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Category: Fruits & Vegetables

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

Water Wednesday Recap – Water Gone Virtual

Do you know how much water you use on a daily basis? Have you heard of virtual water? Did you know that water is used to create nearly every product out there, including our food? Last Water Wednesday,… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Square Foot Gardening

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

You want to have a vegetable garden but the back yard is too small or there is no back yard and very limited space elsewhere in the landscape. What can you do? Maybe consider installing a Square Foot… Read More

Sour to Sweet: The Story of Miracle Fruit

Small, red berry, The miracle fruit, The more you eat, the more… … It’s sweet! The miracle is that this fruit can change flavors from sour to sweet! Miracle fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, is a tropical berry from West… 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

Strawberry Plugs vs Bare Root

Young strawberry plants in plastic mulch bed.

Strawberry transplants in Florida are traditionally bare-root short-day cultivars produced in the north and planted in early October for November harvesting. Bare-root transplants are field harvested in such a way that leaves are removed, wounds created that pathogens… Read More

Using Insectary Plants to Attract Pest Predators

Insectary Plants

Got pests? Hate chemicals? Would you like to deploy an army of garden good guys to fight the bad bugs? There are many plants that are known for luring good bugs to your garden. Here in Florida, we… Read More