic for the next edition of “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” on March 11 at 1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central.

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]The free series, presented virtually, brings together a panel of University of Florida experts to discuss a different gardening-related topic each month. [/inlinetweet]It is aired concurrently on both Zoom and on the “Gardening in the Panhandle” Facebook page.

The spring vegetable gardening panel includes Josh Freeman, associate horticulture professor at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy; Matt Lollar, UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County commercial horticulture agent; Sheila Dunning, UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa County environmental horticulture agent; and Molly Jameson, UF/IFAS Extension Leon County agent specializing in sustainable agriculture and community food systems.

“We welcome gardeners of all skill levels to join and get the support they need for a successful harvest,” said Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS Extension Bay County horticulture agent and coordinator of the series. “Although each of our panels this year includes one expert outside of our UF/IFAS Northwest Extension District horticulture team, everyone on this next panel lives and gardens here in the Panhandle. If you have a question about your garden, know that you’re not alone. Let our panelists help.”

Zoom participants can submit questions when they register. Registration is required to receive the access information for that platform. Both the Zoom and Facebook comment sections are also monitored and addressed by UF/IFAS Northwest Extension District horticulture experts not on the current panel.

The series began last year as more people turned to gardening during the COVID-19 pandemic and virtual programming increased in popularity. The 2021 series kicked off Feb. 4 and discussed weeds. After each session, recordings are closed captioned and uploaded to a YouTube playlist (tinyurl.com/GardeningLive). All previous recordings can be viewed there now.

Coming up in the next few presentations are discussions on lawns (April 8) and herbs (May 13). View the rest of the schedule at tinyurl.com/y5r34fa4.


The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS brings science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents.

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Posted: March 2, 2021

Category: Fruits & Vegetables, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Gardening In The Panhandle, Julie McConnell, Spring Gardening, Vegetable Gardening

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