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Category: Agriculture

New Vegetable Gardener — Growing Vegetables from Seeds or Transplants

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

It is a lot of fun to grow vegetables from seeds, and reasonably cost effective. A packet of tomato seeds may cost $2.49 (plus shipping) and you will have about 15-20 seeds in a packet. If they all germinate,… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Why You Should Plant Your Own Vegetables?

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

Usually when I ask for answers to this question, I hear that there isn’t enough time or space to grow my own vegetables. But with the current “Stay at Home” order to aid in social distancing, there is plenty… Read More

Artificial Lighting for Growing Vegetables at Home

The sun is an excellent form of light and is very affordable, but it may not always be available. Growing vegetables with artificial lights provides growers with an opportunity to defeat the seasons and to grow food in… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Where Should You Put Your Garden?

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

Vegetables grow best in full sun (at least 5-6 hours a day). The garden should be near a water source so you can maintain a moderately moist growing media (potting mix, soil or compost) throughout the gardening season…. Read More

Helping Buyers and Sellers Connect During COVID-19 Disruptions to Florida Food Markets

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to Florida food markets. Sales of food products to restaurants and schools have fallen drastically. Some farmers markets have closed. Sales through grocery stores spiked upward initially, but recent limits on… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Growing Vegetables in Central Florida

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

Understanding the vegetable garden seasons in Central Florida will save you a lot of frustration. You should download and read the Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide (https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/VH/VH02100.pdf) for a complete understanding about what to plant (pages 8-10) and when… Read More

How to Take a Good Plant Sample

Hedge with one dead shrub

One of the great benefits of working with UF/IFAS Extension is that local experts are working in every county in Florida using science to solve problems, especially those related to lawns and landscapes! These experts are known as… Read More