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Seed Saving Basics

Pepper seed saving

Seed Saving 101 If you plan to start saving seeds, it’s best to choose open-pollinated (heirloom vegetable) varieties so the new plant will have characteristics similar to the parent plant. It is not recommended to save seeds from… Read More

Are My Black Eyed Peas Ripe?

Black eyed peas

If you look at the Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide you will see that southern peas are one of the heat tolerant vegetables that can be planted in June, July, and August. Black eyed peas are one type of southern… Read More

Keep Children Active at Home

I’m bored, there’s nothing to do, I’m bored, there’s nothing to do, I’m so so so bored! How often have parents and caretakers have heard this over the last 2 weeks? I’m sure it’s enough to make even… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Gardening with Fewer Pesticides – Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

Pesticides are greatly misunderstood by many and incorrectly used by some. Do we need to use pesticides at all in the vegetable garden? I know many of you just jumped on this question with a resounding “NO!” You… Read More

Key Considerations for Achieving Gardening Goals

This gardening guide will help you to achieve your gardening goals! Determine your goals as a grower Feed yourself or family? Feed others? Make money and grow business? Businesses should consult the Florida Direct Marketing Guide. Based on… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Soil Testing; pH and Nutrients

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

It is always good to know if you have sufficient nutrients in the soil and if the soil will allow your vegetable plants to take up those nutrients. This is a simple test and should be performed once… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Plan Your Garden

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

Just what do I mean by “Plan Your Garden”? We already talked about the amount of sunshine needed, close to a water source and away from trees. What more do you need to plant seeds or transplants? Lots… 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